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Software for the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet

Places to look for third party N800 applications are popping up everywhere. ThoughtFix has an Editor’s Choice post in the works (nominations here), Jonathan Greene has an all-maemo blog starting up, and Nokia has a new directory for N800 and 770 apps.

The next month or so will also see some official releases. Better support for online video is coming from Nokia, Navicore should be releasing a navigation kit soon and Skype will be launched.

I’m looking forward to more reasons to use my N800 out and about. The Nav bundle, in particular, is going to be handy.

UMPCPortal is live!

Steve just launched UMPCPortal, combining his work from CarryPad.com and the great community site OrigamiPortal that he recently acquired. It’s now a one-stop-shop for UMPC specs and news.

I helped him out a little with the UMPC Comparison section (an upgrade to his already awesome UMPC product info database), so check that out during your visit – and bookmark it! I expect it will be really useful during next week’s CeBit as the UMPC news rolls in. For an example of the great treatment and extensive descriptions his portal gives to individual UMPCs, check out this page about the Samsung Q2.

You can read more about the launch here.

The Nokia N800 can not use some Windows Mobile 5 SmartPhones for Internet Sharing

There. I said it.

Before broadcasting this to the world, I wanted to wait until I had a solution to the problem or a commitment from Nokia or Microsoft to fix this, but I came up empty on all 3 counts. This post on the InternetTabletTalk forums describes the situation in detail, but here’s a brief primer:

  • Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3 (and higher), SmartPhone Edition no longer has Bluetooth DUN functionality. The Cingular BlackJack has this version of WM and presumably all of the newer SmartPhones are in that boat as well.
  • The Nokia 770 and N800 Internet Tablets currently only support Bluetooth DUN as a way to share a phone’s internet connection.
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3 supports an alternative method for connection sharing: PAN.
  • There are scripts available for the 770 that force it to share internet connections over PAN. It’s pretty hairy to get those scripts running, but it works.
  • Those scripts sort of work on the n800, but Opera can’t use the resulting connection for some reason.

Nokia hasn’t announced any plans, yet, to officially support PAN. You can make your voice heard on the matter here.

Microsoft hasn’t announced any plans, yet, to put DUN support back in. You can make your voice heard on the matter here.

ThoughtFix Demos CarMan

ThoughtFix has a great video of CarMan, the new utility by the same team that brought us Canola! CarMan works on the Nokia N800 or 770 and interacts over bluetooth with the ElmScan OBD-II device. OBD-II is a port that is installed in most modern cars so that car owners and service stations can debug their vehicles. CarMan exposes the throttle pressure, speed, engine RPM, fault codes, etc in a slick analog interface.