Firefox For Mobile Final Release Now Available For Nokia N900

Firefox has just announced that Firefox for Mobile is now available for Nokia’s Maemo platform after only a day or two of the RC3 release. Nokia N900 owners will now be able to customise their mobile web using the add-ons features and tabbed browsing, just like the desktop browser. You can find the complete list of features after the break.

Firefox for Mobile brings the following to the Nokia N900:

  • Awesome Bar – Go to your favorite sites in just a couple of keystrokes with intelligent and personalized searching
  • Weave Sync – Sync your Firefox tabs, history, bookmarks and passwords between your desktop and mobile device for a seamless browsing experience
  • Add-ons – Customize your Firefox by adding small pieces of functionality, like games and news readers, that help make the mobile Web browser your own
  • Location-Aware Browsing – Get maps and information relevant to your location
  • Tabbed browsing – View open tabs as thumbnails to easily identify and select the Web page you’d like to go to next
  • Safe Browsing – Get an Instant Web Site ID and easily access and edit security settings
  • Available in more than 30 languages and counting
  • Firefox is the first mobile Web browser to support add-ons. With add-ons, you can customize your Firefox by adding features that help make your browser your own. Add-ons like AdBlock Plus, URL Fixer, TwitterBar, language translators, and geo guides become especially handy when you’re out and about on your mobile device. You can both discover and install add-ons directly from your Nokia N900. There are currently more than 40 Firefox add-ons available for mobile and the number is growing every day.

Firefox is currently supported on Nokia’s Maemo5 platform and is available for download on the Nokia N900. Users can download and learn more by visiting Firefox.com/mobile.

Nokia Research Centre Showcase Mobile Radar | Wireless Sensing With A Difference

Today at the Demo House 2010, Nokia Research Centre unveiled an astonishing new concept – Mobile Radar. No its not the stupid screensaver you’ve been seeing advertisements of on the TV, Mobile Radar is an application that allows a mobile device to use active radar sensors and measure the speed and direction of movement of approaching objects, just as traditional RADAR would. It uses electromagnetic waves to provide a different type of mobile wireless sensing. Check out a video demonstration of Mobile Radar after the break along with the full press release.

This research concept could enable new ways for users to interact with their device, for example via gesture control. It also opens the door for the creation of radar based applications which could be used in sport, for entertainment or personal safety. In the video below, you’ll see researcher Jani Ollikainen use his hand to adjust the music player’s volume, without even touching the handset. The radar also works with an object in the way. You’ll then see fellow researchers Terhi Rautiainen and Risto Kaunisto measure the distance, speed, and direction of a human walking.

The mobile radar concept is just one of 40 demonstrations being shown publically at Demo House 2010, an event hosted jointly by Aalto University, the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) and Nokia Research Center (NRC) in celebration of their ongoing research collaboration at the Otaniemi campus.

Open Innovation and research at Otaniemi was also given a further boost by the European Institute of Technology (EIT) in December 2009 when it announced one of its five new ICT research hubs would be located at the Espoo site.

Navigation On Your Nokia

Is Ovi Maps for Mobile not compatible with your phone yet? Well, check out this cool video demoing some key features of the new, and now FREE, Ovi Maps for Mobile. Although limited devices are currently supported, compatibility will soon become widespread. Is this the end of standalone Sat-Navs? Thoughts welcome below.