Linux Loves Nokias 770 Tablet

    May 26, 2005

Forget the old PDAs. Nokia’s got something cool as school to compete in the same market. The new Nokia 770 Internet tablet gives users some groovy new tools to surf the net with and they told everyone about all about it at the Linuxworld Summit in the Big Apple.

The hot little tablet will let people surf the net and check email in sleek new design that is entirely Linux based in its operating system. With 800×480 resolution and an onscreen keyboard, this Wi-Fied, Blue-Toothed toy will be a power to be reckoned with in the marketplace.

“We are very excited to introduce our first Nokia Internet Tablet device to the market. With the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet consumers can access broadband Internet services away from their desktop, for example in the backyard or at a caf within a Wi-Fi hotspot”, says Janne Jormalainen, Vice President of Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia.

The options with this little thing will be endless. Nokia says additional highlighted applications of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet with the 2005 software include an Internet Radio, RSS News reader, Image viewer and Media players for selected types of media. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is planned to start shipping in the third quarter of 2005 in selected countries in the Americas and Europe.

The device runs on Linux based Nokia Internet Tablet 2005 software edition, which includes widely deployed desktop Linux and Open Source technologies. The maemo development platform ( will provide Open Source developers and innovation houses with the tools and opportunities to collaborate with Nokia on future devices and OS releases in the Internet Tablet category.

“Linux is a logical choice for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet as Linux and the Open Source development platform provide us with fast and efficient solutions to build products for this new, Nokia product category. This is the first step in creating an Open Source product for broadband and Internet services. We will be launching regularly updates of the software. The next software release planned for the first half of next year will support more presence based functionalities such as VoIP and Instant Messaging”, continues Janne Jormalainen.

The price point won’t be bad either at $349 and the fall release date will guarantee heated sales for the holidays.

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.