Nick Leppänen Larsson has been kind enough to develop an app that adds beauty to your Nokia N9’s Lockscreen. Just like you have in the image above, the app allows you add any simple image (may be an icon / squircle) to add beauty to your N9. Here’s what he has to say:
So how does it work?
Basically, there is room on the lock screen allocated for operator customization (which some of you might have noticed). What my small application does is allow you to set your own image there instead. From a technical point of view it’s as simple as changing a gconf value (/desktop/meego/screen_lock/low_power_mode/operator_logo) to point to your own PNG-file (120×120, preferably black and white only)
Here is the Download link: http://go.nokiatips.in/AxbEXA
Additionally, you can make the image a little bit bigger but in order to achieve this, you have to be knowledgible with css files. If you’re not familiar with css, please do not attempt this so that you do not mess up the N9.
Here’s the path:
There is a header regarding the operator logo along the lines of MImage LowPowerMode Operator Logo. It is the one only with maximum-size, the one with 3 sizes is hidden logo. Alter that to 40mm 40mm and you should be right 🙂
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A lucky fellow on maemo.org got a Nokia N9 from his friend working in Nokia which is running unreleased PR1.2 for Nokia N9. This topic has excited the members to find out what this new PR1.2, much awaited release for N9, looks like. A hot discussion about PR1.2 is going in the thread.
He shared few screenshots:
As you may notice in above screenshot, this PR1.2 has support for app folders on homescreen, copy-paste functionality in browser, etc. Changelog also says that it brings support for video calling but tamerbatar, who is lucky enough to have this running on his N9, has refused such feature in his PR1.2.
Check out and join the discussion at http://go.nokiatips.in/ypINh1
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NetView is a nice free app available for MeeGo device Nokia N9 (N950 of course). It allows you to use your phone with a browser over HTTP or with secure SSL from some windows client like SSVNC. This app uses VNC for this.
Netview is a VNC based remote control for your phone. Netview enables you to view and interact with your phone from your laptop via a wifi connection. It provides an easy way to access the phones’ apps from a computer. It is based on X11VNC.
- Mouse and keyboard input.
- Orientation changes.
- Password protection.
- Only one viewer connected at a time.
- Secure (SSL encrypted) connection.
- Connection via HTTP from your web browser.
- Low power consumption.
NetView runs as a Java Applet in your browser and shows you the device screen. The screen in browser isn’t smooth. App may have limited usage in real life but it can be very handy when in the situations like when I corrupted my N9’s keyboard.
You can download it from Nokia Store: Download
Jason on Nokia Conversations , posted a nice post showing most useful apps for Nokia apps that he found out from comments on his post last month. He missed out some apps in last post and users pointed out some useful apps, which he posted in his revised blog post on Nokia Conversations .
He pointed out following apps as must have apps for Nokia N9 (MeeGo / Harmattan)
He also described why he thinks they are must have. Have a look at his post at Nokia Conversations to find out what he thinks. Don’t forget to tell us your favorite apps too. 😉
Modding will look a very heavy word and you will think “It maybe difficult, I can’t do”. Well, if you are considering to mod N9/N950’s MeeGo, it’s quite easy than you expect. You will need to know CSS to do so. Yes, CSS. And you require some courage also. 😉
I was playing with my N9 and was looking at system files and found out that UI uses CSS for styling. I am not much sure if there are other things that need for more modding but you can surely change the styling of a page by editing its style.
I am giving you brief tutorial how you can modify MeeGo UI.
First of all you need to enable Developer Mode from Settings>Security>Developer Mode. Now you can either use Terminal of your phone or use SSH to access it on PC. I recommend SSH from PC for ease of editing.
You need to download PuTTY. Now connect your N9 with PC using WLAN. You will need to get password for developer account from SDK Connection which will have come after you have enabled developer mode. Open it, select WLAN and note down the IP and passsword.
Now use the information as shown in above screenshot with the IP your got in SDK Connection app.
Check following commands:
Now you will get a prompt to enter login. Use developer and password is what you have got in your SDK Connection. You have now successfully logined but you don’t have root access , so you cannot modify needed files. You need to gain root access. So type devel-su and it will ask for password. rootme is default password.
Now you have full root access. You can do what you want. Now go to the theme directories. Use the command you see in above screenshot. Now , that meegotouch directory will have all those directories that represent UI style of a particular page or application. Now goto any directory, you want to modify the UI of, and under style, you will see a CSS file. Open it, edit it and play with it. 😉
You need to edit camera-ui.css. You can use vi editor or nano editor (needs to be installed from Settings>Security>Developer mode and install Utilities). Here is a glimpse of what camera-ui.css looks a like.
It is always better to backup the original file before editing it, in case you mess something up.
You can also edit those files explicitly and put them in those directories overwriting the original files. Just learn some basic linux commands.
It maybe possible that you mess up something and make things worst. Just keep mind cool and replace edited files with original ones. If nothing fixes it, you can flash your N9 (very very less probability of the need of flashing).
I messed up my N9 while modding the keyboard. The issue rose up that Keyboard wasn’t showing up. At that time, I wasn’t using PuTTY from PC but in terminal on my phone. Thus, I made my almost unusable as there was no keyboard and I can’t revert back to original keyboard because there was no keyboard and so I can’t type any commands in terminal on phone. In frustration I forgot about SSH and reset the phone and clear the device making things worst! Later I realized I can get IP of phone by SDK Connection and developer account’s password to login into terminal using SSH. Finally, I fixed it.
All I want to say from this is, keep the mind cool when such shit happens and don’t panic in such situations because there is always a solution. 🙂
Start modding and don’t forget to share what you did with your MeeGo device(s). 😉 If you have any doubt or problem, just post in comments or contact us at @NokiaTips on twitter. We are always happy to help you.
Yesterday on MeeGo Forum , ntadej announced its underdevelopment application, which is a Google+ client for MeeGo Harmattan devices Nokia N9 and Nokia N950. Currently, MeePlus is in very early stage of development so it only features profile and search on Google+. More features will be added soon but Google’s API restrictions has limited access to public contents only.
You can donwnload app from here .
It is still not available in Nokia Store but will be added soon.
You need to turn on Developer mode from Settings>Security>Developer Mode . Now locate and open the *.deb file using any file explorer, we recommend using Filebox (download from store). It will ask for your permission and agree and you’re done! 🙂
It’s an open source project, so you can also contribute to it from its Github repository at https://github.com/ntadej/MeePlus