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Nokia finally ships Linux tablet

Antony Savvas

Nokia has finally started shipping its Linux-based mobile tablet device after overcoming software bugs in the product.

The 770 Internet Tablet was due to be shipped in September but software development problems hit the launch.

The tablet is designed to allow users to access the web and their e-mail while on the move, and is seen by Nokia as a lighter alternative to carrying a laptop for carrying out basic functions.

The 770 will sell for around £250. It is designed to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi hotspots, or through short-range wireless technology Bluetooth using an external separate phone.

The 770 is Nokia's first Linux-based terminal product. Janne Jormalainen, Nokia vice-president of convergence products, multimedia, said, “Since it was announced back in May, we have seen huge interest in this device, particularly from the open source community.”
 
The device runs on the Linux-based Nokia Internet Tablet 2005 software.

The maemo website (www.maemo.org) provides open source developers with tools to collaborate with Nokia on future tablet devices and OS releases.

Nokia said a software upgrade for the device to support voice over IP and instant messaging will be available in the first quarter of 2006.


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