Maemo 5 PR1.2 SDK shows welcome changes coming to Nokia N900
I've really been enjoying the Nokia N900 I got last week and was pleased to find out that Maemo released the PR1.2 SDK today. Based on what's in the SDK, fellow N900 users can look forward to some small changes in an upcoming software update (version 10.2010.09-3) that will address a few quirks and improve usability within the Maemo 5 operating system.
Among the tweaked features (full details here) are a reworked virtual keyboard, rearrangeable program menu, "clear device" and screen rotation settings, share option in the file manager, and a back button in the MicroB web browser (strange omission to begin with) that is said to be "much snappier" and have faster scrolling and "uber quick" rendering.
Nothing major, as you can see, but sometimes it's the little things that can make a big difference. I'm particularly looking forward to being able to rearrange the program icons. I was using a third-party app called Catorise to keep things organized and also just adding a bunch of shortcuts to the four desktop/home screens, but this small new "feature" will be useful. And even though I prefer Mobile Firefox to the native MicroB, I'm still anxious to see the improvements in person.
There's no official word on when the new firmware will be released, but there's some speculation that it could be as early as this week.