[Qgis-developer] QGIS on Maemo/Nokia N900

Andreas Neumann a.neumann at carto.net
Sat Nov 14 08:16:50 EST 2009

Thanks to all who answered so far.

Tim: the N900 is a mobile phone. Past devices for the maemo platform 
came without phone support,  but the N900 is really a phone (UMTS, GPRS, 
Edge, WCDMA, HSPA, WLAN). The N900 can also be used for tethering 
(internet connection for laptop). It also seems to support various 
connectors: USB, Bluetooth, TV out, etc. 
(probably you have to switch to your local webpage)

A separate GUI for mobile devices would be great. It should have reduced 
functionality and maybe the touch-screen interface requires different UI 
approaches, because touching is not that accurate than mouse-pointers or 
pens. I think it would be useful to collect a list of expected 
functionality for mobile phones, maybe on the Wiki:

I can start here what I would expect from QGIS for smartphones:

* a usable UI for touch-screens
* basic map display and navigation
* moving map with link to GPS
* GPS recording and playback
* support for georeferenced photos and videos (the N900 has photo/video 
* basic editing (mainly point features, points of interest)
* Spatialite support (for offline use)

This is just a starter ;-) but it is clear that it needs some time to 
get to a usable state.


Mailing Lists wrote:
> Hi
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 1:53 PM, Andreas Neumann <a.neumann at carto.net> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I still don't have a mobile phone and am thinking about buying a Linux based
>> smartphone now - maybe the Nokia N900 with Maemo.
>> Would QGIS perhaps compile on the N900/Maemo? If yes, would it be usuable at
>> all with respect to processor speed and architecture and the GUI. I
>> understand the N900 has a touch-screen. Would the existing QGIS GUI be
>> usable with a touch-screen which is not as exact as a mouse-pointer? Would
>> the touch-screen events be compatible with mouse-events at all for the
>> QGIS-interface?
>> Lots of questions - I know. Did someone try to get QGIS running on Maemo?
> Disclaimer: I don't have this device or any experience with Maemo
> From reveiws I read and the device home page
> (http://maemo.nokia.com/n900/) I get the impression that the one this
> the n900 doesnt have is phone functionality so it may not fit your
> requirements of being a phone. They report the resolution as being
> 800x 480 so we may need to perform some more dialog squishing to make
> QGIS work as is on that display. Probably a better approach would be
> for us to start building a src/mobile-app slimmed down version of QGIS
> for use on mobile devices and with reduced feature set. Getting
> something simple up and running should not really be that much work
> and we could make it read .qgs files and prune the user interfaceback
> to show only essential options.
> Regards
> Tim
>> Thanks,
>> Andreas
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