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Some noise has been made today over the news that Nokia is going to be chatting up its Harmattan platform at May’s MeeGo conference in San Francisco, suggesting that Nokia will be releasing Harmattan devices as a precursor to its MeeGo offerings — some sort of postmortem Maemo 6 sendoff before Espoo starts to take MeeGo seriously. In reality, there’s nothing new here: it’s been known for the past year that Harmattan was happening — and it’s looking more than ever like it’s Nokia’s full-on MeeGo play, having pulled the code over from the work it had already done on Maemo 6. The abstract for the Harmattan session at the conference says that Nokia will “clarify” the relationship between the project and MeeGo proper, but at no point has Nokia skirted around the fact that Harmattan was still in the works — and with the company’s commitment to MeeGo beyond its 2011 product line a big question mark right now, we wouldn’t be surprised if Harmattan was as far into the MeeGo ecosystem as Nokia ever got.
If you’ve been listening to the Engadget Mobile podcast lately, you’ll know that we don’t much like this trend of using verbs as phone names, but T-Mobile clearly hasn’t gotten the message, as one of its upcoming handsets is rumored to be called the Astound. What exactly this rebadged Nokia C7 is supposed to astound us with, we’re not really sure. We’ve seen its Clear Black Display already, which is very nice, but we’ve also seen the dead OS walking that is its Symbian installation. Still, for $80 on contract, it doesn’t necessarily have to compete with the crème de la Gingerbread to be an appealing option. Look out for it early next month, waving the Magenta flag with pride.
Though Terminal Mode has always been an open standard we’ve never really seen any tech companies outside of Espoo show much interest in the stuff, which lets a car mirror a phone’s display. When Nokia sort of shifted gears and signed on with Microsoft that left us wondering what would be next for the company’s infotainment efforts. Good things, as it turns out. The Car Connectivity Consortium has been founded to drive “global innovation for in-vehicle connectivity,” and both Terminal Mode and Nokia will play a big part — though a bigger part will be played by Daimler, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, and VW. They’re joined by electronics companies Alpine, LG, Panasonic, and Samsung, making us think that maybe Terminal Mode’s time has properly come. Also on the docket for the CCC is study of NFC, which will hopefully standardize the sort of awesome key interactivity BMW recently showed off.
There hasn’t always been a lot of love between Symbian devices and Macs, and while Nokia just got awful friendly with Microsoft the company is also extending something of an olive branch to the Apple community. The Nokia Software Updater for Mac just went live, more than a year after the Windows 7 version, and, while it’s still in beta form, it’ll allow you to push the latest revisions of core software and apps to your device. At this point there aren’t any particular issues being reported, but the app does warn that you can brick your device if you unplug it while updating. Nothing new there, really.