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This thread is for anyone who has a N900 and wants new Apps or wants to share what Apps they use with other owners. Please add to this thread with your current apps and maybe even your app needs.

So ill start the ball rolling, only had the phone a week and im still playing with it. Some of the Apps im using are Beta's and come under Extra's and Testing. You will need to add the Cataogue details into the App manager on your phone. Here is a guide: Be warned these are BETA's, although i have had no problems so far with any app.
http://my-maemo.com/faq/showquestion...q=4&fldAuto=16

Current Apps im using are;

***N
: Create a O2 MMS (WAP) connection to use with fMMS to send and recieve MMS.
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/***n/
fMMS: Send and recieve MMS on your N900 also use ***N.
Watch this Video and use the settings below video to set this app up. It works great (a pain to set up but still once its done its done). 9/10
http://mynokiablog.com/2010/01/24/n9...ms-using-fmms/

Custom Operator Name Widget: Change it from Orange/O2/Vodafone... to whatever you want it to say. 8/10
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/M...r-name-widget/

Pidgin protocols plugin for Conversations and Contacts: Login to MSN, yahoo... for instant msg service. Love this app. 10/10
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/M...t-plugin-haze/

Roadrunner: Speed Camera warnings, Haven't tested this yet as not many cameras in my area. Cant score this yet.
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/roadrunner/

Hermes: This app allows you to get contact pictures, birth dates... of your phone contacts via Facebook or Twitter. 8/10
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/hermes/

Cpumem-applet: Shows the CPU and Memory usage. Just for the hell of it. 5/10
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/M...cpumem-applet/

Petrovich: Allows you to send files via Bluetooth. NICE 9/10
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/petrovich/

Tweakr: Extra phone settings 7/10
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/tweakr/

Flashlight: Simple turns the camera LED's on full so you car find the key to your door when drunk and dark! 7/10
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/M...hlight-applet/

Simple Brightness Applet
: Puts brightness controls at the top with battery/profiles/conections. Making it easy to save some battery life. 8/10
http://maemo.org/downloads/product/M...htness-applet/

MussOrgSky: Very clever, allows you to get album art straight to your phone via the net. Allows you to edit Album/Track/Artist info. I had problems with most of my album art... when i transferred my memory card from my N96 to my N900 so this was very handy. 9/10
http://my-maemo.com/software/applica...34&fldAuto=958

Joikuspot: This turns your N900 into a Wireless Router. It sends the mobile internet that your phone is getting out as a wireless signal so you can connect a laptop, PSP... to the internet via your phone when out and about. This however seems to suck the hell out of battery life its fine for getting my laptop online at work with the phone on charge. 7/10
http://www.overclock.net/mobile-phon...ml#post8748150

Please add to this thread with Apps you use, discriptions and comments. Thank you for visiting this thread!
 

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Install process edit on 23/03/2010 This fixed my Navit crash issues.

Update: New App "Navit" This is a free Sat Nav app with the maps you could ever need for your N900, its very new and not exactly user frienly yet. Updates will be on the way and also new GUI's on the way.

I have not yet had a chance to use it as i only download it an hour ago but i will explain the install process... I have loaded it and played, but not used it in the car yet.



You will need the added Catalogue Extras and Testing on your app manager. The link on how to add this is in the first part of this thread. You will need to search and install both "xterminal" and "rootsh" from app manager to your N900. Your also need something like "Notepad++" to edit XML files (windows notepad will not do!).

Steps to install Navit:
Control your installed tools

Some users are reporting that they needed to install Espeak first, this was not the case for me but its worth looking up.
It's easy to install, because you've only to get this app from app manager (please check if you've added the extras and extras-devel repositories).
Then... Download, and wait for the installation!

Install Rootsh
The gainroot command is under "rootsh" name in the classical repository... at this step, it's easy. Don't have? download and install it.
Then, reboot your terminal (by security)

The librsvg2-common libraries
Don't panic, it needs to type few xterminal commands, but nothing hard!

- open Xterminal, then type (line by line)
Code:

sudo gainroot
apt-get install librsvg2-common

- you'll see information. To make it, you need to have a web connection (Wifi or network... no real importance).
- Wait... then close the x terminal.

Get the needed components
A this point, download the following and save to your PC.
- Navit distribution
- Maps you need
- Configuration XML files

3) Navit distribution
http://rapidshare.com/files/364969894/Navit-svn3048.zip
(last valid link 19-03-2010)

4) XML files
Download this file MY DOWNLOAD LINK WILL NOT WORK?
Go to the place of the original write up and there link works fine
http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=38800&page=28

5) Maps
( Free openstreetmap)
http://maps.navit-project.org/download/
- How to?
Simply: zoom on your area, then click on "select" radio button, then push the "Get map!" button. You'll get a ***.bin file. Save it locally on your computer.
Don't forget: the bigger area you select, the bigger size the file is
Then, rename this file to something easy to remember.

Let's take an example: my file is renamed to england.navit.bin. This will be usefull on the next steps.

The setup of Navit
So, you've the zip file of navit, and, hopefully, your map! unpack your zip into a folder, and you get these files (it's an example, the names may changes between releases):
navit-data_0.2.0~svn3014maemo_all.deb
navit-graphics-gtk-drawing-area_0.2.0~svn3014maemo_armel.deb
navit-gui-gtk_0.2.0~svn3014maemo_armel.deb
navit-gui-internal_0.2.0~svn3014maemo_armel.deb
navit_0.2.0~svn3014maemo_armel.deb

Also unpack your XML files into same or another folder.
maps.xml
navit.xml
OSD.xml
speech.xml

How to configure your XML system?

So:
Configure the XML : the maps
Now use Notepad++ or any other XML editing software you may have. Open the Map XML and see this:

This needs editing to match your file path so edit it to:

If you name your map file not as england then use that instead.

Warning
- Linux is case sensitive... be carefull when you're typing a text into these files!
- The files under Windows and under Linux are not written with same rules... so, Use Pspad, notepad++ (or any other file writer) to save the .XML files into "Linux/unix" standard.

Good!
Now... notice it carefully: the path on a windows is shown as (for example) C:\\somewhere\\subdirectory", instead of linux where it is like '/etc/navit/'
For now, it looks not useful, but... really...

Transfer files

Connect your phone like a mass storage volume. A the root of the new disk (on windows), you'll see many storage directories. Create two directories:
One named ".navit"
One named "navit_maps"
For the ".navit" folder, it's a little bit harder. Why? Because windows doesn't like folders with a full stop.

Solution:
1) Create it under the DOS mode.
Click on Start->Run-> then, type

cmd

Hit enter
You'll get a windows DOS style Command
Identify which letter is associated to your device. In this small example, it is "F". It can be anything! Watch carefully, and type the code below:

f: (hit enter)
mkdir ".navit" (hit enter)

2) Create the folder under Xterminal
Open the Xterminal
And type:

cd /home/users/ (hit enter)
mkdir .navit (hit enter)

Be careful: DON'T type "sudo gainroot" before these lines, because the users folder is associated to each profile.
For example:
if you copy .xml file into /home/users/.navit without gainroot, when you'll launch Navit, the file will be read.
If you make theses commands under root profile, you'll be obliged to launch Navit with root autorisations... Not so easy as launch Navit from desktop.

Done? Put the files like this:
- england.bin + your unziped Navit .deb + maps.xml files into "navit_maps"
-navit.xml + OSD.xml + speech.xml files into ".navit"
Disconect from PC and wait a minute or two.

Install the program
Open a Xterminal, then type these lines please note that Linux is case sensitive.

sudo gainroot (hit enter)
dpkg -i /home/user/MyDocs/navit_maps/navit*.deb (hit enter)

Then wait... a litte bit. If the soft asks something, let all by default and answer like the default value shown.

Exit xterminal for a minute or so...

Here comes the commands again.

- First: open the Xteminal app
Type theses commands one by one (at each end line, press Enter)
Code:

cp /home/user/MyDocs/navit_maps/*.xml /home/user/.navit
cd /home/user/.navit
ls

Can you see the files? Is it shown correctly? Yes? GOOD! The copy is done!
Type "navit" and press enter!

First boot may take a long time to locate you using the GPS.
Now Navit will have a lunch icon in with all your apps so you can now create a short cut to one of your 4 desktops.

A few things you need to know, i have copied these instructions from a fellow N900 user (french) and made them more simple to read in my opion. This is the steps i took, it works for me but as far as a physical test drive untested at the moment.

This thread has had over 140 hits in just 2 days, yet no comments? anyone out there with an app you would like to share?
 

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Cool finds. you make my jealous of the n900 rise even more.

I got to say that this phone is so much more than i ever expected it to be. I seem to discovery a new program or way to use it everyday. The fact that you dont need to hack it is ace.

So far with Navit im having lots of crashing, i dont know if my install process is incorrect. Trying to get to the bottom of it now but there are next to no guides on this app yet i think its just a matter of waitting for updates...
 

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I got to say that this phone is so much more than i ever expected it to be. I seem to discovery a new program or way to use it everyday. The fact that you dont need to hack it is ace.

So far with Navit im having lots of crashing, i dont know if my install process is incorrect. Trying to get to the bottom of it now but there are next to no guides on this app yet i think its just a matter of waitting for updates...

Is it easy to get apps and games up and running on it? How would you rate ease of use for someone not familiar with linux?
 

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Is it easy to get apps and games up and running on it? How would you rate ease of use for someone not familiar with linux?

I am new to Linux myself. I have always had nokia N series phones but this thing is miles ahead of the old ones. Im finding it very easy to use and im doing things on it ive never tried on other phones.

Dont let all that code above put you off, this is the only app ive had to use that for. Ive been playing gameboy games on it just simple as transfer the ROMs... there are SNES, Game Gear and even playstation PSX emulator need to try out the playstation one at some point.

Also i will be editing the install process when i get home from work as i seem to have stoped Navit from crashing.
 

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Is it easy to get apps and games up and running on it? How would you rate ease of use for someone not familiar with linux?

Honestly the greatest part of linux (not really but, its cool), is the application manager. You instantly have access to millions (well not literally millions.. yet) of free applications otherpeople have uploaded.

Very simple to navigate and as easy as clicking "install" to download and install the app. Its a very streamlined process. I came from 0 experience to being a regular user of the n810.. n9000 sounds pretty similiar albeit more features.
 

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I'll just leave this here for anyone who wants more apps or games for their N900.
http://talk.maemo.org/forumdisplay.php?f=41
http://talk.maemo.org/forumdisplay.php?f=12
Thank you for the links! +Rep for you.

I have just done a massive edit on the Navit Sat Nav install process. All should be working fine now just waiting for nice updates and ill have a look to see if i can find some better maps.

If you use the internet radio and if you are in the UK or maybe you just like our UK radio stations you may want to add these to your list of internet radio stations in your Media Player.

BBC Radio 1 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r1.asx)
BBC Radio 1xtra (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r1x.asx)
BBC Radio 2 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r2.asx)
BBC Radio 3 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r3.asx
BBC Radio 4 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r4.asx)
BBC Radio 4 Long Wave (LW) (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r4lw.asx)
BBC Radio 5 Live (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r5l.asx)
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r5lsp.asx)
BBC Radio 6 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r6.asx)
BBC Radio 7 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r7.asx)
BBC Radio World Service (Currently Unavailable)
BBC World Service 24 Hour News Channel (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/me...nnws_au_nb.asx)
BBC Asian Network (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/ran.asx)

The main reason i have had a few of these is 5 Live is still on AM not FM and has rubbish sound but with this i can listen to the football crystal clear!
 

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Boost your FM Transmitter signal.

I have used the FM transmitter in my car a few times and been iimpressed with it. I do however get small static between tracks.
Then all of a sudden the radio stopped picking up any sort of good signal. I have since found out that this is down to having the car charger plugged in.

N900 users are reporting different levels of FM signal transmission, normally between 111-114. But once you plug the car charger in the signal falls to 88. However you download a FM transmision booster to boost your signal to 118 and you can up that to 120 in xterminal. This still does not work if plugged in.

Download: (search name in app manager you will need the Extras catalogue)

FMTX Faker
FM-boost
Simple FMTX desktop widget

Once the widget is on your desktop you can edit the possition... When you go to edit you will notice a spanner symbol in the bottom left of the widget. Click on the spanner then tick the box that enables the FM boost.
Everytime you switch the FM transmitter on from the widget it will boost your signal up to 118! Now i have next to no static, i havent bothered to up it to 120 as 118 seems plenty for me.
 

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How could you give Joiku only a 7/10!!??

I think it's the best app on ANY phone.
 

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How could you give Joiku only a 7/10!!??

I think it's the best app on ANY phone.

Joiku gets 7/10 from me due to the fact that it eats so much power. Seems to eat more than the USB charger can even supply the phone, plus its not free.

My marks/10 are only my personal experience. Please feel free to add any experience of any app so far on this thread or add your own that i havent got around to posting yet.
 

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Update: 04/04/2010

Transmisson: Torrent Manager for the N900, there are a few of these. This one i found to be the best for me. Works very much the same as Limewire or Utorrent... but on your phone. I dont use this app often but comes in handy from time to time.

You will need to search in app manager downloads and have the Exta's Catalogue's active from the top of page one in this thread.
 

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Update: 07/04/2010

Comix: Comic book reader for your N900. I love this just got it the other day and it has made me go back to my child hood on night shifts at work reading old and new comics. I got the Kick-Ass comics and i have to say very good, plus some old schools like The Punisher...
There is a very nice GUI on this app that allows you to flip, rotate the screen, zoom... I found for me the best way to veiw the comics was rotate the screen so it was the width of screen then use finger/pen to scroll up as when using the fit to screen mode on hieght the letters to small and spend all your time zooming. Also all the functions like flip, rotate, zoom have nice keyboard shortcut buttons to save you exiting full screen and using the drop menus.

FBReader: A simple Ebook reading app. Nice and simple GUI on this also the black text on a nice yellow hinted page make this very easy reading on the eyes.

Hope these are good for you, any apps you want to add or comment on, be my guest. Enjoy!
 

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I've had my n900 since launch, here's a few apps I can't live without:

Conky This is a system monitor, everything from cpu usage, to drive space, to upload and download rates. It's great


MobileHotSpot Aka "Joikuspot killer" for N900. Well it is what it says, extremely easy to use. I've had it running while making phone calls, running other apps, etc. Works great


DrNokSnes SNES Emulator, works great, can set up your controls to be what you want, or you can download another app to use a wii mote
(They make emulators for just about everything, DOS Box, Playstation, NES, GB, GBA, MAME, ColecoVision, Amstrad CPC, MSX Home Computer, SEGA, etc. basically there's a ton. I just like SNES the best
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OMWeather Up to a 7 day weather forcast, 3 cities or GPS location. You can download custom weather themes too. To change how the weather effects look.

Firefox or Chromium I personally like Chromium better because I use Google Chrome at home and it also allows you to play flash. Firefox is pretty cool, but doesn't play flash. Thats kind of a deal breaker for me.

Transmission P2P on n900, torrents on n900, basically it... I've got some pretty great download speeds. HUGE battery drain, but works great


Well thats it for now, if I find any great apps I'll be sure to post them up here. Hope you like these
 

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Nodnarb: Thanks for your input! I must agree with you on Firefox, that was one of the first apps i downloaded on my N900 and the biggest dissapiontment.

I also love Transmission and SNES emulator. Ive been meaning to try out Conky for a long time, i must get on and download it.

Mastershake: Battery life... Im not over the moon with the battery life but also not suprised. I use and abuse the hell out of this phone and have to charge every night. If however i just do basic stuff, not alot of internet, no FM transmitter, no games. Then i can easy go a couple of days, its about time Nokia put some money into there batterys.
 

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Mastershake: Battery life... Im not over the moon with the battery life but also not suprised. I use and abuse the hell out of this phone and have to charge every night. If however i just do basic stuff, not alot of internet, no FM transmitter, no games. Then i can easy go a couple of days, its about time Nokia put some money into there batterys.

Oh. Well I don't have a problem throwing it on charge when I get home. When people said the battery life was horrible I was expecting to have to carry an extra battery just to get through the day.

Thanks for the reply.
 

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the most useful one i use:

Camkeyd
nice little utility that makes multitasking EVEN EASIER! when camera cover is closed, allows soft press of camera button to access multitasking dashboard

EDIT: i have a weird feeling this one's still in extras-devel. use at your own risk and make sure you back up your stuff first.

EDIT2: camkeyd works well, but is no longer being maintained. same functionality here:
http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=39160
 
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