By Barry Gerber, Senior Editor
May 27, 2005 - 16:00 EST
New York (NY) - Nokia announced its 770 Internet Tablet at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York this week. The tablet is designed for Internet browsing and email. Networking support includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for Internet connection through a compatible telephone.
Screen resolution is 800 x 480 on the pocketsize device. The screen supports zooming for viewing finer detail. A stylus is used for touch screen input and an on-screen keyboard is included. In addition to browsing and email, the 770 will include software for Internet radio, RSS news feeds, viewing images and playing selected types of media.
02_770_internet_tablet The operating system is Nokia's own Internet Tablet 2005 edition that is based on Linux desktop and Open Source technologies. Software developers can use Nokia's maemo development platform to create applications for the 770.
Janne Jormalainen, vice president of Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia noted that "Linux is a logical choice for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet as Linux and the Open Source development platform provide us with fast and efficient solutions to build products for this new, Nokia product category. This is the first step in creating an Open Source product for broadband and Internet services. We will be launching regularly updates of the software. The next software release planned for the first half of next year will support more presence based functionalities such as VoIP and Instant Messaging."
Nokia expects to ship the 770 Internet Tablet in the third quarter of 2005 in selected countries in the Americas and Europe.