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Sunday, 3 October 2010

Here and Now: what's on near you now

Nokia's N8, a Symbian^3 device, comes with a service called Here and Now. This reads the cell tower information you're currently connected to and opens a web page detailing the current events (cinema listings and weather, for example) near you. I've done a quick port to Maemo 5 and the N900.

Once installed, you can launch it like any other application:

[Launching Here and Now]

Without using a GPS, it sends your approximate position to Nokia's servers and shows you what's currently going on:

[Here and Now screen]

5 comments:

  1. Mikko Vartiainen3 October 2010 14:12

    Works great! Here and Now seems to be optimised more for symbian devices screen size (and portrait mode), but since it's a web based application there's not much you can do about it.

    Considering that it really is "only" a web page it makes me wonder why Nokia hasn't used couple of hours of their time to bring it officially to N900. According to http://europe.nokia.com/support/download-software/nokia-here-and-now/compatibility-and-download Here and Now supports 11 other (+N8) Nokia phones.

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  2. i think nokia is so cheap and they trying just to make money and not satisfy or listen to customers

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  3. Honestly, I had this on my 5800 and it never worked. I think apps like Earthcomber are far better for this type of thing than Here and Now will ever be.

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  4. Here and Now is really cool. I have the N900 port installed and running. I am in Houston, TX, and it has found many of our nicer restaurants. The only issue I have found is that the phone-call option for a selected restaurant returns an error message: "Unable to open. Address not supported. wtai://wp/mc;+17138619423;" This happens for other entries as well. I hope this helps, it's a great app.

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  5. @Edward, hmm - interesting. I wonder why Nokia doesn't use tel://...; which is supported by Maemo.

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