(Last) Week full of surprises

Last week was very surprising.

Nokia surprised me by actually delivering Symbian Anna for my N8 phone. Wow.

After that, I went on and bought myself a copy of Minecraft and wow, it works on my Linux laptop with integrated Intel 965 graphics! Wow! What’s even more, it works on my Linux desktop with radeon r730 based graphics card. WOW.

Notch and the rest of the Mojang AB crew are seriously hurting Java’s reputation as server-side only platform. What’s even more strange I’m yet to see a single GC pause even though I have clocked serious hours with minecraft.

Back to the Nokia actually delivering something. It’s rather sad. Had they released N8 with Anna (like a year ago) N8 would had been a killer. Now thanks to Elop it’s just outdated. All the cool apps are done for Android (and iPhone, even more sadly).

I would though like to know how did they recover from disasterious release of PR1.2 (the previous Symbian^3 update) to this Anna release; was it just that it was 9 months late? I mean, this update was released immediatedly for a variety of phones. Though, knowning Nokia there must still be a lot of users stuck with PR1.2 and throwing the phone around. But hey at least the Ovi Suite still sucks and seems to be the only way to upgrade software on the phone..

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2 Comments

  1. Mark
    Posted 2011-10-10 at 09:08 | Permalink | Reply

    why do apple users have minecraft (i mean ipod and iphone 4 ) but we users of symbian 3 dont? is that a question of money ? i hate that really .

    • Posted 2011-10-30 at 13:07 | Permalink | Reply

      AFAIK android is the only one with some kind of Minecraft version. Desktop minecraft requires an advanced JVM so simply running the same code on any simpler device is probably out of question. Though, it could be interesting to see OpenJDK 1.7 ported over to android; perhaps zero flavor already runs there but headless.

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