Killer apps


Killer Applications for the next Nokia internet tablet (and for the current one too)

Following on from Quim's calling out for ideas abot applications which should be pushed by Nokia as part of the release of the next tablet and Fremantle software release, we should have a think about what would make a killer app. Please be fairly realistic.

To those submitting ideas - please give as full an explanation of the idea as you can. To everyone else, please comment if something similar already exists, any problems or added features you think might be cool, etc.

To everyone, please give your name & time/date of your comment/addition

New Applications

 Ecoach does the same function as sportstracker. Take a look:
  • offline/online calendar and notes application (see google, yahoo, ovi or any other service)
 This exists: mcalendar - khertan is building it :) (url here:
mCalendar is an simple editable agenda summary, NOT a calendar app (e.g. month view?).  We need much more.
Compare to Agendus on Palm or Pocket Informant on WinMo. Add syncing to those to get a killer app.
  • a good/intuitive/smart etc ... alarm clock (custom alarm sounds?)
  • Tube (underground) map with routing, timetable and journey times (could also apply for overground trains). Add feature to go from closest station (gps, etc) to somewhere. --lardman 23 Oct 2008 17:47 BST
  • Touchscreen PIM; a PIM usable with fingers.
  • A GTD-style application similar to iGTD for the Mac.
  • Touchscreen browser; Fennec?
  • Full phone integration over bluetooth. The NIT can fully remote a phone (and act like one), plus some other features like recording, playback? Imagine a scenario in which you have a slim phone (6500 or 5310 - or better) forgotten in a pocket and you can make all the calls/management etc, etc just using the NIT. --iancumihai 24 Oct 2008 10:23 EEST
  • Not sure how it can be implemented, but would be cool to be able to sync the contacts between the NIT and BT-phones and laptops. I was shocked to see that I can't pushe my contacts from Mac to N810 (especially after using S60 phones for a while).
  • Would also be great to see support for PPTP VPN built-in, like Windows and Mac OS X do.
  • Finally, an alternative GPS-navigation application would be great. Maybe Nokia/Garmin can support Navit GPS project --stangri 24 Oct 2008 01:45 PST.
    • Maemo Mapper, if it has a more intuitive / touch screen based interface suitable for new NIT users.
  • ability to send a document as a fax using a bluetooth connection to a phone, or usb(host) to serial adaptor to serial modem. yes, there are people in the world who still use fax machines. this could be an add-on to file manager's "send" function!

Existing applications which would need work/tweaks


should synchronise with window's address book, exchange data with winmobe, palm and blackberry... needs pluggable messaging functions so can be extended by third parties, just like the IM client's telepathy suite.


hopefully the open-source driver will make a proper version of kismet work. also see Mickey Lauer's Wellenreiter which is a very nice tool for scanning wifi networks. It's not just for blackhats, we whitehats use them to watch out for unauthorised access points connected at work (yes, this really does happen!).

pluggable codecs in media player

current media player should have pluggable codecs - use the mplayer ones? - to support flac, ogg, dirac, various WMV and ASX flavours.


--lardman 23 Oct 2008 16:00 BST

Use camera to scan 1D barcodes; automatically lookup barcode information on the web - provide description, prices and places to buy; for things like CDs and DVD provide track listings, reviews, etc.

Maintain a number of database tables (wishlist items, shopping list, currently owned items - I have troubles with books, I can never remember which I have, must be getting old ;))

Expand to scan datamatrix and QRcode 2D barcodes (and pdf417 stacked 1D barcodes) - these can contain text, urls (in which case allow the user to open a browser to the scanned url), etc.

(An existing hardware project is mentioned on Thinkgeek; this is however quite pricey.)


add a touch inteface for mplayer (progress bar, volume control) - iphone like

I don't see why this would be a killer app, can you explain? It also sounds more like a port to me than a maemo-specific app (and who wrote this idea too?) --lardman 23 Oct 2008 16:36 BST
I I should add that applications such as Canola and Kagu exist with pretty iPhone-like interfaces and use mplayer as their backend, is there something missing from these apps that this proposal would bring? --lardman 23 Oct 2008 16:45 BST
right it's a port (sorry, you can move it. this is what i mean scroll+volume as overlay. i dont' quite like a mplayer canvas resize while controling the video.


ui and other improvements. with a better mplayer (see the touch interface suggestion) the user experience will change.


Tear (a currently alpha WebKit browser) can be modified to use a more finger-friendly Clutter GUI after the release of the Alpha SDK.


Doesn't officially support much (OBD-II compatible hardware) yet even though these support BlueTooth 1.2, 2.0 or USB.


S60 emulator for backwards compatibility?