Keeping their promise of a July 1 release, Nokia has rolled out the new v. 11.0.021 firmware for the N97, up from the existing v 10.0.012. Going by the changelog that came out yesterday, the firmware should fix major bugs, bring much needed stability and hopefully free some RAM. The first production firmware v10 was somewhat of a disaster and hopefully this should take the N97 to the level it should have been when the device first started shipping.
Major fixes include more stable USB charging, new facebook widget and a fix for the forced number input in it, along with general widget stability. The UI should be much faster and responsive now, transitions should be faster too. Nokia has also apparently tried to fix the lock/unlock no light illumination bug, the funny things is that the changelog mentions a ‘partial’ fix.
The new firmware is available over-the-air (OTA) by pressing *#0000# from the dialer and checking for updates. (Here is a guide on how to update OTA, the guide is written for FP2 devices but the process is similar on the N97 as well). The phone features user data preservation (UDP) so your data should be fine even after the update, however a backup never hurts. The update should also be available via the windows only Nokia Software Updater. Sadly, the firmware still isn’t available for all product codes, mine included.
UPDATE: If, like me, the v11 update is not available to you OTA for some reason, try updating through the NSU. Your data will still be safe, it’ll just be a bigger download (143.1MB) and a more cumbersome process. I am updating as I write this.
I have already reviewed the N97 Hardware and with this update live, expect the software review soon. If you notice something interesting, please let us know in the comments section.