Nokia N900 PR 1.3 Firmware Now Available

Well in time for the MeeGo Conference next month, Nokia has just started the rollout of the all new PR 1.3 firmware (v20.2010.36-2) for the N900. The update is available over the air (OTA) in the UK with other countries expected to follow suit tomorrow. It should also be available via Nokia’s Software Updater in the coming days.

Nokia N900 PR 1.3 Firmware Now Available

Once the firmware images become available, you can also simply grab the vanilla version for PR 1.3 for your region and get flashing using this guide. If you are on a Mac, this is the guide to follow. The new firmware brings bug fixes, stability improvements and support for Nokia’s Ovi Suite. The Nokia Music Store will also be accessible from the device allowing for DRM free downloads.

This firmware is also supposed to aid developers (& power users?) in dual booting their devices into MeeGo and I suspect this would be the main draw come November and the MeeGo Conference.

If you are developer, you should be pleased to know that the new firmware:

‘It also aligns the Qt application and UI framework with the planned version for the MeeGo 1.1 platfrom (Qt 4.7).  Qt Mobility 1.0.2 APIs for mobile development are also included’. Essentially, even without MeeGo1.1 handsets, you can built now apps for it using the N900 running  PR1.3, and Qt4.7.

Fortunately, I’m headed to the MeeGo Conference and will be keeping a eye out on the latest. Make sure you follow @TheHandheldBlog on Twitter or grab our full feed RSS to keep on top of the latest.

142 thoughts on “Nokia N900 PR 1.3 Firmware Now Available”

  1. hi folks,

    just updated my n900 with the new firmware, gotta be honest, it took me a while coz with the suite it gave me an error coz of the ‘not’ commercial software installed, lol, as if i ever would pay for office so openoffice is my favorit for the pc and my cell.
    i read some reviews here, positive and negative but for me the only thing that matters was the synchronization of my messages in the suite and it works this time so for me this is a great moment, was lookin forward to it for almost a year now.
    the general performance is also a lil faster but i dont care bout that, just installed maemo5 on the cell and 20 min later it was done

    greetz, a divoted n900 user

  2. Robert hi…thats correct now is possible to send, receive and syncronize messages from pc.
    you must use the last version of Nokia ovi suite.

  3. To be clear, i love my N900 and i agree is a wonderful phone, more than a simple phone is a pc for power user as most owners know.

    But i have to say the biggest problem N900 have is the very poor battery life…also i still thinking that nokia have us alone in the dark since meego apears in scene.

    so i still dissapointed no with my phone but with Nokia and this wrong call “update”

  4. New upgrade.
    Is it just me?

    Incomming calls no longer ing – just vibrate (if its on ) And no, its not in “silent” mode

  5. Thats right Dave…no ring after update. Just set up the ring tone again and thats it, same happens to me but is very simple to fix it.
    Be sure that you still have the ring tone file in your phone…
    :-)

  6. thanks,

    Nokia ring is still silent so switched to “Telegraph”

    who tested this release ? – rhetorical :-)

  7. dpassapera, I could not synchronize. I’m using Nokia Ovi Suite 2.2.1.23 (windows 7) and cell phone version 20.2010.36.2.
    Do you have any ideia why I can get synchronize?
    Do you make anything additional?
    Does anyone have the same problem?
    Tks.

  8. OTA upgrade via 3G in Ireland. 85MBs or something. Made a backup first, proceeded smoothly, no apps lost. Conversations seems to be improved, msn now displaying less network errors and it logs me out of my laptop when using the n900. So far so good, battery life still a bit atrocious when using 3G all the time though.

  9. i have finally found the curpit for disallowing me to update via OTA 2 days ago… lucky with the guide from this blog… i manage to overcome it by manually identify the application that used the libgled1-sgx-img which is Teeworlds… Once i done the uninstallation in appl manager… then i backup a copy of my latest phone setting and start the downloading of the PR1.3… it took me half an hour or so to complete the update… after that, click update all for the rest of QT libs. Then I reboot my N900.

    Everything run ok and i hv double check all appl i had installed early… only notice the tweakflash plugin is not working… so i uninstall it…

    one thing i also notice, the fmms is giving me trouble as whenever my telco send me a free MMS, my N900 will auto connect with MMS and start to download updates/refresh and in KBs. as i m not subscribe to any 3G plan…i m only go connect via WIFI at office and at home. so the bills is shoot up and cost me another 50 bulks just for the sake of downloaded 5MBs of data… immediately i remove the fmms appl.

    :) hehehe

  10. Robert.

    Im using the same version of Nokia ovi suite, and windows 7 too.
    The version in my phone is 20.2010.36-2.002

    Dont forget to choose pc suite option in your phone when you plug the cable.

    i do not make nothing else or special to synchronize it, but sometimes i have to open ovi suite before plug in the cable or close and open again ovi suite….

  11. Dave.
    What i did was to change the ring tone and make the phone ring and after that to change again for the tone i use…maybe that works for you too

  12. dpassapera, tks for your help!
    I’m choosing pc suite option in my phone when plug the cable.
    The only diference is my phone version (via *#0000#) is 20.2010.36-2 and yours is 20.2010.36-2.002! My version doesn’t have “.200″!
    Maybe, this is the crucial diference!

  13. updated through nokia pc suite this morning.
    yes, i made a backup prior to updating.
    good thing i did.
    update went smooth. but, yes it did wipe out alot of my programs.
    reset my themes. my wallpapers. and also removed shourtcuts i had on desktop including contacts shortcuts.
    my mail for exchange also lost messages.

    so i did a restore from my memory card and it restored shortcuts of contacts.
    mail for exchange repopulated with messages,

    but, i must also say. all my contacts and phone numbers and history were all intact. good, not lost.
    so now im restoring and it is in the process of downloading all my missing applications automatically through application manager.

    so, my closing thoughts? not a well thought out update process.
    i am not impressed by nokia on this one.

    if my phine app hangs up well like cell phone phone apps are supposed to, and if the phone app behaves smoothly when i have an incoming call. ill be happy and say that the upgrade was a positive.

  14. So, messages sync with Ovi Suite only works mit USA release, but not with GLOBAL release? :<
    Can anyone confirm?

  15. what a suck upgrade..nothing new….wresting time for upgrade…..no video call..no meego…no facebook video,no mms….no battery life…no navigation….this call a modern smart phone…..donot play fool looo nokia,,,,,take care about the product should nokia look first…..sad sad sad sad……..because buy it…

  16. Guys, I got synchronize the messages, but I first had to:
    1. uninstall all the aplications related to Nokia, I mean, Nokia PC Suite, Nokia Software Update, via they own uninstall programs;
    2. uninstall Nokia Ovi Suite, PC Connectivity solution and Nokia Connectivity cable drivers from Add/remove program;
    3. delete all remain folders related to Nokia. I made a search with “nokia” and delete the folders;
    4. restarted the pc; and
    5. install the last version of Nokia Ovi Suite.
    It’s working perfect!
    Good lucky!!!

  17. ok .. so its hours later, and im coming across apps that i still need to download and install… my backup/restore didnt fetch them all obviously

  18. This update make the UI hang all the time on my N900. Few or no new features and sluggish UI. Thanks a lot guys…….

  19. wish i hadnt updated now, PR1.3 is pointless and disruptive, roll on meego, nokia are teetering on the edge of losing a lot of support and pissing a lot of people off by ignoring the issues and pushing things forward with their little chums, if they dont get the basics sorted soon, therell be less and less wholl look twice at successive N series webtablets, i known im about sick.

    mrfish

  20. Dushan said:
    @hendrjks: hey buddy i need a small favor from u..
    ______
    tel me…
    anyway Tweakflast update for PR 1.3 just came out but unfortunately i got prob with one site i always listens before PR 1.3 :( hope i can tweak it

  21. Managed to flash the update successfully (didn’t want for wait for Vodafone to finish their botch job of the firmware) – as mentioned, no blinding obvious updates but everything runs a hell of a lot smoother. I look forward to seeing if battery life has improved…

  22. its holiday in here and i have too much time looking for a GREAT idea added to PR1.3. i was so disappointed and really pissed off because i cant play most of the streams i usually visit. even tweakflast PR1.3 has arrived. before i was so amazed about how Maemo has bundled such multimedia and browsing that emulates a true PC now its struggling with the PR1.3. I just cant imagine how nerveless maemo putting such a crappy update. just another reason yet again to shift to Iphone or Android. Goodbye Nokia n thanks for the better days!

  23. Is anyone here experiencing unable to connect VIA 3g?
    its giving me an error
    “Internet Connection Failed”
    “Retry?”

    any help?

  24. Hi Jason,

    Try shuffling your SIM card and try again. Still baffled by the number of people saying they have problems – PR 1.3 is running much faster and much smoother than 1.2 and battery life has improved noticeably too.

    Tadas, at the time I did the update there was no UK version. I just used the global one.

  25. I HAVE A BIG PROBLEM.. I INSTALLED MIDNIGHT COMMANDER TO BE ABLE TO INSTALL GAMES SUCH AS NFSUC AND OTHERS IPK FILES..BUT SUDDENLY AFTER ONE OR TWO ACTIONS WITH THIS MIDNIGHT COMMANDER SUCH AS -COPY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT..AND MY INSTALL MEMORY WENT FULL..AND I DONT KNOW HOW TO DELETE FILES WITH THIS MIDNIGHT COMMANDER.. SOMEONE WILL TELL ME TO DELETE BIG FILES FROM APP MANAGER,BUT I AM NOT HAVING MUCH THERE.. I THINK THE PROBLLEM IS THIS STUPID PROGRAM MIDNIGHT COMMANDER ,BECAUSE THERE IS NO OPTION TO DELETE,THERE IS COPY,EDIT AND MOVE..THIS RIGHT SECTION THERE IS THE PROBLEM ..WHATEVER I PUT THERE IT FILLS MY INSTALLABLE MEMORY ,BUT I CANT DELETE IT FROM THERE.. I TRIED TO MOVE IT BACK TO THE LEFT,BUT ITS NOT POSSIBLE..PLEASE I KNOW ITS A LONG LETTER,BUT WHAT CAN I DO TO DELETE FROM THIS INSTALLABLE MEMORY

  26. Pr1.3 update very smooth here.

    1 .Back up fully via the N900′s own back up application – approx 5/10 minutes

    2. Install PR1.3 via Ovi Suite – approx 20 minutes

    3. Restore from the N900′s own back up application – approx 45/60 minutes.

    Note – At one point during it will just leave the application manager on the screen for 10/15 mins as if its not doing anything. This looks like its finished but it hasn’t so sit through until the application restore tick boxes all appear then follow the instuctions on the screen.

    It was as simple as that here apart from wondering when the application manager appeared to have finished and not do anything for 10/15 mins.

    Best of luck

  27. i have problem,i am trying to install Midnight Commander,but its saying “unable to install Midnight Comannder. Some application packages required for the installation are missing”
    Then i check in details and there is written: missing file-libncursesw5
    But how to get this file? Where to find it? There is now such file on applications menager in downloads …how to get it? Please help

  28. i have also other problems.. when trying to get preenv in the X-terminal,
    after my comands: apt-get install preenv

    it start telling me this: “some packages could not be installed.This mean that you haverequested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not been created or been moved out Incoming. The following information may help to resolve the situation: The following packages have unmet dependencies: preenv: depends: libgles1-sgx-img but is not installable
    E:Broken packages”

    so please tell me what to do..my phone was stollen and i bought a new one the same,so may be it needs some more installs,but dont know what

  29. I’ve downloaded the patch today. All good. With the exception of the email. For some reason the app only downloads the oldest 255 emails on my POP server and won’t retrieve the rest? Does anyone have any ideas how to solve this. I had over 1200 on the device before updating. I can send emails no probs, but any new emails won’t come through, as I still have 6 months worth on the server still to download. Frustrating.

  30. I have 18.95 GB free on my N900, 473.3 MB available for installable applications, and I still can’t update OTA (in USA, TMobile). Any ideas why? I have a Mac and thus can’t install the OVI suite.

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