The N97 Classic has just received an update in the form of a the v22.0.110 firmware. The update is a 4.9 MB download over the air and the new firmware will soon also be available via the Nokia Software Updater. In addition to bug fixes and general speed improvements, v22 comes with Ovi Maps 3.3 pre-loaded so you don’t need to install it separately if you want free navigation. This saves you a good 9-10 MB of precious phone memory, but if you choose to update to the 3.4 version of Ovi Maps, you’ll again loose the free space you just gained.
The update also brings RAM optimizations and according to Steve over at AAS after a fresh install (firmware update + format) you will have 55MB free on disk C: and almost 60MB of free RAM at first boot. I’d recommend giving your N97 a fresh start, so to format it you can enter *#7370# in the dialer and follow the prompts, this will wipe the entire phone memory so its prudent to take a backup.
If you are in for the finer details that a changelog brings, you might want to check this post by Norman over at Symbian World.
The Nokia N900 PR 1.2 firmware came out for yesterday. UK users got it over the air yesterday itself while the rest of us will be getting the much sought after fix for the N900 today. But if you do not wish to update over the air, or cannot do so because you do not have enough free space in the rootfs, or for some other reason and you also happen to have a Mac then here is how you can update.
Updating on a Mac is much easier than having to manually flash on a Windows machine and the best part is that you can stay clear of the Terminal and do it in under two minutes with a clean graphical user interface.
- Next, Download the latest firmware (.bin) file, it will look like “RX-51_xxxxx_ARM.bin”. You will need your IMEI number to access the downloads, it can be found on the box or by going to Settings > General > About Product.
- Launch the 770Flasher application.
- You will the above screen. Click Ok.
- Select the firmware file which you want to flash. Next, you should see the following screen.
- You will see the above message. Now insert the USB cable into the Mac, next press ‘u’ on the N900’s keyboard and insert the other end of the USB into it. Within an instant you will see a USB icon on the top right corner of the N900 and feel a small vibration. Now leave the ‘u’ key.
- The flash will begin and will take merely a minute.
- Soon you will see the above screen, this is your cue to take the USB cable out and rest assured that you have successfully flashed the N900.
If you are technically inclined, the N900 can also be flashed with the Console, directions here.
Disclaimer: Please do this at your own risk.
Just because speculating is fun, I am going to point you to this Nokia Italy Facebook page from which stems the news that the N900 might finally be getting the much awaited PR 1.2 firmware come Wednesday. We had been promised an update by the end of May so this seems just about right, unless Nokia plans to take ‘end of May’ really seriously and release it next Monday on May 31.
In any case I’m not too worried about when the update actually comes along, my N900 is performing well enough, yes I want the Qt goodness but frankly there are not many Qt apps waiting in the wings anyway. But there is one things I must say, Nokia has taken its own sweet the testing the firmware so I hope they deliver a fantastic update, an issue here will really have the users wanting blood.
Meanwhile the N900 PR 1.2 speculation thread and crossed 6800 posts and continues to serve as a great source of entertainment if you are trying to kill time waiting for the update.
[via: Maemo Italia]
Nokia is on a roll, the next device to receive some firmware love is the Nokia E72. The v31 firmware brings long desired functionality such as support for internet radio among other things. Also present are the usual bug fixes including the one for the spacebar.
Inbuilt apps such as Maps and the web browser have also been updated. At the time of writing the update is only available via the NSU. It is a major update and definitely recommended. Please find the complete changelog below:
- WAPI support for China
- Internet radio
- Smart Connect
- Advanced Communications Manager
- Freestyle email (2.05, BL3, csw.32.rd_email_10w04)
- My Nokia (4.1)
- Nokia Maps SR3
- Share on OVI (4.3)
- OviStore (1.5.436)
- Cherry (2.1)
- Browser 7.2
Corrections – Only major corrections listed.
- Stability improvements
- Memory leak corrections to improve general stability
Music player, radio, video recording, earphone, security sw and encryprion stability corrections
- Localisation corrections(MAPS, Calendar, Contacts, Email and Browser area)
- MFE activation registration correction
- Synchronisation correction to mailbox creation(like Yahoo and Gmail) for the first time
- Email editing correction(dubling of words when deleting suggestions)
- Correction to synchronization when syncing draft meeting request
- Set default setting “Sync while roaming” to “No”
- Sending message without password initials crash correction
- Messaging menu memory leak correction
- Meeting request creation stability corrections
- Requiring meeting request corrections
- Meeting request saving correction if meeting request is saved before sending
- Meeting update send after editing request
- Contacts stability improvements (arrow keys pressed rapidly before contacts are loaded, add searched contact to the goup without name, mail box removal, open/close contacts during call, conference call with two same name participants, … )
- Company name displayed in contacts
- Group deleting correction when goup is deleted from group edit view
- Contact group editing view corrections
- Contacts search corrections (Group cannot be searched after editing its conference service number, Image detail of marked contact is not displayed in search result, Group disappears when add contact to it in searched result view)
- Missed call indicator removal correction after call has been accomplished form action menu
- Message notifier corrected when several voice messages received
- New maps version included
- Free navigation
- Improved GPS handling
- Landmark corrections(land mark received vie MMS, Landmarks are not displayed when selecting places during planning route from landmarks application)
- Voice guidance corrections (turning directions, safety camera)
- Route planning/saving corrections
- Browser bitmap memory leak correction
- Browser closing stability improvement before connection is open
- Secure connection icon corrections (going to an other secure page, secure connection canceling)
- When moving multiple Bookmarks, the last selected Bookmark is not moved
- Bookmark icon correction
- Spacebar stops working correction
- Emergency call correction when lock code query is on and call made quickly after power on
- Theme effects disabled by default
The 5800 is one of Nokia’s most successful touch devices and therefore it is no surprise that they keep making it better. The device has now been blessed with the v50 firmware that adds new functionality as well brings the usual bug fixes and enhancements.
The update is available both via the Nokia Software Updater and over-the-air (OTA) for very few product code as as of now, the device has user data preservation so you can update without loosing any data, once it comes to your product code, although a backup is always recommended.
From the initial reports, key changes include kinetic scrolling in the menu, N97 style alphabet scrolling in the music player, a pre loaded quick office app and an update to the real player among other things. Have you noticed something else? Please let us know in the comments section below.
[Update – The v30.009 N86 firmware is now available via the Nokia Software Updater as well as over the air. an OTA update option should follow soon].
If you are one of the few people who bought the N86, there is good news. A new v30 firmware will be making its way to your devices by the weekend if everything goes well inside of Nokia. I said ‘few people’ because the N86 was one of the best Nseries devic es that Nokia made, yet they failed to market it well.
I hardly saw any advertising or promotion and this a pretty fine handset didn’t reach the heights it should have. I have a N86 and I love it. Anyway, back to the firmware, there is no changelog yet, but we know that v30 is a maintenance release with no new functionality as such. In addition to bug fixing and performance enhancements around the system, we will see updated Maps software with the ability to share location and improvements to messaging performance.