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.
At the iPad keynote, Steve Jobs made a statement that has set-off another round of Nokia v/s Apple action. He called Apple the largest mobile company in the world, even bigger than Nokia when it came to revenue. Needless to say, this did not go down well with Nokia, not one bit, and today they shot back on the official Nokia Conversations blog with a provocative, ‘A Fruit Confused?‘.
Mark Squires, Head of Social Media at Nokia called for an ‘apples-to-apples’ comparison where laptop computers could not be included in the generally accepted definition of ‘mobile devices’. With in play, Nokia’s devices and services business from Oct-Dec was shown as €8,18 billion while Apple’s turnover for “newly defined” mobile devices was €7,25 billion.
Now there is no right/legally accepted definition of ‘mobile devices’ so I would expect the give and take to continue. Nokia and Apple are already embroiled in litigation, may I suggest they setup an arbitral panel to rule over this as well. What is important to note is the hard tone of that Nokia has adopted in its effort to set the record straight. Here is an extract:
“Well you don’t see me putting pen to paper a great deal but sometimes there are articles floating around on the sphere that get my blood pressure rising to what my doctor is prone to call an ‘unreasonable level for a man of your years/weight/physical condition’. Reading coverage of one of our competitor’s much hyped web pad event this week, I was surprised to see that, by revenue, they were claiming in their leader’s keynote to be “the largest mobile devices company in the world.”
The difference between the two companies is even larger if you use the more common measure: the number of devices sold. By that comparison, Nokia has been the largest mobile devices company in the world for a dozen consecutive years.
What do you think? Does a Macbook fall under the category of a ‘mobile device’?
Periodically upgrading the firmware is the best care you can provide to your device, it not only helps improve performance, at times it adds functionality that previously did not exist. I am certain most of our readers are power users like myself, who probably upgrade device to the latest version within days if not hours of its coming out. But what about the not so savvy users? Do they ever upgrade? Chances are pretty bleak. So what can be done?
But before we get to that I was looking for a bit of perspective on firmware updates. Have anyone of you ever updated a friend’s or a relative’s phone’s firmware? Have you ever told them that there exists such a thing? Personally speaking, I try and let that everyone I meet know about this basic concept, for quite a few I even do it myself, if its a new device I do it then and there via OTA. But clearly a handful of users trying to spread the word isn’t helping too much.
Considering the fact that one of Nokia’s strongest plus points is the support they provide to the handset even months after the purchase in the form of firmwares that keep coming out. When the N97 came out, I was confident that Nokia will do justice to it, sooner or later and the v20 firmware promises to do that. What about the experience of the person who will never update the firmware himself?
WHAT NOKIA DOES:
- Over the last few months Nokia has started to emphasize the importance of new FW’s via service like My Nokia, even informing people when new firmwares come out.
- They also have included a ‘check for updates’ application to help in the process.
- User data preservation and over the air updates have become the standard in all new devices.
WHAT NOKIA SHOULD DO:
- Enable automatic updates. The device should be able to automatically update without the user having to press a key. But if they were to do this a lot of people will cry foul, at least the power users will. Therefore, the work around to this is:
— During the initial setup ask people if they are happy with automatic updates. Most people will be, the powers can shut them off there.
— Then, when the phone detects the presence of a new FW, it should prompt the user telling him that the firmware update is downloading and if he does nothing, it will be installed automatically at a particular time or the next time they connect the phone to the charger. The power users if required, can shut it off here.
— Then 15 minutes before the firmware installs, inform the user via a popup that the install is scheduled to commence in the next 15 minutes. This will give users a chance to cancel if they have something important planned for the next few minutes.
- There will still be a few users who will not be able to update because of a lack of data connection or a few other reasons. Educate them about FW’s. Put a small poster in the retail packaging of the device telling users about firmwares, their benefits and how to update. This should be separate from the user manual.
- Release a detailed change-log at the same time as the firmware. The OTA update should also become available simultaneously with the NSU client.
- Make the Nokia Care Center firmware update experience better. The turnaround time should be within a maximum of two hours, preferably less.
- Make the Nokia Software Updater compatible with the Mac OS.
If this is done, I think it will go a long way in improving overall customer satisfaction. Nokia is already working towards improving their notification system and I hope that this step is only the tip of the icerberg. Do you have any other suggestions?
Forum Nokia today rolled out the final release of the Maemo 5 SDK that promises to pack everything that developers need to create applications for the N900. The SDK enables development of applications for Maemo 5 devices on a Linux based computer, it contains all the tools developers need to write, test, compile, and package for distribution Maemo 5 software. However, if you are a developer and you use a Windows machine or even a Mac, then you can turn to the VMWare based Maemo Virtual SDK that is identical to the final release. You can also visit the Discover Maemo 5 SDK wiki page for more details.
The SDK offers now the possibility to install Nokia applications that are required for proper testing of add-ons, plugins and web service, developers can now also take advantage of the Sharing Plug-in API has been released to help integrate web services for sharing files.
There has been a lot of talk about S60 and Mac compatibility recently and Nokia seems to have been listening behind the scenes. The Map Loader for Macs has just been released and it appears to be a sign of the many things to come for Mac owners. The application performs the same role that its counterpart performs on Windows PC’s i.e. allowing you to load Maps to your device via your computer, rather than over the air. The one up it does have over the Windows variant is the History feature that lets you see what you have transferred, which you can use it to reload the same set of maps as a later date.
The methodology of usage remains the same too, just prepare the phone by running the Maps application on your phone once before connecting it to your Mac and then simply drag and drop various maps elements such as countries to your device.
Needless to say, Nokia is also looking for feedback. it can be send via the application itself, or Nokia Multimedia Transfer, or through a comment to this post on the Beta Labs Blog. Before you get started make sure you already have the Nokia Multimedia Transfer application installed. Grab the Map Loader here.