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Nokia N78 Updated – Hits v20.149.051.1 (ChangeLog Inside)

Nokia N78 Updated - Hits v20.149.051.1 (ChangeLog Inside)The N78 has just received a substantial firmware update in the form of version 20.149.051.1. The update brings a ton of bug fixes, an update to the preinstalled maps application along with UI speed and transition enhancements. Also included is a new theme called ‘Music’. Complete changelog below.

The new firmware is available over-the-air (OTA) by simply pressing *#0000# from the standby screen and checking for updates. (Detailed guide on how to update OTA here). The phone features user data preservation (UDP) so your data should be fine even after the update, however a backup never hurts.

Changes/Improvements/New features noticed from v12.046 to v20.149:

Standby screen:

  • While scanning for wireless networks in the home screen, instead of saying “No networks found” as in the past, it says “No WLANs available”, also some other minor name changes in this menu.
  • Share online icon in standby screen seems to be different
  • When going back to the music player via the standby screen, it goes straight into the player without a fading in/out transition as it did before when Theme Effects are turned on (an instantaneous response). However, for going into other sections from the standby screen the fade in/out transition still occurs.
  • When Music Player is operating, and seeing the track name on the screen, and then when one song ends and goes to the next track, the speed at which this happens is much improved although not flawless (there is still some lag).
  • Scrolling up and down through the entries in the standby screen is very fast and not slow like before.

Call log, Contacts and calling function:

  • Calling speed (from standby screen to Contacts or Call Log) and transition to call/disconnected screens much faster and improved
  • Faster resume of music playback after call is ended
  • Volume bar is changed from ten dotted increment to continuous coloured volume triangle (this has also been reflected in other menus and options throughout the phone)

Maps:

Maps updated to version 2.0

Music Player:

  • Much faster interface and speed through all menus
  • Pressing volume keys is much improved and faster and more accurate response than before (where it may have taken time in the past for the volume level to update)
  • Music controls (i.e. Rewind, Fast forward, play/pause, stop) are no longer the same colour as the matching theme, now it is just the same light green colour across all themes
  • Visualisations are still a bit slow, but faster than before

Photos:

  • Transition into the Photos application is much faster than before
  • Scrolling through photos and videos and the like is still jerky and thumbnails still take a while to be updated from pixelated to clear thumbnails

Settings:

  • In Themes, there is a new theme called Music.
  • Power saver now includes “Now playing” option, so when the backlight goes off, the currently playing song and time are displayed on the screen for a number of seconds before disappearing. This occurs before keypad lock is activated, and when any key is pressed, the names of the song light up (in green or red). Also when going from one track to the next while this screensaver is activated, the date is displayed briefly.

Other:

  • General speed improvements across all menus and applications
  • Help function is much faster and speed improved
  • New help topics added to Help function
  • Speed dial now works without any lag
  • New RealPlayer interface and version updated (where the RealPlayer screen is no longer displayed but grey bars on top and bottom of the video)
  • About application has been updated for the year dates so that they are all “2009″.
  • Installation of applications and refresh of available applications within the Application Manager is much improved and faster (although icons for installed applications are now not displayed)
  • ‘Application update’ added to Applications
  • Carousel menu has new options under each heading
  • Navi-wheel seems to have been tweaked a bit more
  • Background light settings actually work now
  • Truncated email-account login name fixed

Other documented changes that have been stated by others for v13.052 and now v20.149:

IMPROVEMENTS

Connectivity:

  • System Error message appears when trying to stream a clip from a busy server
  • Timestamp corruption error in long streaming which leads to ‘Error in receiving live
    content’
  • VPN not working through WLAN in offline mode
  • Priorities of protected IAPs could not be changed via UI
  • Mail For Exchange did not play tone for every mail received as per S60 3.0 and 3.1
    products
  • DM settings were not generated automatically when Email settings are defined in variant

Photos:

  • Thumbnail displayed does not match actual image if user deletes thumbnail file in
    memory card private folder

Internet:

  • UI issues when viewing Youtube videos

Music:

  • Playing WMA audio files improved
  • IHF cannot be enabled during call when FMT is on
  • DRM: The ampersand character (‘&’) encoding is not correct

Other changes:

  • Weekly recurring clock alarm always sets for the current weekday regardless of the day chosen
  • Contact Groups are not titled correctly
  • Help text located in settings/general/Navi Wheel
  • Help text for Voice commands
  • Access point generation difficulties after factory reset

New features:

  • Boingo – Cancelled
  • Comes With Music (CWM) – This SW Version includes CWM enablers

CHANGES

Bluetooth

  • N78 to CK-07W Audio Lost at regular intervals
  • Call Not Working With Bluetooth Headset

WLAN

  • WLAN APN passed along with SDP contents is not utilized by Real Player

Power Management

  • Sleep current too high while video applications at background

GPS

  • The phone freezes when launching the Trip distance by clicking the link in Help content

PC Suite

  • Harvester Server doesn’t close all necessary connections to other services during backup/restore

SIM/USIM

  • Incorrect error codes are passed by TSY from SIM server to application layer for Smart card feature

Radio

  • RadioLauncher gets corrupted state when VisualRadio exits
  • FM frequency range extends below 87.5MHz

Podcast

  • Podcasts: garbled search results when entering a number as the search title

Photos

  • Crash when launching Photos application after restoring from memory card
  • Slideshow doesn’t work after used device for a while

Maps

  • Maps:”My position” and “My place” are translated into the same Chinese

Messaging

  • E-mail username truncated causes problem with login
  • Adding new number from SMS to existing number in ADN causes corruption

Download!

  • Download client doesn’t work with certain operators WAP APN

Other Changes:

  • Java platform version number not updated in IAD
  • Widget installer plugin cannot be upgraded
  • Removing battery during alarm makes the device unusable
  • Stub sis file doesn’t include httptransfer component
  • Paths are incorrect in cenrep creation file (Naviscroll and FMTX affected)
  • Internal Debugging tool wrongly included in Production SW
  • Device cuts off URL parameter in RTSP streaming link
  • Delivery via Device Management corrupts EAP-FAST PAC file
  • TCK failure with HTTP and AMR Combination
  • SpaceUI doesn’t allow for changes when a default number is assigned in Phonebook
    Display corrupts with 3rd party application BestCalc

Bugs/missing features already found:

  • Will not let you enter the Date and Time settings, instead going back to the main menu
  • Will not let you enter settings for the alarm Clock, instead going back to the main menu (related to the Date and Time above)
  • Carousel menu by pressing that small silver key is still inconsistent, sometimes appears with scroll bar and performance is still slow
  • Still no N-gage client within firmware

via: Daily Mobile

How To Enable The FM Transmitter On The N78

Before we get to the nitty gritties of enabling the FM transmitter, in case you are new to the functionality, here’s a small recap of what it does. (Feel, free to skip if you already know what I am talking about).

The functionality allows you to broadcast your own music playing on your N78 to any equipment that plays FM, basically the phone acts like your personal radio station. The range isn’t much but within your car or near your music system, this setup will rock. The advantage of such a feature is that you can share your music effortlessly without needing any cables whatsoever. I find this especially convenient when I want my own music playing in the car or even at home in my room. Most car audio systems these days come with a 3.5 mm input which allows you to connect your phone to, but that constant irritation of a cable remains. Also, when travelling in a friend’s car this feature comes in handy if his system does not have an audio in or you simple forget the dammed cable.

BACKGROUND

When the N78 was first launched in India, the use of an FM transmitter was prohibited in the country (and a few others like France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy) for whatever reason and the N78’s sold here therefore, lacked that wonderful functionality. When I first became aware of this, an idea stuck me that it was quite possible that the hardware part was present and Nokia’s was blocking the functionality via changes in the software. Therefore, a simple change of the product code and firmware update would have been a cure. Sadly, I didn’t get to try this first hand due to certain circumstances.

Later, OTA firmware update v 12.046 was rolled out and I updated the same day and this killed my chances of trying the above method out. The Nokia Software Updater would not let me ‘re-flash’ the device despite a different product code and the phone’s device manager too would give me the following:

In between all of this, the Indian government apparently made the use of an FM Transmitter legal and Nokia’s latest v12.046 firmware now supports the transmitter for Indian product codes too. So here’s how to enable it:

A. WITHOUT CHANGING THE PRODUCT CODE

If you are lucky enough to not have upgraded to the v 12.046 till now, then getting the FM transmitter is a simple matter of simply downloading the latest version of the Nokia Software Updater, backing up your phone, upgrading and restoring the data. Between all of this, the FM transmitter should have reared its head and would be present in the Music folder, which you can find in the Menu.

But if you, like me, weren’t so lucky and had upgraded to the latest v12 before the transmitter became legal in India, then you will need to visit one of the many Nokia Service Centers and ask them to flash the phone for you. Believe me, its worth the ordeal.

B. CHANGING THE PRODUCT CODE

If you live in a country that still doesn’t allow the use of a FM transmitter and you still want it, the procedure is again pretty simple. But please bear in mind, that this may void warranty and/or subject you to formal charges.

First we will need to change the product code to that of a country which allows its usage and also has a language pack that you require. Choose from this list. (Example: 0546543 – Euro 1 Warm Silver and Pearl White – Supports English)

  • Download and install the Nemesis Service Suite.
  • Next, simply plug in your phone and wait for the drivers to get installed.
  • Then, run NSS and select ‘Scan For New Device’ on the upper right side of the window
  • Click on ‘Phone Info’ and then on ‘Scan’
  • In the box next to the words ‘Product Code” enter the new product code.
  • Mark the box labelled ‘Enable’.
  • Hit ‘Write’ and you job’s done.
  • Close the Nemesis Service Suite.

Once you have changed the product code, simply use the Nokia Software Updater to update as you usually would.

To use the functionality, simply go on to your music folder and activate FM transmitter. Input the frequency to whatever you would like the phone to broadcast at. Tune your music system/car radio/whatever that supports FM to the frequency you just set on the N78. Play a song in the music player, choose Options and then select ‘FM Transmitter’. Next hit ‘Change’ and turn it on, the music should now be audible from your system.

Although this feature has been available as an add on accessory for a long time for a variety of devices such as the iPods, the ability to be carrying it in your pocket and the comfort of using it without any ‘extra’ is amazing.

Rediscovering SportsTracker With The N78

One of the things I have been wanting to do for quite a while now is extensively try out the latest version of the multifaceted ‘Sports Tracker’ application. Like I’ve said earlier , since the time it first came out, it has undergone so much change and improvements that ’sportstracker’ is an understatement and well, a little misleading and because of this a lot of us fail to put it to its best use which is not sports but recording a trek/trip.

The lower range of the Himalayas is pretty near from where I live and the day before yesterday’s cloudy and windy weather was a perfect invitation in the otherwise sultry heat. So, I and a few friends decided to go uphill for lunch, a one and a half our drive. To give us company, we had a range of Nokia devices from the N78 to the E90 to the N82 and the E71. I did not have sportstracker installed on the N82, so I decided the N78 was going to be the phone for the job. (In the end, it proved to be a wise choice, reasons below.)

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The N78 Review

Initial Impressions - N78

As you may recall, a few days back I was able to get my hands on the production N78 for a little while. The N78, a candybar and N73 successor, was first announced at the Mobile World Congress in February. It comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi, a 3.5mm plug and all the usual goodies expected in an Nseries device. This latest multimedia computer from Nokia went on sale two weeks ago and is currently retailing at about 450$ sim-free. Based on a short but fairly comprehensive play with the N78, I bring you my take on it.

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All Regional Variants Of N78 Will NOT Have An FM Transmitter

All Regional Variants Of N78 Will Not Have An FM Transmitter

The N78 started shipping in India a little while ago and I was able to get hold of one for a brief period. I was keen to try out the FM Transmitter as thats one of the things the N78 brings for the first time in any Nseries device. But to my dismay I simply could not find the option, I figured there was probably something wrong with my handset but today Arvind, a eagle eyed reader who has the same problem left a comment wondering why his bought in India N78, didn’t have a transmitter too.

Following up, he points us to a Nokia Page which tells you whether the N78 being sold in your country will have the transmitter or not. Fortunately, most governments are sane and have permitted its use, but if you are in France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland or Italy don’t buy the N78 because of this feature, you won’t find it! Its best to check before you take the plunge. Or hit up online retailers and get yourself a N78 from another country, there won’t be any warranty though and the FM transmitter use might still be illegal!

Update: May be flashing with another region’s product code might help if all N78’s have the same hardware. Can someone share a product code that supports the transmitter?

N78 Starts Shipping – Available In India @ 450$

N78 Starts Shipping - Available In India @ 450$

The N78 had started shipping a little while ago in some countries including Nokia’s home Finland. I’m pleased to say that it is now officially available in India at price of about Rs. 19,000 (450$) sim-free. I have been able to get my hands on the retail version and will be publishing my take on it soon. I had previously previewed the N78 here. Meanwhile here is an image gallery for you to check out, in case you want me to address something specifically, do drop a line.

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