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.
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.
The Nokia N900 has received a new firmware in the form of PR 1.1.1 (version 3.2010.02-8). This looks like a minor update and is available as an image from N900 firmware section as well as over the air if you search for updates. The OTA option is a 16.2 MB download and looks like a precursor to the major PR 1.2 update.
This update adds a number of regions to the N900, as quite a number of countries were earlier missing from the N900’s list. Apart from that there is no changelog available. I will update this post if I see something new.
The changelog is now available here, this firmware fixes the battery drain issue when connected to WIFI and browser improvements among other minor things.
Update: If you get a memory error while trying to update the N900 over the air, trying rebooting the device once. If that still doesn’t solve your problem then disable the Extras-Devel and Extras-Testing repositories and try again.
Update 2: The update is also available via the Nokia Software Updater, however when you update using it, you will loose your applications and settings, while the contacts and other data including photos will remain intact. So please make sure you backup before you update.
[via: Sittiphol and Maemo Club on Twitter]
Rumour has it that the N900 will soon have a new firmware in the form of v1.2009.41.13 that will be available via the Nokia Software Updater. Looking at the number of the firmware it seems that v1 stands for version 1, 2009 for the year, 41 for the week and 13 for the day. Counting backwards this seems to suggest that this build is just a week old and may be the release that ships on retail N900’s.
The source of these rumours was a Nokia Support Discussions post, which has now been removed, but a Google search still shows these results. The removal of the post is what makes this rumour interesting. Please keep in mind that these are all speculations and v1.2009.41.13 may turn out to be a build that is never released or one of the many used for internal testing.
But if this is the retail release, the N900 will be on track for a late October/early November release.