Last week we told you that updates were coming to older S60 v3 and v5 devices, and the rollout has started. The Nokia E72 and E52 have received the new browser, emoticons, updates maps and performance improvements in the form of the v71.004 firmware, while the N97 Mini gets the same benefits with the v30.0.004 firmware.
The Nokia 5230, 5235, 5238 have also been updated to v50.6.001, v50.8.001 & v50.9.002 respectively. To check for updates, you can hit *#0000# in the dial pad and then goto options and check for updates. If you see the update, you can immediately download and install over the air. Alternately, you can connect to the computer and use the Ovi Suite or the separate Nokia Software Updater app to install the new firmware.
The devices feature user data preservation, so your data should be safe, but its always best to take a backup before proceeding, the OTA update is a little over 16 MB in size. For the full list of devices getting the update, look here.
Our N97 Mini Trunk came with a Quill, a compass, a diary, an address book, some ink, a calculator and some other items, all of which can prove incredibly useful or amazingly useless in a quest for navigation. As luck would have it, the rub of the green didn’t go our way and what ensued was funny for the spectator, but incredibly frustrating for the individuals. I give you, Challenge 2 – Maps!
Ovi Maps has made life easier for a lot of us, and we often wonder what people did before navigation. Show us how having Ovi Maps on your N97 mini device can make life easier. Using the tools at your disposal we want you and your trunk buddy to create a fun video showing us how things used to be done, and how we do it now. Trunk v/s N97 Mini!
Think of a creative way to have fun with maps and submit your video online.
After this we have just one more challenge left and under 1:30 hours to go.
After a mention of the N97 Mini on Vodafone Ireland’s official forums the rumour mill has been abuzz with activity about a possible N97 Mini, however until today we hadn’t seen a picture/mockup that seemed even a little convincing.
Enter these images that are either the work of a very talented photoshop expert or infact real. From what we can see, the N97 Mini has:
A smaller 3.2″ inch screen
No D-pad but dedicated arrow keys on the right hand side.
No lens cover, this could be a blessing.
Word on the internet also has it that the ‘Mini’ will have 8GB of onboard storage and the same 5MP camera from the N97.
With Nokia World around the corner and the possibility of a Nokia Maemo tablet with a GSM radio announcement, the N97 Mini addition will surely make for an interesting September. As far as the impact on the N97 itself, I doubt it will be much as both devices will cater to a slightly different market (Mini = Cheaper) and the Mini (if real) will most likely ship after a few more months, giving the N97 enough time to find its feet.
As with all rumours, please take this with more than a pinch of salt.