Nokia has just started rolling out an update to the Symbian Anna release on the Nokia N8 (and quite possibly other Symbian Anna devices like the C7, E7 as well) in the form of the v25.007 firmware update. The release brings bug fixes and performance improvements to Symbian Anna and is available over the air or via the Nokia Software Updater.
The update is tiny, weighing in at a little less that 1 MB over the air, so don’t expect any drastic changes. The N8 and other Symbian Anna devices support user data preservation, so your data should be safe post the update as well. Look for the update on the E7, C7, C6-01 and the X7 soon.
The update could very well also serve to prep the phone for the Symbian Belle update, we’ll know soon. If you don’t see the update, its possible that it isn’t available for your product code yet.
The much awaited Symbian Anna update has finally started rolling out to all the Symbian^3 devices, which includes the Nokia N8, the E7, C7 and the C6-01. The update is being progressively rolled out across the world with the update already being available in the majority of European and Asian markets.
Symbian Anna is available as a 22+ MB over the air update or via the Ovi Suite application on the computer. Post the update your firmware should read as 22.014. All the data, settings etc would be preserved on the Symbian^3 devices even after the update, but its recommended that you create a backup nevertheless.
I recommend that you update to Symbian Anna as soon as possible to take advantage of functionality such as a split screen portrait QWERTY keyboard, a new web browser, drag-able homescreens, a much improved Mail client that’s faster and split screen month/day views in the calendar. Also present are improvements to the mail for exchange implementation, device encryption, and Anna also updates your handset to the latest version of Qt. Symbian Anna also unlocks the NFC capabilities of the C7.
If you notice any other changes, please let us know in the comments section below.
Now that Symbian Anna is here, the focus will inevitably shift to the yet unannounced Symbian Belle which is expected to be unveiled later this month in a event in Hong Kong. But before you start waiting, don’t expect to see it on existing devices for the next two months.
Nokia France have taken it upon themselves to demo the latest iteration of Symbian in a little more detail than what Nokia had published in the morning. Unfortunately, the video is in French, but you can clearly make out what is going on – right from the new icons, the drag-able homescreens, the improved photo gallery, the split portrait and landscape QWERTY keyboard, the new browser, Mail for Exchange, the auto scrolling calender and finally Ovi Maps.
The best part is that the demo has been done on a Nokia C7, an older Symbian^3 device that will be receiving the update via the PR 2.0 firmware, most likely in May along with the rest of the Symbian^3 devices.
In addition to the X7 and the E6, Nokia also announced Symbian Anna, an update to the Symbian^3 OS. We’ve known for a while that they were going to get rid of the numbered Symbian naming system and Anna is just the first step in that journey. Symbian Anna is basically what the PR 2.0 firmware will be to older Symbian^3 devices like the N8, C7, E7 et al.
In this post on Nokia Conversations, they have outlined some of the features we can expect in this new release, which will also be brought to older devices via the PR 2.0 firmware upgrade. In a nutshell, Symbian Anna = PR 2.0 = a faster browser, improved text input, fresh, new icons, improvements to the photo gallery’s useability and the latest version of Ovi Maps in addition of a number of under the hood improvements.
For business users, the update also includes instant messaging with Microsoft Communicator Mobile, email enhancements that include full meeting request support and hardware-accelerated device encryption.
Enhanced Browser (v7.3): high value touch UI improvements, including URL entry bar, always visible ‘Go Back’ and extended toolbar buttons and search-integrated address field; better user responsiveness, faster history navigation and page loading, split screen virtual Qwerty keyboard.
Enhanced Ovi Maps (v3.06): smarter search; Check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquareor local social networks; ability to share places via email and SMS, and also with friends using non-Nokia phones; public transport network lines view; update and download full country maps via WLAN
Enhanced Ovi Store (v2.06.xx): improved search, including auto-complete, spell-checking and Internet search engine optimization and error fixes; increased file size limits for downloading over WLAN
Enhanced Social (v1.3): status updates in contact card, ability to retweet and view follower list in Twitter, higher resolution image uploads, ability to add caption to images
Enhanced Ovi Suite (v3.x): works seamlessly with the latest version of Ovi Suite to update the device software, download free street maps, download new music and discover the latest mobile apps, back up the device to keep content safe, and sync content with Ovi.
Java Runtime 2.2
Qt Mobility 1.1
Qt4.7 (The X7 and E6 will ship with Qt 4.7.3)
There is no release date for PR 2.0 for older Symbian^3 devices, the words used are ‘coming months’, however all indications point to a release sometime next month, possibly in the latter half. Considering how the E6 and X7 also do not have a fixed release date, all we have is Q2, it is clear that PR 2.0/Anna is not quite final as yet.
In many ways, today’s announcement is what we were told last year when the 50+ enhancements were revealed and I cannot wait for Nokia to stop talking about it, and actually ship it. That being said, post the Anna update, we can also expect a new version of Symbian which will completely revamp the UI, including the homescreens. But don’t get excited about that just yet, its still many months away.