Major Firmware For The N96 – v. 12.043 Now Available Via NSU & OTA (Changelog Inside)

To the absolute joy of many N96 owners, the much awaited v12.043 firmware is now available both via the NSU and over-the-air (OTA). The NSU version is about 120MB while the OTA version is a around the 2.5 MB mark. This update brings improvements to the speed, camera, WIFI performance amongst other things and should transform the N96 experience for us. It will hopefully help realise its full potential, a definate must do.

Since the device supports user data preservation, theoretically all your data would be preserved. However, a backup never hurt anyone. Changelog below. Guide on updating the firmware OTA here.


  • Switch 4.0 – improved switch application to transfer user data from/to other devices.


  • Still image quality is improved, with fixes for color haziness and motion blur that appeared under certain conditions.
  • Many fixes for conditions that can lead to application crashes or instabilities.
  • Improved overall Bluetooth interoperability Improved overall Bluetooth interoperability.
  • Now compatible with Nokia Email service (application available as separate download).
  • If user sets brightness to maximum value the display backlight now does turn back on after screensaver mode.
  • The device autolock no longer locks the device while viewing or recording videos.
  • SMS no longer gets auto-converted to an MMS message if there are more then 20 recipients.
  • Music Player “Refresh Library” no longer hangs if General Settings Date separator is set to “:”.
  • Now only one message alert tone is played per synchronization with Mail for Exchange, instead of one per message.
  • Fix for issue with alarm snoozing when alarm was set and device was powered off.
  • Theme no longer jumps back to default theme after using USB mass storage mode.
  • CSHelp texts are now updated to resolves several identified issues.


  • During boot, we recommend to wait for battery bar to show up prior to using media keys to ensure they are responsive.
  • Ngage pre-selects wrong access point in certain operator networks, in these instances user needs to reconfigure Ngage access points manually from within Ngage settings menu.

Via: AAS, N95 Users. Image Via – Symbian-Guru

6 thoughts on “Major Firmware For The N96 – v. 12.043 Now Available Via NSU & OTA (Changelog Inside)”

  1. i noticed one main recurring issue, and thats that my phone has sim reading issues. every 1-2 hours, the phone will start saying, insert simcard, sim card registration failed, and then it will work again only to have the same problem a couple of hours later, anyone having this problem?

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