The term “firmware update” is usually mentioned with regards to smartphones. Perhaps this is because the only people that care about updating firmware are the technology-savvy type – people who would naturally pick a smartphone over a feature phone anyday.
In basic terms, the phone’s firmware is the operating system (software) that the phone runs on.
Anyway, today at the office, one of us happened to need to connect a Nokia 3600 Slide to his PC, and when he did a pop-up balloon notified him that there was an update available for his device. Wonders! Techie as he is, he had not given any significant thought to updating his 3600 Slide.
Out of curiousity, he proceeded to update the phone.
When the update was initiated, Nokia Software Updater rebvealed that the firmware version on his phone was 4.11, and the current available update was 7.23. Such a gap?!
Anyway, 13 minutes and 36mb download later, the update was completed.
So, what difference did the update make? Ehm… we are not quite sure yet. We haven’t noticed anything yet. But there must be something lurking somewhere. We’ll play around and see if we find anything.
Have you ever updated a non-smartphone? Tell us about it.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with HDML/WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.