Nokia has announced that the long-awaited update for the N900 is available and already being released to UK users. The global release will be tomorrow (May 26), so you N900 users based in Nigeria should be on the lookout. Before this, the most up-to-date firmware was version 3.2010.02-8.002.
Some of the new features and improvements that come with this update (version 10.2010.19-1) include:
- Qt 4.6.2 is now preinstalled on the OS.
- Improvements to email
- Mail widget
- Changes for the video recording in the Camera Application
- Can dial USSD Codes
- Improved Ovi Maps user interface
- File Manager is now able to share any file and/or folder
- Portrait mode now available in MicroB web browser
- Status area is now reachable in portrait mode
- Re-arrangeable application menu
- Video calling can be accessed through contacts
- Modified Virtual Keyboard
A number of new games have also been released for the N900, including: Jurassic 3D Rollercoaster, Zen-bound, Angry Birds (level pack), Sygic, Kroll, Weatherbug, and GoGadget. Ovi Store is also got updated on this firmware.
From Nokia Conversations:
Email has been improved with the ability to accept or decline an event invitation right there in your inbox, and Facebook IM chat has also been bundled in. The release also brings with it video calling, allowing users face-to-face chatting anywhere.
An additional update you will be pleased to hear about is portrait browsing on the internet is a-go on the N900. Ovi Maps also gets the update treatment with changes to the UI, improving the experience of finding your way around. And finally, there’s also a change to the menu system UI with the first level now customisable.
Nokia has now also finally put an end to hopes for the N900 eventually running MeeGo, the replacement OS for Maemo that is the product of a collaboration betweeen Nokia and Intel. Sorry, folks, MeeGo will not be available for your beloved N900:
Many of you have been asking whether the new MeeGo platform will be supported on the N900 once it’s device-ready. Although Nokia N900 devices are being used for platform development and testing purposes by those involved in the MeeGo project, we don’t have plans for a full scale commercial MeeGo upgrade on the Nokia N900.
That settles the MeeGo for N900 angle; doesn’t it?
Back to the update, this sounds promising, and I am looking forward to downloading and installing the update OTA tomorrow. If you own an N900 and get it on your device, let’s know what you think of the new features.
PS: OTA upgrade should not delete any of your files, but just to be sure, please backup your phone before going ahead.
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