Nokia today announced the long awaited PR 1.1 updates for new Symbian smartphones. According to Nokia, “the updates will make it even smoother to use.
“Most of the updated features are not directly visible to end users, but together, they will enhance the user experience of each Symbian device. Both the quality and the stability of the devices will be further enhanced. In addition to numerous tweaks and fixes, there’s also some new content”.
Other benefits from the updates include:
- Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations;
- Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite.
- For Nokia N8 users:
a. New Quick Office 6.4 editor version, which offers editing possibilities and allows zooming in & out in Word documents.
b. Three high quality games will also be preloaded on new devices – Need for Speed Shift, Real Golf and Galaxy on Fire. (In some countries, Need for Speed is replaced with Asphalt 5). For current N8 users, these are available for free from Ovi Suite & Ovi Store.
The generic update for the C7 is already available. N8 and C6-01 users will receive their updates next week.
While this is not the only update being expected this year, it is a bit underwhelming. To be honest, Nokia doesn’t seem to get it what is uppermost for them to do now. Symbian already has superb features that outgun what other platforms have. If I may speak based on the feedback we have received over time, Symbian users want improvements in the user interface, not more features. At least, not for now.
The current UI is not terrible, but it could be better – and people are asking for that better – in the browser, in text entry and elsewhere.
But what’s done is done. We simply have to wait and see what PR 2.0; right? As consolation, an update is better than no update; right?