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PR 1.1 Update now available for new Symbian devices

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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”.

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Other benefits from the updates include:

  1. Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations;
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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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?

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  2. I love the New Quick Office 6.4 editor version for the N8, now I dont have to buy it.

    Nokia & Microsoft really needs to quicken there updates.

  3. @bosum99uk >> ‘I love the New Quick Office 6.4 editor version for the N8, now I dont have to buy it.’

    you may also want to take a look @ Office Suite from Mobile Systems. Specifically version 5.4 for Symbian touchscreens,

    Last time I checked, Quick Office could not hold a candle to Office Suite…

    A prime example was QuickOffice’s inability to copy a range of cells. Of course I expect it to have taken case of this and other weaknesses in this new one for the New Symbian. But just compare and contrast…

  4. I just installed the update. It’s about 6.8MB in size. 1st thing i noticed is that the Dialler now works in Landscape mode too. I’ll try the web browser soon.

  5. The web browser seems faster, with better scrolling.
    This is my first post on this site using the N8’s default browser.

  6. I can now edit Word 2007 documents with QuickOffice.

    I also opened an Excel2007 workbook, made some changes, and saved it. But I dont like the large, bulky look. There’s no option for zooming down; I’d really like that.

    Also opened a 45MB pdf magazine. I have to give the N8 credit for opening this file (152 pages with high def pictures), even though scrolling through the magazine is slow. My Samsung Wave [using Picsel Viewer] couldn’t even open pdf files larger than 20MB !

  7. Review sites like GSMarena and Engadget did not consider this update significant. I don’t think it is a milestone for Symbian ^3 too. It is only a small incremental update. We hope Nokia can push out better updates next time. Like the Authour stated rightfully, consumers are asking for UI update, and not more features updates! Symbian is already a matured OS packed full of features; Just how you retrieve these features via user interface is what that needs changing.

    So let’s hope that the announcement next week by Nokia CEO, Elop will usher in New stuff for Symbian!

  8. Sad. I Cannot rationalize Nokia’s idea in starving their E series Business flagship of accessories and features. The E7 is more expensive than N8, so one should have expected it to have ALL the features of the Nokia N8 and MORE. LETs pray the E7’s own updates will differentiate it! If I pay more I should expect more. And preferential treatment to boot!

  9. Nokia gambled with symbian ^3 on N8. That’s why its price was lower for market acceptability & penetration. It should actually have cost more for all its faetures and new innovation it brought. Its price should have been in the range of samsung tablet or iphone

  10. Yesterday, Nokia released an Update for the Ovi Store app. I’m downloading it now.

    The new version No is 2.00.10025 and it’s 4.57 MB.

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