Ovi Maps Update for Nokia N97

Nokia finally released the free turn-by-turn voice navigation Ovi Maps for N97. After excluding the N97 from the list of phones for getting the free update, Nokia faced heavy criticism from N97 owners (stated in our previous post here).


As stated by Nokia that N97 doesn’t have sufficient RAM for running the new version of Ovi Maps. But the Ovi Map update came without the firmware update, which was not as planned. However, the update is out and the performance is better. When running the maps only the phone has 32 MB of free space which is ok considering the amount of RAM the phone normally has.

However, the performance of the touch screen has improved but still it is late in response, and in short it is far from perfection. Scrolling through maps is uneven. But it is worth when getting voice navigation maps for free.

We can hope that a new firmware update added with some optimization of the maps for N97 could solve the tiny problems. Nokia has been known for fulfilling their customer’s demand and so waiting for a firmware update won’t be a bad idea for N97 users. Till then enjoy the free voice navigation Ovi Maps and stay tuned for a firmware update.

  • Vinod

    is it possible to increase C:Drive Space & RAM in N97?. bcz.. space & RAM is the main issue in N97…

    • Rahul Shah

      You cannot do that manually. But Nokia can do that through a software update.

      • Kongen

        Are you sure that Nokia can do that

        Why they dont do it then, it will solve a lot of problems for all…

        • Rahul Shah

          It is not possible to double the RAM i.e. 256MB. Nokia had already increased the RAM. I remember after the release of the handset, when users complained for the low RAM issues, Nokia in a software update increased the RAM to +10MB to 20MB. That is all, not more is possible. Even the VP of Nokia says that N97 was a disaster for consumer experience. Nothing more could be said..