Nokia has started rolling out a new firmware update for its current range of Symbian^3 handsets. Symbian^3 owners should not get too excited because it’s not the Belle update they are hoping for.
The new firmware update (v25) does not bring any noticeable changes, except for the bump in the firmware version. Some users did report that the web browser seemed to open faster, and was much smoother in general use as well. This might as well be a placebo effect though.
The new v25 firmware update is being rolled out for all Symbian^3 powered handsets including the N8, E7, C7, and the C6-01. Users can either update the firmware via OTA (Over-The-Air) by keying in *#0000# or by simply using Nokia Software Updater/Nokia Suite.
Sadly, the firmware does not fix any of the serious issues with Symbian^3 including the Mail-for-exchange and Wi-Fi stability bug on the E7. In all possibility, this firmware update prepares the Symbian^3 handset for the upcoming Symbian Belle update.
Nokia has already started shipping Symbian Belle handsets and its current crop of Symbian^3 handsets are stated to get the Belle update sometime in Q4. Nokia will also announce its next-gen handsets at its upcoming Nokia World 2011 beginning from October 27th.