Nokia has just released a new firmware update for the recently released business communicator Nokia E7.
The PR 1.1 (v14.002) software update for the E7 is a minor update and does not bring any noticeable improvements or changes. The update mainly improves the performance and stability of the handset, along with fixing some minor bugs.
Nokia E7 owners will be automatically prompted by their handset to download and install the update. However, users can manually check for the firmware update by using the SW Update’ application in the phone. The update will be slowly rolled out by Nokia in different regions of the world, so users need to be patient before the update hits their phone.
Hopefully, Nokia will release the highly anticipated PR 2.0 software update for all the latest Symbian^3 based devices including the N8 and E7. The PR 2.0 firmware update is expected to address the major shortcomings of the Symbian OS and includes a new web-browser and a text input system, as well.
Nokia has promised that the company will release firmware updates for all the latest Symbian^3 handsets including the Nokia N8, C7 and C6-01, which will address the major shortcomings with the Symbian UI.
Up until now, Nokia has released the PR 1.1 firmware update for all the above said handsets that hardly brought any visible changes to the end-user. However, it is the next update i.e. PR 2.0 that will bring a lot of changes with it including a new web browser and a new text-input system. The PR 2.0 update will also bring a new portrait QWERTY keyboard to the latest Symbian handsets from the Finnish giant.
Now, NitishKumar has managed to get his hands on the upcoming PR 2.0 firmware update for the Nokia C7. He managed to download the firmware through NaviFirm, which lists all the firmware Nokia is going to release or have already released to the public.
Some C7 owners over at DailyMobile.se forums have flashed the leaked PR 2.0 firmware on their handset. These users reported that the performance of the handset has improved considerably and Nokia has also enabled NFC with this firmware update. There is now an NFC settings option in the Settings Menu of the phone.
The Java version and the inbuilt web-browser have also been updated. The Kinetic scrolling and the home screen transitions are also smoother compared to PR 1.1 firmware. The new text-input system along with a new portrait QWERTY keyboard is also present.
The leaked firmware also installs many games on the handset including Fruit Ninja. Apparently, the battery life and the speaker sound quality also improved after flashing the PR 2.0 firmware.
In all probability, the PR 2.0 firmware update must be under final stages of testing for all the latest Symbian based handsets, and will be released within a couple of weeks from Nokia.
Nokia has started rolling out a new firmware update for its budget oriented touchscreen handset the Nokia 5250. The 5250 sports a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen with nHD resolution.
The handset is powered by an ARM11 processor running at 434MHz and packs 128 MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a disappointing 2MP fixed-focus camera.
The new firmware update for the handset v20.0.004 brings general performance and usability improvements. The web browser has also been updated and it now comes with integrated search functionality.
The Ovi Store and the Mail for Exchange clients have also been updated to the latest version. This update also brings the new updated music player, as first seen on the Nokia 5800. Nokia 5250 owners can update the firmware on their handset either by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU) or via OTA (Over-The-Air).
Since the handset features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.
Samsung Galaxy S owners who frequently visit the Galaxy S sub-forum on XDA know that firmware leaks are a pretty common thing. Up until now, we have only had firmware leaks based on Android 2.2 or 2.2.1.
Today, an Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S has leaked on the Internet. Samsung proprietary TouchWIZ UI (v3.0) also runs on top of it. The new firmware (XWJV1) is not an official one and is an early beta firmware.
Galaxy S owners who flashed this firmware on their handset report that the browser is super smooth and super quick. Like in Android 2.2 based firmware, the browser rendering is hardware accelerated. Sadly, the awesome screen-off animation as seen on the Nexus S is not present in this firmware.
The firmware has already been rooted by the awesome developers at XDA. However, one major disappointment with this firmware is that it still uses the RFS file system. The RFS FS is the major culprit behind all the lags and stalling issues which majority of the Galaxy S owners face.
Users should keep in mind that since this is a beta firmware bugs and crashes are to be expected.
It was late last month that Nokia released the PR 1.1 update for the latest Symbian based handsets including the N8, C7 and C6-01. The PR 1.1 update hardly brought any noticeable changes to the end users.
Nokia has stated that the PR 2.0 update for the latest Symbian handsets will improve some of the heavily criticized aspects of the phone including the web browser and the text input mode system. Now, the folks over at MyNokiaBlog have managed to get their hands on a video which shows an N8 running on PR2.0 firmware.
Below is the video of a Nokia N8 running PR 2.0 firmware :
The video shows an updated version of the in-built mail client on the N8 along with an updated browser. The new browser has an updated UI and also supports tabbed browsing.
The new portrait QWERTY keyboard which will be included with the PR2.0 firmware is also shown on the video. The Timed Profile’ feature has also been made a bit more accessible and users can select the option right from their homescreen.
The PR 2.0 firmware is expected to come out sometime in March or early April, so Nokia still has time to add new features and improve the performance of the device.
Rumors are floating around on the Internet that the Samsung Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update sometime in March. The rumor of this source is this tweet from @m4gic. Apparently, the guy went to the Sammy’s European headquarter in Frankfurt where he got this piece of news.
Now, I know rumors spread like fire on the Internet but this is a bit too much. I own a Samsung Galaxy S and am a more than frequent visitor of the Galaxy S sub-forum over at XDA. Now, firmware leaks are a very common thing over the Galaxy S forum on XDA. In fact, the first Android 2.2 based firmware for the Galaxy S leaked nearly 8 weeks before the official’ firmware was released by Samsung.
If Samsung does intent to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S by March then at least one Gingerbread based firmware for the handset must have already leaked. Sadly, that is not the case here! Many people may argue that firmware leaks are no big deal and it may happen that a Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S won’t leak.
However, I personally feel that Samsung does intentionally leak some of these firmwares so that it can get the feedback of the modding community about the firmware. Samsung has in fact incorporated some of the changes which the modding community suggested it!
So according to me, the Samsung Galaxy S won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in March. If by any means it does, it will be either via CM7 (unofficial), which is progressing very nicely and can be easily used on day-to-day basis, or via a leaked Gingerbread firmware.
Nokia has released a new firmware update for its mid-range business oriented handset the E52. The new firmware version is 54.003 and aims at improving the stability and performance of the handset.
The E52 sports a 2.4-inch screen with QVGA display and runs on Symbian S60v3. It also sports Wi-Fi, GPS, a microSD card slot and Bluetooth.
Here is a small un-official change-log of the firmware update :
- Issues with Java Apps download fixed
- Ovi files removed
- Camera shortcut is replaced with Ovi Store shortcut in homescreen
- Time zone issue for Vietnam fixed
- Some problems with Chinese characters solved
- Wrong internet APN issues fixed
- General System performance improved
- Ovi Maps updated
The firmware will be rolled out slowly and in batches by Nokia in the coming few days. The firmware update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air) and via Ovi Suite or Nokia Software Updater (NSU) as well. Since the E52 features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its entry-level touchscreen phone, the Nokia 5235. The latest version is numbered 40.6.003 and it comes with a the new Instant Messaging application, improved web browser and general performance improvements. The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA).Check out the complete changelog below.
- New Instant Messaging application
- Improved chat feature in Ovi Contacts
- Improved browser
- Here and Now
- Nokia Ovi Suite supported
- Improved Ovi Store and Ovi Maps
- General performance improvements
To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update. This firmware update is also available through the Nokia Ovi Suite. It is advised to back up all your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. It may take few days or weeks for the update to reach in your region.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular entry-level touchscreen phone, the Nokia 5233. The latest version is numbered 40.1.003 and it comes with a new version of Ovi Store and general performance improvements. You can easily download this firmware update from Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog after the break.
- Instant Messaging
- Here and Now
- Nokia Ovi Suite support
- New version of Ovi Store
- Improved browser
- General performance improvements
It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. If you find some other changes or improvements in this firmware update or if you have some screenshots of this firmware update, please share with us in the comments section below.
Nokia has released a new firmware update for its low-end touch phone the Nokia 5230. The new firmware update version is numbered V40.0.3 and is apparently the last firmware update for the handset. The firmware update improves the general performance and stability of the handset along with some bug fixes.
No official change-log of the update is available at the moment, but early reports suggest that the battery life of the phone has improved especially when running Ovi Maps.
Other bugs relating to creation of a new profile and network connection issues were also solved. The Nokia 5230 features UDP (User Data Preservation), so users can update the firmware of their phone without making a backup of their device. Users can update the firmware on the device either by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU) or via OTA (Over The Air).
Nokia is slowly rolling out the firmware in different regions of the world so the update may take time before showing up in your region.