Nokia has confirmed that it has started rolling out the PR 1.3 (v40.2012.21-3) software update for its last MeeGo powered handset, the N9. The update will be rolled out in batches over the next few weeks, with the non-branded N9 variants slated to receive the update first.
At the moment it is known whether the update is a major one or not. The official change-log from Nokia reads that there are “over 1000 quality improvements including Mail, Facebook, Twitter, minor network & connectivity improvements.” The company has not really provided any more information about this update, so consider those 1000+ quality enhancements as bug-fixes rather than any actual enhancements. Like any other software update, the PR1.3 update for the N9 will also bring the general performance and stability boost.
Since Nokia has not provided much information about the update, don’t except PR1.3 to bring any new major changes or enhancements.
A couple of months ago, Nokia rolled out a pretty big update for its first-ever MeeGo powered handset, the N9. The PR 1.2 update added a bunch of new features and enhancements including the ability to make video calls via the in-built Google Talk IM client, continuous auto-focus while recording videos and much more. Readers can find the full change-log of the update here.
Now, it looks like Nokia is again going to roll out a new software update for the N9 once again. Unlike the PR 1.2 software update, the PR 1.3 update will only include some performance and stability improvements along with bug-fixes. N9 users should not really get their hopes up of Nokia bringing in more features with the PR 1.3 update, as it will just be a minor update. Rumors suggest that Nokia will start rolling out the PR 1.3 update sometime at the end of May.
Meego/Harmattan developers can check out the PR 1.3 commit from Nokia over here to get an idea of what all changes the update will include.
Back in January, Nokia started rolling out the PR 1.2 software update for the developer only Meego handset, the Nokia N950. Considering that the N9 is the consumer version of the N950, it was only a matter of time before Nokia released the update for the former.
Now, more than a month after the N950 got the update, Nokia has started rolling out the PR 1.2 software update for the N9. The PR 1.2 software update adds a bunch of new features to the last Meego handset from the company including video calling, improved photography, an updated version of Nokia Drive and folders support for the app drawer among other things.
For all the camera enthusiasts, the N9 now supports continuous auto-focus while recording videos. The software update also reduces the shutter lag on the N9 to nearly zero, like on the Galaxy Nexus, thus snapping moments instantly!
Post the software update, users will also be able to tag their friends in a photo they will be uploading using the new face recognition technology. Using the Google Talk video call app, users can also make video calls to their loved ones. Other changes in the software update include improved web browsing history, improved copy and paste, support for five new languages – Thai, Hebrew, Persian, Vietnamese and Kazak, the ability to create playlists in the stock music player, and enhancements to Mail for Exchange.
The software update contains many other changes, which N9 owners can find in details over here. The update is already live so simply connect your handset to a Wi-Fi network, and you will be automatically notified that a new software update is available for your handset.
The Nokia N9 was one of its kind phone – It was the first and the last phone from Nokia to run on the MeeGo OS. The handset got some ravishing reviews, but barely managed to sell because of its bleak future. However, the N9 is a favorite among developers and modders.
The open-hardware on the N9, and the talented developers of NITDroid have managed to get Ice Cream Sandwich to boot on the handset. The developers have only released a picture of the handset running Ice Cream Sandwich, which does not really says much about what works and what does not. There is no public build available as well, so N9 owners need to wait for some more time before they can taste some ICS on their handset.
The developers are definitely having a tough time porting Android’s kernel to the N9, and to get some basic features like GPU acceleration and the radios to work. Interested N9 developers can head over to Maemo.org for more information about this project, and the progress being made by the developers.
Nokia has started rolling out the PR1.2 Harmattan update for the developer only – Nokia N950. The new update brings in quite a lot of welcome changes, including folder support, lock screen music controls, tons of bug fixes and much more.
For the less informed, the N950 is the developer variant of the N9 and comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well.
Below is the full change-log of the update –:
• Software update notifications for content in Nokia Store
• Face recognition for gallery and face tags for Facebook
• Support for folders in the application view
• Mail thread support in the Email client
• Extended copy-paste support
• Media sharing with DLNA compatible devices
• Compass support in Maps
• New font taken into use
• Front camera support
• Video editing support in the Gallery application
• Separate switch for controlling mobile background connections while roaming
• Camera: self timer, grid on/off control
• Clock alarm becomes silent by flipping the device face down instead of snoozing
• People view added to the grid toolbar in the gallery
• Audiobook and podcast support in the music player
• Ability to create playlists in the music player
• Ability to delete music files from music player library views via object menu
As you can see from the huge change-log above, the PR1.2 update packs in quite a lot of new features including some basic ones like front-camera support, new font, extended copy and paste etcetera. The PR1.2 update will also be rolled out to the Nokia N9 after the Finnish giant gives the build some final touches.
Even though Nokia has gone full tilt to Windows Phone 7, and in the process, taken the design of the recently announced Lumia 800/900 from the N9, they are adamant in providing updates to the dead-on-arrival handset.
Among the 3,500 expected changes, the ability to create folders on the homescreen, copy and paste in the browser, and face recognition within the camera, are the top additions. Although no official changelog has been released, likely due to the fact that the OneClickFlashers for the N950 have not been released, screenshots from an N9 already running PR1.2 have been shared online.
While Nokia does have a fairly strong track record of providing updates and fixing serious bugs on released devices, some have indicated that PR1.2 will be the last update for the N9, as the company moves forward headstrong with Windows Phone 7. Hopefully the update also brings with it, the much requested (and promised) ‘open-mode’, giving developers more low level system access — which will also allow the community to continue updating their devices when Nokia stamps it as EOL.
If you’re a lucky (or unlucky) user of an N9, you’ll likely be waiting anywhere from a few week or a few months until PR1.2 is officially released for your N9. Hang in there, this might be the last hurrah for you and your coveted MeeGo device.
Nokia has started rolling out a new software update – PR 1.1 – for the recently released N9, as it promised a couple of weeks ago.
The new PR1.1 update brings with it a noticeable improvement in the performance of the phone, along with improved memory/RAM management. It also includes the popular swiping keyboard – Swype. There are also some visual changes including music controls for lock screen, shadows for toolbar and much more.
There are a lot of system level changes including low power mode enhancements, NFC and connectivity improvements, and an improved color profile for the AMOLED screen. The PR 1.1 update also brings with it lots of bug fixes including the popular notification LED bug. The camera app has also been updated and now includes color filters.
The update is available via OTA, and N9 users will be notified when the update hits their phone. Alternatively, they can manually check for the update by going to Settings->Applications->Manage Applications.
Nokia is also working on a PR 1.2 update for the N9, which will bring some much needed features like system-wide copy and paste functionality, more visual changes, and deeper integration of Nokia Maps with the core system apps like contacts etc. Nokia has not specified anything as to when the PR1.2 update will be rolled out to N9 owners.
The whole change-log for the PR1.1 update can be found here.
Today, Nokia has announced that the Nokia N9 – probably the last MeeGo handset produced by the company – will soon be available in a new color, white. Considering how complex the manufacturing process of white products is, the company decided to take time and release the best possible quality for its consumers.
The white N9 will sport a glossy finish (Hello fingerprints!), instead of the matte finish its other color variants have. The white colored N9 will hit the retail stores sometime in Q4 of 2011, with 64GB of on-board memory.
The company also announced that it will be soon rolling out a new software update for the handset. The new software update will bring new usability enhancements like music controls on the lock screen, and the ability to close apps by swiping them down. The software update will also add NFC tag reading ability to the handset.
The Nokia N9 recently hit the retail stores in selected regions of the world, and has been getting positive reviews by everyone on the Internet. This has made many people to doubt Nokia’s decision of killing MeeGo and adopting WP7 instead.
The much-hyped and the first and possibly the last MeeGo running handset from Nokia, the N9, is now shipping to retail stores in some regions of the world. It was around a couple of weeks ago, that the Finnish giant started taking pre-orders for the N9.
The N9 sports a 3.9-inch AMOLED display, with FWVGA (480×854) resolution. The handset is powered by a dated 1GHz processor from OMAP, along with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, along with 16-64GB of on-board memory.
While the hardware of the N9 is nothing to talk about, it’s the OS the phone is running on, which is creating all the hype. Early previews and hands-on of the MeeGo OS suggests that the OS is very polished, and should have arrived much earlier. In fact, many people think that Nokia should not abandon MeeGo for WP7.
Nokia also confirmed in a blog post that they will be supporting N9 via software updates, and apps. The company has setup a dedicated programme so that both, quality and quantity, of apps are available for the N9.
The N9 also comes pre-installed with many popular apps including Angry Birds, Wi-Fi hotspot, and integrated support for all the various IMs and services including GTalk, Skype, Picasa and Flickr.
The estimated retail price for the 16GB model is EUR 480, with the top-end 64GB model costing EUR 560, which is quite steep. Hopefully, the price of the N9 will fall to reasonable levels after a month or so of its launch.
It would seem that Nokia is having a hard time keeping things under wraps when it comes to their recently leaked Windows Phone 7 device, the ‘Sea Ray’. First unveiled by CEO, Stephen Elop in a “super confidential” showing, the Sea Ray carries the same design cues at the Nokia N9, save for a few external changes such as camera component arrangement as well as the addition of camera key.
In what appears to be an assembly factory, the ‘Sea Ray’ is removed from a bulky disguise case, taken for a quick hardware tour and is turned on. A new “7” boot animation as well as many other subtle UI changes indicate the device is running the ‘Mango’ build of Windows Phone 7. The usual front facing capacitive buttons, Back, Home and Search are present along with a covered microUSB port on the top, a domed power button and 3.5mm headphone jack. Presumably the third side button below the volume keys is for locking and unlocking the device.
Although this won’t be the first device to have Mango on it, the Sea Ray is rumored to be Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 device to launch and is said to be available in the coming 2012 year. A step off of the proverbial ‘burning platform‘ and into cold waters. A ray of light in a cold and dark sea. Hopefully it can keep the company afloat.
How do you kill a platform and a handset, even before it’s launched? You make the same handset, albeit with a subtle changes, to run a competing OS. Nokia did the same thing when it announced the N9 running MeeGo, and then at the same event previewed an identical handset running WP7, its future smartphone OS.
Now, as if all this was not enough, an image of a N9 look-alike running Android has popped up on the Internet. This image comes from the same folks who leaked the Sea Ray‘, way back in May itself. It is still not confirm whether this image is genuine or not. From the image, the N9 lookalike is running a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread build.
However, if true, this image clearly shows that Nokia tried all the available options (WP7, Android, and MeeGo) before deciding on WP7, as their future smartphone OS. Who knows, if Nokia and Microsoft partnership fails, the Finnish giant might consider moving to Android.
What this does mean though is that, once the N9 is available to the general public, except developers to port WP7 and Android to the handset.
Along with the Nokia N9, Nokia also announced a bunch of news accessories, dubbed as Gears.
First and foremost, Nokia announced a new charger, the Nokia AC-16. This new charger comes in white, with a detachable micro-USB cable. This new charger will be shipping with the Nokia N9, and can also be purchased separately.
Nokia also announced a new Bluetooth Stereo headset, BH-111. Nokia quotes a stand-by time of 120 hours, and up to six hours of music playback. The BH-111 will be available in five different colors, and will start shipping this summer for â‚¬39.
The most interesting and unique accessory which Nokia announced today is the Nokia Play 360. The Play 360 is a portable Hi-Fi speaker, and as its name suggests, pumps out music in all direction (Omni-directional, instead of one-directional).
The most interesting feature of the Play 360 is the support for NFC. Users can easily play music on the 360 by just tapping their NFC enabled phone to the speaker. The portable speaker also has a 3.5mm audio port for connecting your phone to it in a traditional way.
Google demonstrated the same piece of technology at the Google I/O this year, but said it was only a prototype. However, Nokia has gone ahead and made the prototype a reality! However, the speakers are pretty costly at â‚¬149, and will start shipping in the third quarter of this year.
The folks over at Pocket Now have managed to get their hands on the advertisement of the upcoming MeeGo-powered device from Nokia the N9.
The leaked advertisement managed to provide some information about Nokia’s first MeeGo powered handset. The N9 will sport the same form-factor as the current business communicator from Nokia the E7, a slide-out four-row QWERTY keyboard. Like the N8 and the E7, the N9 will also be made of aluminum.
The video also suggests that the screen size will be around 4-inch, and it’s going to be a CBD (Clear-Black Display).
Below is the leaked advertisement :
The advertisement also shows off a front facing camera, and the back camera with an unknown MP with optics from Carl Zeiss, and dual-LED flash. The video also gives us a sneak-peek into MeeGo’s UI. The icons of the MeeGo UI look similar to the one which will be used in Symbian Anna.
Right now, that’s all the information which I could gather from the leaked advertisement. Hopefully, Nokia will release some more information about the N9 in the coming days.