Nokia has rolled out a new firmware update for their navigation oriented phone the Nokia 2710. The new firmware update is numbered V9.67 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the device. This firmware update will also improve the memory management of the device. The Nokia 2710 features a 2.2inch screen with QVGA (240×320) resolution.
The handset runs on the old and out dated Symbian S40 OS. The handset also comes with Nokia Maps pre-loaded and free worldwide navigation. The Nokia 2710 also sports a 2MP camera along with Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS.
Since the Nokia 2710 does not feature UDP (User Data Preservation), users are recommended to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update. Users can update the firmware of their handset using Nokia Software Updater.
Nokia has released a new version of their popular Sat-Nav software the Ovi Maps. The new version is numbered 3.04 and is said to improve performance. Nokia had made Ovi Maps Walk and Drive Navigation free for selected phones back in January, 2010. The response that Nokia got was overwhelming, with more than 10,000,000 downloads in 3 months.
The new version also features Wi-Fi positioning. This will allow Ovi Maps to detect the location of its users in a very short time. Nevertheless, Wi-Fi positioning is still a work in progress, according to the Ovi Blog. Another major change in this new version of Ovi Maps is the improvement in Zooming in and out of the maps. It is now much more smooth and fast. Nokia has also worked with Qype in Europe, local yellow pages, NAVTEQ, and Lonely Planet to add more places of interest in the Ovi Maps.
In a bid to promote the Ovi Maps, Nokia has started shipping car holder and a car charger with the Nokia N97, N97 Mini, 6710 Navigator and the Nokia X6. The Nokia 5800XM, 5230, E52, and the E72 ship with a car holder.
In an interview with Austrian national newspaper Die Presse, Nokia’s general manager for the Alps and South East Europe, Greig Williams, when asked if Ovi Maps could come to Android or Windows Mobile, he simply replied That will be the next step.
From the reports, even though Smartphone sales jumped tremendously in the last quarter of 2009, Nokia’s handset shares in the market dropped by 2%. We guessed this made Nokia try out out of the box stuff. Just last month Nokia made OVI Maps turn by turn navigation free of cost. Now this seems a little odd. If Nokia wants to gain back its lost glory, how would they if they offer exclusive features to other OS. And even if Nokia plans to give away its first even seamlessly working client for free to Android and Windows Phone/Mobile, does it mean Nokia might get into Android/Windows Mobile phone business? Now that would be interesting.
Also, what about its other millions of OS (Meego and Maemo) they are simultaneously working on?
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.
The announcement of a the free turn-by-turn navigation for Ovi Maps turned out to be a dud for Nokia N97 users, nevertheless, we confirmed that a Firmware update for Nokia N97 would bring the free Ovi Maps to them.
However, if you are impatient and want to try out the Free Ovi Maps on Nokia N97 before the firmware update, here is a hack around, thanks to our commentator ferry. To run the new Ovi Maps on Nokia N97, follow the instructions given below.
Step 1: Go to http://maps.nokia.com/explore-services/ovi-maps and Click on the "Get the latest" link.
Step 2: Select Nokia N97 mini from the dropdown list and download the OviMaps.sisx file to your desktop.
Step 3: Copy the file to your Nokia N97 and use the Filemanager to install it.
Step 4: Follow all the instructions to install the app and you are on your way finding directions for free.
Nokia today released a new version of Ovi Maps with improved UI and various new features at their bigOvi event.They have also started offering free turn-by-turn navigation, and voice based guidance for Ovi Maps, across 74 countries and in more than 40 languages. As we reported earlier, right now the free turn-by-turn navigation is available for 10 of the most popular Nokia devices with GPS including the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, N97 Mini, Nokia E72 and the recently launched Nokia X6. As you can see the Nokia N97 is not included in the list.
This news certainly made the owners of Nokia N97 angry. Many press reporters present at the Ovi event today, even asked Nokia about the lack of support for Nokia N97 by the new version of Ovi Maps. Nokia said that installing the new version of Ovi Maps required atleast 20Mb of free space in the C: drive, which the N97 lacks. So Nokia will soon release a new firmware for N97, with the new version of Ovi Maps integrated. The firmware update is supposed to come out on 28th of January.
The new version of Ovi Maps has an improved and more polished UI, and even allows sharing your current location with your friends on Facebook. The new version will also support offline browsing, so users can load the map data on their phone, and use the GPS of their phone without any data connection. This feature makes Nokia Ovi Maps more cost efficient than Google Maps.