Symbian Anna Hits Nokia’s S^3 Devices

For those of you on Nokia’s S^3 phones, here’s a new update for your phone which should give you some major improvements on your device. The new update gets you the latest version of the Symbian OS called Anna. This update goes to prove that even though Nokia is shifting their new range of smartphones to the Windows platform, they’ll still continue to support and improve the Symbian platform as well. The Nokia X7 and the E6 already come with this version of the OS.

To see if you can update your phone to the latest version, just head to the Application menu > Software Update to see if the update is available. As with all firmware updates, we recommend that you backup your important data first before you start the update. If you prefer, you can also your phone via your PC using Ovi Suite.

What’s new in this version?

  • Faster and improved Web Browser
  • Updated Email Client and Calendar software
  • Improved keyboard, with a QWERTY mode even in the portrait mode
  • General UI improvements with the Anna icon-set
  • Enhanced apps – Ovi Maps, Ovi Store and Photo gallery
  • General Speed improvements as well
Here’s a video which shows you highlights of what to expect on Symbian Anna:

Here’s another video from Nokia giving you a quick  introduction to Symbian Anna, especially for N8 and E7 users:

Nokia N8 Firmware Update

So Nokia’s current Imaging Flagship device, the N8 will be getting a firmware in January. A number of users have been tweeting about when a firmware update is expected.

Nokia India just confirmed that the latest update will be out in January 2011. Just a few days people!

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Motorola XT720 gets a speed boost

Motorola Europe announced on their Facebook page that the users of the Motorola Milestone XT720, in UK and Germany can download the latest firmware which boosts the phone’s processor speed from 550Mhz to 720Mhz. I always though that the 720 in the name stood for the processor speed, guess I was wrong about that.

Along with this speed boost, the XT720 also gets DLNA compatibility. DLNA allows you to view and share content between DLNA compatible devices and your Milestone XT720 using your home network.

Motorola’s also provided a video which gives you five tips on  how to get the most out of your XT720.


Froyo coming to Motorola Milestone, but later

Motorola’s put up their latest Firmware update time-lines up on the Motorola Owner’s Forum. This makes it official that the Motorola Milestone will be getting the Android 2.2 upgrade.

Unfortunately, Milestone users here in India have to wait a while longer for the official Froyo update to come to our devices. The latest time-line still doesn’t show when the update is coming, but just says that update to Android 2.2 is under evaluation for Asia-Pacific. European and Korean users should be it some time in fourth quarter of this year, ahead than us folks in India.

N900 PR1.2 Update

The much awaited PR1.2 update is out! We tried it out, albeit for a very short while, and below, I’ll let you know how you can do the update and what the updated firmware brings.

There are 3 ways by which you can update your N900:

  1. OTA (the simplest way) – Just go to the app manager, hit refresh and see if it is available. If so, go right ahead. If that doesn’t work, try the other two. Don’t worry, they’re all safe!
  2. Nokia Software Updater – If you can’t find the OTA, the next best thing is to update your phone using the NSU. You’ll have to install NSU obviously, and if you already have it, you’ll have to update it to the latest version. After that, follow instructions. Simple. Do note that it’ s a 188MB update.
  3. Using Maemo Flasher – Follow the instructions here, and visit this link to download and install the latest firmware.

Do make sure to back up all your contents on your phone. If you follow the Maemo Flasher link to update your phone, you’ll have to restore everything, including all your contacts, etc. For the other updates, your applications will have to be reinstalled. It’s a simple, painless process, and is definitely worth it!

The update brings along a whole lotta bug fixes, and quite a few new features. You’ll get a new on-screen keyboard, the Ovi Maps gets some UI enhancements and is much faster (still no voice guided navigation, sadly), the menu structure itself has changed. You won’t find the “more” button, instead you can just scroll down. You can rearrange the first level of icons in the menu system, all you need to do is hold one icon and wait for the screen to change to allow you to move around icons.

Facebook chat has been integrated, and both skype and gtalk now have video calling enabled!!

Most importantly, I found the phone to be much zippier than before!

Here’s a list that I found on the Maemo Talk forum:

1. Video calling
Not direct. Cannot call phone to phone. Only use through skype and Gtalk. I never use phone video calling (too expensive) so I at least welcome this.

2. Native web browsing in Portrait (with access to bookmarks and “back” button).
To activate go to “Options/Settings” to enable rotation.

3. Integrated FB chat.
Good to have official support. You need your facebook user name to log in.

4. New Share option via File Manager (no need for petrovich)
Surely we can agree this is good?

5. Better interface for Ovi maps (and now open maps by clicking on a contacts address)
I know. I know. Still lacking voice navigation and other fantastic features our symbian bredrens are enjoying.

6. Keyboard mapping changed. Pressing and holding a key allows the “blue” symbols to be used (no more holding the blue arrow key).

7. Calendar no longer opens up at 4am every morning. Bug fixed.

8. USSD codes now work. (try any USSD provided by your operator)
Very handy.

9. Email. Move Messages from folder to folder or to your N900’s local storage.(pretty sure this is a new feature).
Hit “Inbox” at the top bar and “Move messages”

Search Email – Type anywhere in the email window and watch results show up.

10. Search apps catalogue dynamically (results show as you type a letter).

11. Mark and Delete/Share Multiple Conversations/Emails/Images.
This was a big problems for me. Now you can attach multiple images to emails or send them via bluetooth without doing one at a time. Hit the top bar and select “Share” or “Delete”. Now you can click and higlight multiple items. Great no?

12. Re-arrange the menu as you like.
Press and hold any icon in the Menu to initiate this.

13. Get rid of “SMS” option to landline numbers.
Go to Contacts, and hit the top bar and settings.

13. Join Chat room? (new?)
If you go to Conversations there an option via the top bar to join chat room. It only accepts “addresses”. Yet to test/play with this.

[Updated with users suggestions]
14. Data Counter
Settings/Phone now allows you to view home network data counter as well as roaming data counter.

15. Video night mode introduced

16. Improved Battery Life
Some users are reporting a drastic performance increase. I personally havent felt the difference.

17. Browser
Shift + up key (takes u to top of the page)
Shift + down key (takes u to the far bottom of page).
Rearrangement of controls
Back button now instantly takes you back without showing a “desktop” view of previously visited pages. I know people complained of having to take the keyboard out to hit “back” before.

18. Volume. You can finally adjust the volume when the phone is locked. Great for listening to music.

19. Red Eye Removal added to “edit image” in the gallery.

20. Main camera now has two additional resolutions available (1.5MB and 3MB medium). Allowing for small images to be take for email etc.

21. Notifications (miss calls/text mssgs etc) show on lock screen without unlocking phone.

22. Call Type. When you open the dial pad you can enter a phone number and then select whether you want the call to be “Cellular”, Gtalk or Skype.

Follow the whole thread here, there are some bug fixes mentioned too!

Let us know in the comments if you’ve found other changes!

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N97 and N97 Mini get Firmware Updates

Both the N97 and the N97 Mini got firmware updates recently. The N97 was n97v21firmbumped from v20.0.019 to v21.0.045 (or 21.2.045 for some product codes).

The update brings a few improvements, including:

  • Improved call reliability
  • Smooth touch screen scrolling
  • Browser improvements
  • Music player improvements
  • Improved image and video stability

It was available through the Nokia Software updater tool and should be available OTA now.

The N97 Mini too got a firmware update, from v10.0.020 to v11.0.045. This seems to be a minor update with a few bug fixes, and more free ram on startup.

Do let us know if you noticed any other changes.

[Via ZOMG its CJ]