Nokia N97 firmware update 21.0.045 released

Nokia has just made available a new firmware update for the N97 today. This new update is said to improve call reliability and enable smoother scrolling in menus. To update, plug your N97 in to your PC and launch Nokia Software Updater and then start updating. In other N97 news, Nokia has also released the N97 compatible version of the new OVi Maps navigation app a couple of days ago (simply open the Applications Folder, Software Update client and choose the new Ovi Maps from the list).

Source: Nokia

Nokia launches new OVI Maps with Free turn-by-turn navigation in 74 countires

Here’s some big news folks, Nokia just launched their new OVI Maps navigation application featuring free turn-by-turn walk & drive navigation for its handsets. Sounds familiar? Yes Google did the same thing with Google Navigation for Android 2.0 not long ago. But this is the real deal this time around, unlike Google offering which is only available in the US and needs an active connection to work (maps are stream live to the Android device) the new OVI Maps offers support for 74 countries, in 46 languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries, as well as detailed maps for more than 180 countries and the whole maps are stored on your device!
Head over to Nokia’s annnouncement website here for more info and videos. Nokia is also promising to offer a streeview like feature in the future. Here’s the list of compatible devices:

Nokia X6, Nokia N97 mini, E72, E55, E52, Nokia 6730 classic, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia 5230

The N97 version shoud be out on Jan 28th but no news about the N900 yet.

Source: Nokia

Nokia N97 Firmware 2.0 is finally available

Remember that Firmware 2.0 hands-on video I reported about nearly 2 months ago? Well it’s now a reality, Nokia has finally release the 2.0 update for the N97. Here’s the change log:

Improvements in firmware 20.2.019 are:

A reworked memory mapping model – this means that applications use the (relatively) limited RAM much more efficiently and you should rarely see any memory errors. Note that the available ‘Free RAM’ after booting is now a lot less (around 47MB), but don’t take this raw number too literally – apps apparently use less RAM than before

Kinetic scrolling in the User Interface in all lists and larger-than-screen views

The keyboard driver has been enhanced so that a long press on any key brings up its associated ‘function’ symbol (or number)

Music player shows album art more reliably, plus extra MP3 ID3 information

Half a dozen new social media and services widgets have been added by default

Camera still and video improvements

Improvements to stereo speaker volume

Offline mode for homescreen widgets (shown below)

The N-Gage client is now included (shown below, saving 10MB of your C disk, compared to the current situation)
(apparently not in the final distro after all)

Ovi Maps 3 is now included (shown below, saving 7MB of your C disk, compared to the current situation)

Ovi Contacts and Ovi Store clients now integrated (saving more space) (Ovi Contacts also not in the final distribution as expected)

More responsive touchscreen driver (so fewer ‘missed taps’) and the usual minor bug fixes across the board

Improvements to Sync system (hopefully paving the way for more reliable syncing with, among others, iSync on the Mac)

The v20.2.019 firmware is now available via Nokia Software Update.

Source: AllboutSymbian

Upcoming Nokia N97 Firmware 2.0 shown on video, packed with new features

Despite lackluster reviews from blogers and hatred all over the web, Nokia isn’t ready to abandon the N97 and I applaud them for this. got a chance to get some Firmware 2.0 walk-through and shot a 7 minutes video for all of us. Looks like Nokia did a pretty good job all around by adding kinetic scrolling across the OS, new widgets, better album art/info in the media player among other new features. Best of all, the firmware is actually smaller that the present one so you’ll get even more free memory.

Source: Symbianworld via Engadget