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Categories: Updates

It’s been a while since the Nokia N96 gets an update. This new firmware is quite a big one(in terms of size) with some themes and audio included.

Here’s the changelog.

New Features

  • Email:
    • Nokia Email client and Mail for Exchange (MfE) preloaded (User will install and configure email clients with the help of Settings Wizard)
    • Settings Wizard 5.0: offers improvements for Nokia Email and MfE setup
    • Active Standby Email Plug-in: showing new email messages on Active Standby screen
  • Look & Feel:
    • Support for Audio Themes: configurable sounds for various events e.g. opening/closing slide, battery low etc
    • Setting to allow a slideshow to be used as wallpaper
    • Slide handling: Setting to allow user to configure effect opening/closing the slide has on a call and keylock
  • Others:
    • WiFi Protected Setup is now supported, allowing simplified setup of WLAN security with a supported WLAN access point
    • Support of IAD (Independent Application Delivery): Allows certain applications to be updated independently over the air.

Improvements

  • Correction for occasional CMLA (Content Management License Administrator) certificate corruption. (These certificates are needed for e.g. Mobile TV and N-Gage license purchases)
  • Energy management:
    • Shorter lights/screen timeout when lockswitch activated. Backlight dims as soon as keylock is enabled
    • Media Keys surrounding the rocker key lit only if a media application is open
    • Right Softkey changed from “Hide” to “Exit” for Music Player for EM savings
  • Photos/Camera/Imaging:
    • A number of improvements made to the Camera image quality
    • The device SW version information is now stored in the image MetaData
    • Default recording quality for video is changed from ‘TV normal’ to TV high’
    • Noise reduction of recorded videos
  • Media/DRM:
    • New version of Music player: Performance and “Comes With Music”-related improvements
    • FlashLite update for improved YouTube compatibility – improvements in rendering of Flash Video
    • General Media player &streaming related usability & performance improvements
    • OMA DRM v2 content can use device clock if no secure clock (i.e. NITZ) is available
  • Browser:
    • Empty bookmark folders removed from Browser bookmarks (i.e. the “Download…” folders)
    • Link to Ovi.mobi is included in Browser bookmarks
  • Others:
    • Vibra enabled when charging
    • When gaming in landscape mode, stereo audio will be played through correct speakers
    • Updated Themes
    • Slide triggered keyguard activation: When closing the slide, pressing any key within 2 seconds will result in keylock not being activated
    • Several error corrections based on Care and operator feedback
    • Several application baseline updates

You can either get this update Over The Air(OTA) or using the Nokia Software Updater. Click on the links for step by step guide on the respective methods.

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Categories: Reviews, Updates

The Nokia XpressMusic touchscreen device finally gets a v20 firmware update and seems like it’s not available for all Nokia 5800. I wonder why.

There, it says “v20 available! Get yourself a copy now! *while stocks last” lol kidding.

Fortunately, when I checked on the device update screen, it says that the new version is available to download and install. I quickly installed it over-the-air(OTA) and I was happy to see my phone booted up with all my data and settings intact, thanks to the user data preservation (UDP) feature which was introduced in Nokia N82.

A screenshot of my firmware info after updating.

I noticed some fixes and changes..

  • Geotagging information now available in Camera (finally).
  • Dictionary application added, with support for multiple languages (as first seen on E66 and E71).
  • App. update application added (as first seen on N85 and N79) – this is used to update individual Nokia applications outside of firmware updates.
  • General operation seems smoother, better performance is various applications, including Gallery, plus screen rotations are faster.
  • Playing back Flash/FLVvideos had less hiccups, especially on YouTube.
  • ‘Search’ on the standby screen now searches phone content as well as on the Internet
  • Bigger tabs above messaging menu and everywhere else.
  • New “Downloads” and “Podcasts” icon and refreshed music player interface.

My excitement was then turned off when I realised the ‘Search function’ leads to an ERROR popup. I was shocked to find out that this new feature added in v20 not able to be used.

Apparently you need to soft reset the phone in order to make it work. To do the soft reset, just press “*#7370#* and the lock code is 12345. It will then reset your phone to look like brand new, without your settings and installed apps… that’s why you need to backup your settings, contacts, sms and calendar entries first before doing the soft reset (you can do this by accesing settings > file manager > backup)

I was happy again cos I can now use the ‘Search’ feature to search contents in my phone….

Another nightmare happened. My gallery now freezes everytime I try to open a photo or video. This, I have no solutions to fix. So the only way for me to access my photos and videos now is through the file manager.

Anyone having the same problem as me after updating the firmware? Do let me know.

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Categories: Updates

My aunt who is using the Nokia N96 had some difficulty updating firmware as she does not have a computer.

When she told me about it I told her that she can actually update it’s firmware over the air.

Now for those who are still updating firmware via the Nokia Software Updater, probably you can try this.


Go to menu, click on ‘Tools’.


Go to ‘Utilities’.


Then click on ‘Device Manager’.


In there, you will see the current firmware version and some extra information.


Then go to options, and click on ‘Check For Updates’.

If there is a newer firmware version for your phone model, you will be prompted to download and install it. Do so, and the phone will install and restart by itself… then you’re done!

Be sure to backup your important data first… although you may not need to so if you are using N96 cos updating firmware does not erase contents anymore.

(This OTA firmware update thing works on most new Nseries too. So give it a try if you own one.

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