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Nokia N97 firmware 2.0 available via NSUNokia N97 firmware 2.0 available via NSU

Finally Nokia N97 firmware 2.0 is out and available via Nokia Software Updater. Even though this update has User Data Preservation included we recommend you take the following approach to ensure no problems with the software update and the best performance from the 2.0 firmware on your Nokia N97.

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Nokia N97 firmware 2.0 change logNokia N97 firmware 2.0 download

The Nokia N97 2.0 firmware is one of the most talked about firmware updates in the Nokia NSeries history. We previously announced the N97 2.0 firmware accompanied with an video demonstration of some of the new capabilities of this firmware update. Now there is an official change log at Nokia Support Discussions of what the 2.0 will be bringing to our precious Nokia N97s. Here are the mayor highlights of the new firmware update changes introduced to the N97.

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MotoBlur, something we would like to see on Symbian S60
MotoBlur for Symbian S60 5th edition Nokia smartphones

It seems like Motorola has been busy creating something that at least looks very cool and I think we would like to see it ported to Nokia Symbian S60 5th edition smartphones like the Nokia N97. MotoBlur is the most attractive social app thing I have seen so far and it is described as "MOTOBLUR syncs Facebook™, MySpace and Twitter– with no logins and no apps to open. Post your status, catch up and more, right from your home screen.". It looks that you have one social app to rule them all.

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Nokia N97 firmware 2.0 brings kinetic scrolling and more memoryNokia N97 firmware 2.0

Amazing news for all of you who own a Nokia N97. A firmware update 2.0 scheduled somewhere in October 2009 will bring a lot of improvements that bothered us all along and among them are two that are worth mentioning and I think that you will be more then happy to see them on your phone. As you migh see from the image above the Nokia N97 with the firmware version 20.0.005 has kineting scrolling and from the video below you might see that it rivals the kineting scrolling found on the iPhone. On the video posted by Mark Guim from Nokia World you will not only see the kinetic scrolling but will notice the presenter of the new N97 firmware 2.0 version says that the phone internal memory is increased with 25-30MB more than it previously had allowing usage of applications that require more memory to be installed on the phone.

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Nokia N97 Firmware v12.2.024 is OUT!Nokia N97 firmware update

Jet another firmware update for Nokia N97. Since the previous firmware update 11.x.021 for the N97, Nokia keeps working on many of the weak points of the flagship phone. Unfortunately even this update does not bring something spectacular for Nokia N97 phone owners except maybe for the improved speed. The weak network reception problem and the poor call quality still remain an issue that has not been fixed and I must say as a N97 owner I am disappointed a lot.

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Browser speed comparison - N86, N97, iPhone 3G, T-Mobile G1 and more
Browser speed comparison
It is important to realise all these tests offer the best case scenario. To get similar results, you'll need to be running over a high quality WiFi or HSDPA connection. The real world reality is, of course, often very different. Nonetheless, these do offer a useful insight into browser performance.

They key take away from these article is that version 7.1 of the S60 browser is a major step forward in performance and rendering terms. It is faster than the iPhone 3G and T-Mobile G1. It is likely in roughly the same league as the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre (despite the Nokias running on lower-resourced, previous generation, hardware).

The improvement is most apparent on non-touch devices (after all, the touch devices never had the 'old' browser). Despite being released just a few months apart, the E75 and N86 have very different browser performance because they have different versions of the browser. Given the size of the improvement over the previous versions of the S60 browser (comparable to, or even greater than, iPhone 3G to 3GS) it is surprising it has receieved relatively little comment or publicity.

S60 5th Edition has version 7.1 of the S60 browser as a standard component, hence it ships with the Nokia 5800, Nokia N97, Nokia 5530, and Samsung i8910. For S60 3rd Edition, version 7.1 of the browser currently ships with the the Nokia N86. The new browser will likely ship in forthcoming S60 3.2 devices, and earlier devices may receieve the browser update via a firmware update.

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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Firmware UpdateA new firmware update for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic seems to be released from Nokia. The new update brings few improvements but the key points in this update are the improved touch screen experience, faster download, second camera support for still image capture in addition to video calls, burst mode that allows people to take multiple pictures one after another without needing to repress the picture taking button and a built-in dictionary functionality with voice playback of words utilizing text-to-speech technology. So if you own a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic upgrade your phone firmware to the latest version.

Rumors around the next Nokia 5800 firmware update speak about introduction of kynetic scrolling in the next  firmware update. Although this is not confirmed by Nokia yet, it will be great ti see this feature on the phone, also on other Nokia S60 5th edition mobile phones.

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Finally we updated our Nokia N97Nokia N97 downloading updates

After eight days since Nokia officialy released the Nokia N97 firmware we were able to update our Nokia N97 RM-505 (Global Edition). We are not sure if other versions like the RM-506 (Asia) and the RM-507 (North America) are able to update but this firmware has been expected very anxiously by Nokia N97 owners around the world. The first thing we noticed after the upgrade, was the disappearance of the email widget, only an empty box was left behind. We had to reconfigure it so that it returns to normal and starts showing our mailbox. While some users have complained that after the update their contacts disappeared from the phone, we did not experience this problem. For now everything seems to be ok. Although in the Nokia N97 firmware change log says that the home screen transitions have been improved, we haven't noticed any difference.

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Nokia N97 software update 11.X.021 releasedNokia N97 Software update

This software release includes significant improvements in the software stability, especially email, imaging, USB detection, widget stability and display transitions. To enable you to get the most out of your Nokia N97, the release also includes an Ovi store client. Further application updates will become available soon. To get this software through your device, select Applications > SW Updates and choose the software you want to update. Additionally this software release is available through the Nokia Software Updater at www.nokia.com/softwareupdates.

This is what the official Nokia press release said, but since we were unable to download the new 11.x.021 firmware update, at least for now, as soon as we get our hands on it we will play around and publish our impressions on the performance and improvements introduced by this update. However it seems strange that even though we checked the Nokia update site for new updates from the current version 10.0.012, it showed us that there are no updates available for the moment and the latest firmware version for the N97 is 10.0.012. OK Nokia, we will try again later.

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Nokia N97 firmware update coming on July 1st 2009Nokia N97 firmware

The rumor is that Nokia will release a firmware update for the Nokia N97 on July 1st 2009. Less then one month since the official release of the mobile phone, there will be a firmware update and I must say it is expected by many people. If you have seen our previous posts reviewing the Nokia N97 and the negative impressions we had from this phone, you will find that most of them are fixable by an firmware update. So just in a few days we will see what will improve and what new bugs will be introduced by this firmware upgrade on the Nokia N97.

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