Everyone take a big sigh of relief because I have good word that the N97 is getting it's first firmware update this Wednesday.
Not sure what time and what'll be fixed but fingers crossed, most of the common bugs will disappear!
I am sure you guys are all interested to know how testing has been going, and we are pleased to report that at the labs the new fw is ready, and we are finalising the upgrade and distribution method ready for this Wednesday
There have been over 100 fixes and improvements, I shall cover the main ones:
the lock/unlock/backlight bug has been fixed. This was caused by the handset not reporting autolock correctly and thought it was still unlocked, despite the backlight being switched off which is independant. When users were trying to unlock their handset, they were infact locking it, and then unlocking it.
There have been some subtle changes to the way the interface responds. For example, the phonebook now has kinetic scrolling, and swiping the screen sideways to hide the homescreen has been taken further, so that swiping when in primary functions such as phonebook, application menu and a few others will revert the screen back. This is also the case for the web browser. The way the home screen and main menus were rendered has also been refined. Screens will load up quicker, and the phone will use idle time between user presses to load items just off screen, scrolling is also much improved by this.
Nokia Maps application has been given a new look, while positioning accuracy has been improved. The time taken from starting the application to getting a lock has been improved, with times around 8 seconds or less when in combination with A-GPS. The door-to-door has also been improved, with walking routes giving audio feedback as well, direct to house.
When the phone went through different primary connections for data, such as 3g packet, or Wifi, certain widgets became stuck in a loop where they continuously recieving a null from the previous connection method. The phone has a new feature for developers that 'shouts' when a connection is changed, in addition to lost. The widgets have been updated accordingly and we have updated our knowledge base accordingly.
When large videos were played through quickly, sometimes the screen went black as the video information could not sync up with the raw video data quick enough. This was especially apparent when skipping through multiple videos quickly. This has been addressed by caching the first 30 frames of each video before allowing playback to commence and we have had no problems of this kind.
Community made applications that began on phone start up, and then got stuck in an error loop were unable to terminate or uninstall. We have addressed this by adding a terminate now feature to the application menu. When switching application, holding down on the application will display the option to do so.
The pictures and video clips made with the phone sometimes did not update in the photo/video library after files had been manually added via a transfer. This was due to the way in which files were counted and stored by phone conflicting with the number of files present on the device and has been resolved.
Text messaging now has the option to confirm sending once the green button/send button is pressed. An option was also added to prevent accidental sending of blank messages.
The symbols menu has been updated to include french, german and spanish special characters.
H264 decoding is now supported! The ovi suite has also been updated to automaticly convert most common video formats to the native phone display resolution and format.
And a big one last for you guys...
Multitouch support has been added. The paint application has been updated to show this in practical use, and photos can be zoomed in and out by squashing or streching the image. Again the knowledge base was updated to provide developers the new input fuction should they wish to take advantage.
Quoted from the Mobile Review forums...
29-06-2009 16:12 - edited 29-06-2009 16:14
I brought N97 on 27-JUN-2009 in Hong Kong. I occasionally experience the N97's suddenly turns off and reboot...especially using the Wi-Fi.....
I checked firmware version of N97 is V10.0.012.229.01 dated 29-05-2009. Will the new Firmware coming on 1st July 2009 also fix such reboot problem?
Since this post (from "Nokia") was posted on mobile review by a poster with a post count of 1, I think it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. It all sounded fairly belivable until the bit about multi-touch at the end.
I hope I'm proved wrong.
i spoke to the careline over here in singapore..
i asked about the new firmware.
apparently, she told me its available and i could go to any care centre to get updated but not over the air..
will be going to the care centre over the week..
This is from the Software Update news pages:
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.
I updated this morning. Sweet.
Is this update available yet?
And if so for which types, I have a RM-505 and have tried looking for the update with the handset itself but am not finding anything at the moment...
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01-07-2009 11:37 - edited 01-07-2009 11:37
Still no update available on NSU or FOTA for product code 0587240 (uk variant direct from Nokia Online Shop)
I really hope they add this soon because i also sell Nokia's in a Carphone Warehouse branch & it's hard to demo a "faulty" handset & still sell it.
Can any of you guy's who have managed to update already let me know how you did it? (NSU OR FOTA?)