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Nokia N9 Update PR 1.3

Updated on July 4, 2012

Confirmation of PR 1.3 On Nokia Support Discussions

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Meego PR 1.3

PR1.3 Update for the Nokia N9

So today after rumours and some announcements on Twitter and then an official announcement on Nokia Support Discussions the latest and possibly last update for the Nokia N9 running Meego Harmattan became available and after checking my handset every 15 minutes all morning 03/07/2012 it finally showed up on my phone as an OTA update. I'm a geek and wanted it straight away, as everyone should, geek or not, keep your phone Firmware as fresh as you can whatever phone you are using on whatever Operating System. Now despite being advised by my Meego/N9 buddy @EverythingN9 on Twitter, that I could lose some of the hacks and apps I'd installed on the N9 I just had to get and Try PR 1.3 , so off I went, and as usual with me, I had a slight hickup !!

When I started the update, the phone was 'checking for space' for about 15 minutes and I thought there was an issue ? BIG mistake, I rebooted the N9 and had just a constant loop unable to do anything, before I panniced and cried for help I tried a 12 second power button hold and the phone restarted for a second time, all my settings had changed and my wallpaper had disappeared, but the phone was useable and I began the update again. So if you have yet to do the update, follow the advice as you should, connect via WiFi, plug in the charger and DON'T DO ANYTHING UNLESS PROMPTED !!

From this point all went well, if slowly, it's a big update 203.3MB and took about 40 minutes to download and install. Now I had overclocked my N9 as well as doing a few more tweeks with the help of the afore mentioned @EverythingN9 (Arie) so the phone was quite quick and not 'stock' and as you will see from my photos Arie was correct and certain apps would no longer work with PR 1.3, however once the update was completed I was not in the least concerned.The improvements in performance were more than noticeable, the whole thing was quicker and smoother, apps and web pages loaded quicker and an already pleasurable experience was, for me, suddenly even better, the work put in by the small Meego/N9 team at nokia had certainly paid off. There are few obvious changes and those that exist are subtle, but the overall performance is greatly improved. Little things like the Notification icons when you set the phone to silent or vibrate are good, the fact that the stock browser now has a back button is a nice touch and the biggest thing I've noticed is they have definitely put some work into the camera, the low light photos and macro have definitely improved. My house is very badly lit and prior to update indoor photos taken anywhere inside without being close to the window were very grainy, with both my N9 and Lumia 800, after update the N9 is MUCH better.

Backup

Backup and apps that won't work
Backup and apps that won't work

Silence and Vibrate icons

Back and Forward Arrow in Native Browser

Email ?

It really is too early to list all the improvements and I'm sure I'll discover more, but so far all is looking great, one slight disagreement is the email performance on the N9, which I've always found good. Another Twitter friend @Aliqudsi had complained about mail performance on his N9, and posted a video to demonstrate, now I have neither his skill or looks to be posting videos, but I tested my phone and the mail worked flawlessly so i took a sequence of screen shots to show the issue didn't exist on my phone, and I suspect it may be an issue specific with Ali's handset ?

Video stolen from Ali Qudsi/MyNokiaBlog

Credit to @AliQudsi http://www.youtube.com/user/AliqudsiMobile whom I stole this from without permission !!

My Email Sequence

Whole operation , typing, sending, receiving and taking Screenshots took less than a minute !
Whole operation , typing, sending, receiving and taking Screenshots took less than a minute !

Anyway, that's enough waffling from me , I'll add a few photos and I'm done and off to see what else I can find on my N9 LOL

PS the Meego/Maemo community are already on the job and Inception has already been released for PR1.3 and I'm sure the hacking and tweaking will soon begin again !

Link for latest Inception https://endno.de/~itsnotabigtruck/inception/

Screen shots of update

Photos as N9 updated

Couple of Macro shots from N9 plus N9 v Lumia Spliced

Macro In Poor Light N9 PR 1.3
Macro In Poor Light N9 PR 1.3
Macro In Poor Light N9 PR 1.3
Macro In Poor Light N9 PR 1.3
Macro In Poor Light N9 PR 1.3
Macro In Poor Light N9 PR 1.3
Macro In Poor Light N9 PR 1.3
Macro In Poor Light N9 PR 1.3
Comparison same photo taken on N9 & Lumia 800 poor light
Comparison same photo taken on N9 & Lumia 800 poor light

Thankyou for reading this piece and I hope I'll update it and possibly do a short follow up with updates and maybe some better pictures to discover if the camera has improved as much as i suspect :)


Stephen Quin

03/07/2012

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    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Mine works ok, try deleting app and account and set up again, or try Fmobi ? Good luck

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      Shaq 

      6 years ago

      my facebook account does not go online for chats on the pr1.3 updates any suggesstions

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Well you could be correct, but up to now all is ok and I can always reflash if the need arises ? Thanks for reading the piece ;)

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      Jeff 

      6 years ago

      Sounds like you have side-loaded & applied twks/hacks...

      You really should not be patch updating to PR1.3 if that's the case.

      The devs would not & cannot test for all the variables in phones configured like that.

      You may not have experienced/noticed problems yet, but it's prob. only a matter of time.

      It would've been far better to have done a clean flash to 1.3...

      You lose your apps but you can red'load them from the store client.

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      LOL, thanks Andy, don't go on to annoy anyone :) Supposed to be on Autumn time, but guess it depends on availability of 'proper' guests ?

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      Andy Hagon 

      6 years ago

      Always enjoy reading your posts, Stephen. Hope Litchfield invites you back on the Phones Show Chat so you can annoy Tim with your pro-N9 stance again! Love it mate :)

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Really ? Then my apologies , never noticed it and didn't realise :(

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      6 years ago

      The back and forth buttons exist in pr 1.2.

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR

      carman58 

      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Thanks all for the comments, greatly appreciated, & Ali, the cheque's in the post :-P

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      Laurasmother 

      6 years ago from Europe

      Interesting article,

      regards, Laurasmother

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      aboodesta 

      6 years ago

      Nicely written, but that's nothing new for you ;)

      The brilliant N9 just got better. Everyone is happy

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      AliQudsi 

      6 years ago

      I demand Royalties! Nice post though :) I think you're the first to spot the back and forth arrows in the browser, haven't seen that one before.

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