Software Update For The Nokia N9
So the first major update has arrived for the Nokia N9 , PR1.1 (20.211.40-4_PR_001) and it was a LARGE update and full of great new Meego goodness :)
These are my first thoughts and observations of the process and the SW itself. Firstly, I became aware of it via Twitter, as apposed to the phone itself , not that the notifications on the N9 aren't superb, but that I tend to check my Twitter stream before anything else !! The update was well over 200mb and in addition to the main phone SW there were several application updates and new apps to install. All went well apart from a couple of slight disturbances and a scary moment. My mum called during the download and I had to reject the call and call her back on my E7 to ask her to use my spare number for a while (she wasn't impressed), the phone said I had gone to flight mode, which scared me and I had to go to connectivity and connect to my WIFI (apparently this is normal, as other N9 users reported the same thing) to continue the main download / Other than that, apart from it taking quite a long time for the update to download and install (40 minutes) all went smoothly .
The real scary moment came when my son came to visit, and I was still downloading app updates, he started playing with the N9 and tried to open Firefox and the screen and handset froze !! Panic stations, it wouldn't turn off straight away and I thought I had inherited a Brick :( Once I actually got the handset to turn off, I then had to make several attempts to re-start , and eventually she started to light up and then ask for my pin, the relief, as you can imagine was immense. So the moral of the story is, don't mess with your phone whilst it's updating !! Fortunately all other updates went well and the 'Update All' feature worked really well. It was a fairly simple, if lengthy process, compared to what I'd been used to with Symbian, but all went fine, and if I can do it, nobody should have an issue, just don't use the handset whilst updating.
Now to the update, basically massive improvement all round , the phone was great before, so the SW writers are genius !! Main thing I've noticed are the addition of the Swype input method in addition to the standard keyboard, which I love, Also within the Twitter application, two major gripes have been solve with the ability to both post photo's and share location via the Twitter application, so bye bye posting via mail and TwitPic !! Also, you now have Music Controls on your lockscreen and so can skip tracks or stop music without actually opening the phone fully or going to the Music Player :)The phone feels a little quicker, but then it was quick before, I'm sure a full change log will be posted and the photo's and screen shots I'm adding show most of the additional updates .
Shots Of the event as it happened
Just a quick addition, I had a minor issue setting up Swype text input , which is actually very simple, and works really well by the way !! I had to resort to the new user manual, but all you do is go to the Settings Menu-Time & Language-Text Input-Swype, once turned on and set up, all you have to do is Swipe from one side or the other side of the keyboard in use from the edge of the screen and it will change from the conventional kb to Swype :)
Ok that's about it, hope it's of some interest to someone, and to mention I used my N97 to take all the photos and to say thanks for reading.