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Nokia N900 Gets Major Update With A Wide Range Of Improvements

Thursday, 14 January 2010 06:50

Written by Apocalypso.

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After the minor software update that brought Ovi store and app manager face lift earlier this week Nokia has released the first major update for its flagship Smartphone that brings wide range of improvements , dozens of minor bug fixes and further optimizes functionality and stability of the phone across many applications.

Maemo 5 PR1.1 is being released on January 14, 2010. Starting in Finland at 7am local time and following a staggering process country by country through the different time zones.

This update is currently only available over the air by users with the PR1.0.1 already installed. Images for manula flashing will be available later today as well so in case you can’t get update over teh air you should be able to quickly flash it with Maemo flasher.

First up is support for the Swiss keymat variant with hardware and virtual keyboard layouts supporting the combination of German, Italian and English characters. Mail for Exchange is updated as well and now works with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 which allows integration to a much broader group of users.

Ovi Maps also gets the update treatment, with improvements made to search performance and route calculation. Beyond these major changes come a range of smaller usability improvements which have been worked into the release and are based on the excellent user feedback the team have receive.



New features

  • Hutchison SIM cards are supported.
  • MS Exchange 2003 support.

Maemo Update

  • Bootloader (Nolo) can be updated over Maemo Update.
  • Cellular software can be updated over Maemo Update.
  • Icon cache removed to allow more memory space for Maemo Update.
  • Application Manager: Available space check moved to apt-worker for more accurate results.

Reliability

  • Improvements in SGX performance and reliability.

Use-time and power consumption

  • API for status area applets to detect if they are invisible/absent.
  • Fixes to Pulseaudio timer increasing power saving when starting/closing apps.
  • Browser: Removed unnecessary serial logging.
  • Reduction of wake-ups in Desktop, Connectivity, Conversations, RSS Feed Reader,
  • Backup handles correctly directories containing pairs of symlinks.
  • Less CPU load caused during video recording.
  • Support disabling Virtual Keyboard in input field.
  • Performance improvements in Browser.
  • Lock: "swipe to unlock" will not stay on.
  • CPU idle latencies and thresholds updated.
  • Fixing eMMC data lines while sleeping.
  • CellMO power consumption reduced.

Usability

  • Volume button operation in call flipped based on audio routing (no more on screen orientation).
  • Browser: Downloading & rendering of page content runs promptly.
  • Helping to avoid capacity limits of rootfs when installing apps (make Docpurge aware of /opt).
  • Stability and usability fixes to the Profiles applet. Selection, usage and restoring of ringtones.
  • Fast call from home shortcuts.
  • Fast SMS rejection of incoming call.
  • Avoid false alarms in pocket.
  • Silence ringing by flipping face down.
  • Fix to Camera photo orientation problem: correct orientation is now written to EXIF.

Performance

  • X: performance of GLES apps improved.
  • Lower RAM consumption while capturing video.
  • Phone-UI & Msg-UI always ready to appear.
  • Application Manager UI speed improvements.
  • Email faster with large mailboxes.
  • Large file copy (SD->MMC) doesn't degrade system performance.

OVI Maps

  • Route calculation and search performance improved.

Connectivity

  • BT Secure Simple Pairing fixed for Windows Vista.
  • BT transfer progress indicated.
  • Improving WLAN connection stability.
  • Improved WLAN negotiation when going out of reach of access point.

Phonecalls

  • Add voicemail shortcut support.
  • Showing call forwarding correctly when busy forwarding is not set.
  • Call log improved.

Audio & Video

  • Audio volume control works with +/- keys in full-screen playback of flash.
  • Handling corrupted ring tone files better.
  • HW volume keys always have same orientation.
  • Media Player UI now provides feedback when tapping control buttons in video playback.
  • MIC input not clipped when loud voice in VoIP call.
  • Pulseaudio: Ringtone is heard from the loudspeaker if BT connected.
  • Ringtone played both to headset (BT or wired) and to internal HF speakers.
  • AV sync fix for recorded videos.

Camera

  • ISO EXIF value for images saved when automatic sensitivity in use.
  • Vignetting test of 2nd camera fixed, VGA sensor stability.

Battery and Charging

  • Improved charging in case of low charging power (PC USB charging).

USB

  • Fixing the USB detection and card mounting issue related to quickly attaching/detaching the cable.
  • Able to format corrupted eMMC properly.
  • Hang fixed in case of WLAN disconnection while copying files.

Synchronization

  • Activesync supports now MS Exchange 2003.
  • Activesync - fixes the forwarding of attachments showing incorrect sizes (Exchange server 2003).
  • Content copier of PC Suite enabled. Whole content backup (including Notes) can now be restored from PCSuite.

3rd party applications

  • Policy-settings: Fixes rotation transition in for 3rd party applications.
  • Policy-settings: By default, 3rd party apps should have the same limits as our applications.

Calendar

  • Public API for color picker. Home widget is now translucent.
  • Set/get alarms API.
  • Syncing of task alarms supported.

Image Viewer

  • Thumbnailing faster.

Application Manager

  • Rename Maemo Extras to maemo.org and enable by default.
  • Grid view applied for the categories in download view. Added API for filtering packages.

Development Platform

  • SDK content and tools updated.
  • SDK GUI installer updated.
  • New sharing-dialog-dev package added to enable Bluetooth and email sending.
  • New wappushd-dev package documenting MMS interfaces available.

Community reports fixed

Reports in http://bugs.maemo.org that have been fixed for PR1.1:

Browser

Calendar

Chat & Call & SMS

Connectivity

Contacts

Core

Desktop platform

Desktop Widgets

Development Platform

Email

Images and Camera

Location

Map

Media player

Multimedia

Settings and Maintenance

Sharing

Statusbar Widgets

Synchronization

System Analysis

System software

Telephony

Translations

Utilities



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