Is N8 Anna update coming end of August? I took action to get it now

I read that Nokia was slapping those loyal customers who have went out and purchased the N8 and other Symbian^3 devices early in the face by shipping new N8 and C7 devices with Anna preloaded. Without question, they should have first provided the update to existing owners and this whole Anna update story is disappointing to me. I also read that Anna for the N8 was leaked and available so I decided to risk it rather than wait for Nokia since my N8 was just sitting around useless anyways and now I have Anna on my N8 performing well so far.

This will void your warranty, risk bricking your device, etc. so I do not recommend any readers take these steps and just wait for Nokia to officially release it. That said, my wife’s blue Nokia N8 constantly locks up and is a piece of crap so I am going to update hers using these steps after I test it out on my orange one for a few more days. So far everything seems to be working just fine. There were a couple of Chinese apps on the N8 that I just uninstalled and so far so good. These steps are not too bad actually and didn’t require any DOS commands or anything like goofing around with my N900 did.

Any readers try this update and if so, how did it go for you?

UPDATE: Here is a page describing a new ROM version with the split screen/context sensitive keyboard and other improvements. I am going to put this one on my N8 now.

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37 Comments to Is N8 Anna update coming end of August? I took action to get it now

sharpshooter
July 11, 2011

Hi, how is the leaked Anna performance. Regarding the flashing, did it wipe your phone data and did you have to restore from a back up. Is it true that in this variant there’s no split screen input? I’m really tired of waiting for Anna?

Dan
July 11, 2011

Checked the source site. It’s just too tedious. I’ve tried flashing win mo and androids before but the steps are just too long. Will wait for the Symbian Anna. I don’t get why otter n8 phones slow down. Mine’s just fine. :)

Dr.Tek
July 11, 2011

I updated last night. Used phoenix, and there were no issues. Make sure you do a backup to the memory card before you update, and then do a restore afterwards. So far, so good. I too uninstalled the Chinese apps.

Ricky Cadden
July 11, 2011

Man, this sure is tempting. The only consideration is if we’ll get the official Anna update, too. I may do this sometime this week.

Can you do me a favor? Can you install the Swype app from the Ovi Store and let me know if it supports the Anna portrait QWERTY? That would make this a no-brainer, IMO.

vzsg
July 11, 2011

@Ricky, why on earth would Swype support the portrait QWERTY? It’s a completely different FEP. They could’ve implemented their portrait keyboard ages ago… Provided they gave a **** about Symbian.

Matthew Miller
July 11, 2011

Swype does work in portrait orientation. I see that the split screen (seeing the context and the keyboard at the same time) does not work, but I can hopefully get that later. So far it is FAST and email is actually working very well. My N8 may become my primary Nokia device once again.

Ricky Cadden
July 11, 2011

@vzsg – Swype had previously stated publicly that the reason it didn’t work on portrait was because the N8′s firmware didn’t even contain a portrait QWERTY – there is apparently some link to what stock keyboards are available and what Swype can replace. As Matthew confirmed, that seems to be accurate. I’ll probably give this a go tonite.

Jim L
July 11, 2011

Matt, Did you have to change the product code to match the Chinese one before flashing? Thanks, J

Matthew Miller
July 11, 2011

Jim, I changed them all to match my specific Nokia N8. Actually, I forgot and just updated my wife’s blue N8 with the same product code as my orange one. For example, the files should look something like this: RM596-0598797022.014015.vpl for a North American model. You use that Navifirm program to give you the specific product code for your model Nokia N8.

Jim L
July 11, 2011

Matt, Thanks, updated my N8 and it feels like a brand new phone again. Finally, after being teased with Anna on Astound since March, I got the new browser, email on my N8. Sure feels different than Anna on E6.

Dennis O'S
July 12, 2011

Matt, How is this version of anna different from the version on your astound? Better or worse. Thanks

Matthew Miller
July 12, 2011

Dennis, I plan to post an article on that later tonight. I find the N8 with this hacked Anna to be faster and more reliable than the Astound actually. The Astound seems to pause/lag at times and I am not sure why since internals are the same. Maybe there is some T-Mobile customization going on or something. I am not liking the Astound much at the moment while my N8 is rocking!

Dennis O'S
July 12, 2011

Matt, Thanks for the response. I am using my N8, but I did consider getting the astound because of the firmware.Looking forward to getting Anna(7 months late),and to reading your comparison article.

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ronald
July 16, 2011

i want to ask if any of you guys had the purple screen defect with your n8′s and then after flashing with this leaked anna update… it was fixed?

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July 18, 2011

Is there going to be a review comparing Anna to the curent firmware?

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Iresh
July 18, 2011

I kind of screwed up and updated using the chinese product code, now what?

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David
July 19, 2011

I tried to flash mine but it keeps failing. “Unable to set phone to flash mode”. And the phone keeps disconnecting itself from the computer now. Thoughts?

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chiller
August 1, 2011

@David, you need to remove Ovi suite from your computer 1st then do the flash. ;-)

KIM
August 2, 2011

Well,mine N8 is from dec 10, so dont care much about Nokia anymore, so f*** your Anna update, just so damn tried of always waiting for an update… Nov 11 iphone 5- here we go.

phone
August 26, 2011

the nokia n8 is great. i like its design. looks pretty cool

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August 28, 2011

i also like the nokia n8. many of my friends bought it.

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