Nokia N900 1.2 update rolling out soon, is it enough?

Nokia N900 1.2 update rolling out soon, is it enough?Great, just as I am getting ready to leave town for over a week on a cruise with my wonderful wife of 17 years Nokia goes and decides to release the N900 version 1.2 firmware update. The update is rolling out in the UK today and starts globally tomorrow. Unfortunately, I will not be able to provide you all with an in-depth walk through the update until after I return next week. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what you can expect.

New games will be released, including Jurassic 3D, Rollercoaster, Angry Birds level pack, and more. These games will show up in the Ovi Store after Thursday, 27 May.

You will also see some improvements in the communication systems. You will be able to accept or decline meeting invitations. Facebook IM chat will be included, along with some kind of video calling capability (not sure what client is being used here) via Skype as Jason tested out and confirmed. Portrait web browsing is included. There is also an Ovi Maps update and I sure hope it gives us a MUCH improved experience because it is quite lame at the moment.

Thankfully, you will also find the ability to customize the first level of the menu system icons.

Several of these updates are things we have been able to do with kludgy fixes so it is nice to see a single update incorporate these capabilities.

Here is my list of things I want to see improved in the N900 and I have no idea if this update will address any of them as details still are not fully revealed:

  1. Improved email client that more closely matches other smartphones
  2. Ability to send text messages in portrait mode with the on-screen keyboard
  3. Ability to organize application icons/shortcuts into folders
Are you happy to see this update? What is the biggest feature you were looking forward to? What else would you like to see before Nokia abandons Maemo and switches to Meego?

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15 Comments to Nokia N900 1.2 update rolling out soon, is it enough?

Ignacius
May 25, 2010

You have pointed the most important (IMHO) weaks of the Maemo 5 PR1.2. The lack of portrait mode on-screen keyboard and push mail are my wishes for PR1.3. I would also like to browse bluetooth and samba folders through the files admin. Support for webm/VP8 would be good and HTML5 video/audio playback for the browser through gstreamer would be superb (AFAIK it is using ffmpeg for now which doesn’t use DSP). And last but not least, flash 10.1

SAABoy
May 25, 2010

-Better email -better media player -proper google maps app that I miss from my past symbian phones ;( -flash 10.1

Steve
May 26, 2010

Too little, too late.

The announcement also stated no meego on N900, that means we need to purchase a new device to stay current. Another slap in the face from Nokia so I am ordering my new device today. Its going to be Android though.

Nokia really did snatch failure from the gaping jaws of success.

Rob
May 26, 2010
Andy
May 26, 2010

It’s far to little and far to late. The Maps app still doesn’t have turn by turn navigation and recalculation, no bluetooth PBAP profile and no MeeGo.

Which commercial developer will support Maemo when N900 is the only phone running it? If I was a developer my focus would have been Android, iPhone and possibly MeeGo when there are a couple of devices running it.

N900 was my last Nokia phone…

telecomgeek79
May 26, 2010

@ Andy.

Developers can focus on QT applications which Maemo 5 PR 1.2 has, and that will open up N900/Meego Devices & Sybian devices!!

telecomgeek79
May 26, 2010

Sybian…haha Symbian devices :)

[...] mentioned yesterday that the 1.2 update was rolling out in the UK for the Nokia N900, but that I was leaving on [...]

Amy
June 3, 2010

@ Andy.

Developers can focus on QT applications which Maemo 5 PR 1.2 has, and that will open up N900/Meego Devices & Sybian devices!!

Alex
June 5, 2010

Definitely HTML5/WebM and flash 10.1 and maybe finally voice in the map… But browser first, it’s mandatory!

Scott
June 8, 2010

Want to see much better integration with Microsoft Exchange. Too many compromises using my N900 for wotk right now

lohith
June 21, 2010

Hi

I am facing problem in blocking the internet connecting.when ever i activate 3G internet connection for 2 SGD for 24 hours internet conenction.after 24 hours it is still connecting to internet automitically and my mobile main balance money is used.due to which i am loosing 15 to 20 SGD every day.Now i ahve removed my SIM and using N900 for just music.waiting for this problem to solve.(I want option to block the internet connection when it is not required)

Mike Marshall
June 21, 2010

Ive just got my phone back from the Nokia care centre, the morning after I updated the phone it froze and I couldn’t get it up and running, so Ive only just had time to have a play around with it after the new update.

I cannot say that I am disappointed as there have been some nice enchantments, the battery life seems better, skype video, portrait for the web, Im for Facebook, and it does seem that bit faster. but admittedly I was hoping for a bit more.

Regarding the news that they are not going to update to meego, It doesn’t really bother me, but I do hope they do keep working on the Maemo platform and continue with software updates and improving the phone and functions at least for 2-3 years which will see most owners through there providers contracts , at the same time I hope we get lots more applications, which are really lacking.

In truth I’m not sure how motivated developers, maemo and nokia will be bearing in mind Maemo are not part of the future plans.

Only time will tell but I lets hope they do not let Nokia N900 customers down after we bought into this fabulous phones potential.

ezzy e
November 19, 2010

they need to add portrait mode on this phone it will make everything better on it does anybody know when it will happen

ezzy e
November 19, 2010

and for a virtual keyboard for texting and why are the droping maemo

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