Nokia N97 firmware 2.0 available via NSU

Nokia N97 firmware 2.0 available via NSUTwitter can be a valuable source of information and just about 30 minutes ago I saw a Tweet come across my eyes that said the Nokia firmware 2.0 update was available. I went to the Software Update utility on my N97, but it only reported an update for Maps 3.1 and Ovi Contacts 1.20 so I fired up my MSI Wind netbook to run the Nokia Software Updater. I discovered the NSU wouldn’t work on my Wind with my new Windows 7 OS so I had to wait until I arrived in the office to fire up my Dell PC and update the firmware on my N97.

I performed a Close All with my Handy Taskman and my N97 showed 38.8MB of RAM available and 4MB on the C: drive. After updating the NSU on my PC, I was shown that my current firmware version is 12.2.024 and that version 20.2.019 was available. The updates highlighted on the update page were improved touch screen scrolling and Ovi Maps 3.1 with 3-D maps. I clicked through the wizard and performed the update without backing up anything. I really don’t care if I have to reinstall software during these major updates since it gives me a chance to clean off my device. The update for me was 142.7MB in size so it took a few minutes to download and install.

I haven’t spent much time with the update yet, but immediately after installing I saw my RAM shown as 48MB and my available C: drive space shown as the same 4MB. I went in and cleared out my browser cache to see if that would increase space on the C: drive, but nothing changed there and I am not sure what is consuming all of that space. All my programs and settings (including standby display setup) were still in place after the update and I do thank Nokia for enabling this update capability. Kinetic scrolling is slick and this firmware looks to be what we wanted a few months ago when the N97 shipped. Stay tuned for more thoughts on the N97 firmware update as my T-Mobile SIM stays in the device for a bit.

Steve posted all the details of the N97 firmware update over on All About Symbian and since I see little change in memory by updating over the top of the existing firmware I am going to take his advice and wipe my device clean and start all over with apps to see if I can make this N97 a more efficient machine. A few features in this update that particularly interest me are:

  • The keyboard driver has been enhanced so that a long press on any key brings up its associated ‘function’ symbol (or number)
  • Half a dozen new social media and services widgets have been added by default
  • Ovi Maps 3.1 is now included (shown below, saving 7MB of your C disk, compared to the current situation)
  • More responsive touchscreen driver (so fewer ‘missed taps’) and the usual minor bug fixes across the board

Starting over again with a fresh N97, I show 48MB of free RAM and 49.5MB of free C: drive space. What are you most looking forward to with this update?

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25 Comments to Nokia N97 firmware 2.0 available via NSU

Lloyd
October 27, 2009

I just did the update and what I find is that applications like Ovi Chat and Vlingo are added and cannot be removed even if I don’t want them. Vlingo is not a free version either, yet there is no way to remove it. I also cannot find Nokia Messaging anywhere on the phone. I did not have it before and even looking in the Installed Applications listings I don’t find it. No new widgets either.

What did i find?

  1. I lost C: drive space and I see no benefits added there.
  2. The amount of RAM has not changed.
  3. Ovi Maps is the same, including a longer than desired GPS link time.
  4. Kinetic scrolling is not throughout the phone but there is more of it (doesn’t work in X-plore).
  5. Photos works a lot like the beta Photo Browser so I can now remove that to save some disk space.
  6. Touch response seems to be less-responsive as opposed to the advertised more responsive. It may be because the menus now have kinetic scrolling and any time you try and select a folder it tries to scroll through the list of folders (may be my fat thumbs)

Time will tell if this update has really done anything. If my initial impressions don’t become changed in the next few days then I will wait for the N900 to go through it’s initial issues and a few upgrades and then I will replace the N97.

James Little
October 27, 2009

I kind of wish they would have waited until Qt for Symbian to come out of beta in the next few months, but if I was a N97 owner I don’t know if would be so patient. Some updates are better than no updates…

[…] Firmware 2.0 has been released for the Nokia N97 and includes a number of new features. Steve Litchfield has covered the bulk of the changes here. […]

Tauseef
October 27, 2009

memory is not increased buut
other features are updated.

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BoSs
October 29, 2009

Updated to v2.0 I see improvement but the phone still hangs after awhile.

Mr Lurva
November 1, 2009

hi just tried updating my phone and it wont tried to do it from my mobile but it wont let me any ideas ?

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Krypton2
November 3, 2009

hard reset & u’ll gain more 10 mb
mine is 59 Mb free

ANDREW
August 3, 2011

nice post thank

omar
November 30, 2011

you welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gregory
December 29, 2011

Thanks for this post! I love this phone although touch is more fashionable today. I’m still going to buy this one:)

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NHYIRABA
March 28, 2012

PLS WHEN I TRY TO INSTAL SOMETHING IT ALWAYS TELL ME MEMORY FUL WHAT SHOULD I DO, IT IS HAVING MEMORY OF 28 GIG, HELP


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