A major firmware update for the Nokia N9 has begun to roll out. The version of this update is 20.2011.40-4 and it includes such things as music controls on the lock screen, improved multitasking, and NFS tag reading. It sounds very much like the PR1.1 update for Nokia N950. I'm just installing it myself over the air (OTA). It seems to take quite a while. The PR1.1 update in my N950 took about 20 to 30 minutes to install, if my memory serves well, and in this update it say that it might take up to 40 minutes. So be patient and do not panic if nothing seems to happen. Since the update 218.6 MB, a WLAN connection is recommended. Making a backup prior to any updates is always a good idea.
For those wondering if any of the cool features available in the Symbian version of Nokia Maps, like public transport, will ever be present in Windows Phone too, the short answer is yes. At least this is what Kristina Bohlmann, Head of Communications, Location & Commerce at Nokia, replied when I ask her about the future of Nokia Drive and Maps for Windows Phone and MeeGo. This is what she said when I asked her if we should expect to see the new features introduced in the new Nokia Maps Suite beta for Symbian in Windows Phone and MeeGo:
Can we expect to see a white Nokia Lumia 800? If you watch carefully the "Nokia Lumia 800 - The designer's story" video clip, you will notice that starting around 0:43, while talking about the range of colours, among the current black, cyan and magneta colour samples, there is white too. Now this could, in theory, represent the available colour range for the Nokia N9, since a white coloured N9 has already been announced. However, in the video clip the camera pans over the colour samples to show a worker handling two cyan coloured devices in addition to the black and several magenta and cyan coloured devices. Judging by the position of the camera of these devices, they must be Lumia 800 and not N9 devices. Of course, there isn't any white coloured Lumia 800 smartphone in this video clip, but at least we can see that the designers have looked into it. Perhaps a white version will be announced soon.
Source: Nokia's YouTube Channel
While Nokia N9 has received quite a lot of positive media feedback, the availability of this superb MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan device is limited to selected countries only. However, for those who would like to have the N9, but live in country where it's not officially available, there are always unofficial channels like online retailers. One of these is Expansys, which delivers for most of the EU countries and other places in the world too. For those living in U.S., Expansys USA might be a good place to check. They seem to have the Nokia N9 in stock now. It's not cheap, but hey, one has to pay for a good thing.
Nokia released the first YouTube video in a series of in depth videos looking at the Nokia Lumia 800 and some of its features. It's quite short and there is nothing special in it, but it does show the camera and sharing interface of Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). So if you interested, check out the video.
Source: Nokia's YouTube Channel
Somehow I missed this good and quite thorough In-Depth Look at the Lumia 800 Video by Vaibhav Sharma from The Handheld Blog. It's about 15 minutes long and contains many interesting details for anyone who is interested in Nokia Lumia 800. Or Windows Phone. Or both. Anyway, please watch the video. I really recommend it. For more information, follow the link.
Source: The Handheld Blog
FiCom, Finnish Federation for Communications and Teleinformatics, reports that Nokia N9 was Elisa's, a Finnish telecom operator, most sold consumer mobile phone in October. Strong sales of N9 had already been reported by Sonera and Saunalahti. The N9 was ahead of such smartphone as Apple iPhone 4 (4th place), Samsung Galaxy S II (5th place) and Apple iPhone 4S (6th place). For the business customers, however, Nokia N9 was in 4th place, trailing Apple iPhone 4 (3rd place) and Nokia E7-00 (1st place). Follow the source to see the entire list. It is in Finnish, but the names should be understandable. The first list is for consumer sales and the second for business sales.
This is a good video preview/review of Nokia Lumia 800 from Rafe Blandford at All About Windows Phone. It's an eighteen minute clip, so it's one of the most extensive currently available. Rafe seems to have a balanced view about Lumia 800. He acknowledges that there are some hardware omissions, due to the time constrains Nokia had with it, yet he doesn't believe they will be major obstacles for anyone thinking of getting one. Follow the source to read more.
As one of our keen eyed reader (thanks Jonte) helpfully pointed out, there is no mention of Bluetooth Heart Rate monitor support in the press release of Sports Tracker for Windows Phone. This naturally got me worried. So I contacted Jussi Solja from Team Sports Tracker and this is what he said: "The Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor is not supported in the initial release of the Windows Phone app. Windows Phone platform does not yet support the necessary Bluetooth profile. We are looking in to adding support at a later stage as soon as the profile support is available."
This is a disappointment, for sure, but it's not hopeless, since they are planning to add it as soon as Windows Phone will support the correct profiles. I guess I have to continue using the Nokia N9 version of Sports Tracker until it will. While Windows Phone seems rather cool and all, it is still, in some aspects, quite immature. Then again, it's improving all the time. So hopefully Bluetooth Heart Rate monitor will work soon with the Windows Phone version of Sports Tracker.
Like many others, I've followed Nokia closely since the eyebrow rising, jaw dropping Feb 2011 announcement; the partnership with Microsoft on Windows Phone and the abrupt abandoning of Symbian. Why? Because it was the one of the roughest 180 degrees handbrake turn in Nokia's corporate history, and that the announcement came premature with no products to show.
The Nokia/Microsoft marriage in the public eye, didn't have a honeymoon, nor wedding photos to share, and some even wondered if it was a quickie at a Las Vegas tavern after one drink too many over their troubling and tearful market share stories. If not, did they marry for each others money or are they just friends with benefits? Will this marriage last?
The wait is over. Sports Tracker is now finally available for Nokia N9 and N950 from Nokia Store! I've just downloaded it to my Nokia N950 and, let me tell you, it does look great. Pairing with my Polar WearLink+ transmitter with Bluetooth seems to work, although in their site only Sports Tracker Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor is mentioned. I will try to use it as soon as possible and, perhaps, later I will write a review about Sports Tracker for Nokia N9. The Windows Phone version should arrive during this month. Looking at the picture in the press release, it looks quite different.
Source: Sports Tracker