The Nokia N900 has recevied two software updates this week which have addressed many reported issues, and added a few enhancements to built-in features. The most notable change in the addition of portrait mode support, something being added to the Maemo OS for the first time.
Update #1: Minor Changes
The first update (PR 1.0) is a minor update, optimizing memory in the root partition and addressing the OTA (over-the-air) protocols for the second update.
This is a minor update, and the N900 will automatically check for this every 24 hours when connected over Wi-Fi. Users can initiate a manual check for this update by going to the Application Manager and doing a check for updates.
Update #2: Big Changes
The second update (PR 1.1) is the major update that many users have been waiting for. It addresses even more issues, optimizes default applications, and adds a few user interface inmovements.
The enhancement users will notice first is rotation support for all built-in applications, allowing them to switch between landscape and portrait modes. Of course, some applications that were designed to only run in landscape mode are going to need an updated user interface.
In addition, PR 1.1 promises to improve the performance of the web browser.
Other changes include:
- Support for Hutchison/3 SIM cards
- Support for Exchange 2003 with Mail for Exchange
- Icon caching and memory addressing improvements
- Fixes to USB detection
- Faster thumbnails
- And more
A complete change log of the updates can be found at the Maemo.org Wiki.
Both of these updates are available OTA (over-the-air). Users are advised to make sure that their device’s content has been backed up with PC Suite or to an external memory card, and that the battery is fully charged before performing the update.
In some cases, users have reported not having enough space in order to run the second (PR1.1) update, in this situation, these users will need to reflash their device and then run the first update.
An Overview of the Nokia N900
The Nokia N900 is a Maemo Linux mobile computer decending from Nokia’s line of Internet Tablets. This version adds cellular voice and data to the platform, and an updated operating system (Maemo 5) featuring a more unified user interface, faser browser, and support for later coding technologies such as web-runtime (WRT) and Qt 4.6.
The N900 is currently available worldwide for about $500 USD. It’s GSM compatible with all world networks, and 3G compatible with European and the US T-Mobile networks.