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January 15, 2010

Nokia N900 Gets Double Dose Of Software Updates

by Ernest Doku

Picture 2 The Nokia N900 has been blessed with a bevy of improvements over the last couple of weeks, an initial minor touch-up being followed by a suite of new features rolling out in yesterday's 2.2009.51-1 firmware update (also answering to the name PR1.1).

The biggest news for UK phone fans was undoubtedly the introduction of support for SIM cards on the 3 network, which up until now did not play nicely with the mini-computer.

Workaholics will be happy to know that the N900's Mail for Exchange support has been beefed up, enabling it to work with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Now your boss can get in touch with you wherever you are!

A welcome update to Ovi Maps is also part of the package, with the GPS software getting a boost to both search performance and calculation of routes through the city.

Ovi Maps on the Nokia N900 deals well with the offering best routes for on foot travel as well as giving a good sense of location in the 3D view, so these changes are great to hear.

These updates bolster what was already a good package for Nokia N900 users, as the first update opened the doors to the Ovi Store Beta, enabling content to be downloaded and install software directly to the device.

The initial update also ushered in the ability for the N900 to accept over-the-air updates, meaning the handset no longer needs to be tethered to a computer when installing new firmware. The phone does need to have at least 75% of battery though, so ensure that your N900 is sufficiently juiced before downloading the update.

The new software should have been beamed out over the airwaves over the last 24 hours, but if you still do not have it, do check out maemo.org for the latest information, and also how to induce an update in the unlikely event that your N900 has been left out.

Let us know what you think of the update, early impressions from the Twitterverse are up on WOMNokia with the reaction largely favourable!

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