Nokia N96 firmware updated to v20.050

“Nokia has recently made available a major firmware update for the Nokia N96. The new firmware, version 20.050, improves email support (including an email shortcut on the homescreen), adds personalisation settings for Audio Themes, slide handling and slide show wallpaper. There also improvements to WiFi support, camera image quality, Flash Lite video support and more. The firmware can be updated over the air or via Nokia Software Updater. Read on for more details and screenshots. The biggest ‘new’ feature in the update is the improved email set up and handling. The updated firmware includes Nokia’s new Email wizard, which aims to make it easier to set up email on the phone. Unfortunately, some of the simplicity is lost by asking users to choose between ‘E-mail’ and ‘Nokia email’ without adequately explaining the difference. Mail for Exchange is found under ‘E-mail’, along with standard email (both of these set up an inbox in the built-in Messaging application). ‘Nokia email’ installs version 1.0 of the Nokia Messaging client application and service (note: this is not the latest version). This provides a superior email experience, but may be charged for at a later date (although it’s unlikely to apply in this instance).For both types of email you get an optional email notification entry in the homescreen. Other updates include support for Audio themes (sounds triggered by certain events) and extra slide handling settings (call answering and key lock settings). The App. update application is now available. This allows in-built applications to be upgraded independently of firmware updates. In the case above, we can see that there’s an update available for Mail for Exchange.There are also a large number of small updates. Notable among these include a bug fix for certificates (needed for Mobile TV and N-Gage game purchases), energy optimisations, improved camera performance (including still image quality improvements and noise reduction in video), an updated version of the Music player, better support for Flash Lite video (e.g. YouTube), and a number of application updates. The full firmware change log has been posted here ” More photos here:

Nokia E75 for N. America Released

The Nokia E75 began shipping in Europe last month, but a version specifically created for N. America has just been released. This Symbian S60 smartphone has a large keyboard and an emphasis on mobile messaging. It uses a slider design, with a 2.4-inch, 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) screen and numberpad on the front, and a QWERTY keyboard that slides from the left side. It runs Symbian S60 Feature Pack 1, and offers a host of wireless options such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth. The N. American version is is a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM phone with tri-band (850/1900/2100 MHz) 3G — UMTS/HSDPA. Overall, this device is 4.4 inches by 2.0 inches by 0.6 inches (112 mm by 50 mm by 14 mm), and weighs 4.9 ounces (139 g). The Nokia E75 can be purchased now at Nokia Flagship Stores, which are scattered around the U.S. in places like New York and Chicago. The price is $530.” via