If you’re one of the very few people who own a Nokia N9, you should know that the Finnish company has just issued the first big software update for its beloved first and last MeeGo phone. We don’t know if Nokia will end up keeping its promise of releasing updates for the N9 “for years”, but this is undoubtedly a good start, and something which shows N9 owners (as well as would-be owners) that the Lumia line isn’t all that Nokia is currently focusing on.
The update will bring your phone to version 20.2011.40-4 of the software. It’s a 218 MB download, and you can install over-the-air with no need for a computer to apply the update, although the procedure apparently does take a long while, so make sure you don’t start the update if you’re in a hurry.
The big things that this new version brings are music controls on the lockscreen, improved multitasking with better memory handling, and NFC tag reading capabilities. You can now shoot photos and videos with color filters (black & white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize). Swype is now preinstalled, and Mail for Exchange sync is faster, noise cancellation is in too, swiping down to close apps is now on by default, and new indicators for charging and calendar are shown on the standby screen.
Some apps have also received updates. Such is the case with the Twitter app which now supports picture uploads to Twitpic, the Facebook app, Nokia Store, Ovi Music, Galaxy on Fire 2, Nokia Drive, Angry Birds, AccuWeather, NFS Shift, Real Golf 2011 and even the User Guide.
The update will gradually roll out to all regions. If your phone hasn’t yet notified you that it’s available, you can manually check by going to Settings > Manage Applications > Updates.
The rather old Nokia X6 has also received an update of its own, though in this case it’s not as big. It does, however, bring the Web browser found in the Symbian Anna release to the X6. A similar update has been available for the past few weeks for the 5800 and 5530, and now it’s here for the X6. Alongside the new browser, after you install the new software version you’ll find Nokia Maps 3.06 preinstalled, a better overall browsing experience, support for Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), and support for non-ASCII characters such as Arabic or Chinese.
After updating, your Nokia X6 will be on software version 40.0.002. The update may not be available in your region or for your device yet, though it should reach all phones bought unlocked pretty soon. As usual, if a carrier meddled with your phone’s software, it’s up to it to allow this update through. And that may or may not happen.