Remember the N9? It's not dead; Huge update coming soon

Sure, there might not be many Nokia N9 owners around, but own one, so the news that Nokia is bringing their 1.2 update with thousands of fixes to devices soon is good news. We found screenshots of some of the new features in action over on Nokia Support which are relatively recent.

First up, Facebook notifications are no longer just lumped in together, you can see how many friend requests, messages or updates you have right on the homescreen, and a new notification icon is shown in the tray.

 

Deep DropBox support is now available, which is huge! Good work Nokia!

Copy and paste is now OS-wide, and can be used on any editable (or non-editable) text field, just like the other big OS'!

 

Excitingly, the phone is now entirely DLNA compliant, and content can be streamed to the device from others and from the device to others. Neat!

The mail client's had an overhaul, and can now interact with the Global Address Book in Exchange (and Gmail), offers email threading and can automatically add Picasa / YouTube to your device when adding an account.

 

The camera now has facial detection, offers the "grid mode" (used for the rule of two thirds, by the way), custom metadata tags such as "photo creator" and more.

 

Additionally, there's folder support, updated availability controls, feed refresh rate controls, nicknames for contacts, color profiles (not sure about this one yet), better data roaming, browser password management, history improvements, swype tweaks and more. We could list them all day.

For such a "dead" device, the N9 is doing pretty well. We aren't sure what Nokias angle is here, considering their push with Windows Phone globally.

We've heard from some great sources that PR1.2 is scheduled for release by the end of February, so you'll have to sit on your hands for just a little longer.

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Do you have any idea how many Sx0/Symbian phones they are selling on a daily basis?

Except for maybe Samsung no other brand comes close.. not even in the same ballpark.. And yes, that does include Apple who sell a sh*t load few weeks after they repackage the same phone and announce they re-invented the wheel yet again but after that they float until a new run comes along..

That's some pet project of theirs. It's almost torture for old school Nokia fans like me. (I just bought an iPhone yesterday after 14 years of owning nothing but Nokia phones.)

tiagosilva29 said,
>€500 phone, bro'.

Too expensive for me.

1) Where did you get that price from.
2) That is the unsubsidised price - learn the difference between the unlocked unsubsidised price vs. the price bought under contract.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
1) Where did you get that price from.
2) That is the unsubsidised price - learn the difference between the unlocked unsubsidised price vs. the price bought under contract.

1) My country's Nokia store.
2) No, that is the minimum listed price, unlocked or not, as they take in consideration the final price of the contracts.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
2) That is the unsubsidised price - learn the difference between the unlocked unsubsidised price vs. the price bought under contract.

And you are still under the illusion you are not paying full price for the phone then? ever compared contract prices to SIM only ones with same specs? Should be a wakeup call seeing you are paying three or more times the SIM only price for 24mnts to get a 'free' phone.. In general you will pay exactly the saem only over 24mnts..

This may come as a surprise to you but some people (like me) might just want A PHONE that has some minor additions like a web browser, mail, maps and perhaps things like facebook.

I want a phone, not a god damn toy.

tuneslover said,
N9, huh? Still dead ecosystem. Lumia is the best choice....

Lumia is a nice phone, however, the N9 IMO is equally as gorgeous, and this is coming from a Lumia owner. It's really exciting to see MeeGo and the N9 power on and deliver some excellent hardware/software harmony goodness

You people do know that this gets its own article just because a staff member owns it right? The Nokia N900 continued to receive updates as well but they were never reported here or anywhere else.

htcz said,
You people do know that this gets its own article just because a staff member owns it right? The Nokia N900 continued to receive updates as well but they were never reported here or anywhere else.

I know others with the N9, why not cover it?

looks nice. but this a dead OS now that nokia dumped it for WP. lets just wait to see the new features of WP8 at MWC

Back? It's not been away yet.. I still do not know where people get the idea tat MeeGo is a dead or unsupported OS.. There may not be any new devices coming, but the OS is very much alive and well supported by Nokia.

paulheu said,
Back? It's not been away yet.. I still do not know where people get the idea tat MeeGo is a dead or unsupported OS.. There may not be any new devices coming, but the OS is very much alive and well supported by Nokia.

I was under the impression Nokia stopped selling the N9's with MeeGo OS.

Nashy said,
It's a shame. It's quite a nice looking OS.

Of all the mobile OS's, Meego by far my favourite. I hope that someone else picks it up now that Nokia are going with Windows Phone.

Frankly, it's everything that Android should have been from what I've seen of it. Not that Android is bad (I love my Android phone), but Meego is just fantastic. Why Nokia decided to kill it I'll never know (IMO, it's because Elop is basically a Microsoft shill planted at Nokia).

the trojan horse angle is really getting old. Windows Phone was chosen because it's now a battle of ecosystems. something that MeeGo doesn't quite have an advantage over Windows Phone and Microsoft's huge support (Windows 8 + XBox + Office + Live + Bing)

rom said,
the trojan horse angle is really getting old. Windows Phone was chosen because it's now a battle of ecosystems. something that MeeGo doesn't quite have an advantage over Windows Phone and Microsoft's huge support (Windows 8 + XBox + Office + Live + Bing)

And you can already read that Nokia is starting to dominate WP sales, reinforcing further that going with Windows Phone was the right choice. If those WP8 rumors turn out to be true one can only salivate at the thought of a Lumia 900 successor running that OS. Tie it into Windows 8 and a possible Nokia tablet and the validity of Nokia's decision is confirmed.

efjay said,

And you can already read that Nokia is starting to dominate WP sales, reinforcing further that going with Windows Phone was the right choice. If those WP8 rumors turn out to be true one can only salivate at the thought of a Lumia 900 successor running that OS. Tie it into Windows 8 and a possible Nokia tablet and the validity of Nokia's decision is confirmed.

Absolutely. This was a great move for Microsoft and Nokia. It wasn't one sided by any means.

rom said,
the trojan horse angle is really getting old. Windows Phone was chosen because it's now a battle of ecosystems. something that MeeGo doesn't quite have an advantage over Windows Phone and Microsoft's huge support (Windows 8 + XBox + Office + Live + Bing)

Oh come one, like it never even crossed your mind.

1) Elop leaves Microsoft
2) Elop joins Nokia
3) Nokia announces Microsoft partnership.

I'd be the last person to say that correlation implies causation, but why would the world's number one phone maker, with a fantastic smart phone OS (Meego), drop all that, abandon years of R&D and switch to Windows Phone with it's minority market share?

Not that I'm saying that WP7 is a bad OS, quite the opposite it's a great OS, but with all that said, does something not smell a little... off?

Majesticmerc said,

I'd be the last person to say that correlation implies causation, but why would the world's number one phone maker, with a fantastic smart phone OS (Meego), drop all that, abandon years of R&D and switch to Windows Phone with it's minority market share?

I have to admit, it does look a bit odd. I don't see why Nokia couldn't develop both platforms.

From what I read via an ex-nokia executive, Nokia's legal department was hostile towards free open source software, and that caused many delays in Maemo/Meego's development.

The N9 could have been just what Nokia needed for its revival. Alas, with little to no marketing budget, limited release markets, and statements from Elop like "Even if the N9 is a success, we won't be making any more", which itself echo's his damaging Symbian "Burning Platform" statement, I fear a promising platform has been butchered before it even had a chance.

Majesticmerc said,

Oh come one, like it never even crossed your mind.

1) Elop leaves Microsoft
2) Elop joins Nokia
3) Nokia announces Microsoft partnership.

I'd be the last person to say that correlation implies causation, but why would the world's number one phone maker, with a fantastic smart phone OS (Meego), drop all that, abandon years of R&D and switch to Windows Phone with it's minority market share?

Not that I'm saying that WP7 is a bad OS, quite the opposite it's a great OS, but with all that said, does something not smell a little... off?

For the reasons they just gave?

Or basically it can do what the other Android and iOS can already do (I don't think that WP7 has Dropbox) without a vast library of apps to choose from. You would be better off loading an Android ROM for N9 instead. I think that there is an Ice Cream Sandwich port in the works (all unofficial of course).

Simon- said,
Or basically it can do what the other Android and iOS can already do (I don't think that WP7 has Dropbox) without a vast library of apps to choose from. You would be better off loading an Android ROM for N9 instead. I think that there is an Ice Cream Sandwich port in the works (all unofficial of course).

WP7 has some Dropbox apps, not too sure how good they are though. I use the Skydrive integration instead so I can't say I know much about it; are there advantages of using Dropbox over Skydrive?