Nokia releases Maemo update for N900
Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has announced the release of a new firmware update for its Linux-based N900 internet tablet and smartphone. The new version, Maemo 5 / PR 1.3 (specifically V20.2010.36-2), adds support for Nokia's Ovi Suite, allowing users to access and sync both files and messages between their N900 and Windows PCs.
According to the developers, the latest update to the Maemo operating system for the N900 also includes "hundreds of tweaks and fixes that will make your N900 run faster and smoother than ever". Where available, users can now access the company's Ovi Music Store and download DRM-free audio files directly to their devices. For developers, the PR 1.3 update contains version 1.0.2 of the Qt Mobility API and updates the Qt Core libraries to 4.7.0. Nokia have also issued the seventh update to the Maemo 5 SDK. Release notes are available on Maemo.org.
As previously reported, the PR 1.3 update should allow users to "easily" dual-boot between Maemo and the MeeGo mobile operating systems. However, no mention or details of this were included in the official announcement, or in the release notes. MeeGo is a Linux-based distribution for mobile devices that is the result of the February decision to merge Intel's Moblin platform and Nokia's Maemo platform under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. Currently, the N900 is the only available Nokia device actually capable of running MeeGo.
Further information about the smartphone update, which weighs in at about 200MB, can be found in the official release announcement and in the release notes. Nokia N900 users can update their devices over-the-air (OTA) by selecting the status area, New software updates and Continue. However, the OTA update may not yet be available for all users. Alternatively, users can update their N900 using a Windows PC with the Nokia Software Updater. The previous PR 1.2 update for the N900 was released last May.
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