Nokia N900 firmware 1.2 coming this week: video calling, Facebook IM, portrait web browsing

Nokia’s N900 has a spotty reputation. It was the device many people were looking to redeem the Nokia N97, which caused many headaches among the enthusiast crowd. Problem was the N900 wasn’t really meant for consumers, it was still viewed as an unpolished product meant for the die hards who wouldn’t mind playing with their devices for hours at a time to get this particular setting or that particular function working properly. Then the whole MeeGo thing happened, and people started wondering what future, if any, does Maemo have at Nokia.

Today we get an update to both those concerns. Firmware 1.2 polishes up Maemo, adds Facebook instant messaging, a better email inbox, video browsing, the ability to browse the web in portrait mode, and access to the new version of Nokia’s Ovi Store. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Nokia has confirmed that the N900 will not get any updates to MeeGo. You’re going to have to buy a new device, which may or may not be a bad thing considering how hefty the N900 actually is.

Either way, for those N900 owners out there, by the end of tomorrow you should be seeing an update become available for your device. Let us know how you like it in the comments below!

[Via: Nokia Conversations]

  • Skyler

    I just want to be the first to comment with a 5h1+ eating grin =D … I'm so happy!!!

  • Mike

    Looking forward to the update, but not sure how to feel about the news on no go for Meego, Ive only had the N900 a couple of months and get the feeling its going to be out dated fairly soon. I really like the phone, so I hope Nokia are true to there word and keep on top of maemo,

    Question, does anyone know if the update include voice (activation/maps), full portrait use, not just the browser, contacts, homepage etc, also MMS? Thanks M

  • edd

    I cant wait for this..

  • peter

    I did the firmware update but the video starts up at the other end and shuts down right away. The web doesn't go in portrait mode yet. I love the way they placed the back arrow right at the left hand corner. Be sure to do a back up before you start the update.

    • mohammed

      You did not have characters like wdgt_va_24h_time where the time was located and other similar issues? You are lucky.

  • mohammed

    I did the update. But I am not happy, at all. I have all these characters showing up. For instance, where the time used to be, I have this: wdgt_va_24h_time. Where is my time and the whole lot of other items that have literally been screwed up? Could someone out there pls assist so I could have my handset back the way it was? Thanx in advance!

  • kenny

    major issues, videos will not play anymore that played fine before….after this new firmware. nice job nokia.

  • maclin

    WHAT ABOUT 3G VIDEOCALLING?….of all the important features of today's mobile 3G videocall is one that has been disabled in the N900 (SO DISGUSTING!!!!)……

    NOKIA!!! PLEASE DO AN UPDATE OF VIDEOCALL THRU 3G…

  • Naveen Shanty

    hey nokia plz make the new softwere for video calling

  • Basava Rv

    NOKIA!!! PLEASE DO AN UPDATE OF VIDEOCALL THRU 3G… PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE …. 25k mobile without video call it SO DISGUSTING!!!!)……

  • Yuvraj294008

    hey!!!!! nokia
    you are sick…..
    how to made these types of phone n900….
    no video calling thru 3G…
    plz do an update of video call ….plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

  • Rashmisharma02

    i want video call filmware for N900

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