Nokia Belle Refresh rolls out via software update starting today
Symbian is dead, right? Right. That however hasn’t stopped Nokia (or Accenture, Symbian’s new owner) from releasing yet another software update for its 2010 range of devices (those that were launched running what was then called Symiban^3).
So, the Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, X7, and Oro are already in the process of receiving the Nokia Belle Refresh update (software version 111.040.1511). The Nokia E6 will get its Belle Refresh (software version 111.140.0058) later this week, and the Nokia 500 at some point in the future.
So what’s this all about? Basically bringing what can be brought from Belle FP1 (probably the last Symbian version to be launched) to these older devices.
The changelog is extensive, and includes everything from an updated Web browser, many new widgets, a better music player, to various fixes and enhancements. Furthermore, the Nokia N8 will get some new extra preinstalled imaging apps. All of the phones will get Microsoft Office mobile apps and the Nokia Maps Suite 2.0 built into the firmware (these were previously available via separate downloads).
For the N8 at least, the update weighs in at around 13 MB and will reach your device over-the-air. Needless to say, you won’t need a computer for updating. The rollout is bound to take some time, so don’t panic if you don’t see the update yet. Also keep in mind that devices sold unlocked and SIM-free will get it first, with carrier-customized versions to follow at some point. If you’re impatient, you can manually check if the update is out for you by dialing *#0000#.