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Nokia Symbian Anna Update Gets Going; Have You Upgraded? [Video]

22 August 2011 One Comment

Aditya Divakaran

Nokia has begun the Symbian Anna Software update for phones like Nokia N8, C7, E7 and C6-01. Currently, the update is available for installation in important European and Asian markets that include the UK, France, Russia,Indonesia, India and China. Many more countries will be added to the league soon. Many high-end Nokia phone users are provided with an excellent opportunity to alleviate their smartphone functionality.

Symbian Anna will likely transform performance improvements to things like battery life and add new and improved functions to the latest versions of Nokia apps and services.

The most notable aspects of update include virtual QWERTY keypad in portrait mode, split-screen text input, an updated web browser, stronger security, an updated icon set and enhanced Maps functionality. The other prominent features include Swype, faster UI, ‘drag-able’ homescreen, updated camera application, updated mail application and over 100 under-the-hood optimizations and bug fixes for assuring smoother operations.

Another important advantage is for the Nokia C7 phones which gain activation of its NFC chip.

The new OS update is available in the UK and many likewise markets concurrently for SIM-free and operator branded handsets. The associated phones have two options for their revision – one through the software update module of Ovi Suite (version 3.1.1 and higher) and, the other, over the air (OTA) via Sw update application on the phone.

But it is highly recommended to perform the update via Ovi Suite, considering the scope and size (27 MB) of the basic update (the full ROM image around 290MB). PC update will be better to avoid the complexity of the Symbian Anna update.

The general update time is 20 minutes less or more depending on the connection speed of the Internet. Though Nokia asserts that your app and data will be safe, we would suggest an immediate backup before the downloading and installation of update.

If you are without a Windows PC to update via Ovi Suite or are purely mobile, the only option left is over the air (OTA). Symbian Anna will be updated in the form of a fundamental firmware update to version 22.014 (or similar). Also, some supplementary application software updates will be delivered through Sw update.

Thus OTA includes 2-stage update in which the first stage will update the firmware to the Symbian Anna version along with some technical prerequisites (like licenses) for second update.

The second stage using Sw update app will add more default applications and updates for existing apps (including Quickoffice and Adobe reader). Nokia is now planning to strengthen their support over Symbian OS to cope with the stiff competition.

The brand is likely to release 10 more Symbian phones within a year and we can expect more updates in future until 2016. Are you willing to wait.

Here’s a video that details the update.

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