Software update for Nokia N9: firmware version 20.2011.40-4

Good news for all N9 possessors, Nokia has recently announced the PR1.1 update for your device. This update brings some cool new features and improve the usability of the OS.

The PR1.1 update comes with NFC tag reading to instantly interact with NFC tags, for an easy usability and a cool improvement are the music controls which appears now on the lock screen. Another great feature is the integration of Swype for a better and faster typing when you write long messages. Other features included in this update are:

  • Photo and video shooting with color filters: black & white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize
  • More powerful multitasking with improved memory handling
  • Faster MfE synch, synchronizing only active folders
  • Noise cancellation reduces background noise so that your friends hear you better
  • Close apps easily with swiping down, this now on by default
  • New indicators for standby screen like charging and calendar
  • Low power mode enhancements, battery charging and silent profile are now shown in there.
  • Tons of NFC and connectivity improvements.
  • Performance enhancements.
  • Visual tuneups (e.g. toolbar has a shadow now).
  • Splash screen has been taken to wider use.
  • Color management is less nervous than before (neutral sRGB space color palette is now used always, except in clearly outdoor situations, when over-saturation is applied to adjust how eye desaturated content in brightness).
  • Lock screen music controls has been added (It’s in the top of the screen and at least I’m pleased with how nicely a nuance the controls look. Currently playing song is on big friendly letters, replacing clock when you are playing music).
  • Swype keyboard has been added.
  • Keyboard switching is very smooth with swipe gesture.
  • Battery notification was tuned for 1.1 and should come every 2 minutes while in call, every 5 minutes when display on and every 30 minutes when display off.
  • Turning device to landscape is supported allover UI it seems.
  • Double tap was re-tuned a bit for 1.1. It’s a bit more reliable again.
  • Tons of exchange fixes
  • Facebook starts faster and has tons of fixes in both 1.1 and 1.2. I’d say it’s bearable in 1.1.
  • Wi-Fi in general has been improved by leaps and bounds in 1.1.
  • Magnifier works in 1.1 much better than in 1.0.
  • Swipe-to-close is enabled by default in 1.1
  • Top status bar lag has been fixed
  • Browser has been improved heavily for 1.1, but not on the UX front. 1.2 has some feature improvements.
  • LED bug that has been fixed for 1.1.
  • 1.1 also includes a battery charging indicator in low power mode (LPM)
  • A lot of work has been put to better interoperability of BT with cars
  • pulseaudio issue has been fixed

The updates are published in waves and your phone will display a notification once it’s available for you.

See below the video with version 1.1 of software for Nokia N9: