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Monday, August 27

Belle Refresh v111.040.1511 begins rolling out to Symbian users (by Parasaran Kumar)

Nokia has started delivering Belle Refresh, an update to existing devices running on Symbian Belle. The Nokia N8, Nokia E7, C7, C6-01, X7 and Nokia Oro running on version 111.040.1511 have already started receiving the update and if it doesn’t show up for you yet - don’t panic as availability depends on country and carrier. You’re likely to get the update soon. 

The Nokia E6 will receive the update later in the week and the Nokia 500 is getting it in a few weeks. 

The most attractive feature of the Bell Refresh is the improved HTML5 support in the browser, but the new version also introduces new homescreen widgets and the Microsoft Office Mobile App. Those sporting a Nokia N8 will also get a suite of photo manipulation apps. 

Do keep in mind, though, that the update might break compatibility with some applications. Unlocked phones, of course, will be the first to get the update, with carrier versions following later on. 

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#.

You can see screenshots of the update HERE

-Parasaran Kumar


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