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October 8, 2008

Riding the conveyer-belt of Nokia updates and improvements – how do you keep track?

GLOBAL – Over the past month we’ve witnessed the usual array of firmware and software updates across Nokia devices and services, including a recent firmware freshen-up for N96, a new version of N-Gage and the beta release of Communication Center 2.0 yesterday.

Hardly out of the ordinary, yet it does pose the important question of what’s the best way to keep on top of all these developments? How do you go about it – is it purely a manual self-motivated process? There’s gotta be a better way.

Currently, if you want to get more out of your device it’s very much left up to you to hunt down what you want and make it happen. Desktop and laptop computers are better at it (but by no means perfect), offering you alerts to when new updates and versions of software are available, but this isn’t common practice in the mobile world. In theory it would be a good start, wouldn’t it?

Beyond that there’s the element of being presented with the options of what your device can do when pushed to its limits. At surface level you’re presented with, and accept, the top level talents your handset offers (hence why you chose it), but it’s hidden talents (the apps that might work on it, the updates you can get, the things you can do to customize it) remain in a realm that’s off limits to the casual user. Surely a solution to bridge this gap, be it app-based or something completely original in terms of integration, would be prove massively enlightening and empowering.

We’ll be pursuing this thread (the thought only manifested itself this morning) and following up by speaking to people within Nokia who might be able to shed some light on the situation, so watch this space for updates.