The Nokia N900 has finally received its anticipated new firmware update taking it up from v3.2010.02-8 (PR 1.1.1) to v10.2010.19-1 (PR 1.2). The new update brings a host of new features including a bunch of new games, substantial email and web browser enhancements, and menu system UI changes. There are many more additional feature including a long press to initiate the numbers, etc. Hit the jump to find out more, and if you experience additional changes, please share them below in the comments. The new firmware will gradually make its way round to you depending on your region and product code.

Nokia N900 PR 1.2 Changelog

  • New games on offer in Ovi Store (Jurassic 3D Rollercoaster, Zen-bound, Angry Birds (level pack), Sygic, Kroll, Weatherbug, and GoGadget).
  • Email has been improved with the ability to accept or decline an event invitation directly from your inbox.
  • Facebook IM chat has been incorporated.
  • Video calling has been implemented, allowing users to talk face-to-face.
  • Video in Skype and Google Talk.
  • The web browser now features a button to activate the portrait mode and a few more option while in the portrait mode.
  • Ovi Maps gets updated with changes to the UI – No voice navigation yet.
  • Menu system UI changes with the first level now customisable.
  • Long press to enter numbers/symbols on the keyboard.
  • A revamped virtual keyboard.
  • Changes to the camera UI, and a night mode for both photos and video.
  • Qt 4.6.2 is now pre-installed.
  • USSD codes now work.
  • Type to search for apps in the Application Manager.
  • Another addition is an email widget as well for the desktop.

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia N900. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), simply launch the Application Manager and click update. There you will see a Maemo5 update. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices also support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. The N900 is known to wipe off some data when updating via NSU so please be careful and backup your content. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.

Nokia & Yahoo! To Offer Compelling Internet Experiences

Yesterday Nokia and Yahoo! announced their collaboration, and what each hopes to achieve through this deal. Both companies plan to enhance their current market strengths in e-mail, instant messaging, maps and navigation services, to provide consumers with access to world-class experiences on both PC and mobile devices. The strategic alliance to extend the reach of their industry leading online services and offer people rich experiences that keep them connected to their world and the world around them is a huge step in the right direction. With the current trends, people desire familiarity, recognition and ease of access. Check out the rest of the press release after the break along with the video interview of Tero Ojanpera, Executive Vice President of Services at Nokia and Jason Titus, Vice President of Communications Products at Yahoo!.

As part of the alliance:
– Nokia will be the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo!’s maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo! properties, branded as “powered by Ovi.”
– Yahoo! will become the exclusive, global provider of Nokia’s Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services branded as “Ovi Mail / Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo!”
– Nokia and Yahoo! plan to work on ID federation between their services, beginning by making it easy for people to use their Ovi user IDs across select Yahoo! properties to easily access the online content and services they need.

“Delivering great user experiences, both online and on your mobile, is what this alliance is all about,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia. “We’re enabling millions of Yahoo! customers in key markets including North America to discover the unique capabilities that Ovi Maps brings. Similarly, Yahoo!’s online expertise will bring exciting mail and messaging enhancements to millions of Ovi Mail customers across almost every country around the world, many of whom will have their first Internet experience on their mobile.”

“What a combination,” said Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!. “We’re excited to expand the reach of our best-in-class Mail and Messenger services, bringing personalized experiences to more people across the mobile web, particularly in emerging markets where we are seeding the next generation of Yahoo! users. At the same time, we believe Nokia’s strength and continued investment in maps and navigation will greatly enhance our existing products, enabling us to focus on areas that are core to our business.”

Together, Yahoo! and Nokia will continue to deliver compelling Internet experiences that address the core needs of consumers, developers, operators and advertisers. The companies will utilize their respective global distribution advantages and brand recognition across consumer audiences. Select, co-branded service offerings are expected to become available from the second half of 2010, with global availability expected in 2011.