Nuovo firmware disponibile per N900 (v.2.2009.51-1 – Maemo 5 PR1.1)

Dopo i Minor Update che ha ricevuto nei giorni scorsi l’N900, oggi è disponibile un altro aggiornamento per Maemo che si può definire Major Update, a giudicare dal numero di bug fixati e dalle nuove feature che verranno implementate. Questo aggiornamento pesa circa 90 Mb (89,5 per essere precisi).

Ecco il changelog (v.2.2009.51-1 – Maemo 5 PR1.1):

New features

  • Hutchison SIM cards are supported.
  • MS Exchange 2003 support.
  • New wappushd-dev package documenting MMS interfaces available.

Maemo Update

  • Bootloader (Nolo) can be updated over Maemo Update.
  • Cellular software can be updated over Maemo Update.
  • Icon cache removed to allow more memory space for Maemo Update.
  • Application Manager: Available space check moved to apt-worker for more accurate results.


  • Improvements in SGX performance and reliability.

Use-time and power consumption

  • API for status area applets to detect if they are invisible/absent.
  • Fixes to Pulseaudio timer increasing power saving when starting/closing apps.
  • Browser: Removed unnecessary serial logging.
  • Reduction of wake-ups in Desktop, Connectivity, Conversations, RSS Feed Reader,
  • Backup handles correctly directories containing pairs of symlinks.
  • Less CPU load caused during video recording.
  • Support disabling Virtual Keyboard in input field.
  • Performance improvements in Browser.
  • Lock: “swipe to unlock” will not stay on.
  • CPU idle latencies and thresholds updated.
  • Fixing eMMC data lines while sleeping.
  • CellMO power consumption reduced.


  • Volume button operation in call flipped based on audio routing (no more on screen orientation).
  • Browser: Downloading & rendering of page content runs promptly.
  • Helping to avoid capacity limits of rootfs when installing apps (make Docpurge aware of /opt).
  • Stability and usability fixes to the Profiles applet. Selection, usage and restoring of ringtones.
  • Fast call from home shortcuts.
  • Fast SMS rejection of incoming call.
  • Avoid false alarms in pocket.
  • Silence ringing by flipping face down.
  • Fix to Camera photo orientation problem: correct orientation is now written to EXIF.


  • X: performance of GLES apps improved.
  • Lower RAM consumption while capturing video.
  • Phone-UI & Msg-UI always ready to appear.
  • Application Manager UI speed improvements.
  • Email faster with large mailboxes.
  • Large file copy (SD->MMC) doesn’t degrade system performance.

OVI Maps

  • Route calculation and search performance improved.


  • BT Secure Simple Pairing fixed for Windows Vista.
  • BT transfer progress indicated.
  • Improving WLAN connection stability.
  • Improved WLAN negotiation when going out of reach of access point.


  • Add voicemail shortcut support.
  • Showing call forwarding correctly when busy forwarding is not set.
  • Call log improved.

Audio & Video

  • Audio volume control works with +/- keys in full-screen playback of flash.
  • Handling corrupted ring tone files better.
  • HW volume keys always have same orientation.
  • Media Player UI now provides feedback when tapping control buttons in video playback.
  • MIC input not clipped when loud voice in VoIP call.
  • Pulseaudio: Ringtone is heard from the loudspeaker if BT connected.
  • Ringtone played both to headset (BT or wired) and to internal HF speakers.
  • AV sync fix for recorded videos.


  • ISO EXIF value for images saved when automatic sensitivity in use.
  • Vignetting test of 2nd camera fixed, VGA sensor stability.

Battery and Charging

  • Improved charging in case of low charging power (PC USB charging).


  • Fixing the USB detection and card mounting issue related to quickly attaching/detaching the cable.
  • Able to format corrupted eMMC properly.
  • Hang fixed in case of WLAN disconnection while copying files.


  • Activesync supports now MS Exchange 2003.
  • Activesync – fixes the forwarding of attachments showing incorrect sizes (Exchange server 2003).
  • Content copier of PC Suite enabled. Whole content backup (including Notes) can now be restored from PCSuite.

3rd party applications

  • Policy-settings: Fixes rotation transition in for 3rd party applications.
  • Policy-settings: By default, 3rd party apps should have the same limits as our applications.


  • Public API for color picker. Home widget is now translucent.
  • Set/get alarms API.
  • Syncing of task alarms supported.

Image Viewer

  • Thumbnailing faster.

Application Manager

  • Rename Maemo Extras to and enable by default.
  • Grid view applied for the categories in download view. Added API for filtering packages.

Development Platform

  • SDK content and tools updated.
  • SDK GUI installer updated.
  • New sharing-dialog-dev package added to enable Bluetooth and email sending.

Community reports fixed

Reports in that have been fixed for PR1.1:


  • “”About Flash Player”” contextual menu item treated as unrequested pop-up
  • Focus not set to location bar after Ctrl-L shortcut is used
  • Spacebar scrolls more than 1 page
  • microb doesn’t trigger onchange
  • Page is not rerendered when JavaScript actions increase page length
  • Complete Browsing History on the N900 sometimes displays “”None””
  • The menu item “”copy”” in the browser menu does not work
  • OK button remains disabled in dialog for Integer settings in about:config
  • Browser window checkerboards and repaints when navigated to from multi-task view
  • Sometimes the browser window goes black for over a second after clicking the fullscreen/restore button


  • Start and end times are changing when daylight saving time ends (begins)
  • Incorrect entries in the Birthday Smart Calendar
  • Changing to next week is very slow
  • Smart birthday-widget doesn’t show up any birthdays or shows one on random

Chat & Call & SMS

  • Phone app crashed as call ending
  • Dialer does not accept SS (3GPP TS 22.030) dial strings
  • Unclear how to open a contact (sender/receiver) of a conversation
  • High latency between UI and SIP events being sent
  • clicking on notification window fails for 2 or more messages when in Dashboard
  • Skype does not allow entering DTMF tones
  • skype: Call does not support DTMF tones
  • Can’t send sms/chat to known contact from the Call list
  • libnice violates Debian packaging policy for description of package “”libnice0″”
  • Volume buttons should be swapped when using the phone in portrait mode.
  • Call Log only displays contact name that called, not phone number
  • Show wrong Contact for a SMS after a couple of days
  • scrollbar instead of kinetic scrolling
  • Chat window for jabber / xmpp is not always updated with new incoming messages


  • Bluetooth DBUS UI dialogs – wrong args in the example code
  • Button style in Bluetooth file receive applet is wrong
  • Inconsistent keyboard behaviour when configuring a static ip address
  • Drops WLAN connection to Linksys WRT610N after 10-15 minutes
  • after failed pairing to bluetooth car kit bluetooth can’t be turned on
  • Wrong settings for Orange (France) gprs
  • udhcpc overriding default routes


  • address book cannot import vcards from benq/siemens phones properly
  • Contacts re-appear in list after disableing and re-enableing accounts
  • No hint that it is impossible to paste an strings containing non-numeric characters into a phone number field
  • Skype Support>Report problem leads to an error page


  • N900 sometimes ignores USB data cable

Desktop platform

  • Publish sources of alarm framework
  • Failed to build libosso-2.19 from Fremantle repo (ggc 4.3.2)
  • wdgt_va_full_12h_time, wdgt_va_12h_hours should be replaced by wdgt_va_full_12h_time_am/wdgt_va_full_12h_time_pm and wdgt_va_12h_hours_am/wdgt_va_12h_hours_pm
  • Easy to enter ~ ^ ‘ ` “” symbols with 3rd row of special character view
  • “”More…”” applications launcher does’t allow scrolling
  • Can’t easily align desktop widgets (snap to position) on home screens
  • Allow keyboard input to jump to an entry in a list (“”type ahead””)
  • No rubber-banding effect in the Main “”More…”” menu (task launcher)
  • WiFi password shows up in auto-completion
  • When applying a different theme, not all colors change in application manager
  • libsdl: Task switcher area can be a dead area
  • FN-lock and Ctrl+Backspace breaks input for used application
  • Application Manager moves to background after start when quickly clicking
  • Typing in newly opened window brings up contact search
  • Race condition with hardware shift key
  • Home view blurs on triple-tapping the launcher grid icon
  • Hanging application menu requires system reboot
  • Rotation in 42-11 is not as smooth as in 41-10 for some third party apps
  • “”More…”” view is not sorted at all
  • Add a (short shown) scroll bar in the status area window to indicate that there are more elements inside as actually shown
  • Updating software removes desktop shortcuts

Desktop Widgets

  • AP News Widget causes Excessive CPU wakeups
  • Contact widgets move to active desktop after merge
  • Media Player widget suddenly starts music after Phone call ends

Development Platform

  • Link to C code not working (not a link in fact) on Fremantle camera api dev page
  • Package downloads should be retried when the http connection time-outs
  • Link for osso_wlan documentation broken
  • Video indexing failed in SDK (Tracker issue?)
  • xkbdata: Inconsistency between installed packages in SDK and FW
  • example source code not available in “Writing a new maemo application”
  • e2fsprogs derivative packages not available?
  • HildonTouchSelector example has wrong parameters in callback function
  • URL for sharing plugin template missing


  • Does not always mark e-mails as read (dovecot/cyrus/google IMAP server)
  • Modest reports email username / password incorrect when it is correct
  • Performance is unusable on IMAP accounts with a large number of messages in one or more folders (e.g. INBOX)
  • When an IMAP account is selected, only refresh that account’s folders
  • Locales not working correctly
  • Deleting email should be more evident…
  • Fix modest compilation warning
  • Remove HildonDialog deprecated symbol
  • Import conic support only if It’s available
  • Remove Hildon 0.x conditional code
  • Remove Hildon 1.x conditional code in Hildon2 version of modest
  • Modest doesn’t take care of preferences for automatic update
  • New email notification leads to blank email instead of email itself
  • Double-tapping “”Inbox”” sometimes opens ‘empty’ Inbox
  • nokia messaging doesn’t synchronize selected imap folders
  • Long delays when opening emails – viewer window shows “”Updating””

Images and Camera

  • When ISO sensitivity is set to automatic, ISO EXIF value in resulting image is 0
  • Vertical photos from other devices should fill more space when shown in portrait.
  • User-facing camera produces a left side dark vertical band
  • Audio does not sync with video (and is ultimately unsyncable)
  • Improve zooming


  • Bluetooth GPS reconnect dialog refuses to go away after clicking “”No””


  • USA localization displays distance in kilometers
  • Can’t delete route waypoints in Map application
  • Route Settings screen is not finger friendly

Media player

  • Information on artist / track not updated in media player with internet radio
  • Plays next radio station when current station cuts out / has playback issues
  • flashing pixels around the lock button if media player is playing a video.
  • Media player track search only matches the beginning of title/artist
  • Viewing songs by “”Artists”” automatically scrolls to the end of the list


  • N900 needs to be rebooted if media player fails to play video (h264dec)
  • Volume in media player jumps when receiving emails, IM´s or sms´s
  • Can’t change FM TX radio station name
  • Xvid encoded videos unwatchable

Settings and Maintenance

  • Streamlining user access to the Extras repository
  • Should remember position in packages list after installing package
  • Other Category appears twice
  • Installing many packages at a time via App Manager exhausts rootfs space
  • Artifacts (visual noise) when tapping screen in Screen Calibration
  • docpurge is not aware of /opt
  • Inconsistent layout on similar Sharing/VOIP applets
  • Background image settings not restored


  • Evernote uses to much space in root partition, should use /opt

Statusbar Widgets

  • Volume slider doesn’t notice when you plug in headphones
  • Currently active connection should be first in Connections list


  • First Synchronization between N900 and Exchange 2003 Server always fails
  • MfE spams screen with error messages when it cannot connect to the server
  • MfE wont keep Exchange account updated
  • Changing password on Exchange 2007 makes MfE go crazy
  • Company Directory not present
  • MfE is missing some CA cert symlinks on some devices (NuevaSync)
  • Initial sync fails with exchange 2007

System Analysis

  • getbootstate bricks the device after 17 reboots if there are no normal boots in between them

System software

  • Shaking device switches between landscape and portrait modes
  • Charger not recognized when plugged in when in Touch & Key lock
  • Low power/battery beep does not sound if you’re on a call
  • Pin / lock code entry dialog reveals digits on backspace
  • Alarm clock does not wake me up when battery has died.


  • 3 Mobile SIM card rejected
  • Call forwarding settings not being saved
  • No pause before sending DTMF tones


  • Change ‘TV uit’ (TV out) to ‘TV-uitgang’
  • “?adowanie” used without distinction between “”charging”” and “”loading””
  • addr_va_lastname has a comma that it shouldn’t have
  • IP address field in WiFi advanced settings partially hidden (“”Recuperar automáticamente dirección IP”” string too long)
  • Some sentences in the User Guide don’t make sense
  • Wrong profile names in the User Guide
  • Delete dialog text missing a space
  • Polish string too long in UPnP browsing menu bar
  • Wrong PO Box translation for CZ language


  • Re-enable reset and/or reset-and-clear in osso-xterm
  • “”Already at minimum / maximum font size.”” not translated
  • File manager fails to show folder sizes beyond 999,9 MB

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