If you own a Nokia mobile phone (my sympathies, really) then you can at least console yourself with the fact that attaining extra functionality has suddenly become easier than ever before.
After many months in beta, 'Nokia Software Updater' has officially been released. Available online, it is a one stop portal which enables users to update the firmware on their phones without ever having to visit a service point.
Why would you want to do this? Well, not only does it bring about greater software stability and security it also often unlocks extra features. For example, with the Nokia N80 (horrible phone, sorry sweetheart) the new firmware brings support for Internet calls.
"The Nokia Software Updater can make it fast and easy for people to get the latest software for their compatible Nokia device," said Jarkko Sakki, the company's Multimedia Customer Care director. "As mobile devices become more like computers in terms of performance, it's a natural step for us to offer internet based software updates so that people can have the best available capabilities in their Nokia device."
The Nokia Software Updater is completely free and while it veers heavily towards mobiles released in the last two years, there is initial support for more than 50 models. Could your horribly brick-like device suddenly renew your affections with some extra features? Check out the link below to find out...
In related (and potentially far more exciting) news, Nokia has also announced a new partnership with the famously brainy University of Cambridge. The collaboration is to research nanotechnology, which sounds immensely exciting and also slightly terrifying.
“Nanotechnology long ago left science fiction movies for the laboratory and, more recently, we saw the first commercial applications," said Dr. Tapani Ryhanen – head of Nokia's nanotechnology research guru and leader of the company's partnership with Cambridge. "The techniques we are developing really bring us a toolkit for working with the processes of nature at a very basic level – the level of molecules – in a safe and controlled way.”
I'm going to trust Dr. Ryhanen on this one, but if I am suddenly the victim of a vicious plague of Nokia-branded nanobots for my ongoing jibes at the Finns then don't let it be swept under the carpet... AVENGE ME.