I finally received the Nokia N9 upgrade notification on my phone on November 23rd while in Bangkok Thailand. I knew that I could have download the update onto my computer and performed a manual install off of the USB earlier but I wanted to see how the OTA upgrade worked.
I was doing some traveling on the 23rd and wanted to be in a spot where I had a WiFi connection as was recommended by Nokia. So I had to wait a full 24 hours until I was back at home. Once there, I performed the recommended backup and then pressed the update software button. But nothing happened.
Well, that’s not entirely true, the upgrade kicked off and I got to the point where the 218 Mb file should have been download. Only, it never downloaded. Instead it just sat there at 0 Kb…laughing at me. I made several tries at this. I even let it sit there for over an hour and still nothing happened. Next, I went to Settings –> Restore Settings to clear out some of my manual configurations that may have been conflicting with the upgrade. But still I didn’t get a single Kb to download. I was left with 2 options. I could either completely wipe my N9 and try the download. That means that everything I have stored, emails, text messages, pictures, applications…all of these would be gone. Or I could download the Nokia Software Updater desktop application, download the Meego update to my PC and then do the upgrade from my PC to the N9 via a USB link. I decided on this second option as I really didn’t want to lose all the data on my phone.
My first problem is that I’m a Mac user and the Nokia Software Updater is for PC’s only. Luckily I had a spare Windows 7 PC next to me but if you are a Mac user, make sure you have access to a Windows PC or at least have Parallels or Bootcamp with a Windows 7 partition.
After installing the Nokia Software Updater and downloading the Meego update for the N9, the upgrade process seemed to go smoothly and my N9 rebooted just fine. But then things started to get weird. The OS seemed sluggish and all the apps that I downloaded from the store were gone. Additionally, any website links or web apps were there but had a solid green icon as opposed to an image icon for the site or web app.
I was starting to get worried that the new update was a huge mistake. But seeing as how there wasn’t really much I could do, I decided to try to do some troubleshooting. And by troubleshooting, I mean reboot my phone a couple of times!
But wouldn’t you know it, the reboots seemed to do the trick. It was as if the OS didn’t fully update the software on the first reboot but needed a second and third one. After that point, the phone worked better than before! The only problem was that I indeed did have to re-download my apps. But the good thing is that once I did download them, all of my saved app information such as usernames/passwords was still there. I also haven’t had any performance or battery issues that some others are reporting. In fact, performance and battery seem to be better than before.
So it was a rough update but well worth it. the OS seems to run much more smoothly and there are many nice updates that you’ll enjoy. Additionally, the Facebook app is much more usable now compared to the previous version which should make many user very happy. There still a couple of missing fixes/features, but for now, I’m really happy with the upgrade and my N9.