Nokia Belle update now available for N8, C7, E6, X7 and C6-01

The roll-out of Nokia Belle (i.e. Symbian Belle) for existing Symbian^3/Anna devices has started across the world, with most devices (here's the official Nokia Belle rollout status checker) getting an update via Nokia Suite to firmware v111.030. There's no OTA (over the air) update available this time because of the complexity and size of the update, which means the latest Nokia Suite on a Windows PC is required. Nokia is enabling the update, product code by product code, across the world. (Story updated again, with list of known issues).

Update your smartphone to Belle

Nokia Suite, for Windows, is here, if you want to grab the latest version. Note that Nokia Software Updater for Mac can't (officially) be used to update to Belle, for technical reasons (it doesn't manage the backing up of all the necessary data properly).

Although your user data should all be preserved (Nokia Suite takes your device through a full backup/wipe/restore cycle and note to follow the instructions given on-screen exactly, you only need to enter your SIM PIN number, all other device prompts can be ignored), the usual precautions should be taken. i.e. sync your PIM data to another computer or phone or to the cloud. User settings, bookmarks, text messages, and predictive text dictionaries will also be preserved across the update, but applications installed to (or with components on) the system (C:) disk will be lost - you'll have to download them again from the Nokia Store (or wherever you sourced them). Note that a number of applications in the Nokia Store are known to currently be incompatible with Nokia Belle - see here for a list.

See below for a breakdown of the full update procedure and notes from us.

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Post-update, on the editorial C6-01...

Your device will be notified in its normal regular check for updates over the air, but the instruction is clearly 'Use your PC to update'. If you're wondering where your update is, see Nokia's official Belle availability page.

Included in the 250MB plus update (some users have reported up to 390MB - it's variable according to device, variant and previous firmware version) is the new Nokia Belle on Symbian OS, with a large number of improvements:

 

Availability

The Nokia Belle update is available for the Nokia N8, C7 (and variants), C6-01, E7, X7, and E6. It is currently not available for the Nokia 500 for technical reasons (different hardware platform, unique device constraints). Like all of Nokia's software updates, it is rolled out in stages. This means that the update may not be available for your device immediately.

The update is now widely available in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East for unbranded devices. The update is also available for about two thirds of operator branded devices, although this varies widely from market to market.

Nokia has provided a page detailing the product codes for which the device is available here

Belle Status

Procedure

  1. If you have not already done so, update Nokia Suite to the latest version.
  2. Make sure your smartphone is in 'PC Suite' mode (Settings>Connectivity>USB)
  3. Plug your smartphone into Nokia Suite and wait while it's recognised, installed, as usual. 
  4. If your PC is online, the software will check for update availability. You can go into the updater tab to force a refresh of this, if needed.
  5. The update is downloaded. If you've previously installed Belle on another device and the version number is the same, the same update source is used, saving you (and Nokia) download time and bandwidth.
  6. Follow the prompts on-screen. Nokia Suite does a full backup of all your PIM data, user settings, bookmarks, text messages, and predictive text dictionaries. Any miscellaneous documents/files/databases/whatever found on the internal disk will be copied to E:/Nokia_Belle, to make sure you don't lose them.
  7. Nokia Suite then completely wipes the internal (C:) disk as part of laying down the Belle OS.
  8. You may be asked by your phone for your SIM card PIN - this is the only thing you should respond to.
  9. Nokia Suite then restores your data, backed up above.
  10. Nokia Store will prompt for an immediate update to the latest QML version - accept this and wait while it installs. 
  11. While you're there, look for Nokia Social 1.5 in the Store and download the update to this too, since the Belle firmware still contains the old v1.3 variant. Note that, once run and logged into Facebook, Nokia Social will take some background time updating your Contacts thumbnails. Please allow for this and accept that Contacts will appear to be constantly changing for a while.
  12. Note that any applications that had been installed to the internal (C) disk will need re-installing from the Nokia Store or from your original SIS files etc. 
  13. Go into SW_update at some point, on the device, and you should find a few extras, including an update for Search and (if in the UK and with a UK handset) an update for BBC iPlayer DRM.

 

Known issues

As with any major OS update, there are bound to be some minor glitches. So far, I've noticed:

More as and when we discover it!

See also Nokia's official Belle update FAQ.

Steve Litchfield, Rafe Blandford and Ewan Spence for All About Symbian, 7th Feb 2012

Published by Steve Litchfield at 10:22 UTC, February 7th

Section: News
Categories: Hardware, Miscellaneous
Platforms: Symbian^3