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Nokia Software Updater for Mac Beta

Beta late than never?

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

The late show

Having notched up a clear round, I brought my N81 out of retirement to see how an unsupported phone would fare. This time, PC Suite needed to be selected on the phone for it be recognised. And even though it did show up by model name and Nokia’s RM device number, it didn’t report the software version or show a specific handset photo. Moreover, a big red exclamation mark icon flagged up text warning that the device was not supported.

Noka Software Updater for Mac

N81 not supported
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Noka Software Updater for Mac

Menu shortcut

Nosing around Nokia Software Updater’s other features, I noticed that it had established itself as an icon in the menu bar with drop down shortcuts. Following a restart later in the day, the menu icon had gone and various attempts to revive it by running the application and plumbing in a phone didn’t bring it back. Other options from Nokia Software Updater’s own menu are Automatic Updates scheduling (auto checking for new phone software not yet supported) and Network Settings.

Noka Software Updater for Mac

Network options

Initial feedback on the beta has fuelled speculation that Ovi for Mac is on its way, but the more sceptical wonder: why now, when the phones that Nokia Software Updater is supporting are running an operating system that has effectively been dropped? Symbian tweaks will no doubt appear for a time, but it’s hard to imagine there will be many maintenance releases appearing beyond a year from now. Assuming this app is a dry run for Ovi integration – with Nokia finally delivering comprehensive support for the Mac – then the timing is stupendous given the company has just inked a deal with Microsoft. Need I say it? Ah, the irony. ®

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