Nokia Ovi Suit Update, v. 2.2.1.23, some questions and guesses

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I guess like most of the times, CJ was first to report this in morning as like most of casual bloggers, I remain in office in day time, but just checked and updating mine. Just wished to add a few words of mine about this update.

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This was the first update after the last time I reported about 2.2.0.245, in late night a day before, we also have received a mysterious 17 mb update, which didn’t seem to be changing anything or mentioning anything about the improvement. I tweeted the following right then and even one of the tweeps replied that its same with him as well.

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I tried to figure out that what that 17 mb update was and wasn’t able to find out anything, so finally given up and didn’t posted anything more about that, but when today finally we received this update with a little bit of details, then it reminded me of that update, which still making me think that what was that?


Now about this update, 

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As it says, it brings the following new features …

  • The stability of Nokia Ovi Suit has been improved
  • Map download is more reliable than before
  • Video Playback has been improved
  • Nokia Ovi Suit now supports Syncing contacts with Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1

And as you can see, if you have the last latest version 2.2.0.24, then the size would be around 67 mb, while the direct download from the official site would be around 98.1 mb (I am not sure that how CJ got the 117 mb figure, may be some other device, though still I think that’s incorrect @MickyFin updated that he also getting same 117 MB update, so CJ is right.. sorry).

Though I am not sure, the update is same 67 mb for those people, who didn’t updated their Ovi suits one day back by that mysterious 17 mb update.

Update: Last few twitter conversations with friends given some light over this size issue. The users on Windows XP are expected to receive 67 MB update (like me and @kreativtek), with Windows Vista, the update is expected to be of size 100 mb (as was the case of @brainimpact) and finally Windows 7 users are excepted to receive 117 mb update (as CJ reported and @MickyFin confirmed me)


Now some more things …

  • Did you knew that Ovi Suit now requires at least 1 GB free space in your drive?

Disk spaceNo! it didn’t seem to be taking that much space in your drive, but it refuses if you provide lesser than this.

  • Why there is no support for Mac yet?

Some people keep on asking me that why Nokia can’t provide the Mac support for their Ovi Suit. There is a big reason behind that. Is there really that much demand for that? When you have a Mac then it means you have an iTune account, which makes more obvious that you would be going behind the apple devices rather than Ovi Suit.

Yeah! It looks straight forward and rude, but its true. No point in investing efforts in an area that is not going to add up in some relevant demands. You can see that Google is not updating Google Maps that frequently or not even tried to give support to Maemo (it was open source and they say that they love open, but still), just because that doesn’t support Java and Google didn’t wanted to put its non-java programmer behind that task.

And for the fact, Ovi Suit isn’t available for the Linux as well.

but yes, with Symbian^3 becoming open source, you can bet over the fact that Ovi Suit support for Maemo and Mac are just around the corner following the hints from their own blog. Should we expect this from the NW10?

  • Should we expect some drastic changes in Ovi Suit with symbian^3 arrival?

Unlikely!! they seem to be pushing smaller updates and Qt support from behind at every level and target is sure to streamline the process of developing apps, removing compatibility issues and making Ovi Suit a one place solution for all. May be even a service like DropBox.

By having an emulating layer on top of the operating system, iOS and Android enjoy a convenience that they could keep features more or less same throughout their devices and could bring OS updates for all of them (or as they choose) at once as the code and implementations would be not be firmware or device specific.

Moreover, by having an emulation layer on top of operating system, iOS and Android have an advantage in t terms of convenience of developers as well because development is easier as once app is made, it would be available for all kind of devices, while in case of Symbian, one is needed to match needs of all kind of firmware’s and so different codes all the time and even unavailability for some of the devices (pixelpipe not available for Nokia N82).

But the profit of being native to OS, was effortless multi-tasking and smooth functioning that others are not able to achieve even on having 1GHz processor and minimum 512 MB RAM on board.


Just a few thoughts, may be something new might happen in next few weeks.

Do you wish to add something?

Update: The official ovi blog posted some more exciting details of this update and I am really surprised that why we didn’t heard big shouts from people, when they say Nokia N900 is now supported by Ovi Suit. They should have highlighted the same fact in the release note displayed in update.

They also mentioned that they have updated operator support in this version that is a great news for people making use of their phones for connecting internet on PC. I use manual configuration for my Nokia device modem, but for a layman, Nokia’s connect to internet is GOD.

They also given the answer to my second point posted above. They are working hard to produce a properly working version for Mac OS. I could understand that its been a ground zero level work and they are excpected to deliver each and every functionality with same awesomeness which any Mac user expect, its not an easy task in any respect. I am happy that they are not giving up.

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After Ovi Files, now its VOX going down by September 30, 2010

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What the hell is going on? First it was Ovi Files and now the image upload service VOX, available by default in most of Nokia Smartphones going to be down by September 30, 2010. Is it in reference of better integration with Flicker and Picasa etc in Symbian^3 and MeeGo or just bad coincidences?

The users of VOX, started receiving mail from Vox Team at 1156 Hrs GMT +0530 and like it was with Ovi Files, there is no explanation over the reason of closing down the service. May be not many users of the same service, but it was handy for me and other Nokia users for sure. We really wish to know that is something wrong going on or its just few shakeups before the better future?


Below is the content of the mail …

Important service announcement:  Vox is closing September 30, 2010

VoxVox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends. But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.

This doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your blog. We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you’ve shared on Vox, and continue to have a home for your blog. To help you make the transition off of Vox, we’ve added new export features that make it easy to move your blog to a free TypePad account, and your photos & videos to Flickr.

If you’re an active Vox member we encourage you to read the information below about what’s happening during the month of September, and learn more about how you can migrate your content. There is more information at closing.vox.com.

What you need to know

  • Vox is no longer accepting new user registrations.  If you have an existing Vox account you can continue to sign in to manage your account and view posts from your neighborhood.
  • On Wednesday September 15th, you will no longer be able to create new posts on Vox or upload new photos or videos. You will still be able to sign in to view your blog and manage your account.
  • On Thursday September 30th, your blog will no longer be available at Vox.com, and you will no longer be able to sign in to Vox.

Moving your blog, photos and videos from Vox

To help you make the transition off of Vox, we’ve made it easy for you to move your blog to TypePad and your photos and your videos to Flickr.

  • You can move your blog to TypePad, for free. We’ve developed a simple process to help you move your blog to TypePad. If you don’t have a TypePad account, we’ll step you through the process of creating one, help you create a free TypePad blog, and automatically import your Vox posts and photos into your new blog.  Learn how to move your Vox blog to TypePad at closing.vox.com
  • You can export your photos and videos to Flickr. If you used Vox primarily for sharing photos and videos, you may want to export those to Yahoo’s popular photo sharing service Flickr. We’ve developed a simple process that will automatically move your photos and videos to Flickr, while maintaining your privacy settings on your photos. Learn how to export your Vox photos and videos to Flickr atclosing.vox.com.

Additionally, the WordPress.com and Posterous services provide tools to help you import your Vox blog. Learn more about the import tools from WordPress.com and Posterous at closing.vox.com.

Thank you for your love and support of Vox over the years.

– Team Vox


I know it wasn’t a Nokia service, I know Nokia has their own alternative, but it was available in most of their Smart phones, at least in my Nokia N82, so sure it feel sad, if it departs before any alternative arrives from Nokia. A sad news.

So, what you think? Were you using this service or don’t care if its going down? Please share your opinions and if something more you find about it. I am waiting.