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Big New Maemo 5 Firmware Update Available to v2.2009.51-1 for N900

Twitterfeeds are brimming with excitement this morning.

Extremely quick following Monday’s mini firmware update, Nokia and Maemo Team have released the big 89.5MB  firmware update to PR1.1 release v2.2009.51-1 from 1.2009.44.1. There’s apparently Portrait Web Browsing.

Righgt at this moment it seems it is only available Over The Air (you’ll need to go to App Manager>Updates) and not via Nokia Software Updater.[Scratch that, it’s also available on NSU]

I’m trying to install this myself but I’m getting “Not enough memory in target location”.

UPDATE. If you get that error above, deactivate additional catalogues in app manager, e.g. Devel Testing/Extras testing.

Now installed via NSU. Content wiped but easily put back with backup.

If you do get the error above, don’t do anything. Leave the N900 plugged in until you see the “Continue” button light up.

Huge Changelog from maemo.org:

New features

  • Hutchison SIM cards are supported.
  • MS Exchange 2003 support.

Maemo Update

  • Bootloader (Nolo) can be updated over Maemo Update.
  • Cellular software can be updated over Maemo Update.
  • Icon cache removed to allow more memory space for Maemo Update.
  • Application Manager: Available space check moved to apt-worker for more accurate results.


  • Improvements in SGX performance and reliability.

Use-time and power consumption

  • API for status area applets to detect if they are invisible/absent.
  • Fixes to Pulseaudio timer increasing power saving when starting/closing apps.
  • Browser: Removed unnecessary serial logging.
  • Reduction of wake-ups in Desktop, Connectivity, Conversations, RSS Feed Reader,
  • Backup handles correctly directories containing pairs of symlinks.
  • Less CPU load caused during video recording.
  • Support disabling Virtual Keyboard in input field.
  • Performance improvements in Browser.
  • Lock: “swipe to unlock” will not stay on.
  • CPU idle latencies and thresholds updated.
  • Fixing eMMC data lines while sleeping.
  • CellMO power consumption reduced.


  • Volume button operation in call flipped based on audio routing (no more on screen orientation).
  • Browser: Downloading & rendering of page content runs promptly.
  • Helping to avoid capacity limits of rootfs when installing apps (make Docpurge aware of /opt).
  • Stability and usability fixes to the Profiles applet. Selection, usage and restoring of ringtones.
  • Fast call from home shortcuts.
  • Fast SMS rejection of incoming call.
  • Avoid false alarms in pocket.
  • Silence ringing by flipping face down.
  • Fix to Camera photo orientation problem: correct orientation is now written to EXIF.


  • X: performance of GLES apps improved.
  • Lower RAM consumption while capturing video.
  • Phone-UI & Msg-UI always ready to appear.
  • Application Manager UI speed improvements.
  • Email faster with large mailboxes.
  • Large file copy (SD->MMC) doesn’t degrade system performance.

OVI Maps

  • Route calculation and search performance improved.


  • BT Secure Simple Pairing fixed for Windows Vista.
  • BT transfer progress indicated.
  • Improving WLAN connection stability.
  • Improved WLAN negotiation when going out of reach of access point.


  • Add voicemail shortcut support.
  • Showing call forwarding correctly when busy forwarding is not set.
  • Call log improved.

Audio & Video

  • Audio volume control works with +/- keys in full-screen playback of flash.
  • Handling corrupted ring tone files better.
  • HW volume keys always have same orientation.
  • Media Player UI now provides feedback when tapping control buttons in video playback.
  • MIC input not clipped when loud voice in VoIP call.
  • Pulseaudio: Ringtone is heard from the loudspeaker if BT connected.
  • Ringtone played both to headset (BT or wired) and to internal HF speakers.
  • AV sync fix for recorded videos.


  • ISO EXIF value for images saved when automatic sensitivity in use.
  • Vignetting test of 2nd camera fixed, VGA sensor stability.

Battery and Charging

  • Improved charging in case of low charging power (PC USB charging).


  • Fixing the USB detection and card mounting issue related to quickly attaching/detaching the cable.
  • Able to format corrupted eMMC properly.
  • Hang fixed in case of WLAN disconnection while copying files.


  • Activesync supports now MS Exchange 2003.
  • Activesync – fixes the forwarding of attachments showing incorrect sizes (Exchange server 2003).
  • Content copier of PC Suite enabled. Whole content backup (including Notes) can now be restored from PCSuite.

3rd party applications

  • Policy-settings: Fixes rotation transition in for 3rd party applications.
  • Policy-settings: By default, 3rd party apps should have the same limits as our applications.


  • Public API for color picker. Home widget is now translucent.
  • Set/get alarms API.
  • Syncing of task alarms supported.

Image Viewer

  • Thumbnailing faster.

Application Manager

  • Rename Maemo Extras to maemo.org and enable by default.
  • Grid view applied for the categories in download view. Added API for filtering packages.

Development Platform

  • SDK content and tools updated.
  • SDK GUI installer updated.
  • New sharing-dialog-dev package added to enable Bluetooth and email sending.
  • New wappushd-dev package documenting MMS interfaces available.

Upstream Security Issues

  • Fix for CVE-2009-2417 in curl.

Community reports fixed

Reports in http://bugs.maemo.org that have been fixed for PR1.1:



Chat & Call & SMS




Desktop platform

Desktop Widgets

Development Platform


Images and Camera



Media player


Settings and Maintenance


Statusbar Widgets


System Analysis

System software




  1. David
    January 14, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Looks like a newer version just popped up. I’m getting 2.2009.51-1.002 and it’s 90MB not 89.5MB as seen in your screen-shot picture. However I’m in the US, not sure if they’re purposely different since you’re in the UK?

  2. January 14, 2010 at 10:42 am

    David: It usually is the case that different regions will have a slightly different version of the software to optimise it for the area.

    I’m still waiting for my update…still not showing up 😦

  3. Rob
    January 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Dagnabbit. Phone software updater is telling me I cannot install it there and need to use PC suite. PC suite tells me I am up to date with 1.2009.44.1 and I am in the UK too 😦

    Ho hum. I suppose I shall try again later.

  4. Rob
    January 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    What is weird is that the PC Suite updater told me I was on the latest version when I was on as well but I got 44.1 down via the phone.

  5. January 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    AAAGGGGGHHHHH I get the same problem as you Rob:
    I actually have the: 1.2009.51-1.203.2 version (i’m in the UK)
    but it tells me i have to use PC suite to do the update but then PC suite tells me there is no update…AAGGGHHHH….common nokia I want this update…I bought this phone before soo many others yet other people are getting it before me….why!!!

    ok…rant over…will have to just sit here and wait…

  6. January 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm


  7. Richard
    January 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    after download update 51,it s been 3 hours almost instaling ,having message instaling software update do not interrupt. any help please ??

  8. January 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    ouch…u might have to do it the manual way but before you do that, check Nokia Support Discussions and Maemo.org forums and see if there is anything there where people have had similar problems

    • Richard
      January 14, 2010 at 11:24 pm

      thx IIaadd -) how can i do it manual ? hope i can contact you by msn messenger -) is it ok?

  9. Rob
    January 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Eek. Doesn’t sound good. Um, My advice, keep it on charge until you find a solution

    • Richard
      January 14, 2010 at 11:31 pm

      i can’t find any solution , i am not good into these things
      hope i can get help

  10. Rob
    January 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I hope so too. Unfortunately may of us are also new to this. It’s made me want t uninstall every app from the testing catalogue and re-back up the settings before I upgrade.

    Were you installing from PC suite or from phone software updater? Might help people look in the right place who know more than me.

    • Richard
      January 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm

      i did instal from phone software updater , and the download didn’t interrupt but after that it s not runing ,keep saying software update instaling do not interupt ,for alomst 4hours ,i removed the battery trying to restart it and still have the same message.

  11. January 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    follow instruction here:

    NOTE: I think this wipes your 32GB part so you might loose anything that was on there! (Hope you backed that up 2)

  12. Rob
    January 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Nice. Bookmarked just in case

  13. January 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    full instructions from Maemo.org also here:

    • Richard
      January 15, 2010 at 12:04 am

      thx i ll try -)

    • Richard
      January 15, 2010 at 12:05 am

      i ll try thanks anyway

  14. Nathaneous
    January 15, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Thanks for the info…definetly helped with the ‘Not Enough Memory’ issue i was having. Ended up deleting apps and all my conversations beforehand!!!!

  15. Rob
    January 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Ooooh. Uninstalled several apps and now get the option to install via the phone.

    I basically went down alphabetically to F and then gave it a go.

    Must not have had enough application space for temp files during the update.

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