Today Nokia rolled out the much talked about “Nokia Belle Refresh” Update (SW version 111.040.1511 dated 28th of July 2012) for older first generation Symbian^3 phones (Nokia N8, C7, E7, X7 etc). This update is not a major one though and is mainly meant to iron-out the bugs and issues of original Belle software. Some new features in Belle Refresh include –
Updated web browser (version 8.3), new improved Music Player, some new Widgets (Weather now/forecast, 3G on/off, Clock flip/mechanical/text, Mobile data tracker, Photo Wall/Gallery slideshow widget, Offline and Mobile Data on/off). Many bugs and stability issues have also been addressed in this release. Unfortunately video codec issue (video player crashing while playing some video formats) is still there in my N8 after the update.
How to update – Nokia Belle Refresh update is available OTA (12-20 MB), so you can update directly via phone’s SW update application over 3G/Wi-Fi connection. Besides you can also update your S^3 device (Nokia N8, C7, X7, C6-01, E7) via Nokia Suite (latest version) or NSU. As usual this update will be made available in phases in different parts of the world so be patient if your phone is not getting Belle Refresh right now.
Also note that if your phone was hacked before updating to Belle Refresh (via OTA) then it will remain hacked after update. However if you have updated via Nokia Suite (fresh install of firmware) then follow the method described in this or this post to hack your phone after the update.