Harmattan PR 1.2 beta available for Nokia N950

| January 25, 2012 | 54 Replies


Just a quick heads up folks (still stuck revising) that Nokia has released the Harmattan 1.2 beta for Nokia N950. N9 version should be out soon. Remember around February 29.

Update: Bug fix list. Wow, they fixed a lot.


Changes since Harmattan 1.1 release

New languages
Software update notifications for content in Nokia Store
Face recognition for gallery and face tags for Facebook
Support for folders in the application view
Mail for Exchange global address book lookup
Mail thread support in the Email client
Extended copy-paste support
Media sharing with DLNA compatible devices
Improved browser history view
Compass support in Maps
QtWebKit update to version 2.2
New font taken into use
Front camera support
Video editing support in the Gallery application

Cheers guys.

The original post:



As you may have noted in our earlier blog post, we are now releasing the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan 1.2 beta version number 3.2012.02-6_PR_RM680 for Nokia N950 Developer Device. The release is available as OCF (One Click Flasher).

Harmattan 1.2 comes with a number of user experience improvements making it appealing for consumers. Five new supported languages, face recognition, enhanced copy-paste, software update notifications for applications and games in Nokia Store, folders in application view just to name a few.

There are a few additional things for you to consider before taking this upgrade. Read on…

No downgrading to Harmattan 1.0 or 1.1(.1)

The N950 (or Nokia N9) software version cannot be downgraded. This unfortunately means, that it is not possible to go back and forth between different releases. Once you take an update you are stuck with that release until there is next version available. The challenge a developer is facing is that big portion of consumers are still running Harmattan 1.0 or 1.1 where personally one would always love to run the latest and brightest release.

A majority of all users are already running Harmattan 1.1 instead of 1.0. The penetration of Harmattan 1.1 over 1.0 is steadily growing as more and more people are updating their devices, and factories are pushing new devices with latest software. And in China, all (003 variant) devices are running minimum Harmattan 1.1 as we never shipped Harmattan 1.0 there.

This means that you as a developer, should always ensure your app is running smoothly on both Harmattan 1.0 and 1.1, depending on your target demography. If you have only one device on your possession you have a dilemma. Will you update to Harmattan 1.2 and enjoy all cool new stuff but simultaneously risk missing a glitch on 1.0/1.1, or will you stick to Harmattan 1.0/1.1 for now?

Naturally you can buy a stock of Nokia N9’s for your testing needs. But if that is not working for you then you can rely on the Remote Device Access (RDA) service as well as the SDK QEMU tool.

Upgrading your N950 to Harmattan 1.2 beta

Due to the above reasons, the upgrade from Harmattan beta 2  (same as 1.0) or 1.1 is not offered as over the air SSU on N950. A developer needs to make a conscious and informed decision to go and flash the device with latest software.

While at it, the OCF will erase the device, you can use backup-restore from Harmattan 1.0 (1.2011.34-2) and 1.1 (2.2011.39-5) but not from beta 1 (1.2011.22-6 or older). Sorry for the inconvenience.

Included fixes, limitations, known issues and so on

We have listed the most significant bug fixes in release notes and marked the fixed items in bugzilla. We excluded a long list of fixes e.g. on localization / terminology. Also, we put together information about known issues, limitations and differences between Nokia N950 developer Device and Nokia N9 for your convenience in the Release Notes. Suggest you read it carefully.

Cheers SA for the tip!

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    • Noki says:

      cool they fixed Mike’s password bug :)

      • James says:

        You mean #121….
        Lets hope it’s made it to 1.2, unlike #198.

        #198 was a very nasty bug like #121.
        But apparently it hasn’t made it to 1.2 :(
        Read the comments in the bug…
        Unless the dev has been misunderstood.

  1. DrexarN9 says:

    Can’t wait for the change log :D

    • meh says:

      Changes since Harmattan 1.1 release

      New languages
      Software update notifications for content in Nokia Store
      Face recognition for gallery and face tags for Facebook
      Support for folders in the application view
      Mail for Exchange global address book lookup
      Mail thread support in the Email client
      Extended copy-paste support
      Media sharing with DLNA compatible devices
      Improved browser history view
      Compass support in Maps
      QtWebKit update to version 2.2
      New font taken into use
      Front camera support
      Video editing support in the Gallery application

      • Kobus Nell says:

        DLNA support, that’s the big winner for me. Great great great! Couldn’t get rygel working…

        Also, that extended copy and paste is also a big plus. Funny that WP fans didn’t diss Harmattan like Symbian fans dissed WP about copy paste before NoDo. WP fans more civilized? I think so!

  2. wes? says:

    Nokia is fast with updating the N9/950. I think they wouldn’t do so if there was no successor to the N9. Probably it will not be a direct successor though. Hoping that Meltemi will get the UI and features of the N9. Although it could get difficult to get the UI running on non-touch devices…

    • Noki says:

      Completely different teams working on it….

      • wes? says:

        What doesn’t make it impossible, does it?

        • Noki says:

          Trust me on this….

          • wes? says:

            That much support for an OS that is not continued with no follow-up option?

            • jiipee says:

              Google Konttori’s thoughts blog

              He was one of the guys working on N9 and now on WP. Some good info at least between the lines. Him quitting updates on the blog is hopefully due being busy…

              As he says, the work on 1.2 has been far already a long ago. Smaller update 1.3 is newer and also close to being finished.

              If you combine rhat info with other sources saying that Meego developers were promised work until end 2012 or transfer to other jobs, that tells a lot, what kind of support there will be after 1.3.

              I concur with Nokia. Meltemi resources are completely

        • Razus says:

          I was chatting with konttori recently…
          He confirmed that meltemi is on the same scale as Maemo6x (meego) was.

          • wes? says:

            Hm, I don’t get which scale he ment? Number of devs working on it? Hardwarewise? Sales volume?

            • Razus says:

              All I was told is…..
              “Meltemi is a huge project, same scale as Harmattan.”

              He also explained that (unlike harmattan) devs are spread-out much more across the globe.
              He was offered the same position in meltemi coordinating those devs.
              But unlike harmattan, that would’ve meant much more travel.
              So this is the main reason why he left Meltemi for MP.

              MP = Mobile Phones…
              It’s a division inside Nokia, & Meltemi sits underneath it.

  3. Doffen says:

    Good news indeed! I realy like my N9 and it is hopefully geting even better.

  4. Greene says:

    Elop hasn’t assassinated the MeeGo team yet.

  5. Grazy says:

    so pleased! just hope its not another slow roll out like PR1.1! i had to wait a good month before i could get it after it was first announced!

  6. NSF says:

    Dont tell Jay, because I want mine first, pocketnow says the Nokia 910 may hit europe in May with a 12 mp camera.

  7. Shaun says:

    Damn. Doesn’t look like they added SyncML or CardDAV support. That still leaves Exchange as the only contact sync method available.

    Lots of other changes mentioned in the release notes btw…

    Looks like Camera/Gallery got some major changes and the Events view too.


  8. Stephens_Eloped says:

    Absolutely fantastic news about all the improvements, and there was me thinking my N9 was pretty perfect as it is!! ;)
    I am feeling very reassured after reading this, the MeeGo team are clearly working hard on our beloved N9s and the improvements and bug fixes will be very much appreciated by the MeeGo community, I’m sure. It also makes me think that things ain’t all that bad at Nokia HQ for those guys and gals in the MeeGo room. Sure, maybe Elop swiped (ha, geddit) their smoothie machine and cancelled the free yoga classes, but at least he’s leaving the electricity running for them.
    The only thing I feel is missing from the N9 which I would use a lot is voice control, like Vlingo or Siri. I found it really useful on my E7 to speak a text or email message to a friend while walking with my hands full. Just having to then press ‘send’ was really cool. I hope somebody develops this feature for the N9. Apart from that, I couldn’t be happier with this thing. Best phone I’ve ever owned :)

    • Edmund says:

      You got that right.. can’t agree more after having gotten my N9 in Singapore at rock bottom prices due to poor demand. Microsoft has really killed a beautiful thing, not trying to compare apples and oranges with N9 vs Lumia in any way. =X

  9. Just Visiting says:

    I really hope Nokia uses the N950 factor for Windows Phone – this form factor would be perfect for Sprint and Verizon users as there seems to be a huge interest in physical keyboard devices in their inventory.

    • Mendax says:

      That’s a great point!

      • jiipee says:

        Have you tried WP? I’ve only held one in my hand on a store. How do you think the UI would work, when having the keyboard open?

        It could be that the Apollo would have support for such formfactor, if that was directed more towards business users.

        • Shaun says:

          I can’t imagine it working at all. WP is even more averse to landscape mode than Harmattan.

          • jiipee says:

            I’d guess so too. Already the Tile view loses a lot of space. And the headings that go beyond the screen would do the same. Well, I should get to try my friend’s Lumia this weekend and then I know better.

        • Just Visiting says:

          There is one device, the HTC Arrive, currently on Sprint, and there is another physical QWERTY on ATT (LG Optimus 7) that have appealed to some…their only issue, from what I’ve read, is small – and that is that the Start screen doesn’t shift the tiles to landscape; other than that, I haven’t read any negatives regarding that form factor.

          The general orientation for WP for everything is portrait, and most of the glance and go, as well as the launching of apps doesn’t require landscape. So I think the form factor would still be appreciated by many, especially if the screen size is around 4″.

  10. sam says:

    Fantastic! I love it! See at MusicPlayer features:

    (from Release Notes)

    Other important improvements:

    Self Timer support
    Composition grid + on/off control

    Better handling of To-Do lists, recurring events and timezones
    Private flag support for events
    Support for read-only events
    Ability to forward/reply/reply-all for received events

    Clock alarm becomes silent by flipping the device face down instead of snoozing
    Updated time picker

    People view added to the grid toolbar
    Improved multiple selection indication in grid view

    Music Player:
    Audiobook and podcast support
    Ability to create playlists
    Ability to delete music files from music player library views via object menu
    Possibility to see songs that are on the current play queue

    In addition, there are numerous bug fixes related to the implementation of new features, improving the overall user experience and reliability of the device.

  11. davela72 says:

    Thank goodness, it looks like I’ll finally be able to “send” email. I can receive email fine but sending is another story, the lovely “smtp” error.

    • NSF says:

      I get the error message everytime too, but the email still goes through.

    • Shaun says:

      In my experience, which includes over ten years of managing mail servers, problems with sending mail are almost always because port 25 is being blocked by the carrier or internet provider when not using their mail server to send. Port 25 is a potential spam magnet so nearly everyone blocks it from outside their network.

  12. Markus says:

    I envy those who have the N950!

  13. j says:

    nice. nice. nice.

    btw. i don’t need a compass in maps. the feature to rotate the map with two fingers is better!

  14. M says:

    And my favorite part would be turning the phone facedown to put the alarm on snooze.

    • Shaun says:

      It does that currently but there is a bug. It silences the current alarm but then snoozes the next scheduled ring so instead of a 10 minute lie in you get 20. I Think this is just a fix.

      • incognito says:

        It doesn’t snooze the alarm anymore, it just silences it, then it automatically snoozes ’til the next interval as if it would if it played the alarm regularly.

  15. wallberg says:

    finally compass support. yeess. i love my n9.

  16. Ali says:

    I want it guys. Give to me. I hate waiting for it.

  17. Sammy's says:

    Fantastic news. Thank you N9 team.

  18. Stefanix says:

    PR1.2 corrects a lot of usability issues and some nasty bugs. Although I like my N9 and don’t want any other phone, I was hesitant to recommend the N9 to everyone. With PR1.2 the N9 gets “grown up” and I really can fully recommend it to everyone. I think it will sell good for quite a while, even after L800 and L900 are forgotten. Maybe not having any sensational high sales figures, but a “long tail” with an impressing total number of devices.

  19. NSF says:

    wow, GBP? Sorry, not sure who GBP is, reports the Nokia 900 in the US,after 2 year contract agreement with ATT will sell for $99. Thats rumor according to wpcentral. Very nice rumor.

  20. Shaun says:

    Pretty sure nobody reading this post cares two toffees about Lumia release dates and how much they’ll cost.

  21. Doffen says:

    Agreed, Lumia 900 is for AT&T customers only. As far as I am concerned it is not necessary a bad thing.

  22. NSF says:

    Showing up in Europe also in ad leaks. I’m sure as a n9 owner I care about Nokias success with the lumia line and anyother line they are working on. That source of revenue helps pay for our upgrades. My E7 is good, my n9 is better, my 900 will be best unless you can come out with about 60,000 apps and a free xbox for my n9 by 900s release date.

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