Nokia’s N900 has just been gifted a software update, though it’s not the MeeGo v1.0 firmware we’re waiting for (more bad news about that after the cut). Maemo 5 version 1.2 (v10.2010.19-1) is out in the UK today and will go global by the end of the week; it boosts email support, adds Facebook IM chat, video calling and portrait-orientation browsing, together with tweaking Nokia Ovi Maps.
As of this coming Thursday, meanwhile, the Ovi Store will get a gaming boost with the addition of Jurassic 3D Rollercoaster, Zen-bound, Angry Birds (level pack), Sygic, Kroll, Weatherbug and GoGadget for the N900. There are also some UI changes and the ability to accept meeting requests from the email client.
As for MeeGo, Nokia have announced that there will be no “full scale commercial MeeGo upgrade” for the Nokia N900, with the smartphone left running Maemo. That, they say, is to make sure users have the best experience with their N900, and they’ll continue pushing out Maemo updates. We imagine that third-party unofficial MeeGo builds will proliferate, however, so this is probably not the dire news it could be; hurrah for open-source, eh?
“Although Nokia N900 devices are being used for platform development and testing purposes by those involved in the MeeGo project, we don’t have plans for a full scale commercial MeeGo upgrade on the Nokia N900.” Nokia Conversations official blog