Developer Marco Bellino has updated his Navifirm + app, which replaces the functionality of the now defunct Nokia Navifirm app, to version 2.8.
The app, which allows users to download official Nokia Lumia ROMs from Nokia’s servers, has the following fixes and improvements:
- Improved: client/server transfer speed
- Improved: registry is not used anymore. Username, password and GUI settings are now saved in the Config_v3.xml (.NET Framework will store it under %LOCALAPPDATA%)
- Fixed: important issue in cache management of hidden variants and current variants: were cached using the very same data.
- Fixed: some NaviFirm+ settings were lost after an automatic update.
- Fixed: the welcome box containing the recent changes was not showed after an automatic update.
- Fixed: detect and removes empty server responses from the cache
The free app can be downloaded here, but is limited to downloading the latest version. After a donation the app can download all the available ROMs.
Read more about the app at Symbian-toys.com here.
Nokia has locked down their Navifirm service, but as usual intrepid hackers have found a way to still access the latest firmware.
Navifirm Plus is a modded version of Nokia’s Navifirm app, which still allows firmware to be downloaded, and also in the latest 2.0 version offers the following improvements:
- New: NaviFirm+ automatically downloads and installs new updates
- New: Engine Rewritten from scratch
- New: Favourites Product Codes list
- Improved: transfer speed! network communication is gzip-compressed
- Improved: caching policy is handled by the server, you don’t need to worry about cleaning the cache to get fresh results
- Improved: refuses to add duplicated files to the download queue
- Improved: minor GUI improvements
- Removed: ShowExtendedInfo and ServerIndex settings
- Known Issues: doesn’t support proxy. Proxy support will be added in next releases.
The software is unfortunately not free, but can be had for a small donation.
Find the software at Symbian-toys.com here.
Blinkthinks, who first noticed that Navifirm is now locked down, reports that there is a work-around, at least for current ROMs, for downloading from the server.
DO NOT CLEAR THAT NAVIFIRM CACHE!!!
If you guys still haven’t cleared your Navifirm+ cache, D-O-N-T. Make sure you save that cache using WINZIP, or WINRAR or any compression utility. Then upload it somewhere and post a reply in this thread. Apparently if you still have the cache INTACT, you can still download from Navifirm.
The cache folder can be found inside the Navifirm+ 1.7 folder.
Presumably this will not allow future ROMs to be downloaded, but may be useful for those who are suffering a bricked device.
Read more at Blinkthinks here.
It took longer than even Nokia predicted but it seems the time has come that regular users have been locked out of Navifirm, Nokia’s online firmware repository.
Nokia has originally said this day would come in January, writing then:
“Nokia will close the connection to the Nokia Firmware Repository during the month of January 2013 and will integrate access control.Then, to access the Nokia Firmware Repository will need to login at Nokia Online During the transition phase (December 2012-January 2013) and the open channel, both the subject with the restriction will be open,
but the open channel will be closed at the end of January 2013.”
Given that no-one else has had such open access in the past I guess we can merely be thankful that it lasted this long, but I am sure numerous Nokia fans will be lamenting an end of an era today.
Well, that escalated quickly.
WPCentral reports that while sniffing around on Navifirm for the update which brings the “Other” storage fix they also stumbled across some new Swedish firmware for the Nokia Lumia 920 which are clearly labelled GDR2.
GDR2 was leaked by evleaks initially as the next minor Windows phone OS update which will ship with the HTC Tiara mid-range WP8 handset. With the firmware already on Nokia’s Navifirm, and containing such an important fix, it seems likely that it will be pushed our sooner rather than later.
Lets hope for April rather than July…
We have been tipped that Nokia has removed all the Windows Phone 8 Update ROMs for the Nokia Lumia 920 from Navifirm recently.
The reasons are of course not know, but one of two possibilities are that Nokia wants to stop 920 owners from installing it before they lock down Navifirm at the end of the month.
A less benign explanation is that Nokia has detected bugs in the firmware and needs more time to fix them.
Given that Portico has been less than trouble-free the second explanation is as likely as the first.
Which one do our readers think is right? Let us know below.
Thanks Graham for the tip.
Nokiaâ€™s online firmware repository has often been the source of early access to official Windows Phone firmware well before the company has actually pushed it out as an update to consumer handsets.
It has always been somewhat of an oddity that this would just be open to the public, and now with increasing awareness of this Nokia has decided to lock down access to the ROM collection.
In a news bulletin picked up by, Smartmobil Nokia says:
IMPORTANT NEWS BULLETIN 12-21-2012 FROM NOKIA:
Nokia will close open connection to Nokia Firmware Repository during January 2013 and Implement access control.
After this, the Nokia Online login is required to access Nokia Firmware Repository.
During transition phase (December 2012 – January 2013), both open and restricted channels are open, but the open channel will be closed at the end of January 2013
After this, application updates and device software downloading are possible only by using the latest software releases with service NOL login supported.
Access will be restricted to those with the right Nokia account at the end of January, so if you wanted that latest Windows Phone 7.8 ROM you better get ready to download it soon.
The change does of course remind us of Microsoftâ€™s promise in June to have a â€œProgram (which) lets registered enthusiasts get early access to updates before broad consumer pushâ€. Wonder what happened to thatâ€¦.
If there is any doubt Windows Phone 7.8 is still a work in progress the news of Nokia is pushing out a second ROM update for the Nokia Lumia 510, which ships with the OS, should erase it.
New firmware for the handset has just appeared on Navifirm which takes the OS from firmware version 12460 to 12490.
There is no word on what’s new with this build, but presumably at the very least it brings performance and stability tweaks.
Have any of our readers flashed the new ROM? Let us know what’s new below.
Thanks Rahul for the tip.
The long delayed Windows Phone Tango update for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 has now popped up on Nokiaâ€™s Navifirm service.
The update will deliver OS version 8779.12223, with additional updated firmware also, which will allow Nokiaâ€™s latest software like Nokia Counters and Contact Share to be installed.
We do not know yet when the software will be delivered, but I suspect it cant be too long from now.
SymbianTweet has just noticed the Tango update for the Nokia Lumia 710 for a large number of carriers and countries has just popped up on Nokiaâ€™s Navifirm site.
The updates are available for:
- South Africa
- Mobileone Singapore
- MTN ZA
- SingTel Singapore
- StarHub Singapore
- Telenor DK
- Vodafone IT
- Vodafone Spain
- Vodafone UK
- FreeTel Korea
- Polkomtel PL
- Swisscom CH
- T-Mobile UK
- Vodafone Portugal
The 8773 update will bring WIFI Internet sharing and MMS improvements, along with other small feature updates.
Symbiantweet expects the Navifirm availability to be followed by updates via Zune in the next few days.