Nokia Belle Refresh for Nokia 500

Now available for some countries and product code the upgrade to Nokia Belle Refresh for Nokia 500, although Nokia announced that it would take a few weeks yet, this new update is coming to some devices.

Specifically, this update of Nokia Belle Refresh for Nokia 500 is the version 111.21.0028 with the improvements of which we discussed in the official changelog of Nokia Belle Refresh.

nokia 500 Nokia Belle Refresh for Nokia 500

This update to Nokia Belle Refresh can be downloaded through OTA (Over The Air), for it to go to Menu> Software Update or via Nokia Suite. As I discussed in the previous post, this update may disable some applications, however, the update procedure will not remove any content and will not restart the phone.

Nokia Belle Refresh for Nokia 500 will be rolled out in phases, starting with the vanilla versions (ie. basic software variants without any specific operator or country configuration). Country and operator variants will follow within the next weeks, depending on local and operator approvals.

If you download and install the new firmware on your device, please tell us your first impressions.

4 Responses to Nokia Belle Refresh for Nokia 500

  1. Alejandro Nova August 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Can you be a bit more precise with the changelog? Nokia 500 owners missed completely the Nokia Maps upgrade, so we were left with Ovi Maps from Symbian Anna, running under Belle. If 500 is really getting Nokia Maps, that would be a tremendous upgrade.

  2. Nazmi August 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I updated my Nokia 500 to the latest version (Belle Refresh) and yet my Maps haven’t been upgraded to 3.09, it’s still 3.06. I also did not get the MS Monile apps…

  3. Rahul September 5, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    I m really feeling better with Belle Refresh on my Nokia 500.
    But The theme of latest music player was better in older version,current looks little boaring,though it gives you better(outstanding) music quality.
    Today,I feel like my phone reborn with Belle Refresh.
    Now I am fully satisfied that I bought a Nokia product.
    Thanks Nokia….All The Best.

  4. Alejandro Nova September 6, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I went through the unofficial route, and after a bit of Navifirm and Phoenix, I got my Belle Refresh in my Nokia 500. Some highlights.

    – Even though Microsoft Apps aren’t included in the update itself, I got an updated release of them immediately after I flashed the phone, through the usual channel. So yes, Microsoft Apps are part of this upgrade.
    – What’s not part of this upgrade is Maps 3.09.
    – If you haven’t enabled theme effects in your Nokia 500 before, do it now. They are MUCH better and faster than ever.
    – The home screen is right from Belle FP1.
    – Qt 4.8: you can and will feel it with Qt apps, like cuteTube and the Microsoft suite (it lags much less than before). Also, if you rotate the screen while running a Qt app, and with theme effects, you’ll get a nice iPhone like rotating animation.
    – The biggest thing about this update is not the speed improvements or the new widgets… but the extra 30 MB you’ll free in C: after the update. My phone jumped from 42 MB to 73 MB free, that is with Microsoft Apps and every app installed. You’ll surely enjoy that.