Last week, the new Symbian Anna mobile operating system flavor was made available for download for handsets launched on the market with the Symbian^3 OS on board, namely the Nokia N8, C6-01, C7 and E7.
The Finnish phone maker announced at the time that users can download and install the new OS upgrade on their devices using different methods, including the Ovi Suite desktop application, the Nokia Software Updater, or the Software Update app.
One way or the other, users will have to get through an update process than might not seem that simple for all, and which can be seen described below, for each of the aforementioned methods.
First of all, we should note that the update will not appear for all users at the same time. The software is being rolled-out on a market by market basis, and it might take a while before all owners of a Symbian^3 device see the update as being available for their devices.
To update to Symbian Anna using the Ovi Suite, users will need to install the application on their Windows computers, provided it is not already installed (you can download the latest version of the software from here), and then connect the mobile phone to the computer.
As soon as the phone is connected and the Ovi Suite is fired up, users will see an Update button at the top of the page on the right. As soon as they clicked on the button, users will be taken to the update page, where the update will be displayed, if available.
To update using the Software Update app users will simply have to go to Menu > Applications > SW update on their Nokia Symbian^3 smartphone.
Provided that the update is available, it will appear there. If it is not available, users can select to have the device automatically search for it, so that they won't have to stay all day long with the phone in their hands doing that.
The update can also be performed via the Nokia Software Updater, which also requires connecting the mobile phone to a desktop PC. The app is available for Windows and Mac users, and can be found available for download here and here.
To update, users will need to connect the phone and fire up the NSU application, which will automatically search for any new software for the device and prompt to install it if available.
Another simple method to update to Symbian Anna involves firing up the dialer on the handset and typing *#0000#, which will get you straight to the Device update screen. Users should hit Options, and then Check for updates to verify whether the new OS flavor was made available for their devices as well.