SkyDrive uploader rolls out for the Nokia 808 and other Belle FP2 devices

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You may remember that Nokia issued a rather primitive SkyDrive uploader for Symbian to Belle Refresh devices last year, followed up by a more polished version two months ago? The idea was to ease the uploading of contacts and photos to Microsoft's, with a view to users one day making a move to Windows Phone. Although many, including me, had sourced the .SIS file and had this installed on Belle Feature Pack 1 & 2 phones, I'm not sure there was a big formal rollout. This changed today with the SkyDrive tool now available through SW Update for all Belle FP1/2 devices, including the Nokia 808 PureView.

The previous installed SkyDrive uploader (from last year) was a mere 115k and was listed as v1.07. This new version is 381k and is listed as v10.2(17), so a much more sizeable piece of code. This now handles the uploading of all photos and contacts (so be careful about bandwidth if you have a lot of photos and/or you choose to upload at original resolution).

Here's the update appearing on my Nokia 808:

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Checking and updating...

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A rather monochrome splash screen! And signing into my account...

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A somewhat scary lst of permissions need to be granted, but they're necessary because of the contacts sync, of course; A friendly warning - I headed straight for Settings...

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...and always plump for 'Actual size', since I may actually need to access the photos from the cloud at a later date and don't want to find that they're all down at VGA or similar! Tap 'Upload' to start the whole process, if you're brave enough!

As with the Belle Refresh version of this tool, note that it can take a long time to upload both contacts and photos. You may want to set it going overnight and on Wifi?

You can get the update on your 808, 701 or 700 by going into SW Update on the device and letting the update list refresh. No restart is needed.

Comments welcome if you installed and ran this - did all your contacts make it across to your new account?