The Nokia X6 gets v40, new browser, new Maps, new features

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The truly venerable Nokia X6, Nokia's first ever capacitive-screened touch-driven smartphone and with monstrous stereo speakers, running S60 5th Edition, has received a major firmware update, a whopping 9MB over-the-air upgrade. It installs neatly in place and gives the old phone much the same browser as is found in Symbian Anna, plus the fairly recent Ovi Maps 3.6, itself a big upgrade on previous shipping versions. In addition, there are the usual performance tweaks and bug fixes.

Screen Screen Maps 3.6

The new version of Web now features the combined URL and search bar, as seen in the Symbian Anna browser. While this version is a few iterations behind that found on Symbian Anna (, it has the same support for tabbed browsing. There is also a toolbar along the bottom of the screen with controls for back, forward, bookmarks, tab switching, and a menu launcher.

Maps 3.6 is very familiar, but great to see it on such an old device. Possibly new for v40 firmware (I hadn't seen it before) is big fonted keylock screensaver and 'swipe to unlock' system, shown below.

X6 swipe to unlock

The usual caveats apply about backing up your data before performing an update, whether you use the Nokia Suite or perform an OTA update.

Thanks to Nokia Innovation for the heads-up that this was live.