The usual caveats apply about backing up before updating (preferably to memory card), but in theory your settings, data and applications will remain intact.
The other usual caveat is about this only applying to SIM-free, non-network-branded devices. Obviously. If your phone is network branded then your update will be along in a month or two....
Main changes for v12.043:
- General operation is faster, smoother and with less glitches (obviously. This is patently mainly a fix-up update - see the comments below for a fuller list)
- Improvements to camera operation (better focussing) and (possibly) to video capture quality, although it's still demonstrably not as good as video capture on the N95 and N82, for example.
- Improved Wi-Fi performance. Connects faster, and Range Improved
- Now 45MB RAM free after boot. (Anyone know what it was before? 45MB doesn't seem enough....)
There's obviously a long way still to go on the N96 though. I had it refuse to recognise a USB connection only two minutes after the update. Sorted by a device reboot, but...
What else have you noticed?
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PPS. It seems that p@sco beat me to the news by one minute! Gah. One day I'll beat him to the punch!! 8-)