Nokia N95 Firmware Update to 21.0.016 and adds FlashLite 3 Support

As many people will have seen yesterday Nokia release a fairly major update to the N95 firmware. One of the major bonuses for flash developers is the inclusion of FlashLite 3 as standard onto the device, both as a standalone player and within the browser. For those using detection scripts the player version reported in the browser is:

PlayerVersion: FL 8,1,55,0

You can see a FlashLite version test movie here..

Related to this I found myself in the situation where the Nokia Software Updater would not allow me to install the new firm ware, my t-mobile branded phone was just such a device. A quick search and it seems that devices on certain service providers are locked from the update. However there are always round such restrictions. Below is how to modify your Nokia N95 product code so that it is unlocked for applying new firmware updates.

WARNING THIS PROCESS MAY BRICK YOUR PHONE, VOID YOUR WARRANTY AND ANY NUMBER OF OTHER TERRIBLE THINGS. DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE IN ANYWAY UNSURE OF THE CONSEQUENCES. I ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY NASTY THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO YOU, YOUR DEVICE OR ANY ACTION YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER TAKES AFTER FOLLOWING THESE LINKS AND INSTRUCTIONS

That said, I only had one minor hiccup in the whole process, and it seems I am not the only one to have experienced it. I for got to mention that to Mike on MSN ๐Ÿ˜€

Right with that out the way, on to the fun.

1. First off BACK UP YOUR DEVICE! make sure you have a back up of the memory card and also the device memory.
2. In order to install the new 21.0.016 firmware you will also want to make sure you have the following software.

* Download the latest version of Nokia PC Suite.
* Download the Nemesis Service Suite.

3. Next read this post, it provides a list of the available product codes for the N95.
4. Finally you should make sure you read this post, it covers how to update the product code on the N95.

As I began to progress through the steps outlined on changing the product code of my Nokia N95 mobile phone there were a couple of items where I was left to ‘take a leap of faith’.

  1. When installing Nemesis Service Suite I left the device connection as the default virtual USB device. And that seemed to be the right thing to do.
  2. When deciding on a new product code for the device I chose the one for EURO1 Plum, this appears to have worked fine for my location and device. I have a silver/grey Nokia N95 and am based in the UK.

Once the product code was updated on the mobile phone the Nokia Software Updater worked fine to allow me to upgrade to the latest 21.0.016 firmware.

Curse my slow blogging skills, beat to the post. ๐Ÿ˜€

14 thoughts on “Nokia N95 Firmware Update to 21.0.016 and adds FlashLite 3 Support”

  1. Hi try to update firware before reading this website, guess what my phone is brick now 9 automatically disconnected during update)

  2. hey, i have a question, i already changed my product to Euro1, but Nokia Software Update tells me that there are not any more updates available for my phone. Does anyone knows, if i am still missing something to do, otherwise iยดve done everything what the instruccions say.

  3. Great information mike
    I was looking since long. Yes I also thought it should be PlayerVersion: FL 8,1,55,0. Even I downloaded the latest version of Nokia PC Suite and the nemesis Service Suite. Even your warning prove very helpful to me but I don’t found any problem while doing this.
    Thanks for your post
    Regards
    Britney

  4. I did this and now my phone is in for repair. It came up with “Unable to start phone, contact retailer” :o(

  5. I do clearly state this procedure is not without risks. I have recieved more information to say that the process is successfull than not. However it is worth stating agin. You do this at your own risk.

  6. Hi guys,

    HELP! Update keeps saying “phone recovery” replace battery?? I’ve used Nemesis and changed the codes twice, Anti virus switched off and phone plugged into charger?

    Please Help, current firmware 14 ๐Ÿ™

    Thanks

    Gordz

  7. I thinks Nokia N95 is the best phone i’ve ever seen.
    When installing Nemesis Service Suite I left the device connection as the default virtual USB device. And that seemed to be the right thing to do.
    When deciding on a new product code for the device I chose the one for EURO1 Plum, this appears to have worked fine for my location and device. I have a silver/grey Nokia N95 and am based in the Nigeria.
    Once the product code was updated on the mobile phone the Nokia Software Updater worked fine to allow me to upgrade to the latest 21.0.016 firmware

    Thanks

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