Nokia has released an over-the-air Asha software platform update for the
popular Asha 501. The headline-grabbing feature in the update is the
addition of instant messaging app, WhatsApp. Nokia confirmed the update
via it's a Nokia Conversations blog post.
The new features added on Asha 501 via the software update had
already been revealed by the company during the unveiling of the Nokia
Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503
at Nokia World. Some
notable changes include instant access to the camera app with the help
of single swipe on the lockscreen, and capturing images by touching
anywhere on the camera display. Further, with another swipe one can go
to gallery and edit images with newly added filters and effects.
has also revamped the Fastlane UI on the Asha 501, which now comes with
interactive alarm and improved privacy features on the lockscreen,
allowing users to choose between a notification icon, and a full
notification with details. Nokia has also added more services to show in
notifications of the Fastlane, which include apps like Odnoklassniki,
Sina Weibo, and Renren.
In addition, the software update for Nokia
Asha 501 brings an API for VoIP, which would allow users to make calls
over a data connection using any third party app. The company claims
that the VoIP feature is currently available via Nimbuzz, and more apps
will be added soon. The Asha 501 also features support for Microsoft
Exchange ActiveSync after the update.
At Nokia World, the Finnish
giant promised that it will be bringing some new additions to the Asha 501, and the
company has indeed kept its promise. Users can learn more about the Asha
software update to the Nokia Asha 501 here.