Nokia’s current devices with Qwerty keyboards allow users to type symbols or numbers by long-pressing a corresponding button… except the Nokia N900. That’s going to change in a firmware update according to Maemo Bugmaster Andre Klapper. He says the fix is now part of the internal build version 2009.52-10.
As of publishing this post, the Nokia N900 runs on 2009.42-11. A future public firmware will include the implementation we asked for, but we don’t know when because Nokia does not announce release dates of public updates in advance. I also don’t think it will be available in the first update since the version that were recently given to community bug testers is based on an earlier 2009.51-1.
I’m glad that Nokia acknowledged this feature request from its users. It shows that that they listen. The only downside is that they take a while releasing updates.