Nokia’s N9 started getting its first major update, to PR1.1, earlier this month. The feature list contained a whole assortment of changes, and helped out with phone performance thanks to tweaks in multitasking and memory management. Nokia’s just revealed one change that didn’t make it into PR1.1 and will arrive in a future update, altering how the phone’s default font appears in an effort to make it more readable.
The problem now, as Nokia sees it, is that adjacent lines of the default Nokia Pure Text font are spaced too closely together. If you’re reading English text, it probably already looks fine to you, but the extended character sets used in other languages to show diacritical marks the accents above some letters can reach too high, overlapping with text in the line above. To combat this, Nokia is changing the default rendering of text to place lines 20% farther apart. The characters in the font themselves, as well as the default horizontal spacing, will remain unchanged.
Nokia’s mentioning this update now to give the heads-up to developers, so they can make sure their apps continue to display text as intended. Just when Nokia will implement the change hasn’t yet been revealed, but it’s definitely coming at some point.