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Hidden setting enables flashy transitions on the N97

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We drooled over the N97 for months before release. The hardware looked pocket-perfect, the keyboard oh-so-friendly with our thumbs. But when it finally launched, it.. well, it wasn’t our favorite phone ever, to put it kindly. Of all the flaws, the most glaring was the OS; it just seemed muddled and ancient, and weighed down the phone.

The guys over at The Symbian Blog have figured out a way to make the OS seem slightly less dated. It’s a bit like sprinkling glitter onto a pile of vomit, but a quick tweak and a small options toggle will enable a fancy screen transition animation. It’s not very useful nor completely stable – but if you want to pretty things up a bit, it’s a nice trick.

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