Nokia prides itself on being one of the top Windows phone OEMs so far, and the combination of the Nokia and Windows tags has raised both their market shares and have put them on customers’ radar. But one frequent lament of the Windows Phone users is the lack of frequent updates. Android updates roll out fairly often, and select devices will be upgraded, and iDevices get updated after every major release.
Nokia and Windows hope to remedy this with it’s major Lumia Amber update. It is a major update, and bring many new features to the table, and the great thing is that this it rolls out to many phones. We cover the major changes, and some phones it will be rolling out to below.
- Image processing – The update brigs better image processing algorithms, noise reduction, exposure control and auto-focus. The ISO settings can be varied from 800 to 3200 after the update.
- Nokia Smart Camera – The camera app of the Nokia 925 will now be made available, and compatible to all Amber updated phones. Some features here include using Best Shot, which captures multiple images and lets you choose / chooses the best one, and merging these into a single image with action shot, and selecting the best faces across multiple burst capture images. The performance scales with device, which is good for low RAM devices
- Nokia Pro Camera – The Nokia Pro Camera app will be made available to the 920, 925 and 928. We
- have already covered some aspects of this in our Lumia 1020 features article. A quick recap – allowing swipe to change advanced capture settings, like ISO, shutter speed, etc, in a brilliant interface. The Nokia Video Trimmer, and Nokia Video upload apps are new ones which talk to the camera apps, and allows you to upload videos and images near instantly.
- Nokia Glance Screen - This feature lets users customize information to be seen when the phone in on standby, like adding a clock, battery status, ‘silent’ mode and more. This feature will be to the envy of non-rooted Android users, but will not make its way to the 520 and 625, due to smaller battery memory.
- Flip to Silence and Double-Tap-to-Wake - The features here are pretty self-explanatory, flip the phone over to mute an incoming call, and double tap the screen to bypass the swipe. These are some great feature additions for saving those few extra seconds while using the phone.
- Storage Check - Nokia has added a convenient pie chart for the break-up of space based on app / media types and free space.
- Faster HERE Maps updates - This addition enables quick updates to the HERE Maps application, and downloads only the difference in road maps and already installed features.
- FM Radio - Who doesn’t love some good ol’ tunes ?
- Xbox Music ad Internet Explorer Updates
Phones and Rollout
The rollout starts now first for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in selected countries as well as the Lumia 521, Lumia 810, and Lumia 928 in the US. Exact delivery timings will vary by region, phone and operator, but we expect the update to reach your Lumia 520, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820 or Lumia 920 by the end of September
The rollout for the Lumia 920, 820, alongside the US versions of the 810 and 928 are already in motion. The Lumia 520, 620, 720, 820, 920 updates are expected to reach before December The Lumia 822 and of course, the 1020 users, and several others will also receive the update.
The exact rollout dates vary by region and operator. Users can manually check for updates from Settings > Phone Update > Check For Updates.
The rollout will keep Nokia users waiting expectantly by their phones, like Nexus owners after a Google I/O, the features do bring greater functionality to the Lumia series, gives Windows Phone users bragging rights, and could help elevate the device sales further.