Lumia Black Update Begins Rolling Out, Available For All WP8 Nokia Lumia Users Within Coming Weeks

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The long-awaited Lumia Black update has finally begun rolling out globally! Announced back in October during Nokia World 2013, this update has already been made available on some newer devices including the Lumia 1520, 1320, and 525. Recently, it was made available on the Lumia 1020 for AT&T, but today Nokia has announced that all 1020 and 925 users should see the update coming first, with the rest of the Lumia family receiving the update in the coming weeks. Lumia Black brings a number of new features and apps, most of which were expected, with a few surprises coming out of the blue!

App Folders

This brand new feature makes your Lumia experience even more fluid by giving you an option to further personalize and organize your Start screen. With App folders you can group similar apps and settings into one folder, a tile, on your Start screen.

Lumia Black - FoldersThat’s right! We’re finally getting an option for folders on Windows Phone! This feature has been requested by users for a while now, especially those who made the switch over from Symbian. Samsung released an app this year that works in a similar way, but Nokia’s solution looks a lot better in my opinion. As far as how it works exactly, I couldn’t say, but it’s definitely an exciting new feature that no one seemed to know was coming!

Nokia Glance Screen 2.0

Helps you keep track of information in real time, making all your most important notifications including: phone, messages, email, outlook, calendar, or any apps that use notifications such as Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, or games; always visible at a glance on your screen. It saves you time and energy.

The energy-saving screensaver has been updated with notification support. We should also now have the ability to change colors for Night Mode.

Bluetooth LE

Will now be enabled across the full Windows Phone 8 Lumia range for compatible gadgets like the Adidas MiCoach accessories.

With the growing investment companies are making in wearable devices, we should see a lot of potential use for Windows Phone users.

Nokia Refocus

The amazing Nokia Refocus comes to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones with 1GB of RAM and upwards. This app has to be seen to be believed, so what better excuse for showing another example: https://refocus.nokia.com/refocus/Rb1KH2Qdy3qzBOpR/image

Lumia Black - RefocusNokia Refocus is now coming to all Lumia devices (though 520/521 users are out of luck). It lets you change the focus of a photo that’s already been taken, blurring a section of it. The same can basically be with Creative Studio, but I guess they thought it necessary to create a separate app for this function. If you wanna see this effect in action, click the link in the app description above.

Nokia Beamer

Sharing what’s on your phone is easier than ever with Nokia Beamer. No longer restricted to just photos, you can now beam documents, presentations, anything you like, to any HTML5-enabled screen by simply scanning a QR code on the screen. It’s coming to all of the phones with 1GB RAM upwards.

Lumia Black - BeamerPretty self-explanatory. Lumia 520/521 users are once again out of luck with this app.

Nokia Storyteller

This app debuted on the new Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 late last year. Now the experience comes to other Lumia smartphones. The app arranges your photos for you, by date and by place, making it easier to tell the stories behind your pictures, and give extra context through the close integration of interactive maps.

Nokia Camera

Combines Nokia Pro Camera and Smart Camera to simplify the photo-taking experience, and ensure you get the perfect shot every time. The app has been available for Lumia PureView smartphones since last year, but it’s now coming to the rest of the WP8 Lumia range.

Lumia Black - Nokia Camera

We were pretty happy with Nokia’s decision to combine both the Nokia Pro Cam and Smart Cam apps into one nifty Camera app, but it was originally only available on Pureview devices. Nokia recently released a beta app for non-Pureview devices, but it seems that users will finally get a full version of the app. Along with this, Lumia image quality has been improved across the board, especially on the 1020, which will get new oversampling algorithms and raw DNG support.

How To Update

For Nokia Lumia users, go to settings –> phone update –> check for updates. For more information on availability, visit the Nokia support page here: http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/. As mentioned before, the Lumia Black update is currently rolling out globally for 1020 and 925 users, while the rest of the Lumia family will receive the update in the coming weeks. My friend who has the 925 on T-Mobile US has yet to receive it, so you may have to be patient.

Have you received the update?

 

Source: Nokia Conversations

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