Verizon is not that trustable when it comes to Updates for the Windows Phone devices they are providing, tough they are finally rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 Update together with the Lumia Denim Update which is currently enrolled by Microsoft to some devices. Below you can have a look at a tweet from Joe Belfiore stating that the Windows Phone 8.1 Update and Lumia Denim will be available from today:
Happy Holidays WP users on Verizon! The 928 and 922 updates (WP8.1 + Denim) go live today and the ICON is on deck for early 2015.
— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) 19. Dezember 2014
Unfortunately there is also a downside on these news because that means that the Lumia Cyan Update will be ignored by Verizon and will never come for these devices. Very sad to hear that but at least we are hearing something from Verizon and we are finally getting the Denim Update just right in time and the Windows Phone 8.1 Update. The Update is available for the Nokia Lumia 822 and the Lumia 922 from today, if you are one of the proud owners of a Nokia Lumia Icon then you will have to wait until early January 2015, sorry for that.
So hurry up and check for Updates on your device but be sure to have enough free space for the Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Denim Update so that it can be installed. In case that you are not sure anymore what features the Lumia Denim Update brings for your device you can have a closer look at it below but be sure to check out the Conversations Blog by Microsoft for more details on the Update.
- Lumia Camera
Replacing Nokia Camera, Lumia Camera is faster and more intuitive than before to make the best camera experience, even better.
Pocket to capture speeds are superfast, and it only takes milliseconds going from shot to shot.
- Moment Capture
A long press of the camera button starts 4K-quality* video recording at 24 FPS. With each frame at 8.3 megapixels, you can save individual frames as high quality still images.
- Rich Capture
Auto HDR and Dynamic Flash are now welcomed into the already-impressive feature set. Shoot first and adjust the camera settings later for that perfect photo.
- Improved image processing algorithms
Updated to give you clearer photos, even in lowlight.
- “Hey Cortana” Voice Activation**
Gone are the days of pressing the microphone button to wake-up Cortana. Simply say “Hey Cortana” while the phone is idle and Cortana will activate. This is possible thanks to the SensorCore technology.
- Glance Screen
Compatible Lumia devices can now show more at a glance with Bing Weather, or Bing Health & Fitness data, in addition to time and date, notifications and application data.
*Due to hardware differences, Lumia 830 shoots Moment Capture in Full HD, not 4K, and with reduced 2-megapixel per frame quality.
** Available on the Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520.
So finally we got it, Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Denim, how awesome is that, let me know what you think about that, thanks for reading. Just in case that you are not willing to wait for such updates so long anymore with your Verizon branded device, we have prepared a tutorial how to flash a country variant firmware on your device here so if you like to, just try it. If you have any questions about flashing just let me know in comments.