Lumia Denim is the Update which are Windows Phone users currently waiting for, the Update brings great improvements to the Lumia Camera app for Nokia devices with Windows Phone it brings also the ability to activate Cortana by voice for some devices, what else the update is bringing can you read here.
However there are some things included in the Lumia Denim Update which we have not talked about yet. One of these things is also another change which comes to the way how you can install updates and which is helpful especially for Low End devices.
According to an article at the Microsoft Support Website with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.10.14219.341 it is now possible to download updates for the operating system to your Micro SD Card and install them afterwards from there. This of course brings two great advantages to Windows Phone. On the one hand you won’t have to free up some space before installing the update, just download the OS Update to your SD Card and you are ready to go. Well I have to admit that not every Windows Phone supports a SD Card but there is quite a good choice by now you can choose from if you want a Windows Phone with SD Card Slot.
The Second advantage is that Low End devices are featuring often a very low internal storage like for example the Nokia Lumia 635 which has 8GB of internal memory or the HTC 8S. This can even lead to an non upgradeable device because the internal memory is too low. Ironically this update which makes it possible install OS Updates from the SD Card comes only for Windows Phone devices from Microsoft although it would be important to bring this to all Windows Phone devices, we will see if Microsoft will add this to Windows 10 for phone so that all devices can get this feature.
Unfortunately there is also a disadvantage on this, with the Lumia Denim Update this support for installing software updates from the Micro SD Card doesn’t come for all devices which support a Micro SD Card, but it will come to the following devices: Lumia 530/530 Dual SIM, 630/630 Dual SIM, 635, 636, 638, 730 Dual SIM, 735 and 830. The rest of devices with Micro SD Card support like the following: Lumia 520, 525, 620, 625, 720, 820, 1320 and 1520 may get it with a further update. Below you can have a look at the article from Microsoft about this upcoming new feature, to read the full article follow this link
Lumia software update OS version 8.10.14219.341 (formerly Denim), or above enables support for downloading phone software updates to a SD memory card. The supported devices list includes: Lumia 530/530 Dual SIM, 630/630 Dual SIM, 635, 636, 638, 730 Dual SIM, 735 and 830. The feature will be available for possible software updates coming after 8.10.14219.341.
- Other Lumia models with a SD memory card slot, such as Lumia 520, 525, 620, 625, 720, 820, 1320 and 1520, do not support downloading updates to memory card.
Let me know what you think of this and if you think Microsoft should bring this feature for all Windows Phone devices which support a Micro SD Card. Thanks for reading.