Nokia prepping Windows Phone 8 'Amber' update for Lumia smartphones

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Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is readying a Windows Phone 8 operating system update that will extend features introduced in its new Lumia 925 smartphone to other devices within the Lumia portfolio.

Nokia said the Lumia Amber software update, shipping in July, will include Smart Camera, which promises users the tools to create higher-quality photos by taking a series of rapid-fire shots then editing the best elements of each image together, further bolstered by filters and effects. The Verge reports that Lumia Amber also restores FM radio hardware support, present in previous versions of Windows Phone but dropped by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) with the release of Windows Phone 8. Additional Amber improvements include a flip-to-silence option.

Nokia unveiled the Lumia 925 Tuesday. The phone touts a 8.7 Megapixel PureView camera with six Carl Zeiss lenses. "As well as updated software, the camera on the Lumia 925 also comes with the most advanced lens technology," notes Nokia Conversations blog editor Ian Delaney. "Together, the improvements deliver clearer and sharper pictures and video. And allow you to capture the best pictures in the dark."

The Lumia 925 also supports Hipstamatic's new Oggl photo sharing app, as well as Microsoft Office and Nokia Music and Here location-based services. The Lumia 925 will begin rolling out to international carrier partners including T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) next month.

For more:
- read this Nokia Conversations blog post
- read this Verge article

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