Nokia pushes Portico software update to AT&T Lumia smartphones

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Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is releasing a new software update optimized for its Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones, first rolling out via AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.

Highlights of the update, codenamed "Portico," include improvements designed to eliminate issues causing photos snapped with Lumia 920 devices to appear fuzzy. Earlier this week, Engadget obtained two sets of identical images snapped with two Lumia 920 handsets--one with the existing firmware, the other running the new update--and noted dramatic differences between the two.

The Portico upgrade also touts Messaging enhancements enabling users to add multiple recipients at the same time when sending a text. Lumia phones now automatically save unsent text messages as drafts, and users may also edit received text messages before forwarding them. Additional enhancements include more efficient and reliable Bluetooth connectivity and improved battery management.

"In most cases, your phone will alert you that a software update is available," writes Nokia Conversations editor Jason Harris. "To accept the update, you will only need to follow a few simple prompts. If you'd like to manually check to see the update is available for your Lumia 820 or Lumia 920, go to Settings → Phone Update → Check For Updates… The process can take a while (about 30 minutes), so please be patient."

Nokia adds that the Portico update will roll out to Lumia smartphones in other international markets beginning in Feb. 2013.

For more:
- read this Nokia Conversations blog entry

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