Nokia vows Windows Phone Amber update for all Lumia phones by month's end


Nokia (NYSE:NOK) promised its newest Windows Phone 8 operating system update will reach all Lumia smartphones by the end of this month.

Nokia introduced the Windows Phone Amber upgrade--available for Nokia's Lumia 920, 820, 720, 620, 520, 928, 822, 521 and 810--in mid-August. "To ensure the software update meets our quality standards, we're running multiple tests with various country variants and operators," said Nokia Conversations blog editor Ian Delaney. "We make the updates available to you as soon as we complete testing. With Lumia Amber we expect to have the update arriving in all Lumia Windows Phone 8 phones by the end of September."

Nokia and its partners will roll out Windows Phone Amber in phases. Devices will periodically check for software updates automatically, or consumers may perform a manual check by going to 'Settings' -> 'Phone Update'. "You can also check for the availability status of the update in our support pages," Delaney notes. "For regional information, see the 'Availability in …' subsections on the menu at the left of the page."

Windows Phone Amber includes Smart Camera, which gives 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 overhaul also touts Nokia Glance Screen, which adds a clock to the screen when the phone is inactive, alongside indicators that depict the battery level when the device is running on a low battery, charging or set to silent mode.

Following customer requests, Windows Phone Amber additionally resurrects features from older Nokia handsets. Users may now flip the phone over to mute incoming calls and double tap the screen as an alternative to the unlock key. Also new: Improvements first introduced in July via Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 General Distribution Release 2, highlighted by the restoration of FM radio support--a longtime Windows Phone OS feature dropped with the late 2012 launch of WP8--as well as Xbox Music improvements to provide more accurate metadata and stability improvements to services like Internet Explorer.

Microsoft announced it reached an agreement to purchase Nokia's mobile phones business and a license to its patents and mapping software for $7.2 billion. The blockbuster deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.

For more:
- read this Nokia Conversations blog post

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