Here is more of what the Windows Phone Amber update has in store for us
We knew that the Datasense app would be coming to all Windows Phones, as it happens, it is part of the GDR2 (aka Amber) update. Nokia has included a number of features with this update as well, so if you are a Lumia owner you will appreciate some of these add-ons.
First thing you will notice is that in the “extra+info” screen is a big “Lumia Amber” listed with the software release. “Double-tap to wake up” feature is included and the new "Glance" feature can be adjusted with the display settings. The “flip to silence” function is now available, a feature that has been found on HTC devices for a long time. The update includes support for IBM Notes Traveler (formerly IBM Lotus Notes Traveler), which is a competing business grade email to Microsoft Exchange.
The Smart Cam app from Nokia is of course part of the mix, and you can see our demo of the app in action here. Finally, the FM Radio is built right into the Music app, you will find it right under podcast.
Windows Phone Amber Update
1. sharz7474 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
As a wp8 user, I'm so grateful and appreciate to hear this, Thanks Nokia & Microsoft..:)
14. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
there's news around that nokia is breaking up with Microsoft in a year or so... they gonna ditch wp8 users like wp7 users nyways ... you can say thanks to them then
21. papss (unregistered)
Where is this news that says in a year or so they are breaking up? Or is that what you think since you must be an insider
27. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
He must be a spy from Appleinsider. lol
52. Polrt3 (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)
@TROLL is erased!
I'm starting to love phoneArena.
2. alterecho (Posts: 1090; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Looking at the slow rate at which updates are rolling out for WP8 with such not so signifiant features, I have a feeling MS is going to abandon WP8 users and their fans again.
I think they are saving the good features for a major release which will support only newer hardware, leaving current users in the dust.
Also important to note is that they have guaranteed updates for the current version for only 2 years. And at the extremely slow rate at which these updates are rolling out, that time would be up.
Come to think of it, Nokia is the only one pusihing out major features, while MS sleeps.
4. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
As if Android and iOS get huge updates every few months? Major OS updates also come only once a year for them. Windows Phone 8 will receive GDR 1, 2, and 3, then the major one is 8,1. 3 small updates before a big one.
Ever since 4,1 Jelly mean, those updates at 4.1.2, 4,2 and 4.2,2 are also small updates. Android 4.3 (or 5.0, depends what number they give) Key Lime Pie is the big one. And many Android devices didnt event get 4.2.2 yet. You make it sound like adding new features is something easy and should be done in a few months.
5. alterecho (Posts: 1090; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Yes but i still don't see them fixing the nagging issues.
Like some of these:
"You make it sound like adding new features is something easy and should be done in a few months"
I'm using WP7.8. They could have added the option which allows you to set the default quick button in the browser, as either refresh or choose tab, as in WP8. I believe thats a feture that could have been added easily to through WP7.8. But they decided not to add it and make it appear as if its a feature for WP8. The underhandedness here is too much to ignore or let them off lightly.
7. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Many of those features are so basic and lack in Windows Phone which frustrates me. The 8.1 update must address to ALL these problems with also a heap of more custom features etc while including ALL Windows Phone 8 users. I hope they don't leave anybody behind like they did with 7.8.
9. timukh (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I agree with what you are saying. I am using wp7.8 in my lumia 800 and this update seriously lacked the basic features. The default quick button in the browser is one of them. And few others such as the wifi always on option, which is lacking and is really frustrating as i keep my phone connected to wifi at home and it keeps getting turned off my makes it difficult for watsapp messages to come and update. Also I don't know how they missed the notification centre as there is no way to know that you have received a notification of an app unless it is pinned to you're start screen.
54. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Same, I feel your pain, but I kind of expected this slight "abandonment".
53. zdprince (Posts: 23; Member since: 10 May 2013)
it is very sad that I read fellows writing things that they have no idea of and just trying to confuse people. If windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 users are going to receive free upgrade to windows 8.1 and windows phone 8.1 tells that old devices are not going to be left behind.
Please talk about facts and not making up topics that will never exist. Enjoy any platform you are using but be sincere on what is good from what is not. Windows Phone 8 is the most stable phone OS of today and everybody knows this fact. how many apps can someone use on his or her phone? your answer should tell you that 800,000 apps is not what is essential but which of the apps are productive.
Please stop insults but tell your followers and the general public the truth and not the lies.
Thnx for reading!
6. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Can't wait for that next flagship later this year!
8. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Keep trying WP, maybe one day it'll be worth talking about... But if Nokia wasn't helping with what little it's able too do, you'd already have been forgotten! Rightly so.
12. papss (unregistered)
I don't want to hear any whining from you when anyone is trolling a myspace article dude.. Come with something constructive for once
These are all incremental updates until the number 9 comes.. Is that not the same with all OS? Hell my space didn't get good until it hit number 4.1
10. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Maybe this meeting on Wednesday is about Nokia's plan to go Android and pay Microsoft their Android license fee. They would probably make a lot more than the billion/year that ms is paying them for staying exclusive.
11. papss (unregistered)
So you think that Nokias only profit on WP is the billion they get? Right lol... You are too funny.
18. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Either lyndon420 is funny, or you're just plain stupid... Nokia only made 1/2 billion in profits for the year 2012, smarty pants. Now what?
20. papss (unregistered)
No I think it's you that must be as you would say "stupid" read it again.. It says 500 k that quarter.. Lol last time I checked a quarter is 3 months is it not?
55. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
FACT: Nokia finally reports profit after six quarters of losses
Made $585 million profit in Q4 on $10.73 billion in revenue
Actually they made a loss for the year, but i didn't want to embarrass you dummy.
13. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)
The “flip to silence” function has been on symbian for a very long time
43. amirlukmanhisyam (Posts: 42; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
I agree even the 5800 XpressMusic have it. WP still have a long way to catch up with what Symbian and MeeGo have to offer. Currently still trying to duplicate both Symbian and MeeGo capabilities. Look pathetic going backward in term of functionalities of features. Meanwhile Symbian just need a "Project Butter" (like in Android JB) to iron everything and MeeGo just need more updates to gain much more stability like how smooth Sailfish OS is.
17. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Thanks Microsoft & Nokia, really happy with this!
19. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1119; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Windows 8 use's the "NT" OS kernel which is a stable OS kernel more stable than Android or IOS. Microsoft will not change that and have just expanded some of it's screen resolutions
capability to operate on lower resolution 7 inch screens to 1080p screens. Windows smartphone division from what I heard will give updates to none quad core CPU/1080p
Windows 8 smart phones. This is all part of Microsoft's "Blue" updates that will go to all Microsoft Operating Systems and devices. before the end of the year ALL Microsoft stuff
will be improved with new tablets, better windows smart phones and boot directly to desktop
option on Windows 8 desktop/Servers /Laptop computers. there will be huge changes at Microsoft.
42. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Microsoft and Nokia will conquer; Samsung fans should leave the building now, before their own pitiful company fades into obscurity...
56. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
So there is nothing ground breaking in that update. Which sucks because Windows Phone is already lacking and needs faster update cycles. MS promised to support the software for 18 months and now I know how. By not developing at all.