Here is more of what the Windows Phone Amber update has in store for us

Here is more of what the Windows Phone Amber update has in store for us
Thanks to the new Lumia 925 making its way to market, we are now seeing more of what will be coming to other Windows Phone devices in the hopefully very near future.

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.

source: WPCentral



1. sharz7474

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

As a wp8 user, I'm so grateful and appreciate to hear this, Thanks Nokia & Microsoft..:)

14. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 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

15. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011


16. Polrt3

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013


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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

He must be a spy from Appleinsider. lol

52. Polrt3

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

@TROLL is erased! TROLL R.I.P I'm starting to love phoneArena.

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: Mar 07, 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: Mar 09, 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: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 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: Mar 09, 2013

Same, I feel your pain, but I kind of expected this slight "abandonment".

53. zdprince

Posts: 24; Member since: May 10, 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: Mar 09, 2013

Can't wait for that next flagship later this year!

8. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 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

13. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

The “flip to silence” function has been on symbian for a very long time

43. amirlukmanhisyam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Thanks Microsoft & Nokia, really happy with this! Greetzz.

19. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

24. androidhater

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Good job Microsoft!!!!

42. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Microsoft and Nokia will conquer; Samsung fans should leave the building now, before their own pitiful company fades into obscurity...

45. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Dillusion is a b*tch....

56. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

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