Nokia says it has started the global rollout of the Lumia Black update; find out what's new

Nokia says it has started the global rollout of the Lumia Black update; find out what's new
Nokia has announced the global rollout of its Lumia Black update. The Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925 will be the first Windows Phone 8 models to receive the update with the rest of the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 lineup to receive it in the weeks ahead. Nokia Lumia smartphones check for a new update automatically each week, so you will be notified when Lumia Black arrives. You can try to pull it out of your phone by going to Settings -> Phone update.

The Lumia Black update will add the ability to create folders on your start page, with similar apps grouped together in a folder on one Live Tile. The update also brings you Nokia Glance screen 2.0 which will show you notifications related to your phone, email, calendar, outlook, or apps like Twitter and Facebook. Bluetooth LE will be added to all Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 models thanks to Lumia Black, and will allow you to run certain accessories like Adidas MiCoach.

Nokia Lumia models with 1GB of RAM or more will now have the Nokia Refocus app which offers Lytro-like features. You can change the focal point on a picture after it has been processed on your phone. You can put the focus on the foreground, on the background, or have all-in focus, which removes depth from your photo. Another cool feature is Color Pop which allows you to remove all color from a photo and add it back only in those areas where you want color.

Also coming to all Nokia Lumia handsets sporting 1GB of RAM or more is Nokia Beamer. This app allows you to share photos, files, presentations and other content, to an HTML5 enabled screen with the use of a QR code. Nokia Storyteller is an app that helps you arrange your photos by date and place to make it easier for you to use them to tell a story. And the Nokia Camera app, which has been limited to models with a PureView snapper, is coming to the entire range of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The app allows you to take great pictures, even if you're not proficient with a camera.

We should mention that with a number of these apps requiring a Lumia model with no less than 1GB of RAM, those with the Nokia Lumia 520/521 might want to look into upgrading to the Nokia Lumia 525 once it becomes available in their market. The Lumia 525 has the same specs as the other two popular entry level models, but has twice the amount of RAM at 1GB, which will allow it to support all of the Lumia Black additions.


source: Nokia

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25 Comments

1. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Goodjob nokia/ms

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Good job, i wonder if these enhancements will be part of 8.1 for other non nokia devices. Would make sense for nokia to get it first as a test run. I know my girl is gonna use the folders for all the photo apps.

3. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

But still no real pull down Notification. By the way, does Scott H dosen't editorial anymore? There are 3 new editors in PhoneArena.... John V hardly see any articles by him, where is he...?

14. Phomutrav

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I heard John V in the video, CES 2014's Lenovo thinkpad 8"

4. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Is Nokia really doing the software work that Microsoft should've but couldn't do (for some reason ) ? Or is this just Microsoft's special treatment for Nokia. If first scenario is the case, then it is an utterly ridiculous fact and a shame for Microsoft. If the second scenario is true, then it stinks for all the other potential windows phone vendors

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

A mixture of both. Google did this Motorola, releasing updates and firmwares there first before others. Hence why sammy and other could be looking for android alternatives. Nokia for the past year has been working directly with MS, side by side. It is no duh moment, that HTC who doesnt even make a windows phone at the moment that i can buy, or samsung with its low support of win8 or lg or or or, that Nokia will get first dibs for a potential software update. Also, with this update, it could be a percurser to 8.1, a test bed, the ability to try it out on devices before making all other 8's the same way. You see this droid as well. This is a good thing, because it means nokia and MS have actually been working to improve its software.

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL… folders! Another feature taken from Android and another proof of the failure of live tiles.

6. muser793

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

seriously?! so folder is google's innovation! nice!

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

where did he say innovation?

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

when someone says taken, in the context that he did. It is implied, especially with the tone and 'LOL', that Android (a google run product) has innovated the app folder. You cannot take something from someone without implying they were the ones that innovated it. Windows has had 'app' folders for pcs and mobile devices years before droid. Should we laugh at Boosook and say. LOL Droid copied app folders another proof the system is a joke and failure?

17. muser793

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

he didn't say innovation but he said Microsoft copying android (google) and we all know how funny this joke is :| go search in some books and dictionaries and find the opposite of innovation, yes u will find a word called Android :| (android is a good OS overall no doubt!) all i'm saying is that there's difference between copying and using a feature that YOU invented years ago!

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Windows ce had folders before droid, it was considered unecessary or thought so anyways in this software. But it is more of an app folder than anything else, which windows has had since 3.1 on desktops and before. You make no sense. And some live tiles do not display notifications, like camera app, settings tile, and some others. Meaning i can put those in one tile. Try to troll harder next time

23. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Symbian had folders before Android was a blip on the radar, buddy. This is the evolution of Live Tiles, and by no means proof that they are a failure. I've tried all mobile OSes and Live Tiles are by far the most effective form of homescreen.

24. Ali.M

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 23, 2013

if u remember Symbian ^^ the first folder in the world hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and ios before android by the way android the big theft in the os world sorry about my English it's not good

8. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

WHO CARES !!! WHERE TH F@#K IS LUMIA ICON (ICON)

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

i like towels

25. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I like towels, too...once they hit the floor.

13. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I love how they send new features consistently, I have a 1520 so I do no have to wait for this update but it shows me how well Nokia will take care of my device when the newer 1520 comes out...... it better be 6 inch I do not want any phone unless its 6 inch or more. Out of all the phones I ever own the 1520 is the best, my second favorite note 3. Why don't phone arena show people how long the 1520 battery last with their phone battery test I bet it comes out number 1 it take days before I have to charge

15. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

i took long exposure shots yesterday and Lumia 520 could capture stars with Nokia Camera Beta. so emagine what would be result with more capable camera

16. lorenzattractor

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Actually you can already get the folders app and the refocus one too. The Lumia Black update is not required.

18. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I don't really see much of the point. It's kind of like a folder that you visually see the apps from the home screen that are within the folder. Isn't that what live tiles do? It's more of an organized look I guess.

19. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

It is usefull when you want to put into that folder more apps than you would have to use the smallest tiles to put all of them onto homescreen. For example it is usefull when you want to have 2+ apps into the smallest tile, 5+ apps into the mid-size tile, and 9+ into the biggest tile. Of course those apps should (but they do not have to) been the same kind (for example: games, photo apps, navi apps etc) to fulfill their role.

20. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

It looks ugly after putting apps into a folder. Don't get me wrong i am using Lumia 720

21. Nimay_7

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

And its done!!

22. Nimay_7

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

BTW loved the Storyteller App

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