The Cyan update brings both Windows Phone 8.1 and device-specific updates

Windows Phone 8.1 will start its rollout to Lumia smartphone owners today along with the new Nokia “Cyan” update. Windows Phone 8.1 brings with it a number of new features and tweaks including the Cortana personal digital assistant, customizable Live Tiles, support for virtual buttons, and a new Action Center.
Other new features in Windows Phone 8.1 include the Word Flow keyboard, Wi-Fi Sense and an improved Internet Explorer 11 browser.
While all of the new functionality included with Windows 8.1 was expected, Microsoft has also announced that there will be Nokia-exclusive enhancements as well with the Cyan update. There are improvements included for Nokia’s Camera, Creative Studio and Storyteller apps, while a new Nokia Device Hub app makes it easier to track down missing accessories that you use with your device.

In addition, owners of the Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon will now support Nokia Rich Recording and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio. There have also been improvements made to the camera’s low-light performance and support has been added for Microsoft Screen Share tech.
According to Microsoft, your Lumia smartphone will automatically alert you when the update is ready to download. There's also a handy website available that shows you which North American Lumia devices will receive the Cyan update.

Sources: Nokia Conversations, Nokia

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