Quick Note: Nokia Devices Now Receiving Windows Phone 8.1 Update
July 15, 2014 10:42 AM
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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
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
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.
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Third Party Support
7/20/2014 5:31:06 PM
MS and Nokia can do what they want, but without third party support it's pointless.
My father bought into Windows Phone based on being aware of Windows on his laptop (he's not the most tech savvy guy in the world, score 1 for the marketing department) and he's been let down a couple of times now. I'll wager he will be again in the future too.
1 with the BBC removing features from their app when TV and radio services were split off on the iPhone and Android, but they just removed the radio features from the TV app on Win 8 and never bothered to make a radio app. Then he bought a Wi-Fi enabled Conon camera and guess if they have the WP 8 app for the remote features? Nope, and they have no plans to either.
Just kill this thing already MS, and put everyone involved out of their misery.
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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