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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 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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Not my 810
By Ammohunt on 7/15/2014 2:41:15 PM , Rating: 4
Love windows phone OS have a perfectly good 810 that won't be getting 8.1. Next phone will be an iPhone at least you get 1 or 2 OS upgrades.

RE: Not my 810
By themaster08 on 7/15/2014 2:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
Have you installed the Developer Preview? It literally takes 5 minutes to sign up.

Furthermore, it is the final version of WP8.1 that you receive. Sure, you may not receive the firmware updates, but 8.1 runs perfectly fine on all of the devices I've tried the Developer Preview on.

RE: Not my 810
By Mitch101 on 7/15/2014 3:04:03 PM , Rating: 2
There is rumor of 8.5 before 9 is released. Just like 7.5 before 8 was released.

RE: Not my 810
By Just Tom on 7/15/2014 2:51:24 PM , Rating: 2
You're wrong, the 810 will be getting WP 8.1

RE: Not my 810
By Ammohunt on 7/15/2014 3:23:31 PM , Rating: 2
on T-Mobile? where is your evidence?

RE: Not my 810
By Labotomizer on 7/15/2014 4:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
If it shipped with Windows Phone 8 it will be upgraded to 8.1. MS was very clear about that, as was Nokia. Starting with WP8 all handsets are guaranteed all the updates for 18 months.

RE: Not my 810
By Ammohunt on 7/15/2014 8:36:53 PM , Rating: 2

Clearly states that Black and Cyan will not be available for the 810 sorry bud.

RE: Not my 810
By Labotomizer on 7/16/2014 9:23:31 AM , Rating: 4
You can get 8.1 without Black or Cyan.

RE: Not my 810
By Just Tom on 7/27/2014 11:51:06 AM , Rating: 2
Black and Cyan are firmware updates, not OS updates.

RE: Not my 810
By BZDTemp on 7/15/2014 7:02:30 PM , Rating: 5
I'd rather be without an update than get one that makes everything crawl rather than run, but I guess that is the way Apple users like it.

Regardless - as the other have mentioned Windows Phone 8.1 will also come to the 810.

By maevinj on 7/15/2014 11:35:12 AM , Rating: 3
There is a difference between Windows 8.1 and the Cyan update. Cyan is a firmware upgrade for Nokia phones.

RE: Difference
By Brandon Hill on 7/15/2014 12:10:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's my understanding that Cyan is the name of Nokia's combination of WinPhone8.1 upgrade + firmware changes.

RE: Difference
By maevinj on 7/15/2014 12:31:39 PM , Rating: 2
Cyan is just the firmware upgrade for Lumia phones. I've been running 8.1 on a Lumia 928 for a while, but I don't have the Cyan update.

RE: Difference
By testbug00 on 7/15/2014 1:56:25 PM , Rating: 2
Cyan bring Windows Phone 8.1 and Nokia's firmware supporting it to public.

Preview for developers technically is not release version of Windows 8.1. For most people it will be a full OS update.

RE: Difference
By Avatar28 on 7/15/2014 2:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
> Preview for developers technically is not release version of Windows 8.1. For most people it will be a full OS update.

Incorrect. It IS the release version, it just doesn't include the firmware update for the hardware to properly support it. WPCentral even had a post that mentioned it in passing yesterday that the os version on the phone they received that shipped with 8.1 had the same version as their phones of the same model that had only received the developer preview.

RE: Difference
By kleinma on 7/15/2014 4:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
If Windows 8.1 preview for developers WAS the final version, why did I get like 4 updates to the OS after updating to the preview? It was really what amounted to a beta for 8.1

RE: Difference
By Labotomizer on 7/16/2014 9:31:37 AM , Rating: 2
Or it was a developer preview. You know, like it said.

RE: Difference
By Avatar28 on 7/16/2014 2:20:28 PM , Rating: 2
So I got some updates on Windows 7 the other day. Does that mean that I wasn't running the final version of Windows 7?

RE: Difference
By maevinj on 7/15/2014 2:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but people running a Samsung or HTC WP phone will not receive the Cyan update because it is only for Nokia Lumia devices.

RE: Difference
By hughlle on 7/15/2014 12:32:41 PM , Rating: 2
Which would make you think that the update was for nokia devices only, whereas the title suggests that it is a windows update that nokia phones will be the first to receive.

Third Party Support
By Aloonatic on 7/20/2014 5:31:06 PM , Rating: 2
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.

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