Nokia starts rolling out Lumia Black update globally, adds App Folder and more

By | January 10, 2014

Nokia Lumia Black update

Nokia has finally started rolling out the Lumia Black update for its Windows Phone 8 line-up. The company notes that the new Lumia Black update brings a host of new features, improvements in imaging, new apps and app updates to the current Windows Phone 8 devices.

The Nokia Lumia Black update will be rolling out to devices via over-the-air (OTA) and first it will arrive on Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925, with other devices like the Lumia 920, Lumia 820, Lumia 720, Lumia 625, Lumia 620 and the Lumia 520 following in the coming weeks.

The Lumia Black update will bring apps like Nokia Storyteller, Nokia Camera and Nokia Beamer. The Nokia Storyteller app automatically integrates the photos on one’s phone with HERE location information and collates a chronological picture journey on a map.  Nokia Refocus with Lytro-like features makes it possible to change the focal point on an image. The Nokia Beamer app, on the other hand, lets users project documents, maps, location details or even the camera viewfinder from the phone to an HTML5 enabled screen using QR codes. The update is also said to improve the camera on all the aforementioned devices, including the Lumia 1020.

The blog post notes that both Nokia Beamer and Nokia Refocus features are coming to all the Lumia device with 1GB of RAM or upwards.

Other features include Bluetooth LE and Nokia Glance Screen 2.0, which is an improved way of looking at notifications. Nokia is also bringing an ¨App folder¨ feature that allows users to group similar apps into a folder (a tile) on the Start screen. You need to download the App folder app, which is available here.

The software page of Nokia claims that the update is currently available in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America, with other regions to follow soon.

At Nokia World, the Finnish giant announced that the company was working on a firmware update dubbed Lumia Black which would be built on Microsoft’s third Windows Phone update and that it would bring the above newly revealed software features to its existing Window Phone 8 smartphones.

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