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

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 include Nokia Lumia 520, Nokia Lumia 525, Nokia Lumia 620, Nokia
Lumia 625
, Nokia Lumia 720, Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia
Lumia 925
, and Nokia Lumia 1020, according Nokia’s
official Conversations blog.

Further, 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. The Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925
will be the first Lumia devices to receive the update, while other
models will be receiving the update in the coming weeks.

latest Lumia Black update introduces new features like App Folder, which
allows users to group similar apps into a folder (a tile) on the Start
screen; an updated Nokia Glance screen 2.0 will allow users to keep
notifications for phone, messages, email, outlook, and calendar
alongside any apps such as Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp; Nokia
Refocus which comes with Lytro-like features that automatically changes
the focal point on an image, once it has been processed on the Lumia
device, and Nokia Beamer, which allows sharing images, documents, and
presentations to any HTML5-enabled display. The blog post notes
both Nokia Beamer and Nokia Refocus features are coming to all the Lumia
device with 1GB of RAM or upwards.

Also included in the Lumia
Black update is the Nokia Storyteller app, which debuted on the
company’s flagship phablet, the Lumia 1520 and also on the company’s
first tablet, the Lumia 2520 launched in 2013. The Nokia’s new
Storyteller feature organizes clicked images into stories with
chronological order using HERE location details.

In addition, the
update also includes the Nokia Camera app which combines two popular
apps, the Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam into one app. The new Nokia
Camera app brings new editing and sharing features to the Windows Phone 8
Lumia devices. The Nokia Camera app includes new camera algorithms and
comes with a new feature dubbed colour pop. It also sports a smart mode
which can shoot a number of images in a moment and allows removing
unnecessary objects form the images.

Commenting on the
announcement, Samuli Hanninen, vice president of software program
management for Nokia’s Smart Devices business said, “Nokia Lumia Black
updates the imaging experiences on your Lumia and makes using the
Windows Phone even more fluid. New App Folders and the ability to close
apps in multitasker are my personal favourites. I also encourage
everyone to try out the Nokia Refocus app that introduces a whole new
dimension to photography,” says Samuli Hanninen, vice president of
software program management for Nokia’s Smart Devices business.

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. The Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 are
currently the only devices to feature the new firmware.

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