We all know the affection for Windows Phones in the world, and how that affection is growing stronger every quarter. But, on Thursday, Nokia and Microsoft started rolling out the Nokia Lumia Black Update, and this update that affects almost every Lumia phone is huge.
The Lumia Black Update hit the American shore in 2013, but is now launching globally starting today. This is awesome news for Lumia owners, and gives them a ton of new software features for their phones. I use it on the Lumia 1020, and it makes a huge difference.
What’s Inside The Lumia Black Update?
The Lumia Black update is a collection of software updates that gives Lumia users new functionality in their phones. Features like app folders, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a better Glance screen, and the much improved Nokia Camera app are all included for free with the software update.
I have the Lumia 1020, and had a chance to get this Lumia Black Update last year, and it made a great improvement in the performance and usability of the Lumia 1020. App folders make a huge difference when organizing apps, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE is great for future devices. I quickly use the glance screen to see my day, and of course use the camera app daily to take selfies.
What Phones Get It?
The million dollar or euro question is what phones are eligible for the Lumia Black Update. According to Nokia, phones that have at least 1GB of RAM will be getting it, and that should cover most Lumia devices from the 520 to the 1020. Lumia 1020 users are the only ones though that get the RAW photo shooting ability, which photo lovers like like or hate.
As stated, I use it on my 1020 and it is nice. But, Nokia today made the app folder as a separate download, and that is even better. So, if you don’t want to update the entire phone operating system, you can download it and take a spin at this feature right away. Lumia phones will be smiling internally with this update, and I highly recommend getting it right away if you can.
I love Windows Phone, and am a small minority among my peers. I love the photos on the 1020, and the RAW photos I take are awesome, despite the huge file sizes. Ack.