If you’re a Nokia Lumia user, your day has come – Microsoft is now making its Windows Phone 8.1 update and Cyan firmware update available for Nokia Lumia devices. The Cyan update is specifically for Nokia Lumia devices, so there’re no other Windows device updates for non-Lumia Windows phones.
The Windows Phone 8.1 along with Lumia Cyan update brings a new Action Center for all your notifications to sit in one place. Windows Live Tiles are now more customizable than ever so that you can customize the size of your photos and tiles. The Windows Phone 8.1 update also brings a third column of Live Tiles so that you can place more of what you need on your main desktop. The implementation of a Word Flow Keyboard matches the Swype or Google Keyboard experience on Android devices such as the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and others.
There are some improvements to existing software. For one, your SmartShots, Cinemagraphs, and Refocus Shots all appear in your camera roll for easy access. Nokia Storyteller now features videos of your camera roll, with background music and social media photo sharing to match. Creative Studio, Nokia’s photo tweaking software, is directly accessible from the Camera Roll. Creative Studio is the perfect way to get the most out of your photos, and easier access means that you’ll likely use it more often than not.
Cortana, hailed as Microsoft’s digital voice assistant and answer to Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now, has been released in this new Windows Phone 8.1 update. Cortana has shown herself to be impressive in recent days, but the proof’ll come when Cortana’s matched against Google Now and Siri in future days. Virtual buttons are now supported, and Internet Explorer (IE) 11 has been improved.
Wi-Fi Sense is another feature brought to Lumia devices with the update. It allows you to automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks when your device detects that one or more are available in your local area in close promixity to you. In addition, Wi-Fi Sense also uses your data to make your Lumia smartphone a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices (say, those of your closest friends) when they’re in the same room as you or close to you – without compromising your Wi-Fi network to hackers.
A device search feature now allows you to search for a document, song, email, or appointment by typing in a few letters in the Bing search engine bar.
At this point, Microsoft wants you to be patient and wait for the Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan update. According to a company statement, the Cyan update will hit Lumia devices automatically – without users doing anything. At the same time, there’s no word on what day, hour, or minute you’ll see the Windows Phone 8.1 update notification available.
The Windows Phone 8.1 update is making its way to Lumia devices. Have you received the Windows Phone 8.1 update yet? If so, what do you notice about the new update? Do you like the new changes, or would you recommend going back to the old ones?