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The Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 operating system and Lumia Denim firmware with Lumia Camera 5 will be starting to roll out to Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 830 next week.

After rolling out the Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 updates globally, Microsoft is reportedly planning to release Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and Lumia Denim to Lumia users by the end of this month.

According to Nokia Power User, the updates including Lumia Camera 5.0 app will be rolled out to select devices and regions. On the other hand, UK carrier O2 has cited on its community forums, “It[Lumia Denim] is coming, but we’re not expecting Microsoft to release these this year we’re afraid, though you should start seeing them push out to Lumia devices in early 2015… Very early – January at present is what’s looking likely.”

Both reports are inline as the company will be pushing the update on unlocked devices first, and then carriers will get these updates for testing and approval.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Users with new Lumias, such as Lumia 730/735 and 830 already have Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and Denim, but not Lumia Camera 5 app. The new Camera app will be faster and more intuitive with improved image processing algorithms and new features such as Moment Capture and Rich Capture. FYI, the Moment Capture and Rich Capture will be available for select models only i.e. Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 830.

Lumia Camera 5 App

The Denim update will add Bing Weather and Bing Health & Fitness data to Glance Screen for Compatible Lumia devices. While other noteworthy features of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will include Cortana’s reach to more regions as a beta, Live folders, Apps Corner, SMS merge and forwarding, custom szoone time with the Alarm app, Consumer VPN, mobile site improvements in IE, and Store live tile.

See Also: Microsoft hopes 0% Windows Phone 8.x OS fragmentation; Windows 10 is the future.

The update will be rolled out to Lumia phones as well as Windows Phone devices from other handset makers like Samsung and HTC by the holiday season, according to Microsoft officials. Although the exact timing will be set by manufacturers and carriers.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. This is great news, unless you are a Verizon customer. Where we are still waiting on 8.1 & Cyan which were kicked back to Microsoft unapproved.

  2. I actually will probably be trading in my 1520 for a Note 4, until Microsoft and Google get it together, Windows phone just is not right to me, I tried back 5 years ago or so on the HTC Fuze, and now this 1520 for almost a year and I have to say in terms of apps and the lack of Google usability not much has changed, its a glorified camera with a phone built in. Half the things I need to do on a phone, I do on my work phone, a Galaxy S3, because Android has a google drive app as well as a better browser support for the sites I need to use.

    I really wish Microsoft could get a better market push, but lack of direct Google integration, and lack of apps keeps me going back to Android, hell even an iPhone can do Google direct apps.

    • Which Google apps are you needing? Most do not work well on Windows Phone as Google keeps blocking them (even 3rd partys). Those that seem to work well are Gmail/Contacts (integrated) and YouTube (via web or 3rd party app). Docs work so-so for reading via web interface, though that is supposedly better with the upcoming Update 1. I have used some 3rd party Google Drive apps, but not much luck. DropBox or OneDrive (of course) work much better, and also offer cross-platform support.
      It is mostly about Google controlling its own ecosystem

    • Many Google services compete directly with Microsoft. As a Windows Phone user, 1520 owner as well, the only Google service I need is youtube, and I use the 3rd party app MyTube, best youtube experience I have had so far. I have a gmail account(and yahoo too), intead of having a lot of useless mails apps for each service, I have linked them to Outlook, done. Rest of Google, not needed. Navigation, u can use Here, or the 3rd party app called GMaps+, it uses data from both Here and Google maps, for more navigation experience, use Here Explore, Here Drive+ set as default turn by turn navigation. All the services can work with Here Drive+. And even GMaps+ allows you to download here maps for offline use. The missing app honestly is Hangouts. The rest is covered, also Microsoft designed apps on Windows Phone look much better than Google’s on Android.

    • Direct your complaints to Google, as they are the sole reason for the lack of Google apps. They not only refuse to provide apps, they have actively pursued shutting down any 3rd party provider who have attempted to fill the void. They have certainly succeeded at making me stop using any Google products anywhere, not just on my phone, and I have directed likewise for all of my company employees, who also all use WP.

      • Probably because Google is very butt hurt about having to pay Microsoft a licensing fee for every, single Android device. But I don’t trust Google anyway.

    • Google does NOT want to support windows phone. Understand that Microsoft has a robust ecosystem with office and OneDrive that is functionally better than gdrive. Move your stuff to see the difference. Would you be mad in Japan if someone didn’t have American food. Embrace the change and see ALL of what WP has to offer. Peace.

      Tdlr, try the whole ecosystem b4 you knock it. OneDrive is better than gdrive. Copy your stuff and see

  3. I can’t wait for the update. I have Lumia 1520 and is amazing phone to have. I have the red one and it does attract people even the once using android and iPhone. The first reaction I get is Wow! Which phone is that? Nice. Then I tell them is Windows phone and they get shocked. Whenever they see the pictures I have taken with my phone, they are amazed and ask me to take them pictures using my phone and send them the pictures on there phone.
    Now I can’t also wait to be sending living images and storyteller to friends.

    • You don’t want uncompressed video recording. What you’re asking for is essentially impossible at 4K. ALL video you shoot with consumer grade hardware is compressed on the fly. Even a Bluray uses compression (most of them are H.264 aka AVC). True uncompressed 4K video would burn through all of your device’s storage in a matter of minutes, if your storage could even write the data that quickly (it can’t). No joke. Anyway even at 720p or 1080p uncompressed still doesn’t make much sense.

      However not all compressed videos are created equal. How compressed (bitrate) and What is it compressed with (codec/settings) are the two biggest questions. So what you really should ask for is either an option for slightly less compression (higher bitrate, for example) or better compression which can be difficult with such limited hardware (maybe they could tune a few settings though).

      The best thing would be to purchase a device which has hardware-accelerated HEVC encoding which produces much better quality at common bitrates than current AVC. Unfortunately, such a device does not yet exist in the mobile space and probably won’t for a year or two.

      • I wanted to shoot short clips up to two minutes in length, nothing extravagant. I can’t shoot 1080p resolution uncompressed, which I should be able to do, unless there is a CODEC I can install on the phone that will give me close to uncompressed video ?

        Out of curiosity what low cost HEVC encoding recorders are available ?

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