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.
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.
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.
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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