Nokia is rolling out the Lumia Black update for its Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and above, bringing some nice features, along with improved imaging experiences and quality improvements, especially for the Lumia 1020.
- Folders – Allows you to group apps as you will on the Start screen, in a single Live tile.
- Screen orientation lock – For eternity, I hated how you couldn’t lock the screen orientation at all. People at Microsoft may have been sleeping on this and might have forgotten people NEED this, but it’s finally here. It’s a part of the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (GDR3) update, and not a Nokia addition, but it’s here.
- Close apps in the multitasking view – Swiping would have been more intuitive, but it may have not struck the collective geniuses at Microsoft yet. Nonetheless, still good to have it. Also a part of WP8 Update 3.
- Imaging improvements for the Nokia Lumia 1020 – Nokia went with more vivid images on the Lumia 1020 before the Lumia Black update. Where the 808 PureView stayed as close to natural colours as possible, the 1020 went more vivid. The Lumia 1520 strikes a better balance between the two, and the Lumia Black update tilts the balance in that direction for the Lumia 1020 now.
- Nokia Camera – Combines the Nokia Pro Camera and the Nokia Smart Camera apps. Now available for all WP8 Lumia phones. The Lumia 1020 also gains support for DNG format with this update. The only other smartphone to support the DNG format is the Nokia Lumia 1520, which came with the Lumia Black update out of the box.
- Nokia Glance Screen 2.0.
- Bluetooth LE – For devices like the Adidas MiCoach.
- Nokia Refocus – If you have a phone with a GB of RAM, is a Lumia and runs WP8, you’re in for a treat. Refocus is an excellent app.
- Nokia Beamer – Now allows you to beam documents and other things. Requires minimum 1 GB RAM.
- Nokia Storyteller – Announced at the last Nokia World, Storyteller groups photos according to the date, place etc, and shows them to you on a map, for example.
The update is rolling out to most of the Lumia WP8 devices as I write this, so you should most probably get it, too. If you don’t receive any notification, go check for the update manually in Settings – Phone update.