Nokia to start rolling out Black across the world

by Volker Weber


Nokia is announcing they will start rolling out a new software based on WP 8 GDR 3 to Lumia 925 and 1020 today. All other Lumias with Windows Phone 8 will follow. The key word is 'start'. There are hundreds of variants of each Lumia model and rollouts of the software need to be certified by the carriers. This is a huge bottleneck, that only Apple has so far managed to bypass by sending Tom Hagen - and if that does not help Luca Brasi - to negotiate.

The 1520 I am using came out with Black, so it's not exactly new territory. But there are a number of enhancements that make this a very worthwhile update. I expect the 1020 camera to get even better with new oversampling algorithms to create photos with even less visual noise. The 1520 photos are incredibly good, and that has only half the 1020 sensor. Camera enthusiasts will also be able to download raw DNG images from the phone. Nokia Camera will run on non-Pureview Lumias.

Black will bring Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy) to other Lumias, enabling support for wearables like Adidas myCoach, which is so far only supported on 520, 620, 625, 720 and 1520. You will also be able to use a new version of Glance, which gives you all notifications from the lock screen even when the display is "off". You will be able to see how many messages came in on email, voicemail, text, Whatsapp, Twitter or Facebook with a glance.

Black also brings enhancements from GDR 3 like a safe driving mode that suppresses notifications once you connect to your car radio. You will be able to lock the screen rotations to make it easier to read when lying down. And you can close apps from the multitasking view.

Finally, Black will enable new applications like Nokia Beamer, which lets you share the screen to a Javascript-enabled web browser, and Nokia Storyteller, which puts photos into a location context. That's all stuff that currently only runs on the 1520.


The bad news is that unless you have a 925 or 1020 you will have to be patient for your device to actually get the update. This can easily take weeks and you better just relax. You can check in Settings/Phone Update every few minutes, but that is only going to hurt you.


Vodafone DE - Lumia 925 - et läuft ;-)

Oliver Barner, 2014-01-09 20:04

Und jetzt gibt es auch bei Vodafone endlich Data Sense.

Volker Weber, 2014-01-09 23:47

Ich lade es auch gerade...

Ingo Seifert, 2014-01-09 23:57

Spannend, dass andere Seiten (s. The Verge) gerade die Folder promoten :)...

Ingo Seifert, 2014-01-10 00:12

Probier es aus. Totaler Quatsch.

Volker Weber, 2014-01-10 00:14

Ich probiere es gar nicht erst aus, ich fand das bei den iPhones schon nicht gut und unübersichtlich. Ich las nur erst den The Verge-Artikel, dann Deinen. Danke, jetzt weiß ich wirklich, was wichtig ist.

Ingo Seifert, 2014-01-10 00:54

T-Mobil DE - Lumia 925 - Update abgeschlossen.

Tobias Sobottka, 2014-01-10 14:43

Hallo volker.

Ich überlege das lumia 1020 zu kaufen. Da du das telefon sehr gut bewertest, vielleicht kannst du mir helfen und folgende fragen beantworten. :)

(1) Ist die klangqualität ähnlich sehr gut wie früherer nokia telefone? Ich trage hörgeräte und die klangleistung eines iphone 4s sind mir zu schwach, um in einer belebten straße zu telefonieren.
(2) Ist der kamera auslöser langsam?
(3) Werden dng raw fotos mit dem mac und aperture/iphoto synchronisiert?
(4) Kann es safari bookmarks importieren?

martin knaup, 2014-01-13 00:32

(1) Weiß ich nicht. Habe iPhone und Lumia nicht auf voller Lautstärke. Starke Vermutung: ja.

(2) Jein. Nachdem das Bild scharf gestellt ist: nein. Aber: das 1020 ist langsam. Es dauert drei Sekunden von Schuss zu Schuss. Das sind riesige Datenmengen, die da bewegt werden.

(3) Jein. Es gibt zwei Programme: 'Windows Phone' und 'Nokia Photo Transfer'. Das erste synct iPhoto und Lumia, aber immer nur die 5 MP Bilder. Ich benutze nur das. Das zweite gibt Dir Zugriff auf die 35/38 MP Bilder.

(4) Keine Ahnung. Kriegt man sicher einmal hingebastelt. (Safari exportieren, IE importieren)

Volker Weber, 2014-01-13 05:28

Danke. Zu 2: Wichtig ist mir, dass ich sofort fotografieren kann, wenn ich das telefon in die hand nehme. Serienbilder sind sekundär.

martin knaup, 2014-01-13 14:47

Anb here we go :) :) :) :)
Lumia 920, Country Variant. Black is beautiful!

Hubert Stettner, 2014-01-13 20:20

Drückt man den Auslöser (rechte Seite, unterster Knopf), startet die Kamera-App, auch wenn das Telefon gesperrt ist. Das dauert 2-3 Sekunden. Und man kann das blind machen.

Volker Weber, 2014-01-13 20:33

Sowohl Lumia 920 als auch Lumia 820 (jeweils country variant) sind da, entgegen der Aussage auf der Webseite :)

Kai Schmalenbach, 2014-01-13 23:29

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