Finally upgraded the 1020 to Lumia Cyan

by Volker Weber


If you live in iOS country, updates are easy. So are restores. iTunes just gets the image and installs it. In Windows Phone country, things aren't that easy. There are literally hundreds of country and carrier variants for each Windows Phone model. Apple does not do that. When carriers ask for variants, they get a big FU from Cupertino. But I digress.

My 1020 does not exist, so to say. It's an RM-875 059T2Z1. As such, I cannot download an image and restore it. It's not on Nokia's servers. Why is my device such a white elephant? It was created for an O2 event in London last year. It has 64 GB of memory and a special imprint on the back. And there may be only a hundred of them. That's nice, but it also has its challenges. Reflashing for instance.

Nokia Support was a bit static. They offered to pick it up here and return it re-flashed. But that does take a while, and since I always re-flash phones before they leave vowe's magic flying circus, I was stuck. Support also did not want to work with me here at my site, so I had to tap into a few other sources.

Anyway, the 1020 now believes it is a German Country Variant, or in Nokia terms, an RM-875 059T2J8. And as such, it automatically updated itself to the latest Windows Phone 8.1, Lumia Cyan. Restored everything from the cloud, and I am back in business. I am also going to push 2500 photos to the camera roll, and about a thousand songs to the media player.


I swicht the variants from time to time. mostly because another version is up earlier. I don't care if it's branded or not, because in LumiaWorld branding means nothing, just another boot image and some apps which are easy to delete.

Restoring is working quite nice, also for call log and SMS.
The only thing that is bugging me, is the lost of musikfiles i have to add manually. I think it would be easy for Microsoft to partition the storage to prevent people from that disturbing thing. And the funny thing about it, on the Lumia820 that's not a matter at all, because the Files are stored on the SD-Card.

Kai Schmalenbach, 2014-08-11 19:23

Hi, how did you managed to make your Lumia to believe it is a German variant? I have a Lumia that believes to be Italian. Can you give a hint? Thank you, Tom

Thomas Günter, 2014-08-11 19:28

Thomas: search @ for Lumia and Nokia Care Suite

Kai Schmalenbach, 2014-08-11 19:42

Thomas, hier ist eine Anleitung von XDA Developers:

Hubert Stettner, 2014-08-11 19:46

Kai war schneller 😉
Volker, wir müssen mal einen Leser-Treff machen. Ich bin für München 😇

Hubert Stettner, 2014-08-11 19:48

Why not do the dev preview? I'm on Windows 8.1 Update 1 & Lumia Black.

Amy Blumenfield, 2014-08-11 21:23

Battery life.

Volker Weber, 2014-08-11 21:24

Nevermind. Dev preview is OS & Cyan is the newest BIOS or firmware or whatever. Still in testing by my phone vendor. But 8.1 update 1 is Very Good.

Amy Blumenfield, 2014-08-11 21:25

Yes, I have 8.1 Update 1 and Cyan on the 930. Love the new folders.

Volker Weber, 2014-08-11 21:26

so, have the fixed the low light photo issues on the 1020 with Cyan?

Craig Wiseman, 2014-08-11 22:12

What low light issues?

Volker Weber, 2014-08-11 22:18

Volker, do you have two 930s? Or did you upgrade on Cyan and then updated to 8.1 Update 1 (Dev Preview)?

Ingo Seifert, 2014-08-12 12:12

930 comes with Cyan. 8.1 Update 1 Developer Preview -- did you hire from IBM? -- installed on top.

Volker Weber, 2014-08-12 12:42

We also serve cold dead fish updates... thanks!

Ingo Seifert, 2014-08-12 12:58

"While photography is clearly a major advantage, one curious issue with the 1020 is that it doesn't perform well, generally, in low light situations. I've tried every manual setting imaginable, and it's lousy. I think this is because the device's optics system is trying (maybe too hard) to overcome for the lack of light, but I'm surprised I've never been able to work around that. Walking around Quebec City last night, I was able to take several gorgeous shots with the S5, and the Lumia 1020 was just at a loss."


Craig Wiseman, 2014-08-12 18:10

Well, that's just him. No issues here.

Volker Weber, 2014-08-12 18:39

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