Nokia briefly talked about the Lumia Amber update when it announced the Lumia 925, but aside from a hint of the release date (which has turned out to be correct), we hadn’t heard much else about it until now.
A post on Nokia’s official Conversations blog has confirmed the Lumia Amber has been released, and that it’s heading for its Windows Phone 8 hardware soon.
It’s a decent upgrade too, as it adds not only compatibility with a selection of new apps, but also sees a few new features baked into the OS.
For example, the Nokia Smart Camera app will now work on all phones – not just the Lumia 925. The app also has features such as a Burst Mode, Motion Focus and Action Shot, all of which are designed to enhance action or sporting photos.
Nokia Pro Camera is the second app which will be offered with Lumia Amber, but it’s only compatible with the Lumia 920, 925 and 928. Pro Camera is designed to replace the stock camera app and has a wealth of features to ensure you take the best pictures possible, including almost total manual control.
Image processing on all phones will be improved with the update, with Nokia claiming we’ll see increased noise reduction, sharper colours, improved autofocus performance and exposure control.
It’s not all about the camera though. Nokia Glance Screen adds a clock and other notification symbols to the lock screen, while flip to silence and a double tap to unlock gestures will also be introduced.
Finally, an internal storage check app will be installed, providing users with more accurate and detailed information on what’s taking up the memory on your phone.
Nokia says the update is rolling out for the Lumia 920 and 820 first, with all other devices expected to join the fun by the end of September. As always, the update’s arrival depends on your network, so don’t expect it to be available straight away.