Nokia has started rolling out its much-awaited Amber software update on all its Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones, which will now come with some new and improved camera features and other apps. The Amber update is Nokia s initiative to build up on Microsoft s latest update to the Windows Phone 8 software, which brought a new FM radio player and improvements to Xbox music and the Internet Explorer browser. The Amber update will be available first for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in select countries as well as the Lumia 521, Lumia 810, and Lumia 928 in the US, and will be reaching out to all devices including Lumia 520, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820 or Lumia 920 by the end of September. Also Read - Nokia announces BH-310 NFC Bluetooth headset
Features-wise, as expected this update brings improved image processing with better noise reduction, color reproduction, exposure control, autofocus, refined low light performance, and a number of other camera improvements depending on the phone model and its camera capabilities.
An interesting part would be the availability of Nokia s Smart Camera app across the Lumia portfolio, which was restricted to the Nokia Lumia 925 only. After updating their phones to Amber, users will be able to download the app from the Windows market place. In addition to that, the update will also bring Nokia s newly launched Pro Camera app for better videography for the Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 928, starting from today.
Apart from camera related tweaks, the Amber update will come with Nokia Glance Screen to set a clock on the device s screen when the phone is inactive. This will also come with battery-level and an indicator for silent mode. This feature will be available in the display and touch section in Settings menu, and will be available for all WP8 Lumia devices except the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 625.
Along with this, the new update will allow users to make use of the flip to silence for an incoming call and double-tap to wake and easy unlock features, which are pretty popular on smartphones by other brands as well.