Windows Phone 8.1 is out in the wild, but a lot of networks and devices are still waiting for it, O2 among them. However if you’re an O2 user with a Windows Phone device you shouldn’t have long to wait.
In fact users of the Lumia 625, Lumia 925 and Lumia 1520 should already have the update, as O2 began rolling it out at the end of July, but as the network needs to separately test the update on each device some will get it before others. The gist being that if you don’t have one of the above devices you won’t have Windows Phone 8.1 yet, but it should be with you in a matter of weeks at most.
We’ve covered Windows Phone 8.1 before, but to refresh your memory it comes with Action Centre, which allows you to view and action notifications by swiping down from the top of the screen, as well as giving you a handful of quick toggles in the same area.
That’s the main addition, other than Cortana, which is still in beta so isn’t part of the main release, but you can also look forward to improved start screen customisation, a new People Hub, an improved keyboard, a better phone UI and more besides.
And it gets even better, because if you’re rocking a Lumia handset then you’ll get the Cyan update alongside it. This is an update cooked up by Nokia, which adds additional features, such as Bluetooth 4.0 LE support, various camera improvements and a new Creative Studio app, allowing you to tweak photos.
And that’s not all. O2 has also announced that Lumia users will be getting access to a visual voicemail feature as part of the update. This isn’t a Windows Phone 8.1 or Lumia Cyan feature, it’s something that O2 has developed on its own to coincide with the update.
Essentially it means that when you get a voicemail it will be downloaded to your phone and then you’ll have visual controls to pause, play and delete the message, as well as being able to select the specific message you want to listen to if you’ve got more than one saved, rather than having to cycle through all of them.
It’s also worth noting that once you have the visual voicemail feature you’ll have to manually enable it, by tapping the phone icon, then selecting settings from there, then there’s an option to turn it on.
Unfortunately while the Lumia 520, 620, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 1020 and 1520 will all get visual voicemail along with the 8.1 update, the newer Lumia 630, 635 and 930 won’t get it straight away, but O2 is working to bring it to them as soon as possible.
Still, with three separate updates inbound there’s a lot to look forward to if you’re a Lumia user on O2.
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