Nokia Lumia Black Update Enters Public Testing


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Nokia have begun inviting users to test the new 'Lumia Black' firmware update on their smartphones ahead of its release early next year.


The lucky users invited to test the update submitted ‘Feedback to Nokia’ using the application found in the 'Settings' screen on Lumia smartphones. So far owners of both the Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 have been invited to take part in the early testing of the update.


The Lumia Black update, which will be available on all of Nokia's Lumia smartphones, also enables Windows Phone Update 3 (GDR3) to be installed on older Lumia smartphones.


Windows Phone Update 3 made it's debut on the Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1320 adding support for quad-core processors and 1080p displays. But it'll also give older Lumia smartphones a whole new lease of life including: Driving Mode, Better Bluetooth, Improved Tethering and much more.


The Lumia Black firmware itself will also bring improvements to Nokia's range of smartphones. An official change log is yet to be released, but a number of new features have already been confirmed including:


  • RAW Camera support (Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520)
  • New camera algorithms
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Glance Screen – notifications
  • Glance Screen – green, blue, and red colors

There will be a whole host of other improvements in the final release which is expected to land early next year. And as soon as 3G get fresh information you'll be the first to know.


Have you been invited to test Lumia Black on your Lumia smartphone? If so please let us know and tell us which device you own by leaving a comment below.


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By Simon Thomas on 11th December, 2013

Tags: Windows PhoneNokia Lumia

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