Nokia’s started rolling out the much awaited Amber update for its Lumia 920 smartphone. From Microsoft’s perspective, GDR2 is more of an enabler than one that brings new features, however there are still many compelling reasons to upgrade. You get the revamped Xbox Music app, support for FM radio, IE10 HTML5 improvements, an improved Skype experience among other things. Further, there are Nokia specific improvements such as support for glance screen, tap to wake up, flip to silence and the ability use apps like Smart Camera, YouTube uploader and Video Trimmer that you couldn’t previously use on the Lumia 920, despite the apps being available on the Windows Phone Store.
The firmware number is 3047.0000.1326.2002, and Microsoft calls the GDR2 update by the 8.0.10327.77 or 8.0.10328.78 name. Microsoft’s official changelog lists the following improvements:
- Google accounts. Windows Phone 8 now supports the CardDAV and CalDAV protocols that allow people to sync Google contacts and calendar information when they get new phones. (Existing phones that are synced to a Google account prior to December 31, 2013 will continue to sync as before.)
- Xbox Music. It’s now easier to select, download, and pin music. Plus, music fans will see more accurate metadata (such as song and album information) and many other performance improvements.
- FM radio. Listen to FM radio right from the Music+Videos hub. (Not available for all phones.)
- Data Sense. Stay on top of your phone’s data usage with Data Sense. You can set a limit based on your data plan, or just keep track of which apps use the most data. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)
- Skype. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype now feature improved stability and performance.
- Internet Explorer. Several fixes, including improvements to media playback reliability, will make your web browsing experience better than ever.
- Camera. Set your favorite Lens so it opens automatically when you press the camera button. (Not available for all phones.)
- Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.
The update is rolling out across various regions, so it is possible that it might not be immediately available on your device. As always, make sure you backup the phone before you update.
[via: My Nokia Blog]