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Nokia Black rollout brings folders to Lumia Windows Phone devices

Arrives on the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925
Fri Jan 10 2014, 15:04
Nokia Lumia 1020 with Windows Phone 8 and a 41MP camera

FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has started rolling out its Nokia Black update to the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 smartphones.

The Nokia Black update, which will be availalable across the Finnish phone firm's Windows Phone 8 lineup, is a fairly major one, bringing a host of new features to the Lumia handset portfolio.

Chief among these is App Folders, allowing users to group apps into individual folders, which appears as a tile on the Live Tile homescreen. Speaking of apps, Nokia has also included its Refocus app in the update, which lets users tap on an image to choose a different focus point. This won't be coming to all of Nokia's Lumia devices, however, just those with 1GB or more of RAM.

Noka Beamer is included too, as is Nokia's Storyteller app, which lets users arrange photos by date and place, and Nokia Camera, which merges Nokia's Pro camera features into the main photo-taking app.

Samuli Hanninen, VP of software programme management for Nokia's smart devices business said, "Nokia Lumia Black updates the imaging experiences on your Lumia and makes using the Windows Phone even more fluid.

"Nokia Lumia Black updates the imaging experiences on your Lumia and makes using the Windows Phone even more fluid.

"New App Folders and the ability to close apps in multitasker are my personal favourites. I also encourage everyone to try out the Nokia Refocus app that introduces a whole new dimension to photography."

The Nokia Black update also includes support for Bluetooth LE, and Nokia claimed that it has improved its camera algorithm in Nokia Black, making pictures clearer and more natural looking.

The update is being rolled out now for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925, and users will be notifiied when it is available to download. You can also check manually in Settings > Phone Update. We have already managed to install it on our Nokia Lumia 1020, and will share our thoughts on the Nokia Black update soon.

Nokia has said that the update will arrive on other Lumia smartphones in the coming weeks. µ


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