Lumia Black starts rolling out for Nokia Lumia 925 on AT&T

Nokia’s Lumia Black firmware update began its global rollout last week. Things started off in China, but then we saw it start popping up in different regions like India and Italy. If you head to Nokia’s Global Support page you can track the rollout and you’ll see other countries. However, that page is sometimes a few hours behind what’s actually happening in the real world. Case in point, the Nokia Lumia 925 on AT&T is starting to get the Lumia Black update.

We’re seeing reports pop up here and there of carriers and specific handsets also getting the Lumia Black update, including Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (build 10521).

We’ve got unlocked Lumia 920’s in the Netherlands getting it, while in Germany it’s available across the Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 1020 on various carriers. Now it’s time for AT&T customers rocking the Lumia 925 to get in on some Lumia Black action. Tips are coming in that the Lumia 925 has Lumia Black, we just checked on ours and can indeed confirm. 

Head to your settings and scroll down to phone update to check if you have an update ready for your device. Lumia Black will bring some pretty cool features like Bluetooth 4.0 LE support, Glance Screen 2.0, and more. Let us know if you’re seeing the update on your Lumia 925 with AT&T. Or just go wild and list your carrier, phone model, and whether or not you’re rocking Lumia Black.

You can always check with Nokia if Lumia Black is ready for you

Thanks for the tip Adam!



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fpostrow says:

That's good news. Hopefully the 920 won't be too far behind.

milkybuet says:

I am kinda disappointed that my unbranded 920 did not get it first.

david90531 says:

Yeah c'mon show some 920 love!!

mobilejk says:

Seriously. 920 was the first WP8 device on ATT and those of us that dropped the $200 for it when it debuted in 2012 as early adopters are the last to get update 3. Dissin' your customers like that isn't cool. And the 920 damn well better get the 8.1 update or I'll dump ATT!

expectafight says:

Everytime an update goes up, people lose their patience. Look, let them finish their testing. Its harder to update older phones with respect to testing. You would have thought people would know that by now.

- Owner of a Red 920.

lum920 says:

I updated my lumia 920 to Lumia black 2 days ago...from India

conair346 says:

UK CV, O2 and Vodafone have it on 920. I think 925 is on all variants in UK.

My girl has my old red 920 and she could careless about updates but I'm being impatient for her.

I want her to have "storyteller".

Makes you realize why Microsoft drags their feet. There's no pressure from your average everyday consumers about updates and features.

Sean D. says:

Wrongness #1: Storyteller is available on Amber.

Wrongness #2: Why is it Microsoft's fault and not the carrier's and their bullshit "testing"?


If Nokia (AKA Microsoft) has it on their page where the updates are available chances are they have given it over ot the carriers to push out.

Fritzly says:

Who surrendered the power to release updates to carriers?

ScubaDog says:

Words MEAN things.  EH accused Microsoft of DRAGGING THEIR FEET, not surrendering control.  There's a HUGE difference.  So, NO, Microsoft is NOT dragging its feet on the update.  It's been ready for months.  It's 100% the carriers for dragging THEIR feet in the testing and approval phase.  PERIOD.

eddieDOTexe says:

Either way he's right about #2. Most people have jobs and other stuff to do so they could care less. Some people don't even know their phones get software updates. We're the vocal minority.

MorganRW says:

The phrase is "Couldn't care less". Saying they could care less implies that they choose to care more. Couldn't care less implies that they are at the lowest of the "giving a shit" scale. I am not trying to be an ass but I have seen this used incorrectly twice now and needed to say something. Carry on! ;)


cdbstl76 says:

That felt like a Daniel correction! :-). Well done!

schlubadub says:

Yeah I laughed at that. It's like "My level of caring is quite high right now, I could care less if I chose to" :P

I wasn't able to download "storyteller" on her 920. Said it wasn't compatible... I'll try again.

jiggaman135 says:

Same here pretty sure u need black

I was able to install it on my 920 with Amber. But, for a while it was showing as not available. 

I'll try it tonight and confirm it (red 920 at&t)

I will guess no more than two weeks for the 820 and 920. :)

hacer619 says:

I got it today for my unlocked 920 in the U.A.E

Clodderes says:

We already got it for 920 here in Indonesia

peachy001 says:

While some couldn't care less, I am, as others here are, ready for any and all updates. EE are dragging their heels though. It is bad enough that their swapables are hardly available on Windows phone. Deezer is, but the only other is that astrology drivel. Come one, show us some Windows love.

I'm confused.... Verizon was on time with Amber for my 928.... The Lumia Black update doesn't seem to be headed towards 928 in the near future. I fear they may hold off until the release of the rumored 929 (Icon). Hopefully my concerns will be proven wrong.

cowboy6201 says:

Updating my wife's brand new 925 she got from AT&T through Assurion insurance after our dog bit her screen and broke it got a brand nee 925 for a replacement for 920. She loves it.
it also came with a 1 yr warranty sweet glad it's not a refurb.

INGINE says:

My 920 just went to the dark side, since i got the gdr3 preview it was only one update for Nokia, no os update.

jfa1 says:

Hopefully the ATT 920 will be not far behind

mark nt says:

Telstra have started run out the up date for the 925

Sicarius123 says:

I'm starting to think they've abandoned the 920.

schlubadub says:

Hmm I'm tempted to buy one... I saw one for $320 or $350. Brand new. Pretty sure it was a Telstra model. I wouldn't be keen if they're ages behind in updates

paulomalley says:

Ever thought of Flashing it with a CV ROM? Its pretty easy...

Sicarius123 says:

Flashing annoys the shit out of me, because it highlights the massive failure in syncing that is Windows Phone. All appdata is lost and cannot be retreived, so every app needs to be setup again, and all game saves are lost forever.

Milk21 says:

I saw somewhere on the Telstra crowd support website we should get get the update for 920 in Feb.

jfa1 says:

Ya barely beat me to the thought

Micah Dawson says:

Good to hear for the 925. It always seemed forgotten on att as I never heard much about it.

Sobr0801 says:

Yeah. Love mine. But I never hear about it either.

DontHate707 says:

Any minute now T-Mobile

Sam Sabri says:

Don't worry boo, I keep checking my 925 on T-Mobile and will update you all the second the update goes live. 

RyanAMG says:

Sam are you at Hangar 24?

Sam Sabri says:

It's not even 1PM. Waaaay too early to get day drunk

Fndlumia says:

Sam is the developer preview gdr3 compatible with the black update? Thinking to disable it and check update status again, any thoughts?

Don't worry about having the GDR3 update already installed. It doesn't interfere with the Black update. I already had GDR3 on my 1020 and got Black a few days ago. When it's ready for your variant you will get it no matter what.

Fndlumia says:

Thanks @WorzelGummage for the info, appreciate the reply

peachy001 says:

Any idea when update 3 will go on general release in UK?

Ultimateone says:

its the same thing, you'll be fine

Miistercoool says:

Thank you Sam. Hopefully it is soon.

JoeyyDon79 says:

Thanks Sam! I'm currently waiting for the update myself on T-mobile.

You kidding right!!

ed1444 says:

I also need it on T-Mobile

Tansen says:

Yeah really... Wasn't it supposed to have gone live almost a month ago according to wpc? I thought T mobile was pretty quick about these updates...

Asrialys says:

Not quite. Sam reported that Update 3 was on T-Mobile. However, that turned out to be pretty false for most customers...

b23h says:

IE, all customers.


Some of us have very lucid dreams thank you very much. 

Montpbm says:

I'm waiting too...

CCAZPastor says:

And.............NOW!!!!! Nope :(

MobileVortex says:

Nothing on the 928

Dave7478 says:

Nope but the Icon has it.

kingjah says:

I believe this indifference to their WP customers will at least cost them this customer...

kwajr says:

Since this is about att
What about tmobile

b23h says:

Legere has to have X amount of time looking at himself in a mirror before he'll deign to release an update to the masses.    Given he believes they're worthy.    Apparently the 810 is not and I would not bet on the 8X either, cause those suckers (ie customers) spent their hard earned cash on their phones a year ago and that's freaking worthless to T-Mobile now.     Suckers always have to buy whatever new crap T-Mobile will abandon next.


Darren Walsh says:

Am still waiting for it on my 920 Antarctic CV penguin edition!

mjrtoo says:

Yup, got it a couple hours ago!

I already received my Lumia Black update on the 920, tuesday.

In Limbo says:

Unlocked I presume? Or just not in the US?

Not on AT&T im guessing

MrA2Z says:

Definitely not on EE UK :(

RyanAMG says:

The Nokia website hasn't been updated. I guess we can't count on it to inform us.

richard_rsp says:

Just got notification of the update (ATT 925), but not sure how big it is, so I am waiting until on WIFI. Yay for updates!

Shobiz says:

I just got my 925 a 4 weeks ago.  I was starting to think I should have gotten the 1020 instead.  This has made my day.  

What about an unlocked 920 on t-mobile, how will that work. When should I expect an update? Anybody know?

Jabid21 says:

If yours is originally from at&t you still gotta wait for the at&t version.

So, whenever at&t rolls out the update for the 920, I should be good?

Raesu says:

Yes, if it is ATT branded. Otherwise there will be a separate update for unlocked devices (no logo) which may or may not be out.

Ok, thanks, its at&t branded.

Lumia Black is now available for my L920 - Country Variant - in the Philippines. Just finished updating my phone now. ;-)

raycpl says:

... still waiting for it in Malaysia....

rikycaldeira says:

Is it me or compared with amber this update is rolling much faster around the globe?

Check my 521 & nothing yet.

Got mine last week on my 920, although its a developer rom

hfcas says:

what rom are you using? I have a developer L920 from build 2012.  Got nothing.


raul_junior says:

So close!... So close to 920

AV2RY says:

Everybody is getting it but 928

kjordan_29 says:

Yeah, it's lame.

Nope, not completely true because T-Mobile's 810 isn't getting it either.

Those are confirmed for eventually.  810 is NOT even going to try.  

Jabid21 says:

Just subtract 5 and roll out again please?

Kieta says:

lol, add three and roll out as well.






Pete Almanza says:

Give it up to AT&T. They must have learned a thing or two after the GDR2 + Amber rollout debacle. 

schandlich says:

I have a 920 on ATT and have had it for a few days....

Chef316 says:

Seems like a much faster rollout than the previous update rollouts

L925 TMO. Patiently waiting. Im assuming ill get it soon considering the update seems to be rolling out nicely (compared to past BS). Thanks Nokia.

sunnybyday says:

Just got it on my ATT Lumia 925 currently being used on StraightTalk. Can't wait to install it when I reach home


Mikado_Wu says:

Beautiful, MAYBE Now my one Nokia 920 Wich still does not have Amber, after 100 emails to ATT, Microsoft and Nokia will be updated.

KasakDesign says:

Really? I have att and a 920 and I have amber. Weird.

MikadoWu says:

yeppers.  I have 7 Nokia 920s on Att.  All but one has been updated.

planoman says:

Cool! Time to swap from my moto x to my 925!

kullkid92x says:

Man im jealous lol that is quite the gadget swap right there my friend. I have a 925 and used to have an Evo LTE but had to sell it for quick cash.

Quick question, is KitKat really that great? like does it finally put android on that buttery smooth level iOS and WP are on? you're the perfect guy to ask since you can just test both out right now :D lol thanks in advance.

planoman says:

Thanks!  The moto x is very smooth!  It is probably the best optimized android device available.  It also has touchless control and some other things that make it a great device.  I picked up the Lumia 925 for the camera and am enjoying learning more about it.  Liking the black and GDR3 update since I got the phone at Christmas! 

Neo Nuke says:

i have both too. love the amoled screens with active notifications or glance screen. Wish T-Mobile would give me the black update ASAP.

cybermoose89 says:

Im curious to know if black's coming to the 520 620 and 625 few friends of mine are keen to get it

Nokia site says that L925 (Att and T-mobile): "Waiting for approval" for Black, but firmware number is: 3050.xxxx.xxxx. which its a Lumia Black firmware! Right? So I think that is great news for t-mobile users ...

Unlocked Rogers 920 running on T-Mobile here. Just checked - no Lumia Black update for it yet.

b23h says:

Don't you have to wait for Rogers??     Does Rogers have any sort of news on their site about the update??

I'm not finding any official word...

armyvet66629 says:

Hope you're an Iron Maiden fan

This evening Black on my unlocked L920 woohoo :D

Fndlumia says:

No Nokia black love in Australia

What happened to the the AT&T flagship? The irony..... Anything to sell you a phone, I guess....

TJWINS says:

I'm starting to wonder if AT&T forgot about the 920 altogether.

btbam91 says:

Hopefully my 920 gets it soon...

kidjenius says:

Really can't wait for Lumia 920's turn for Black

I'm updating it right now! Nokia Lumia 920 KPN! It is now at around 80% at the spinning gears, but a few minutes ago, i was worried because it stuck at 5%! Almost done :)

aitt says:

Does anyone know if the phone will still update from ATT without a Sims card?

badger8080 says:

WTH Lumia black already ??? 928 hasn't even got gdr 3 yet

raul_junior says:

Lol Lumia black Is a combo of the Nokia update AND gdr3 so when you get black you also get gdr3

Updated to Black a few days ago but honestly haven't been blown away. It's more of a meh update than anything else.

Ultimateone says:

Agreed I left ATT and went on Tmobile with a 925, I dont miss a thing with Black at all...

schlubadub says:

Once you go Black you never go back? :P

PeterFnet says:

Sam, I know I'm asking a question we've all asked before. We know that the power to control updates falls to the manufacturer and carrier. Nokia had done a great job of showing their processes.

What/how does the carriers approve updates? Are they actually running tests in a lab? Are they updating/retraining their support personnel? Is it as 'evil' as we think that they let the new phones have the update and they delay it for older phones to encourage upgrades?

b23h says:

To answer that question why do you think the 810 will not get Black?     I expect that multiple people are running the developers version of GDR 3 on the 810, yet I will be very curious as to if T-Mobile will ever update the 810 officially via OTA.

Evil, I think yes....

AV2RY says:

I have 710 that Tmo never updated to WP 7.8. They just refused to push it, have no idea for what reason, anyway I flashed it and got 7.8. Seems working fine but I didn't not check with sim card (I don't use that phone anymore, got L928)

b23h says:

Yea, T-Mobile's got themself quite a history.   I updated my HTC HD 7 to 7.8 just like you did.  

I want it on t-mobile for my tm Nokia Lumia 925

Same here cause I wanna see if it fixes my battery life problems

ed1444 says:

Try going to ur settings and scroll right and click background tasks and block all applications you don't want to be running in the background. This saved me a lot of battery

Already did that just still feels like its eating up tho....just hoping that black might have some fixes to it if not then I would know its my phone

procen says:

Maybe its one or several of your software's that's constant running on the background that you don't see, because this happened to me and when I uninstall it my battery life lasted very long.

That might be...thanks

Chef316 says:

What battery life problems?

omagic82 says:

Downloading Black now on my L925 on ATT. I always get super-excited for these updates and then disappointment ensues when I get them because they never have huge changes or features. Here's hoping for 8.1.

Reflexx says:

What about my Samsung Focus

Devmer11 says:

it's dead sorry... Nothing for you that's a Windows Phone 7 Handset this is for Windows phone 8 Nokia Lumia Handsets

Reflexx says:

But I'm sure that the Windows 7.8 update will be coming for it any day now!

b23h says:

that's funny.  you are charmingly gullible....

MrA2Z says:

I never got 7.8 for Omnia 7 on Orange UK.

Jim Bob4 says:

That's what I am looking forward to...wp8.1

sie282 says:

Ive got it in ireland

Shad0wguy says:

Come on T-mobile, you're slacking.  You had the 925 first, yet AT&T beat you?

stormNL says:

just received it on a Dutch country variant 920


tallarob says:

Yo!  Verizon.

hombreee says:

I got it today for my L820. Slovakia.

samy_a says:

Lumia 920 Belgium Country Variant updated. 

Black update went pretty fast, as soon as Nokia said it would start rolling, I got it after less than a week. Unlike Amber which took forever.

teriansilva says:

Bluetooth 4 LE! I can use the wahoo hr monitor, finally!

shaggydave says:

Come on tmobile.  We are always first in updates for windows.  Plus we got the lumia 925 first!  Waaaay first!   Don't make me get my belt!  Haha 

damo579 says:

Looks like us 920 users will get it in a week or two. Not bad considering how long we waited for amber.

We were the first to get GDR1. I'm assuming there were some technical issues with Amber that took them a while to resolve.

foodaddy says:

T-Mobile's stock of 810s must have been radioactive or something, because they shafted it pretty fast and hard. I'm reeeaaaallly hoping I can download/install the Black update with Nokia Care Suite or something.

Or better yet, Nokrosoft needs to do a Nexus-style thing where they sell an unlocked, carrier independent phone. I'd buy that thing in a heartbeat if it had an SD card slot.

b23h says:

I don't really know but I assume that when there is a carrier exclusive the OEM approaches the carrier and say's something like, "hey pony up some money for us to write some firmware for your phone."    T-Mobile's response was "well it did not sell as well as we hoped and so we will not be updating the firmware."

So no Black update for the 810.   Not a Black update hidden away somewhere on Nokia's server waiting to be installed, but zip/zero for the 810.

T-Mobile's pretty shameless at abandoning their WP devices.   I am not sure why we'd think they'd do anything else at this point.  I'll be real curious as to what happens with the 925 over time.    I expect GDR 3 and 8.1 for the 925, but as far as 36 months of support.

                                HA HA HA HA
       HA HA HA HA                                            HA HA HA                               HA HA HA HA

Kaye Morales says:

Hey Verizon! How about my 928. Geez, I'm tired of waiting.

AV2RY says:

I'm waiting for this update since I first read about it back in October/November

Robert Bork says:

Now installing the Lumia Black update on my 925 on AT&T in So-Cal!

Hoekie says:

Lumia 820 CV NL rolling out here since about three hours. I agree that the Black update deployment is going faster than the Amber update deployment.

cuzincurly says:

Black update for nl920 hong kong unlocked version is also available :)

I got it a couple days ago on att on an international 925

kc77 says:

Just imagine the day when Windows Phone has a big enough market share to throw their weight around and bypass the carriers or get an agreement to release it to every phone at once. It will be a good day.

Yakko Warner says:

Great!  The T-Mobile 810 can't be far behind now!


*cricket, cricket*

procen says:

Tmobile NL 810 will not get the black update. For sure the cricket will be dead before it gets the 8.1 upgrade.

Also came out a few hours ago for my Lumia 820 in Serbia.

eugene89us says:

Got my Lumia 925 updated, on AT&T!!! Do not see much difference, since already had GDR3 DP. I assume under the hood changes are worth it!

Chris Coyle says:

Turn on your notifications on the glance screen. Download Nokia Beamer.

DalekSnare says:

Glance screen notifications are probably the biggest thing.

Wish there was a way to turn off the backlight on the glance screen ... The gray color makes it look cheap. But nonetheless, this L925 is quite the masterpiece.

rrsrv says:

Well considering the Lumia 920 for att took forever to get the amber update im gonna say the same is gonna be for the black

Mosaub Masri says:

I got it it's great

NykoAlly says:

Haha. I love all my fellow AT&T Lumia 920 owners.

b23h says:

I jumped ship from T-Mobile to AT&T just a week ago for the 920.    I've owned a HTC HD 7, a Lumia 810, and a HTC 8X on T-Mobile.   We've seen two of those get abandoned unnecessarily and I expect the HTC 8X will also be abandoned.

I LOVE MY RED 920!!!   And you know what, I have EVERY EXPECTATION that the 920 will NOT BE ABANDONED.   I expect GDR 3/Black will be released either shortly or within a month or two, but it will be released.   I also expect that the 920 will get 8.1.    Will the 920 get a full thirty six months of firmware/OS updates, I can't guarantee that.   But if any phone does, there's a good chance it will be the 920.

So yea, even though I am the newest kid on the block, I love my fellow AT&T Lumia 920 owners.    Because even if it is last years flagship device it is still a flagship device that is owned by quite a few people.


+920! I like the enthusiasm and optimism.

Why didn't you just get the 925 that's what I did I left my HD7 for it and was glad it was already in amber and a pureview cam

b23h says:

I think it can reasonably be argued that a sixteen megabyte device is not a high end device.   I really wanted a thirty two megabyte phone and AT&T is selling the 920 for $299.    That's significantly cheaper than I could buy the 925 for, and that's not even including the $200.00 that AT&T will be shoving my way in a couple of months time.    Finally by this time I have zero faith that T-Mobile will support the 925 over time, they have a long habit of abandoning support for their WP devices.    Finally who can argue with a Red 920?

If Negri Electronics had a thirty two megabyte 925.2 version then my calculus may have worked out differently.

jlanning#WN says:

So it appears the Lumia 810 will not be getting the Black Update.  I'd like to know who is responsible for not supporting their product after less than a year?  Nokia or T-Mobile?

chucky78 says:

They did the same to my HD7

b23h says:

I lay bets that it is T-Mobile.

DalekSnare says:

I can't wait for glance screen notifications. And I hope 8.1 will serve those notifications to a Pebble.

I'm glad AT&T seems to be on the ball, hopefully 920 is soon. I'm not sure why people are yelling at them already; they are rolling the update out fairly consistently along with other carriers with a brief delay between phones. 920 is the oldest so it comes last I guess.