Owners of the Lumia 1520 can head into their Settings > Phone Update > Check for update to begin to receive the latest OS from Microsoft and new firmware to enable advanced features from Nokia.
Vodafone has announced on its support website that the Lumia 925 will be receiving the Lumia Cyan + Windows Phone 8.1 combo update starting tomorrow, July 25. From 2am AEST, the mobile operator will be starting the update roll-out, meaning the Windows Phone owners will be able to enjoy the latest OS features as they surface for the new day (unless there are any night owls reading).
Yesterday we saw Cortana get updated on the background with a few changes or Windows Phone 8.1. If you went into Cortana's Interests you'd see a local events finder. Microsoft stated that they'd be updating Cortana every few weeks. Today some users see a few more categories under the Interest's section – recommendations for nearby places and local apps.
Starting at 1 PM ET today, Verizon Wireless has started rolling out the previous 1028.3566.1417.0047 firmware for their Lumia Icon owners. The update is not Lumia Cyan. Instead, this update came out in May for those running Windows Phone 8.0, but for customers who opted into the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, they did not receive the bug fixing firmware. Instead, they either had to downgrade and get the update or wait.
Now, Verizon is letting those on the 8.1 Preview update as well.
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 530, a brand new entry-level Windows Phone. Those who recall the affordable Lumia 520 will know exactly who Microsoft is targeting with its successor. This Windows Phone is the latest handset to come from the tech giant running Windows Phone 8.1 and featuring a quad-core processor to boot. The only difference being the price, which will see both the single-SIM and dual-SIM variants be listed for under €100.
Last week, we reported that Microsoft is close to launching Cortana in the UK and China, with a release scheduled for later this month. While no official date was provided by Microsoft, we are now hearing that the voice assistant will make its debut in China on July 30.
We're still not over all the little tricks Cortana is capable of doing. At launch we compiled a ton of questions you could ask the Windows Phone AI in order to get snarky and funny responses. That list has grown overtime as Microsoft adds more and more phrases to her repertoire. We know she'll give a funny response when you ask her "What does the fox say?", but what happens when you ask for other animals?
For those who do not know, Cortana stores preferences of the user in her 'notebook' and one of those has the label 'Interests.' Interests range from news, weather, travel, sports, finance, and other items that a person may want to have Cortana track. Now under those interests is a new category with the name Events.
Microsoft has just shared their latest quarterly financial report. This is for the previous three months that ended on June 30, 2014. Microsoft reported revenue of $23.38 billion with a net income of $4.61 billion. In the report, you'll find a ton of information about the various divisions within Microsoft. One interesting statistic: 5.8 million Lumia smartphones were sold during that period.
Eagerly awaiting the launch of the Lumia 930 in India? We have some bad news for you, as it looks like Microsoft is delaying the launch of the device in the country. The Lumia 930 has been delisted from Nokia's Indian website, and at this stage there is no information as to when the device will be available in the country.
Lock screen apps have been long awaited since their unveiling alongside Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014. Last week, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to tease that we'd be seeing those Lock screen apps in the near future - potentially as soon as this week. Here's a sneak peek at some of those apps you'll be using soon.
We spend much time around here posting about app updates for Windows Phone and today, it is our turn. The official WPCentral app for Windows Phone 8 today is going to version 4.5.4 and with it, a significant amount of fixes, new features and improvements are in store for you. Many of these additions have been in the making for awhile, and we are positive that if you use our app, you are going to like what is new.
Let us take a look at the full changelog and then you can go grab the update, which is now live in the Store!
Looks like it won't just be the Lumia 625 on Telcel in Mexico getting the Lumia Cyan update today. We've got the Lumia 925 on O2 in the U.K. and the Lumia 625 on Meteor in Ireland joining in on the update fun.
Microsoft's Cortana is currently limited to only those in the United States, but the team behind the personal assistant are working hard to quickly bring it to other regions. Top on that list is the UK and China, two regions that are officially getting Cortana soon. Cortana was originally teased as coming in July, but Microsoft later backtracked on that as the date was pushed back.
Now, Marcus Ash, Group Program Manager of Cortana, has responded to a user's question about the UK, noting "Barring an unforeseen issue, down to less than 2 weeks for the developer preview." This is certainly good news, as many in the UK can finally take advantage of a proper regionalized Cortana, including metric and Celsius data. As to the reason for the delay, Ash explains that he and his team have "…learned a lot about scaling. Now we need to finish" observing that it has been a "tough project".
During the Microsoft Build 2014 conference in May, one of the hidden features of Windows Phone 8.1 announced is the Lock screen app, made in partnership with developer Rudy Huyn. The secret project was kept at the highest levels as many on the Windows Phone team were even unaware of its existence. The question though for many is When can we have it?
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter today to alleviate concerns. The Lock screen app (yes, it is a separate download, not built into the OS) is evidently nearing completion, at least far enough along to earn beta status.
The Lumia 635 for AT&T is now available for pre-order from Microsoft's online store. The device is currently available without a contract for $99. While the phone itself is only available in black for AT&T, you can also order colorful protective shells from the Microsoft store in yellow, green, and orange for $15 each.
The Nokia Lumia 930 by Microsoft (the naming for these Windows Phones will become simpler, we promise) is now available in Ireland through Meteor. The carrier has the new Windows Phone flagship listed for €429.99 on prepay or for free on contracted plans (depending on how much you wish to save on monthly costs).
Starting this fall, Microsoft was poised to release a new high-end Windows Phone featuring their new gesture technology dubbed 3D Touch. The project originally went by the name 'Goldfinger' but later moved to the prototype device stage under the moniker 'McLaren'. It was to be released on at least three US carriers simultaneously in addition to wider availability.
Windows Phone Central has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the matter that Microsoft is completely canceling McLaren. In effect, this leaves Microsoft in a potentially vulnerable position this fall as the hardware and services company does not have any flagship Windows Phones, to our knowledge, in the pipeline.
Although the timing of this report coincides with the recent layoffs and reorganization plans at Microsoft, the decision to cancel McLaren was made within the last few weeks, prior to yesterday's news. The reasons for canceling McLaren range from cost to Microsoft being unable to move beyond the proposal stage for interactive usages with the technology. The news of the cancellation is so recent that current GDR2 roadmaps still show McLaren and 3D Touch slated for later this year.
Microsoft has published a new video on its Windows Phone YouTube channel. This latest video is dedicated to helping consumers get comfortable with Cortana and using commands to obtain different pieces of information. The new virtual assistant is part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update, but is not yet available outside the US (unless you switch up your region and language settings).
Since March, we here at Windows Phone Central have been showcasing our Windows Phone Start screen layouts to give you a glimpse of how we use our devices. Since Daniel's initial post, we have heard from writers Rich, George, Abby, and most recently, Sam.
Following in the footsteps of those who came before me, I decided to share mine as well.
There have been several requests for a link to my background image. I knew I wanted gears, so I just did a quick image search on Bing, which pointed me to this DeviantArt page. Thanks to the original artist, Eli Bailey (AKA, manoluv).