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Lumia Cherry Blossom

Screenshots of Windows Phone 8.1 and Nokia's Cherry Blossom Pink leak

The next firmware update from Nokia, which will be bundled with the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release, has had its internal codename – Lumia Cherry Blossom Pink – leaked thanks to screenshots published on a Chinese website. Just like Bittersweet Shimmer, which later became known as Lumia Black once released to the public, we expect Nokia to drop 'Lumia Cherry Blossom Pink' for a catchier phrase. Other screenshots were included to tease some of the features in the upcoming operating system update.

Rum: 6

It's not clear what we'll be looking at in the next firmware update from Nokia, but we've covered Windows Phone 8.1 fairly extensively in the past and strongly urge you to check out our detailed analysis of features set to be included in the next update. It's also a neat way to see if functionality you'd like to see implemented is well on the way. As noted above, the leakster over on Sina also published numerous screenshots of what appears to be Windows Phone 8.1.

Lumia Cherry

The above images show the new VPN support and background images for Start screen Live Tiles. The next batch of screens show the new Windows Phone Store design, which we took a look at yesterday, alongside some other tidbits like the refresh button being located inside the Internet Explorer address bar.

Lumia Cherry

We note that Cherry Blossom Pink is a temporary, internal codename for the firmware update since we're likely to have something like the following:

It makes more sense for Nokia to call its firmware 'Blue'.

Since the above images appear to match what we've already covered, we'll ask you all to grab some salt with this rumor (we haven't yet been able to confirm everything) but we can definitely see it being accurate. It's unknown as to whether or not this codename will make it to the live release, but it's an awesome name nonetheless. Check out more screenshots over on Sina.

Source: Sina; thanks, hengxiang32401, for the tip!



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Jas00555 says:

Cherry Blossom Pink is almost as bad as Bittersweet Shimmer...

aitt says:

Which was change to black and this could most likely be changed to cherry ( a, b, c)

Sambyo says:

No Xbox, No Play! :P

aienjell says:

Still waiting on BLACK Nokia!!!!!!!!!!

Stokesperc1 says:

Me too. 810 needs updates pushed. I'd be happy skipping black and go straight for blue/pink

Might happen.  Certainly did with Amber.  They skipped over the previous update, and went straight for that.  Maybe it'll be the same thing here... maybe. 

dhruv07 says:

Finally custom backgrounds....!!! DAT look so cool

Mann.!!! Just few more days then atleast dev. Prev. Is gonna release for trial
Seamlessely d wait soon gonna CME to an end

Ian Hanson says:

Thus may be a dumb question, but how would one get the developer preview if they want to try it out on their phone before the official release?

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aitt says:

Get the app from the store and just log in with your live account and follow instructions.

kullkid92x says:

To be more precise than the reply above lol:

- Go to the store and type in: Preview for Developers.
- Download that app.
- Now just read this web page and you will know exactly what you gotta do.

Jim_MAY says:

Though will void the warranty.

I want more tile colors! They should give us a color palette wheel thing so we can choose any shade of any color.

Tile colors.. think about how custom background images appear... use a solid colored image and you have an infinite amount of possibilities.

nikolas88 says:

OK, that's for tile colors. And what about general accent colors? I want more accent colors, not just for tiles, but for messaging and other stuff.

aienjell says:

Shit didn't think of that, would really blow if this update wasn't LIFE CHANGING!

uberlaff says:

It has to be CYAN! right? That is Nokia's Color. It would be a nice send off from Ol' Nokia to new MS / Nokia.


and bonus points because cyan is basically blue.

lubbalots says:

I just wanna pop it right now! Can't wait!

Soble says:

WP7 Nodonut Mango Tango WP8 2013 color Autumn: Amber Winter: black 2014 flower spring: Cherry blossom Summer: Daisies Autumn: Freesia Winter: Gerbera (or Ginger(bread))

kenzibit says:

What a stupid name indeed

Martsicky says:

A - Amber
B - Black
C - Cherry
It would make sense.

Oh my! A = Amber , B = Bittersweet shimmer a.k.a Black , C = Cherry Blossom Pink a.k.a ....

Mind = Blown

Cleveland2k says:

I think you're on to something

Aniket Bhat says:

Cyan makes more sense, Nokia is famous for it. and Cherry blossom pink just sounds girly

Even Blue would make sense as WP8.1 is codenamed blue as well and it's still in alphabetic order.

tN0 says:

Hint: "Cyan" is a variation of "Blue" (codename for 8.1)

Agent-P says:

I actually rather liked the name bittersweet shimmer. Though cherry blossom pink is a bit of a mouthful. I could see just cherry being used though.

NIST says:

Somewhere a stripper is thinking Nokia is paying homage to them by using their stage names.

DreadVenom says:

Id prefer cyan over Cherry as cyan is specifically a colour as Amber and Black were before whereas Cherry is both a colour and also food which would make it lean more to Google's naming for Android versions.

Mango was a fruit and a WP release. Also, Gingerbread is both a cookie and a kind of house, and Portico is the front porch of a house, so Google better stop ripping off MSFT naming conventions.

DreadVenom says:

Ok but im talking about Nokia specially as this is a Nokia specific FW update and nothing to do with MS(atm at least).

DreadVenom says:

I know amber is more than a colour but afaik, it isn't edible which both cherry and all the versions of android are. Which i may add was my original point.

Cupidokidz says:

A: Amber, B: Black, C : Cyan/Cherry

Aniket Bhat says:

First KitKat now this? Next you know there'll be an update named Kool-Aid, Mars, Dr.Pepper,etc... :P :P

PepsimanLeh says:

Bittersweet Shimmer is not bad at all, it was expressing the mood of people at Nokia, I think.

shadoweye14 says:

Amber, Black, Cherry Blossom Pink, DickBang Orgy.

teoami says:

Well that escalated quickly...

ParNeverhood says:

Bittersweet Shimmer is a hue of orange in the Crayola colors.  Made sense as Amber is the name the update received.

twelvetudors says:

No, it received the name black.

mjfadaway says:

Maybe it's a special code name for people in China. Don't they have something called the Cherry Blossom festival?

nuclax says:

Just give me a freaking date :\

aienjell says:

That would be androids naming scheme(fruit) hehe.

Agent-P says:

That's what I say to pretty girls when I meet them. I have a 35% success rate with that line :/

TylerCassar says:

"more accent colors to choose from", you mean one new accent color? The image shows as much as my HTC 8X has..

Rich Edmonds says:

Was still locked in my pre-update mindset before we had the added colours. Article updated.

Studio384 says:

I can imagen the 21st color being variable and user selectable, Windows hase color pallets pre-defined too.

They better include a real background and a more extensive color palette, or else.

aitt says:

Or else what?

cjallan417 says:

He'll unleash his internet rage!

ScubaDog says:

He'll start posting in green CAPS ;)

simphf says:

Chicken butt!

Aniket Bhat says:


casualk says:

Or else what? Phone people are silly. You never buy a car and say GM better give me more horsepower or else.

And the background debate to me is also silly with a tile interface tell me what can they really do but have this type of background?

dreonedon says:

Your wallpaper would also show up on the app list that's just boring black and you scroll down

aitt says:

The fact that you took the joke serious is the only thing silly. SMH

casualk says:

When I read that at first you are right I don't take that as a joke because I am tired of all the Microsoft bashing I wrote a long post but just deleted because it's a waste of time. I will just say this Microsoft supporters hurt the image just as must as the Microsoft haters. I will not go into more details but I am sure you all know what I am talking.

Ok just one example. Look at the way Leo Laporte handles Apple compared to the why Paul Thurrott talk about Microsoft. And I want to be clear I am not in any way saying Paul is wrong I respect his opinion and I think he is doing what he feel is right. The point I am trying to make is as someone who has chosen to use a Windows phone is we are killing the image of Microsoft and Windows phone from within. No company is perfect but for some reason Microsoft missteps are always blown up while Apples mistakes are pushed under the rug. Sorry for the rant but that is the reason for my quick reply to the statement above.

aienjell says:

Still wondering if you change tile image how that would work with a long list of tiles. The image would cut and the remainder of tiles left would follow your set color I would imagine. I hope they have a solution that looks good.

aienjell says:

If the image is fixed behind the tiles so that when you scroll it doesn't move that would allow you to have a solid color throughout but any image would probably look weird with a solid black or white background. I'm not sold on it but there's so much else to look forward to I will definitely get over it the day it releases.

Chelsey Love says:

so being able to change your tiles into a picture format from your camera roll doesnt count as extensive? 0_o

dreonedon says:

I agree if I can't choose my own background image in 2014 and no additional changes to the UI I would have to leave WP! Sony experia z2 is calling my name but I'm still waiting to see what Microsoft and Nokia is offering, hopefully they give us these basic features because the lack of this is why my girl change her Lumia 520 to a Moto X! Wallpaper is a must!

Jack Larson1 says:

Don't drink the cool aid!! Lol

dreonedon says:

What's the cool aid!

xaeryan says:

AIDS is never cool, kids.

kingjah says:

How do you suppose a background picture should render given the the start screen can be longer than one page? Stretch it to fit a 2½ page start screen?

kinpin2131 says:

It baffles my mind why they still they don't make the color palatte more extensive, will they pay money for adding more colors? 

cesar ruiz1 says:

Or else I'll make you spider webs woodhouse.

MacDaMachine says:

Or rub sand in his eyes. Also go to the store some sand.

And I don't know if they grade it... But coarse...

ebin5 says: will look good in all apps list and in line with metro design.

Kleen Jimi says:

ok, are you that dense? pick a colour you like and save it to yr phone, apply background for tile colour. its not that hard

apocacrux says:

You sir hit the nail on the head. With custom tile images you can pick any colour.

aienjell says:

True but like someone else posted, it will not change the accent colors which kind of breaks the idea for some. Not a big problem but for some it sucks that the accent and start will not match exactly, u would have to just make the colors similar.

If you want a phone that looks like Android (can't imagine why) then maybe you should get an Android.

All these people who threaten to switch to android if WP doesn't cater to their every need.
Buh bye and have fun I say. Good luck on the dark side.

Or else you'll refuse to use your imagination and see that tile background images can used to create any color you'd like?

Kaushik Dash says:

I am really hoping that we get backgrounds soon. Its good that there is an option but we could use another option. I am never going to use tile backgrounds.

IamDefiler says:

I can see the name changing to Cyan. :)

aitt says:

Yeah I see this being the most likely before cherry


josonjoy1986 says:

A Amber.....B Black.....C Blue errrr......:-o C Cyan I hope....:)

Jack Larson1 says:

Hoping for Cobalt

n6ix says:

Once released the codename to Blue right? Is it available to all Lumia devices

coldfilter says:

NThey have a thing for pink at Nokia. Pink is one of the most non neutral colours! And yet some bright spark reckoned it would make a good base for its Mix Radio App.
Still its nice to see Nokia supporting WP

sundawg#WP says:

I'm confused. These mostly sound like 8.1 features, not necessarily firmware.

sundawg#WP says:

Oh...maybe the point was just the firmware naming screenshot and show the 8.1 features to provide some legitimacy. Sorry...still on my first cup of coffee.

Mystictrust says:

They are. The article basically seems to be saying they don't know what will be in Nokia's next firmware update, but the leakster also published screenshots of what could be on WP 8.1 so that's the bulk of the article. "Here's the internal codename for next Nokia firmware, here's some more WP 8.1 stuff. We can't confirm everything yet"

Jazmac says:

Cherry Blossom Pink. Ok. The ladies can get some Lumia love too.

SAM 77 says:

Exciting stufff

Hopefully they ditch the candy ass name and go with "Blue" or "Crimson"

nizzon says:

Candy ass... thats also a name.

kinpin2131 says:

Okay , they added icons to the settings , which is great . I'm still waiting for my sought after feature; ability to add background . And why can't they just add a color picker ? Why the limited selections of colors? Do they have to pay to use colors? .. pfff

cuwe says:

No , that's no setting . That the icon for quick setting toggle . A short down swipe .

Pratik Mehta says:

And here,we thought its blue,lol

Cherry Blossom? Uh oh, that's awesome

Perfect Cherry Blossom... Someone?

rohith513 says:

There is a forum about this.please go visit that.

ScubaDog says:

That first screen shot looks horrible.  Transparent tiles is just a stupid idea.  LOVE the VPN addition, though.  And it looks like they added ONE new color to the themes (yay?).  While definitely not important by any stretch of the imagination, I am a bit surprised this wasn't the point that a color wheel wasn't implemented for themes.

I think its costume and carrier-specific color, just like Verizon red.

It doesn't look stupid, it looks classy..
Anyway, its good, whether you like it or not, because its a choice. People ask for it, give it. If you want, enable it, if you dont, some others will, and would stay on the platform probably, and wp would get more scores in the customisations area in some polls, and that means more people on wp, that means devs are more interested, that means more apps. Like it or not, you're being benefited by it.

ScubaDog says:

Then you like chaos.  It looks like crap. And if I see your screen in public I will point at you and laugh hysterically.  There's no chance that WP will ever come close to, much less overtake, the competition.  As much as I love Windows/Windows Phone and as much as I hate Google and Apple, Microsoft will always be distant third.  So, no, I'm not benefiting from it.  The ecosystem is muddied because of it.

TonyDedrick says:

Why are transparent tiles a stupid idea?

apocacrux says:

Where does it mention transparent tiles?
I only see images on the tiles.

If it was images ON tiles, then there were no tile text because image will override it

Not like that. I think computers are advanced enough to be able to display text on images. Those are images on tiles.

iamakii says:

I need more colors for my tiles like Windows 8!

You can use the color you want as a background now.

Damn, didn't think of that. Lol I was about to say the same thing lol

undercharged says:

but that's not 'universal' and that's bad :/

ebin5 says:

Windows phone needs a real background with grouping and folder support and transparent tiles,new tile sizes.real backgrounds are useful in all apps view too.maybe wp 8.5 or 9 concntrate on ui improvements as with wp8.1 we got the features.

pranayhotkar says:

Cheers,even I was thinking the same

Montpbm says:

I agree 100% with everything you said.. We definitely need real backgrounds.

ScubaDog says:

No, it really doesn't.

Warbler says:

I'm a guy but I think Cherry Blossom Pink is a gorgeous name

rubenwidjaja says:

Next update name:








I think cobalt is nearest with blue and looks good

sundawg#WP says:

Bloody Booger Brown

aienjell says:

That's a common code name, Its probably taken.

Green @$$ yellow :)

pqschipper says:





I'm kind of partial to copper...

lubbalots says:

What features does this cherry blossom have. I don't see any indication. Those leaks are MS wp8.1 updates.

rohith513 says:

Its your choice to have a transparent lockscreen.

Robert Grant says:

Cobalt. You heard it here first.

viralgajera says:

Cherry blossom pink is because of spring fall season, may be

Jack Larson1 says:

Unpopular opinion puffin here: I actually like the codename bittersweet shimmer, it sounded alot cooler than kitkat, although I do like the Amber name for gdr 2

I'm actually a bit disappointed that they used the wallpaper into the live tiles and not behind them, which will make me use solid color wallpapers for that, though, the good side that I can pick ANY color I want.
We already got windows 8.1 wallpaper example, wish they followed it.

ScubaDog says:

It's less annoying on Windows 8 because there's a LOT of "white space".  There is virtually none on Windows Phone.  I think screwing with the Start screen is stupid. 

uchiha21 says:

I think that MS should make it look more like Windows 8.1. I'm not liking the background wallpaper on the Live Tiles.

pranayhotkar says:

+820 uchiha guy,btw I think you are a uchiha fan ;)

Studio384 says:

When Threshold is released, we probably get a redesign anyway as it will probably be the same OS as Windows for tablets and desktops.

Soble says:

I need more theme or custom colored theme!

+1 I'm still hoping for a navy theme

IceDree says:

Maybe they will rename it "Cobalt". Cobalt is a shade of blue, right? That way they can keep their Alphabets theme going while keep up with Microsoft's Codename "Blue".

so what happens to the background as we slide down the tiles? is it moving or just static?

Most likely they will be static .. Or else we will need some TALL backgrounds.

Studio384 says:

Not realy, they could also move slower than the tiles.

aienjell says:

+1 that could work.

paulheu says:

If Lumia has balls they name the firmware Nokia Chrome :D


By I expect it will be Nokia Cyan really.

There's any, obviously, reason to: "We can not put a color picker"?

Seriously ... There's any system issue or lack that we don't know??

I have a Nokia Windows phone with windows phone 8.1 cherry blossom pink

mikosoft says:

I was thinking it before but I don't think Blue will be the name of Nokia firmware. At least not if they want to break their naming convention (A - Amber, B - Black). Next one should be C (Cherry blossom pink matches that).

sachinrex says:

Anyone here thinks that background wallpaper is actually looking ugly??

I think most of us do.

Addison says:

The "new" tiles with a photo on them are absolutely hideous. Why does Microsoft implement such bizarre things in their operating systems. I don't get why they can add that but not give us more accent colors :/

Use a solid colored background image of your choice.... boom infinite tile colors.

aienjell says:

Hopefully the delay is for this exact reason.

Jack Larson1 says:

Tell that to ios7.x

Soble says:

Cherry blossom cuz it's Spring!!

Nazir Taib says:

Cherry blossom pink.. Lol

They've changed 20 preset tile colors to 21. How hard would it be to use some gradient color palette?

I have 21 colors, the 21st is a Verizon variant of red.

IceDree says:

I also got 21 colors. The 21th is HTC Green.

Cleveland2k says:


That theme color palette is disappointing, although for tiles you could make them any color with a solid colored background image... apparently.

Acbuono5 says:

I hope so too...they should also have an option to change the tiles transparency!

hethler says:

That is sooooo gay! Hahahaha :D

Viipottaja says:

Oh please please please please move the Bing search box voice control button/microphone symbol e.g. to the left side that I don't accidentally press it every freaking time I try to add a word to a longish search query...

xaeryan says:

+1020. And the sound is always on. Wakes my wife all the time. *Dodeep* NOO. *Doodedeep*

Jack Larson1 says:

Press the back button to cancel the second"boodeep" noise when voice is activated.

xaeryan says:

Still "boodeep"s for me. :(

Viipottaja says:

Sure, but doesn't change the fact they should change the placement of the mike soft button.

Soble says:

WP7 Nodonut Mango Tango WP8 2013 color Autumn: Amber Winter: black 2014 flower spring: Cherry blossom Summer: Daisies Autumn: Freesia Winter: Gerbera (or Ginger(bread))

Ronnet says:

I really dont like the tile (Wall)papers...

I switched to WP because I thought MS would be able to bring together their software on phones, tablets and PCs. Besides looking bad (to me) I mostly dont like it because it looks nothing like my Windows 8 PC and tablet.

Someone owning a Windows 7 PC, iPad and iPhone would have more cohesion between his devices in terms of look (and functionality, given how WP8 and W8 still are rather seperate pieces of software). Sure we have tiles on both OS, but iOS and Windows 7 both have icons... And the way the tile interface looks and how you interact with it is vastly different on WP8 and Windows 8.


How hard can it be to add the customization to WP8 to make it look similar to Windows 8? Allow grouping of tiles, add option to choose multiple color tiles and the option to add a wallpaper. All optional but leading to much more unification between devices for those that want it.

Viipottaja says:

Agree, something along these lines would be nice. The background would extend to the app list screen where you can actually see it.

Ronnet says:

It also looks great behind the startscreen. Sure you might not see a whole lot of the picture. But if you look at the current startscreen the black or white behind the tiles are as much part of the overall impression as the color of the tiles. Changing that black or white into parts of a picture radically changes the overall impression of the UI. Just look at this example:


In my opinion a much more elegant solution than what WP8.1 is getting. Now I'm all for choice so why not alow both? Allow WP to change the background to a picture as well as the tiles themselves. WP would have its unique things that Anderoid/iOS cant copy but at the same time people cant complain WP doesnt do real backgrounds. Seems like a win/win to me!

Games Goblin says:

For more tile colors, what if we make a picture of the color we want and set it as tile background?

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papanoongaku says:

Would be nice if this meant a push towards the Japanese market

will soon become Lumia BLUE

pexbirdxd says:

Maybe Windows Phone 7 will be more integrated with social networks or the Contacts hub than Windows Phone 8.1. And about the Cherry Blossom Pink...maybe is a codename like Bittersweet Shimmer, when was this released, has changed his name to Black, perhaps the same will happen with Cherry Blossom Pink.

Ash Walker says:

GDR2 = Amber
GDR3 = Bittersweet Shimmer = Black
8.1 = Cherry Blossom Pink = Blue

I3unny says:

Awesome!! Cant wait anymore for the update!!

If A=Amber
C=Cherry blossom pink
Then D=Dark Chocolate...

VishMobile says:

Will L920 get 3 column live tile?

jay5353 says:

Only one new theme colour.