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Folders finally coming to Windows Phone through Nokia’s Lumia Black update

Details coming later on Nokia's latest user-requested feature for Windows Phone 8

Earlier today we covered some details on the Nokia’s Lumia Black update that is beginning to rollout in China and other countries around the globe. We now have more details on new features within Lumia Black and the availability of the rollout. Information ahoy!

The Lumia Black firmware already comes on devices like the Lumia 1520, but now it’s rolling out for the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 smartphones. Other devices will get the update in the coming weeks. Nokia has a support page on their site where you can check on the status for both the Amber and Lumia Black updates depending on your region and carrier.

What’s new in the Lumia Black update? There’s a couple of new features and improvements in imaging. Look forward to things like:

  • App Folder
  • Nokia Glance Screen 2.0
  • Bluetooth LE
  • Nokia Refocus
  • Nokia Beamer
  • Nokia Storyteller
  • Nokia Camera

Folders!

The biggest surprise is the addition of folders into Windows Phone. App folders will allow users to group similar apps and settings into one folder as a tile on your Start screen. A mod from Nokia Conversations replied in the comments of the corresponding blog post announcing the rollout and said that “we’ll bring more details on that in a future post” when answering how app folders will work. This is a heavily requested feature among many Windows Phone users and those running Lumia Black will be able to take advantage of it.

Samsung previously delivered Folders to their Windows Phone users via an app, and we imagine this will be the case here. So stay tuned.

Glance 2.0 and more

The second version of Nokia’s Glance Screen improves upon the core functionality and feature set from when it initially launched. The version in Lumia Black allows you to see notifications from your favorite apps like Twitter, Facebook, or WhatsApp. All devices with Lumia Black will also have Bluetooth Low Energy enabled (BT4.0). This allows for devices like heart rate monitors or fitness trackers to keep a stable connection and not drain the battery for either device.

There are a handful of apps from Nokia that require Lumia Black to work. Apps like Storyteller, Beamer, and Refocus will be available to those with Lumia Black. There are certain limitations for what some of those apps can do on some hardware. For example, Nokia Refocus will only work with devices that have at least 1GB of RAM. Of course Nokia Camera now works from the Lumia 520 to Lumia 1520, but it really sings on higher end hardware.

In terms of imaging, Lumia Black improves image quality (especially in the Lumia 1020) with a new set of algorithms. Images should look more natural with reduced noise in low-light situations.

When do you get the update? Soon. Like we said, it’s rolling out right now to the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 globally. Check your specific carrier on this support page.

Source: Nokia Conversations, Lumia Black availability  

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mrolympia74 says:

How do I get these app folders? I just updated to Black and cannot figure it out

Will probably be a forthcoming app, just like how Samsung did it.

Hey daniel, do you know if the lumias with developer preview of GDR3 enabled will also get the update? or is the same update?

DJCBS says:

All Lumias will get it. However, the "preview" isn't really a preview after all. It's the final version ;) So you only get the Black Update without GDR3 (because you already have it).

Thanks for help! :)

warmth says:

The requisite is not Nokia Black but GDR3, confirmed here:

Source: https://mytil.es/tile/52d014edf365d50200000001

 

rchillin says:

Does the Live Tile still work in the Samsung app folder app?

kurotsuki says:

IMO, it shouldn't have live tiles inside folders. The folder tiles itself already small (medium sized tiles). Naturally, those inside a folder would have much smaller size compared to the folder (which is already in minimum size for live tiles. Smaller than this and you'll only get icons). So, how do we read those information (within the live tiles within folders) if it's already that small?

neonspark says:

can you change your headline to say (via app). you're like being totally confusing.

MA83 says:

You probably talk like that too, don't you?

MadSci2 says:

I've had this update on my 1020 for some time.  There are definetely no Folders currently enabled, so it will have to come in some later form.

 

The other features are quite nice, but I'd trade them all for soem Folder functionality!

Justin429 says:

Wow, this is a surprise!  It installed on my 920 running GDR3 preview.

YingTK says:

920 GDR3 previes +1! This is AWESOME! Been a NOKIA fan for more than 10 years, they never fail me! (Not even with Symbian... I'm die hard.. haha!)

CJ Thunder says:

I hope they are still live tiles in the folder. Looking like another start screen.

poddie says:

Agreed, this article is incredibly confusing as written... I've had Black on my 1020 for weeks and there are no folders.... Seems like that should be a separate article or at least clearly stated that it is not in Black.

dsdmarin says:

I wonder how many people are looking at your link above...It sheds alot of light on the folder questions lol. People look at the link above before you go any further down

alijahg34 says:

Works for people who only have the amber update as well...

Jnbs says:

Nokia is awesome the only reason why I keep my Lumia.. MSFT needs to step up their game..

Westoncreg says:

If we learned anything from the 360, they already are

Darrins says:

How do you enable folders on the 1520?

When the app is released

Cronus71 says:

The 'App Folder' app is already in the Store, just search for it 'App Folder'.
For anyone else reading my comment, the apps you move to the folder you create, are not shown as Live Tiles, rather they show as mini icons inside the folder.

To be honest with my 1520, I cannot think of any good use for this app? I mean I didn't feel there was a need for this app. Maybe somebody can point out how it can be put to good use.

Additionally it's worth noting that the App Folder is a running task in the background, not sure why, but just in case I guess it's a good idea to block it, preventing some nasty battery drain surprises.

OldMillXxX says:

Ok Verizon...let's get this going!  Black awaits!

hopmedic says:

THIS.  Times 928!

AskaLangly says:

This, times 822.

Says it's "waiting approval".

Neo Nuke says:

This X 929.

Jk. I'm on T-mobile. Got ya ;)

VernonEL says:

THIS times ... really?? I love my 1520, but adding a "+1520" to everything I like just isn't my thing.

stui83 says:

you just did, twice haha. Anyway it's a neat way to approve a comment, indicate hardware and show solidarity with your fellow wp users... all things considered (e.g. youtube comments) i see nothing wrong with this behavior.

PapiHenry says:

-1520. It just shows support for the comment. No likey? Don't do it. I like showing WP some love this way.

Hector Cantu says:

the + *number* comments work as a facebook LIKE. 

hethler says:

Finished updating my Lumia 1020 (Philippines). Toying around the new/enhanced features :)

Blacklizted says:

Woohoo! Meron na sa Pinas na update. Nakalagay kasi sa Globe wala pa. Although unlocked yung sa akin. Going to update mine as soon as I get home. Hope the images will look better with the new algorithms.

Blacklizted says:

Just checked, mine's not picking up the update. I have the GDR3 preview though. Bought it from MemoXpress.

Ultimateone says:

So is there any reason why I can't already see this App folder stuff on my 'Black" Lumia 1020? no one is reporting about that?

VernonEL says:

Yeah, it is a bit misleading, at least for me. The way the post reads implies that Black automatically includes folders. I've had Black on my 1520 since launch. No folders yet. It seems it is a system "app" (that isn't available yet) that is only enabled with Black.
That's how I understand it, at least.

Justin429 says:

I was able to install the app on my Lumia 920 running Amber with GDR3 preview from one of the above links.  You should try also - it's not an unreleased system app.

That's ugly. And not useful, at least for me. I enjoy looking at all the tiles on my screen.

RyanAMG says:

That's the joy of it being a option. If you like it use it. If you don't like it don't use it. By having the option it can attract more users.

As I said, they are not useful. FOR ME.

saltellezjr says:

The bigger the tiles, the better they look I always say :)

silverbladex says:

I do too but grouping like apps and settings could save space. It would cool if the folder was a live tile and they showed updates from the apps.

RodimusMajor says:

Has anyone at Nokia clarified how the App Folders are accessed? I've had Black on my 1020 for weeks now and as far as I can tell, I don't have this feature.

sholokov says:

I think they may release a system app that will enable folders. I have Black installed on my 1020 as well, but no folders.

jmerrey says:

I bet its going to be an app, similar to Samsung's folder app.

Shouldn't the headline say "finally comes to Nokia"?

Which means that it'll still be laggy.

Eagerly waiting for the update...

santos1974 says:

And for Lumia 1520?

JussiL says:

There's been an app folder for atleast Samsung's WP-devices for quite a while now.

Guess the user demand for this option on Lumia prompted this.

hasanmj8 says:

Is this update for the lumia 920 too?

TKhaldi says:

Check the updates according to your phone model, you area and your carrier: http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/

 

Yes, but later... :/

Loving the folders! Looks great!

Now maybe a file explorer.... ;)

dalydose says:

How did you access the folders feature?

Arpit Mittal says:

will nokia glance screen also come in lower end Lumia devices?

as we all also want notifciations on glance screen

I have Lumia720

guyjkh says:

That's hardware limitations and not software. All 520 and 625 does not have clear black display. No idea why 720 can't have glance.

720 DOES have clear black display!

guyjkh says:

Yeah I double checked. Sorry.

VernonEL says:

As far as I know, only the 520/1 will not support the Glance screen.

720 Has get glance with amber Update. U must install,this as app from Nokia collection

Arpit Mittal says:

i have glance on amber update but my question is Will Nokia Glance Screen 2.0 (mainly notifications) come in Lumia 720

 

wildbohr says:

Whoot on Rogers in Canada and just got it!

JM_T says:

Sam, you might wanna change that: "Nokia Camera now works from the Lumia 520 to the Lumia 1520".... Because black will not be available to us Lumia 810 users...SMH http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/...

jgbstetson says:

Oh 810, the orphaned WP8 launch device. So glad I sold it. So remorseful I bought it at full price.

indieimprint says:

I already organize like tiles on my home screen. I think this is kind of useless.

dalydose says:

useless = has no use
what you mean is that you don't want it. It has PLENTY of use. I can't wait to use it.

rafael33379 says:

I read app folders are only for China :(

And where did you read that?

Somewhere else but here...

rpm5101 says:

Considering that image is of a device on O2 - UK with folders? I don't think they have that carrier in China.

qwe123878 says:

That is what some of the Chinese media said, but looks like app folder is for all, but incoming call location and carrier display is still only for China.

NorwayCowboy says:

What I really want is the opportunity to add folders in the album so I could organized my photos directly on the and not only through a computer

I'm not sure why people are so gaga about folders.
You wouldn't even be able to see the live tiles that make Windows Phone stand out from the crowd.
If you just have a sea of non-animated, small, icons, then it looks like every other IOS or Android phone.

For me, the ability to add folders means I can group a few apps together at the bottom of my screen. It doesn't make sense to all, but having those options is critical to moving the platform forward. I personally want to group several categorized apps together that I have to hunt for. (what are my navigation choices again...? Nokia maps, oh no it's called HERE, Waze, and CoPilot). Having them all in a folder means I get to choose.

That may not be the best example since I actually do have those as live tiles, but you start to see why this may be great for others and we want as many folks liking alternatives as we can to grow the platform.

I bet 75% of apps don't utilize the live tile (maybe more).

RyanAMG says:

For me I keep FB Twitter LinkedIn personal email all small tiles as I wouldn't want a client to see something on my phone that's not for them so keeping in a folder and show a counter on the folder would be perfect for me. Other things I have double wide and wouldn't make sense to put in a folder. The best thing about this as a option is if you don't like it you don't have to use it.

thewags2005 says:

I agree. The thing that would be cool is opening a folder took you to a second live tiled screen with whatever apps you put in that folder.  You could stay organized and keep the live tile experience.

Will the Glance Screen notification be the same ones we've set on the lock screen?

I really hate how the writers of WPCentral write some of these articles. It's as if they don't actually know anything. Any reasonable person writing an article talking about app folders coming with the Nokia Black Update and already on the 1520 should at least note something to the effect of, "Please note: this is a feature that requires Black, but is NOT yet available. Nokia says this functionality will be unlocked in the next couple of weeks."

They talk about getting the Black Update, but fail to make it obvious that Folders aren't currently available. If they knew how to use them, they should have told us how to access them. They obviously know very few details.

If you find everyone asking the same question in the comments, you probably didn't do something right.

Sam Sabri says:

If all you read is headlines life will be very confusing. 

cesar ruiz1 says:

He has a point cause the article still says" what's new in Lumia Black Update" and the first thing is app folder.

I read the entire article Sam. It does nothing to anticpate the questions that you should have known would be there. Everyone is asking the same thing. Did you not ask that same question?

I totally understand why people are confused. You spent a lot of time talking about this feature being enable with the Black update. I really don't want to have to read between the lines in a news article. It isn't an editorial.

bilzkh says:

Sam I commend you on your patience, the surge of unhealthy b*tchiness on the part of some WPC posters these past few months is insane.

tgr42 says:

The headline AND article content completely misrepresent the situation.  Naturally people are going to call you out on it.  And your response is an insult?  Unbelievable.

Bigdddff says:

Not to mention that this is the same guy that made the bogus claims that the update to the 925 was coming - still waiting for mine. Pretty shoody if you ask me.

TheDarKnight says:

Agreed, this is bullshit.

Ankmeyester says:

Chill man. They did their stuff right. They make an effort to bring quality and trustworthy news on a daily basis. They can't spoonfeed you. They write articles not only headlines. Read everything properly. Smile. Be on your way.

I love WPCentral. But don't put an article title talking about folders and then not even have the word folder in the first paragraph. It is basic journalism 101. Oh, now it makes sense...

poddie says:

I love WPCentral but in this particular case the complaint is completely warranted. I read the whole article and was still completely confused why it seemed to be saying that folders are included with Black.

Nick Garza says:

Why is there no info on the folders? I updated to black and gdr 3 on my at&t 1020 a couple of weeks ago but haven't seen any option to create a folder. Does anyone have any info on this?

Nick Garza says:

Fucking thank you. Has been driving me nuts

Mister Gore says:

I see the 920 Black update is waiting for approval on Rogers. Hopefully it won't be a long wait.

dula714 says:

Yup, I saw that too. Can't wait for these updates. Updates on Lumia phones are exciting. :D

Gabi Udrescu says:

Might be a n00b question, but is Nokia 520 going to receive this update, too?

Ankmeyester says:

Yes it is. not a noob question. You care to question and clarify. That's a good thing.

MikeSo says:

Nooooo. I hate folders. They have always sucked on computers, but were there because old habit.
Now, with touch technology and much more advanced ways of organizing based on tags, search, and grouping (as in Windows 8.1), they are completely unnecessary, and enabling developers and users to have them again is a step backwards. Argh.

Tiago Veiga says:

No one forces you to use folders. I fail to see how giving more options to the user is a step backwards.

MikeSo says:

It's not about more options, it's about moving away from the core promise (or premise) of WP. The live tiles were not meant to be hidden behind folders. And I'm afraid that if this becomes the default way to do things, the already tepid support for live tiles will, due to laziness on both developers and users part, be even less appealing.

But yes, we don't have to use it. I just hope few people do.

MetaG85 says:

Bout dang time. Looking forward to the camera options and ability to close apps. Lumia 920

Aldwin1999 says:

God.. Why'd I pick the X8 .-.

Ankmeyester says:

Cuz it looks a little too sexy? Has amazing music output on headphones and feels amazing to hold?
Don't regret what is awesome man :)

cesar ruiz1 says:

I really think WPC should change the title of this article cause its not bundled with the black update maybe you need the black update when it comes out but its not bundled.

SargeT says:

Not sure if I need groupes that way they look on screenshots though I have alot of tiles of different sizes on my start screen all grouped with sense, but I'm happy with those who needs them.

DreadVenom says:

Loving Black/Update3 simply bcoz i recovered over 2GB of memory on my 1020. Next to test beamer. Tried it a few weeks ago on 1520 and loved it.

DarwinPurol says:

Well what about other WP maker? Huawei,htc,etc? will they also get that folders app?

Ankmeyester says:

No this is a nokia OEM update. Other OEMs could always imitate and follow

useme2useyou says:

I can't see App Folders on the 1520. Anyone know?

Jazmac says:

920 aka the old man at the club.

Dannay says:

Arghh it says it's available for my phone and network but my phone says up to date, i'm not patient enough!

jholso says:

My response from Nokia Care on Twitter:

Nokia Care US ‏@NokiaCareUS 9s

We're unable to comment on future releases. We'll post from here when we have more info. to share. ^GS

walter1832 says:

Are folders coming to the original Focus?

VernonEL says:

...I hope to God you are kidding...

jgbstetson says:

Will this let me run android apps? Hehe.

saltellezjr says:

Everytime I see someone alter the start screen, particularly to fit more tiles, I want to scream, "leave Britney alone!!!" in agony and despair (but about live tiles, of course).

AndrewL920 says:

Honestly I am more worried about the camera than the app folder. I am looking forward to have a natural color of pictures taken by Nokia Camera on my Lumia 920. The pictures I am having on my phone are yellowish, blurred and noisy.

ateitall says:

I've been trying to be ever so patient in waiting for the Black update, but wanted to cry when I saw that my phone is one of only 3 in the entire world that will not get the update. Poor L810... T_T

ateitall says:

Its been a great phone for me, but I started to get suspicious when T-Mobile never sold the Cyan charging shell. Then it all went downhill with the EOL death sentence. I held onto the hope that Nokia would still come through with updates at least until it hit 2 years...

jgbstetson says:

They did sell the charging shells in select stores in black and cyan. Nokia teased images of red and grey, which never came out in stores IIRC, but you could find one or two on eBay. That phone is tough as nails, though.

JM_T says:

Apparently we 810 users are not alone. Five phones won't get updated, showing "Not Available" in the availability pages:
810 - T-Mobile (North America-USA)
520 - 3 Italy (Europe-Italy)
720 - Wind (Europe-Italy)
720T - CMCC (Asia Pacific-China)
925T - CMCC (Asia Pacific-China)

Hope it expands outwards instant of opening an app. It's unlikely but who knows?

custom ringtones for notifications , messages , emails and alarm ??

jate1569 says:

Really wanted the black update but nothing for t-mobile Lumia 810. I guess I will wait for the new phones with 8.1

armyvet66629 says:

I was able to install the folders app from the Samsung store onto my Nokia 920. I used the proxy trick to install it.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Sure is nice to be able to create a photo folder, maps, etc. Hope the 920 gets this soon though im pretty much sure I'm gonna have to change region again to get the update sometime before Christmas in Portugal.

Tiago Veiga says:

For Portugal the Nokia update page says "coming soon".

Marco Gomes1 says:

Just saw that. Since my 920 is the unlocked version I might be surprised with an early update. Fingers crossed.

Peety117 says:

Nothing in Australia yet...

neonspark says:

I like WP but can we all just admit this is a reflection of the failure of leadership of Joe Belifore and Terry Myerson? The fact nokia and samsung are listenging and have to work around horrible bakdoor solutions to give windows phone, a struggling platform, a feature which everybody else has had for years reflects poorly on the leadership of these two men.

I recall nokia fixed the MSFT storage bug with an app that would at least clean the temp files. MSFT solution was to essentially reset your phone.

this level of commitment to their customers is to be praised nokia. and this level of sheer indiference towards their biggest fans is to be a shame on you microsoft. Why these two windows phone leaders are running the show, and even IE is beyond me. I get it that Steven Sinfosky's epic failures set the ground for this group to take over...but MSFT essentially replaced the bully with the flunkies.

And windows phone blue may as well be called windows phone threshold because that's when it will be out...if ever.

Oh take a chill pill and relax.

What are the leadership failures of Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson that you alluding too? It can't be easy developing a mobile operating system and come up against the criticsm from the outside world (including ones from yourself) and still honor some of the requests us users make an a daily basis.

As with any operating system development, mobile or otherwise, some features are not a priority or more work is needed. Take the very first iPhone as a prime example it didn't launch with 3G while every other mobile platform had it for years, it simply needed more work and refinement.

Of course if you think you can do a better job at leading the Windows Phone development team, i'm sure Microsoft would love to hear from you and listem to your words of wisdom on how to better lead the development team. These guys after all have years of tried and tested experience, what do you have?

There were no failures from Steven Sinfosky's development team, Windows 7 is testimony to this. Windows 8 wasn't perfect but what operating system is?

neonspark says:

when google released android, years behind iOS, they didn't make the same excuses you're making for the WP team. And given the task wasn't any easier, yet google delivered where MSFT hasn't, one has to wonder why microsoft should get a pass at all. WP has been in the market since 2011, and failed to catch up. You can make excuses for it but the fact remains: 2013 saw no significant movement in the WP front development, just as android and iOS did. They are facing just as hard a task, yet somehow, only WP seems to be stuck in the mud. And yes, the blame goes to the leadership. who else?

and if you think Sinfosky's team didn't fail, whre is he at now? gone. all of his men except Julie Larson have left, and she was pretty much removed from windows development. Take it as you will but when the poeple most directly repsonsible for windows 8 are all working elsewhere, it says something about it NOT being remotely a success.

nothing says broken more than when your OEMs fix your basic OS flaws for you because you're not listening to customers. This isn't the type of enhancment you see on android, which is often just bloat to differenciate because the OS is so complete. This is is more like plugging basic holes WP has ignored. Consider this, the WP calendar has not changed since 2001 and it still cannot display week view. And month view is so small you can't read it, or see your colored calendar appts there. Open the iOS calendar and see how much better it is and how much it has evolved. but who'd want a calendar on their phone right? The list goes on.

I've owned a WP since day one. every iteration and every release. even created apps for it. And yet what I see from the WP dev team is nothing more than just inability to ship, unwillingness to listen, and failure to address even basic essential functionality the competition mastered, and double mastered what it seems like an eternety ago.

so get down your horse and face reality. things aren't going well since if they were, nokia and samsung wouldn't be desperately trying to "fix" windows phone for microsoft.

Is this update available in India??

Ankmeyester says:

For 925 yes. 920 & 820 coming soon. Rest shall follow soon.

danj210 says:

I thought the att 1020 already got black as I have it. No app folders though.

robdmau says:

I have a 928, does this give me gdr3?? I came from an 8x and not being able to close apps or have customs ring tones is killing me....

Nik Rolls says:

Woo! Available for my 925 in New Zealand. Downloading now.

Phatapteryx says:

NZ-based 1020 with O2 firmware - done :)

diplomat696 says:

920 rollout schedule??

mrdeeds_72 says:

Great, HTC 8X falls further behind!

The HTC 8X was a great device but had so many let downs i had to get rid of it. The Lumia 1020 is so much better!!

myrandex says:

Woohoo I almost tried the workaround to install other manufacturer's apps to bring the Samsung folders app to my 920.

frkristi says:

Got it on my 1020 in Norway. No App Folders though...

"Black" Lumia 925/ Romania... Updated!...No folders.

iyae says:

You don't need black for Nokia refocus; I've had refocus on my amber 1020 for ages.

david90531 says:

Super exciting. Nokia really does listen

georgewill76 says:

Do notifications now work on glance with black update as I cant get them to work. I have lumia 1020.

elangab says:

Samsung had this useless feature for a while now, so it's not "finally coming"... It's great that Nokia added that, but after the first two days of excitement you'll see it's pointless, and uninstall it.

Sin Ogaris says:

I'm using Nokia Refocus now with amber.

phatboy66 says:

Wow this is really nice! 

hepi says:

Tweet from @NokiaCareUS Looking for that App Folder feature in Lumia Black? Download the app from Store first. http://t.co/F1aI5joJut ^DR

RvpLui1 says:

Looking for that App Folder feature in Lumia Black? Download the app from Store first. http://t.co/F1aI5joJut ^DR

hepi says:

BTW I installed the app in the link from my post above on my Lumia 928 running Amber and GDR3 (from developer site) and can make and pin folders.

JW888 says:

My AT&T 1020 already updated to Nokia Black, still no app folder, Nokia beamer, and story teller.

On AT&T, listed as "waiting for approval" on the linked site.

Based on what I remember from the Amber update, I should be able to download it in about a year.  *grumble*

I would love to get the update. However,it asks me to connect to WiFi to continue the d/l. Strange,as I already am connected to my WiFi. Anyone have some insight as to what the problem may be?

Try rebooting the phone and it might work then, i had this problem and a simple reboot fixed the problem

weedog1889 says:

Updated to black, cant see what the fuss is about, cant see nothing special .... Unless someone can point something out

Black enables other Nokia apps that you wouldn't have access to that rely on it. They are getting smart and making their apps installable instead of baked into the OS. They do require certain functionality to be enabled through the firmware update though. Sam did a great job of putting the cool features of Black into a bulleted list. If you don't like those things, then Black isn't a big deal for you. I love the new Glance 2.0 screen that puts my notifications on the glance screen...worth price of admission right there.

But you need GDR3 to get Black. GDR3 does cool stuff like allows you to setup a bluetooth connection between your Windows 8.1 computer and your GDR3 based phone to auto-tether your Internet to your computer without having to go deep into your phones settings and turn on the Tethering. All you have to do is click on your phone's network connection in Windows and BAM! You are on the Internet in a couple of seconds. Great feature that doesn't get much press. But you may not need it if you don't want to tether a windows laptop or tablet.

dcutting says:

Ok, I'll say it... Darn you AT&T and your "Waiting for Approval!!". There, I feel better :-)

App Folder is an app released today. I just got it from the Nokia Collection section of the app store!! YAY!

khatta says:

Just downloaded using the proxy trick. After setting up the proxy, just searched for App Folder in the store and it showed up. It is just an app with resizeable tiles option. Nonetheless, slick !

I have a Lumia 920 Dev unlocked, GDR3, but no Lumia Black. So, you don't need Lumia Black for this app.

Finally a less cluttered homescreen.  :-)

monigal2 says:

What is the proxy trick? How is it done?

romancos says:

Well, multitasking enchancements are obvious. DNG fun was really short when I couldn't copy DNG file to my Linux PC with error notice:

Error getting file: -6: Not Supported.

Same things goes with *NAR files smart camera makes but there's really nothing to do with them on my linux box. DNG on the other hand is well recognized and supported on Linux, so its just Lumia1020 that doesnt give these types of files other than JPG.

 

I'm seriously disappointed.

 

 

Voxophone says:

Yay! Another reason my HTC sucks.

I had a Samsung 7.8 device and an HTC 7.8 device. Meanwhile every other day this site had an article talking about some cool new Nokia feature. That is when I said I had to get a Nokia phone. Anything less is seriously worthless. IMHO.

aplocher says:

Man I hear ya... I had a Nokia 710 on T-Mobile which was a great little device. I never realized how much better Nokia was - both the software and hardware was miles ahead of anything else. The hardware on the HTC 8x isn't bad, it has a nice screen and stuff. But it also will reboot itself every week or so - my Nokia never did that.  Thank god for the Fiddler trick. I just got this App folders thing on my 8x, but if it wasn't for that everyone who wasn't on Nokia would be screwed.

I would really like to see Microsoft's purchase of Nokia be approved. Hopefully they would start to distribute some of the more innovative software as a feature of WP and not a Nokia feature.

aplocher says:

Did my other comment get deleted? Was your reply moved to this Voxophone guys comment?  Wtf?  Lame ass moderators I guess.  He must be one of those "Nokia fuckers" I was referring to and got offended.  It was a joke, jeez.  It's me being bitter and jealous.

You can get app folders here. Got it off Twitter. http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=7d2e7de3-95e7-4143-8a9d-aedf8c3f901e.

Updated in the UK tonight on a sim free phone.

alijahg34 says:

Works for people who only have the amber update as well

DalekSnare says:

Folders works fine for me on Amber, but I have GDR3. Does it not work on GDR2?

One problem with folders is they don't work with everything, just apps. So you can pin an app, but not necessarily a tile. One app could have many tiles in WP so app folders aren't quite as complete a solution as they are in Android and iOS. Also, I can't put sideloaded apps in the folder either.

fpostrow says:

"Lumia 920
AT&T
3046.0001.1326.0003
Available
Waiting for approval"

Here we go again... rolleyes 

gwh34t says:

The App Folder is in the store!  Just installed it!  I wish it would 'open' the apps on top of the tiles instead of opening a new 'app.'  Seems like it takes a second to load.  Nothing major, and definitely not complaining, just saying.  Thanks Nokia!

crea7or says:

Downloading update!:)

georgewill76 says:

Is there an update to glance as i see no way of configuring notifications

xelaio says:

Beton, superb

rhamblet says:

I wish it was an actual addition to the OS. Not a clue why you need gdr3

MarcoBug322 says:

Indeed it is rolling out i just checked :)

Very happy lets see what it does with my lumia 1020

Nakazul says:

Got Lumia Black and folders here in Sweden.

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