Lumia Black

Nokia begins global Lumia Black update roll out; kicks things off in China

There are many of us still waiting for Nokia to roll out the Lumia Black update for Windows Phones around the world. If you're not yet rocking the latest firmware, you'll be receiving your update notifications soon. Just as we covered last week, Nokia is beginning the major push to supported hardware, starting with China.

We've received confirmation from Nokia that the Lumia Black firmware update has indeed started its journey to consumers. Note that the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 Windows Phones are receiving the upgrade (other Lumias to follow). Here's what Nokia China posted on Chinese website Weibo (translated):

"Nokia Lumia Black system upgrade coming in recently for different types of users, have to upgrade push it! I believe that many users already can not wait to learn what the system update, right? Come! Click on the picture, preview it!"

Should you require reminding as to what the update brings to Lumia Windows Phones, we've got a quick reminder for you. It's worth noting that not all included features and changes will be applied to all hardware and Chinese consumers will receive two unique features exclusive to that market.

  • Glance Screen - New colours for night mode, notifications, pedometer, custom text and calendar information
  • RAW camera support for both the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520
  • New camera algorithms, notably for the Lumia 1020 with tone mapping and noise reduction
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE

​We'll hopefully have an idea as to which regions are receiving the update soon. Have you updated to Lumia Black yet?

Source: Weibo; thanks, hengxiang32401, for the heads up!



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giorgio h says:

Hopefully the ohter storage problem gets fiksed!!!

giorgio h says:

Anyone tips ??

paulxxwall says:

Hard reset only way....not as bad as I thought

I have other rare problems though... I hope they get fixed with the update... Anyway, will see.

majic1 says:

The best thing is download Nokia lumia update checker its a good app & works well

theroyboy44 says:

Your stupid, first its been fixed, second. THIS IS A NOKIA UPDATE so even if it hadn't been fixed it wouldn't be!

Jas00555 says:

You're*..... That's so ironic lol

paulxxwall says:

And no it has not been fixed! Had to do a hard reset last month because of 11gb of other on gdr3 dev hopeful for other storage fix?...wp8.1

Storage problem fixed on my 822 since GDR2.

toph36 says:

I had this problem prior to the Amber update.  However, I don't have the problem any longer.  My "Other" has been steady around 2GB.  I installed the GDR3 Dev Preview too.  Hopefully the Black update will fix whatever the issue is with your phone, but it is not a widespread issue like it was before.

theroyboy44 says:

Do understand that other storage is a Microsoft issue not a Nokia is so the Nokia Black update couldn't possible affect something they can't control

wpguy says:

Maybe I misunderstand, but I thought Nokia's Black update is delivered along with Microsoft's GDR3 update.

theroyboy44 says:

No for some its already been released. So distributers (your mobile provider) may decide to release them in conjunction but they are not tied to each other

69rey says:

why my 620 has no notificatio
n when i received messages from,whatsapp viber , and skype, i am using PD 8.1

ddewar10 says:

Actually, it hasn't been fixed on all devices. My 920 from At&t is fully upgraded to all released software and firmware. I still have 7GB other storage... And growing. I wouldn't justify the comment as stupid at all.

Brazilian Unlocked 920, fully upgraded, and still have 12 GB other storage


DennisvdG says:


toph36 says:

I guess you didn't install the Amber update?

theroyboy44 says:

Its not the amber that affects it its the gdr2 update which is Microsoft not Nokia . Nokia can't do anything about it!

toph36 says:

Amber included GDR2. The update fixed the issue for me, but I guess it didn't for everyone. What phone do you have?

meathead88 says:

Um, this post is a joke people, lol

court6714 says:

Does it work if you have the preview?

KKruglov says:

i think yes, you just will receive only some updates which you don't have yet.

dznk says:

Yep, KKruglov is correct. You will receive the Black update even if you installed the developer preview. The preview is an OS update, this is a firmware update, so they are actually two very different updates. It's just that they usually get installed at the same time OTA.

iop777 says:

Just got in on my 1020 with TELUS!

Congratulations! Enjoy it very much! ;)

rodneyej says:

Ok.. I have a 1520 with Black pre installed.. Can you tell me if you see the pedometer for glace screen❔. What happened to this feature❔

toph36 says:

Maybe there will be a separate app to install, like there is for App Folder.

paulomalley says:

Nokia already stated that the Glance Screen needs to be updated first before te steps will show on it... This is due in "Early 2014"according to nokia...

Strangis says:

Updating on Telus now.

Me too. And once you go (Nokia) Black, you never go back!

J4rrod says:

Does this include WP8 Update 3?

theroyboy44 says:

Reread the article if u see GDR3 mentioned then yes if not then I think you have your answer

robdaemon says:

Don't be rude. You're not very good at it.

theroyboy44 says:

Lol u can be good at being rude! Now I've heard everything.

KKruglov says:

yes, it is.


Pvsg Prasad says:

Successfully updated my lumia 925 in India.....

Arpit Mittal says:

have you got gdr3 & nokia black firmware?

If yes please explain here about my curiousity or in forum (give link)

rodneyej says:

Whys it gotta be black, man❔

Can u say please how can u got it nd from which place Of India.
By the way I'm from Bhubaneswar,India

Pvsg Prasad says:

Andhra Pradesh dude

Arpit Mittal says:

u also got gdr3 with this lumia black update??

ScubaDog says:

Again, GDR3 is ONLY the Microsoft bits.  Black is the Nokia bits for Lumia devices.  GDR3 can (and did) roll for devices without Black, but Black cannot load without GDR3 accompanying it (it relies on some of the Microsoft bits).  I had GDR3 on both my 920 and my 1020 and then AT&T rolled the Black update last December, so I got Black+the final version of GDR3.  NOW it looks like the Black that's rolling out for everyone has some ADDITIONAL pieces to it.  So, while i've been running Black+GDR3 since December, I'm looking for this new rollout.

meoge says:

Are you saying you have the Black update on your AT&T 920?  I thought it was only pushed out to 1020 on AT&T.  I never got it on my AT&T 920.

Thank u Mr.Prasad.But how can u notified of the update;
by check for phone update or it will automatically showed.

Pvsg Prasad says:

Check for the updates.I think as of now 925 and 1020 users are getting the black update...All lumia users willget the update eventually..

Miistercoool says:

I have a 925 on T-Mobile and I'm still waiting :'(

Chef316 says:

Me too. Trying to get a response from t-mobile on twitter to see if there is an ETA for it.

ttarbuck says:

I thought no one had the black update yet except for the lumia 1520.

Blacklac says:

1020 with AT&T got it not long ago.

ScubaDog says:

Exactly.  We got that in December...completely by surprise, though.  However, the app folder feature wasn't a part of it, so this must be a new-and-improved Black.

rodneyej says:

So, are we getting the app folder feature soon❔ And, whatever happened to the glance screen pedometer❔ I have a 1520, and I don't see any of this..

Kanpai says:

Still waiting here in Finland :/ l920

FBirraque says:

Still waiting for 920 - Developer Device.

TheSuperShoe says:

All the 920s say "Coming soon".  I don't think they've released it for them quite yet.

Yea, me too.. Pretty strange... :/

mister2d says:

When the Finland update goes live can some please post?  thx!

hfcas says:

same here L920 --- developer device. guess once flagship phone now becomes low-end. :(


JoneKone says:

Well, the product release cycle for products today is something between 6 - 12 months. So basically anything you buy today will be considered secondary within that timeframe.

mma2885 says:

Is it too weird that i haven't got my Amber update yet?? Lumia 920, Country Variant PR

Any update on India rollout ?

lucky4ansh says:

dwnloading on my 1020

Zeeshan360 says:

Available for 925 & 1020

Miistercoool says:

Not my 925 on T-Mobile

multiloop says:

I just checked 1:30 am IST on 10th Jan. I have an update available. Suspect it is Lumia Black + GDR3. Will download tomorrow using WiFi in my office. Excited! (Lumia 925)
By the way, what is the size of the update?

Does this include the GDR3?

Pvsg prasad, has it already rolled out ?

DreadVenom says:

I want it for my unlocked 1020. Please hit uk soon.

Update... After doing manual check and waiting. Phone is updating now....:) Nokia beamer, here i come. :)

DreadVenom says:

30mins later, all black baby. :-)

MrWhiteman says:

Once you go black, you never go back

Prodigy11 says:

Already available in many places in Europe as well, for some devices:

rQvsnaps says:



Chesmez says:

Which device?

This is the first time I'm hearing about this, which is a pretty major feature IMO. They do need to mention it!!!

Fellipe Abib says:

First time I'm reading about it..
That's a nice feature!

newfreeg says:

I thought that was china exclusive

Cormango says:

This is the first time I'm hearing about App Folders. This is awesome.

iinnnnit says:

App folder is very lag,I think it should be improved

MrWhiteman says:

Once you go black, you never go back

You don't need Black to get it

DJCBS says:

I'm updating my L1020 from DEUTSCHE TELEKOM now (so it's rolling out in Europe). Still waiting on approval for the L920 though.

Nice to see an app folder! Thank God!
Also...anyone noticed the small arrow on top of the Wi-Fi signal?

pepsijosh says:

I just got the update as well on my unbranded Nokia Lumia 1020 (UK) =D

feariam says:

Yeah. I have one above the cell signal strength too, no idea what they are though.

Does it include the Lumia 520?

Neusyn says:

I'm wondering this as well...

dznk says:

Yes, you'll get Black for the 520. The 925 and 1020 are receiving it first, but you'll get it :)

Denis Padua says:

Lumia Black supports folders on the Home screen, finally


wulf Alpha says:

I installed the app folders thing on my 928 and I still don't have black yet. I have update three though

mrolympia74 says:

Downloading mine now on Rogers Canada

gerbir21 says:

Sweet! My 1020 (Rogers) is downloading it now too.

Once you have it I'm curious if you can download Nokia Storyteller.  Does the "folder tile" work?


gerbir21 says:

Update done... When I had previously searched for 'Nokia Storyteller' in the the store,no results came up. I tried searching again in the store and couldn't find it. When I Binged Nokia Storyteller', it linked me to the site where i could install the Beta which is now working. Not sure if having Black allows the install to go thru though.

FFugue says:

I got the notification also on Rogers Canada. Can't wait to get home and update!!!

RJPeters says:

I still haven't got a notification for my 920 on Rogers. :(

KeegdnaB42 says:

Verizon was first out the gate with amber. Let me check my magic eight ball to see if that wasn't a fluke.
Outlook not so good

PolishHitta says:

I'll end up buying Lumia 929 before the black update comes out on 928

lumiausers says:

@nokia @nokia best @ @ windows phone 8.1 app

Somebody recommended me ! Check this cool app

Can we terminate app from task manager and do we have seperate volume controls?

fwaits says:

Terminate app is already in GDR3 so if you don't already have that, it should roll out alongside Nokia Black.  Vol controls I believe was said to be in 8.1 so you will have to wait a bit longer for that one.

Yes ('x' on top right coner) and nope, seperate volume controls are coming with 8.1 (later this year)

theroyboy44 says:

Both of those are Microsoft is things not so its not for NOKIA to update they can't

Frank926 says:

My 1020 on Rogers is updating as we speak!

mikkokartano says:

Downloading now here in Finland... i have Lumia 925 & GDR3 developer preview installed..

Simb3 says:

And your carrier is? I've got Saunalahti. But no Black available for my 920 w/ GDR3 preview.

ghoti00000 says:

All but the 810 which just says not available...

Coan says:

Saw that too...good thing my wife likely won't care, though it'll bug me. We can still get the MS updates. 

rain620 says:

This is a big question, even though it is carrier-modified, the 810 should receive it -- as we expect the 822 and the 928 to have it soon.

Pvsg Prasad says:

Yes pankajwanikar it is available in India...I installed the update just now..check for updates in your phone

Can u share Mr.Prasad that on which handset u have installed in India.

Pvsg Prasad says:

Lumia 925.. Manoj

Madhu T C says:

Available for 925 and 1020

hethler says:

Downloading the update now on my Lumia 1020. I'm from the Philippines :)

thespawnkid says:


I would like to ask if you bought your phone here in PH? Because until now there was no update on my 1020 (which I bought in Nokia store @ SM). According to this page we still under "Waiting for approval" status. Just making sure my phone is not broken.


Lee Juhan says:

Att here, see you all in 3 month

joe_easton says:

Anyone want to give me a 928?  I love my 8X but I can't wait to get into a Nokia again!

blessthejon says:

Still no update for Lumia 1020.

hethler says:

Btw Rich, this was already announced today via Nokia Conversations :)

ScubaDog says:

Gang, don't get too excited.  It's rolling globally for the 1020 and 925.  The other Lumias are rolling "in the coming weeks", according to Nokia.  AT&T rolled Black to us back in December.  However, this must be a new revision of Black because the "app folders" -- a completely useless feature as far as I'm concerned -- is not currently available on the version of Black that's on my 1020 (unless there's a secret way to access it).

joe_easton says:

Folders are useless?  I disagree; this is a feature that many have been asking about for a long time.  It allows the start screen to get that much better.  Not all apps needs a live tile or are used just often enough to get into a folder.  Traveling apps are a great example.


I've found folders so useful that I used the proxy trick to get Samsung's App Folder.
I currently have 7 "app folder" tiles on my start screen, it allows me to have quick, organized access to groups of apps, i.e., photography, tools, settings, social apps, sports,etc.

joe_easton says:

Nice; that's a great example.  I think most people like this feature.  Those on iOS swear by folders (mainly because it is the only tool for organizing their home screen) but this will help open up the idea of switching to those that really like this feature.

toph36 says:

If you could group the Apps List the way you want it, then the App folder would be less needed.  But I agree this is extremely useful.  I am using "HeaderTiles" as a way to organize the Start Screen.  I don't have every App pinned, but I need to organize it someway logically so it is easier to find things.  The folders will be create for the Photo, Travel, and "Tool" apps.  It will definitely cut down on the scrolling.

joe_easton says:

I like the idea of the header titles app but it took up too much space for me but it is a great idea.

ScubaDog says:

Please pay attention: I said "useless as far as I'm concerned."  I simply see no value to throwing ANOTHER LAYER to dig into to find something.  It's just a waste of time for me.  Beside, perhaps you hadn't noticed, but you already have HUBS that perform the same function.  Go into the Pictures hub and all your photo apps are THERE.  Go into the Music & Video hub and, yep, all your music and video apps are THERE.  So, again, app folders are useless to me.  And I certainly don't care what ignorant iPhone users like.

joe_easton says:

I had no intention of changing your opinion; my point is that it is good for the platform.  that is all .

Please pay attention: I said, "I'VE found folders so useful that I..."

Perhaps you haven't noticed, but not ALL of the photo apps show up in the hub, same way with video and music apps. Plus there is no social hub, tools hub, productivity hub, sports hub, navigation hub, shopping hub, etc., etc.

Charles Wang says:

LOL @ Golden God. =)

sahib lopez says:

saw that which got me all  disappointed :/

link1873 says:

Nothing yet 920 rogers

borasar says:

waiting for it as well, thanks for posting the link, xtrip

spyderzWPC says:

ATT here, nothing in the phone updates

nez99 says:

Seems weird black is available before gdr3 very confusing for the consumer. Some clarity on global release on gdr3 would be nice

toph36 says:

Black includes GDR3.  Also, many of us have installed GDR3 back in November with the Dev Release Program.  That is available to everyone for free.

tissotti says:

MS update is always included in the manufacturers update. 

Waiting for approval, so yeah expect to get it by the time 8.1 comes out

Scorypto says:

Recieved in India on Lumia 925

pyrosol08 says:

Legere get your boys to approve this already #CES2014 #Uncarrier4.0

Lumia 925
Waiting for approval

spyderzWPC says:

Lumia 920
Waiting for approval

This looks familiar 

paulxxwall says:

Nooooo I'm on att. .ill never get this update

wpinfected says:

Available on 925 from India!

jedibeckett1 says:

My unlocked 925 is now downloading a new update, currently on gdr3 preview

jedibeckett1 says:

now on black  3051.40000.1345.1007

Refocus I understand ... but Beamer just for phones with 1Gb RAM upwards? Why? o.O

ReneGO0 says:

Hope this update comes fast to México. I hate always being last to get updates.

SeeVuPlay says:

Cross the border yo...thats what i did

DJCBS says:

I can't seem to figure out how to make App folders....I have a feeling Nokia spilled the beans about a WP8.1 feature here...

Have you searched the store?

DJCBS says:

Yup. Nothing.

TheDarKnight says:

Is this another lie from wpcentral, just like the one about the 925 getting gdr3?

Sean D. says:

Yeah, that was pretty messd up.

Waiting Mexico 920 Movistar

Duduosf says:

Will the new camera alogarithms come to other PureView devices (e.g. 92x) as well?

niynavi says:

Is it available in india??

Madhu T C says:

Available for 925 and 1020 now

theroyboy44 says:

Your phone model is "NOKIA 909" ?!?

DJCBS says:

That's the "real" name of the L1020. It was changed at last minute, so every L1020 is identified as 909 ;)

theroyboy44 says:

Never knew that

KustomAU says:

I totally forgot that it was the 909 too.  I remember now because the original was the Nokia 808 Pureview.

marratj says:

Unlocked 1020 in Germany, just downloading it :)

cybermoose89 says:

Look forward to gdr3 soon ish then

Vertego says:


Checked for updates manually. Took about 10 minutes.

Vodafone UK.

Wn its coming for 625 pls tell me

kev0200 says:

Not just china, uk as well :)

Arpit Mittal says:

waiting for lower end phones...

mine Lumia 720 INDIA

Cecewp8 says:

I'm in China with my 720 waiting....

In India its available only for 1020 and 925 as of now. Other phones will get the update in few weeks.

markfive says:

All updated here .... UK T-Mobile, unlocked 925 which was already running Dev Preview GDR3

Onursari says:

Still waiting in turkey for 820

jkercado says:

Nothing for AT&T Lumia 920 yet. Just sent a couple scathing tweets to AT&T Customer Care...

Jf.Vigor says:

Nokia said that this would hit the 1020 and 925 first, and that it would start rolling out for other phones in the coming weeks. 

Corvodin says:

Nokia said that this would hit the 1020 and 925 first, and that it would start rolling out for other phonea in the comig weeks. 

iAdrian23 says:

It also features folders?

Ok, let me aska simple question, does this Lumia black update has gdr3 features in it ? Answer in plain yes or no ?

Alan Harland says:

Getting it on Vodafone 925 locked in the UK