Nokia Lumia Black update rolls out worldwide

Nokia has confirmed that Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners have started to receive their latest software, known as the Black update, a mix of new features and enhancements that should theoretically give your smartphone a new lease of life.

Ok, that might be exaggerating things a little, but you get the idea. New things are coming to your phone. One of those is App Folder, a new feature to further personalise and organise your Start screen. Essentially grouping similar apps and settings into one folder, a tile, on your Start screen.

There's also Nokia Glance screen 2.0 for real time information tracking, including your phone, messages, email, outlook, calendar, or any apps that use notifications such as Twitter, Facebook or Whatsapp. Bluetooth LE will now also be enabled across the Windows Phone 8 Lumia range for compatible gadgets like the Adidas MiCoach accessories.

Nokia Refocus comes to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones with 1GB RAM and upwards and Nokia Beamer is extended beyond photos, allowing you to beam documents, presentations and the like to any HTML5-enabled screen by simply scanning a QR code on the screen. That's also 1GB RAM upwards.

Nokia Storyteller arrived on the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 late last year and is now extended across the range, arranging photos for you by date and by place, integrating with interactive maps too.

Cameras also feel a lot of love. A Nokia Camera update brings raw DNG support for Lumia 1020 owners (something that’s already available for Lumia 1520) and the latest generation of imaging algorithms for all phone sensors. That should mean your photos are more natural looking with 'reduced noise'.

Finally, there are enhancements from Microsoft to Nokia Lumia smartphones, including a safe driving mode which cuts out unnecessary distractions when you’re on the road, customised ringtones for each contact and the option to lock the screen rotation if you wish.

The Lumia Black update has begun rolling out now for Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 smartphones, with other models in the range following in the coming weeks. Basically, check your update screen, although your phone will automatically check each week.

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