All the info on Lumia Denim features and availability right here

Microsoft revealed the next update for Windows Phone 8.1, called 'Lumia Denim' or Update 1 today at IFA Berlin. Below you can see all the new features that comes with Denim. The update will roll out to all current Windows Phone 8.1 devices from Q4 this year, and will be available immediately on the just announced Lumias 730, 735 and 830.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 features:

  • Cortana – The most personal digital assistant on the market will now be available in the UK and China as a Beta. India, Canada and Australia will have access to Cortana as a public Alpha. For US residents, Cortana now includes an improved natural language, car kit integration via Bluetooth for contacts, snooze reminders and calendar improvements.
  • Live folders – If you prefer to keep your apps or games organised, you can now put them into folders. Simply press, hold and drag an app over another to create a new folder on the Start screen. Each folder can be renamed by tapping on the text field above the open folder.
  • Apps Corner – Create a customised Start screen, where only specific apps or games are accessible. This could be particularly useful in the workplace if you’re issuing Windows Phones to employees.
  • SMS merge and forwarding – Select individual text messages to either delete them out of a messaging thread, or to copy and past them into a new message in order to forward them.
  • Snooze Times – It’s now possible to customise the snooze time within the Alarm app.
  • Consumer VPN – Maintain privacy and security when using data while connected to public Wi-Fi hotspots or even with your home Wi-Fi.
  • Mobile Web Site improvements in IE – Connect and browse even faster with improved downloading speeds on mobile websites.
  • Store Live Tile (US only) – The Store Live Tile displays featured apps and games that are the most popular in the Store, or most relevant for you.

The update also brings several improvements to the Camera app for speed and action shots.

  • Lumia Camera – Replacing Nokia Camera, Lumia Camera is faster and more intuitive than before to make the best camera experience, even better.
  • Speed – Pocket to capture speeds are superfast, and it only takes milliseconds going from shot to shot.
  • Moment Capture – A long press of the camera button starts 4K-quality video recording at 24 FPS. With each frame at 8.3 megapixels, you can save individual frames as high quality still images (must support 4K recording).
  • Rich Capture – Auto HDR and Dynamic Flash are now welcomed into the already-impressive feature set. Shoot first and adjust the camera settings later for that perfect photo.
  • Improved image processing algorithms – Updated to give you clearer photos, even in lowlight.
  • Hey Cortana” Voice Activation - Gone are the days of pressing the microphone button to wake-up Cortana. Simply say “Hey Cortana” while the phone is idle and Cortana will activate.This is possible thanks to theSensorCore technology.
  • Glance Screen – Compatible Lumia devices can now show more at a glance with Bing Weather, or Bing Health & Fitness data, in addition to time and date, notifications and application data (for Lumias that support Glance).

As pointed out above, the Lumia Denim update will ship with the Lumia 830, Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735. For all other Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the update will start rolling out during Q4 2014, following partner testing and approvals.

Stay tuned for some hands-on previews with the Lumia 730, 735 and 830 later today.

Source: Nokia Conversations | Images via Microsoft

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Dont care about Denim. The 2-year-old phones (like the 920) will benefit 0 from that. I bet 1st+2nd gen phones will get NONE of the features from the list. I have high bets 1st/2nd gen will not even the improved Glance... even if for example the 920 DOES SUPPORT GLANCE.. maybe Nokia this time will have a v2.0 excuse, like more LCD display memory needed, or some other nonsense BS.

But! I demand the goddamn Cyan for DP phones!

I also demand the damn manual brightness settings in the 1st gen + 2nd gen devices! I am not talking about some BS advanced SD800 HW feature, I talk about the damn ability to manually set the BRIGHTNESS level on my phone freely. I want to set anywhere between total dim and total bright! The phone can set it anything between very dim and very light in like 10 different steps. So the phone can obviously do this, its proven! Its just I -the owner- cannot do it as I want. I demand that damn feature, and I demand it now! Its not rocket science Microsoft+Nokia! Its just you being greedy MFs!

soder said,

But! I demand the goddamn Cyan for DP phones!
! Its not rocket science Microsoft+Nokia! Its just you being greedy MFs!

I agree whit this! why the long wait?

coming from lumia 630 i dont even feel left out, because none of those features concern me

the things i wish for:

1. improved theme customization - more colors than just black and white; the ability to add a wallpaper instead of plain black and white; more visible wallpaper on the start screen
2. improving the metro experience with some gradients, because windows 8 and windows phone look like unfinished pre-alpha (but released nonetheless)
3. more organized settings menu so that things are easier to discover - when i first got the windows phone it took me days to find the specific setting i was looking for, and because there are no icons next to them, its still harder to find stuff
4. the charms bar (or whatever its called) needs to have more stuff onto it

Lets see Q4 2014 in ATT lingo means Q4 20??. :)

I do like Cortana listening, however, I hope there is a way to have that feature shut down as well.

Done the icon support glance? I'm still waiting for the cyan update. 8.1 preview I could care less about the hey Cortana feature tbh. I really just want the firmware.

watsxn said,
Done the icon support glance? I'm still waiting for the cyan update. 8.1 preview I could care less about the hey Cortana feature tbh. I really just want the firmware.

I want the firmware too! Why is it taking so long to get Cyan on my 928? Is it verizon? Is it Microsoft? Both? Why cant Microsoft release to and go around verizon? I just want these firmware updates....

Please someone tell me why the store live tile is only US... When on Windows 8.1 it's working globally...

Bertch said,
Why didn't they put glance on the 830 or 930... Too few phones have glance at the moment.

They keep saying it's because of the type of screen used, you need one with it's own video memory or something to that extent so that it can store the data needed by glance when most of the screen is "off".

I'm with you though, they should do all they can to bring it to every Lumia device.

Bertch said,
Why didn't they put glance on the 830 or 930... Too few phones have glance at the moment.

The 830 does have glance. And with the new OS/Firmware it will even be improved (shows weather).

The 930 does not have it because of the screen used.

Bertch said,
Well then, I might have to look into getting an 830 unless a 1030 comes out soon...

I don't have any info on this but I'm betting on them releasing new high-end" Lumias in November before Christmas. I think if you look at what they've done so far, you get the 630/930 in June, 530 later in July. Now the 730 and 830 in September, which is 2-3 months between the two releases of low and now mid-range phones. So going from here, 2-3 months and November or early December and we could get a 1030 and or something like a 1525/1530 and so on.

Then if MS is smart they'll keep the cycle going, by the time you've come back around to the start with low end devices you'll be around 6-8 months since the last release. I think that's a good cycle personally though maybe others think it's too quick, dunno.

You make it sound as if all the Lumia denim features will come to all phones which is incorrect. Should add some specificity on which models will get things like 4k recording.

Since the still shots are 8.3MP, I'll say all phones with 8.3MP sensor and above. Or in short, all first and second generation Pureview devices.

efjay said,
You make it sound as if all the Lumia denim features will come to all phones which is incorrect. Should add some specificity on which models will get things like 4k recording.

I would of thought that was a given, knowing that the 520 can't shoot 4K recording but I added it in all the same...

Steven P. said,

I would of thought that was a given, knowing that the 520 can't shoot 4K recording but I added it in all the same...

The 4K was just an example, tbh we dont know if any of those announced features will come to older devices, just like with the cyan update which apparently requires a quad core processor to support a brightness slider....

I'm sure Microsoft does this on purpose to generate interest but its pretty sad to taunt people with features they will never get.

itisomegakai said,
So is this the firmware after CYAN?

People on dev preview will get these?

Even if you're on the developer preview you'll get firmware updates, but that's not to say you'll get them before everyone else does like you get OS updates. But the developer preview program doesn't block you from getting future firmware updates, that's the key thing.

I want "Hey, Cortana" right now, as well as the improved Glance Screen.
I hope Hey, Cortana also works on existing phones!