Black update rolling out to Lumia 920 and 820 on AT&T

Less than a month following the global roll out of the Lumia Black update, the latest version of Windows Phone is now available to be installed on the AT&T versions of the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

Black is actually Nokia’s enhanced version of Microsoft's General Distribution Release 3 update, the third and final update before the release of Windows Phone 8.1. This particular update includes a number of very useful features.

Introduction to Driving Mode

For those of you who cannot resist the urge to text while driving, Black adds a Driving Mode that allows you to minimize incoming calls and text messages, as seen above. Rotation lock is also now also a possibility. This ability proves particularly useful on Phablet devices, such as the Lumia 1520. Although it is unfortunately buried under a sub-menu, this useful application allows you to access the function directly from the start screen.

The glance screen functionality has also been expanded. In addition to viewing the date and time, you can now add notifications from other applications such as Facebook and Twitter, all without touching the screen. Other various changes include additional Bluetooth functionality, Imaging algorithms improvements, and the ability to close apps while in App switcher mode.

In order to see if the update is available for your 920 or 820, select phone update under the settings menu and look for “check for updates.”

Source: Nokia via WPCentral

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I noticed there is a new option in ringtones + sounds. You can now change the 'reminders' sound. Can use either the included sounds or a custom one.
Also noticed when rebooting the phone, right after it powers off the phone will vibrate. This is the same behavior I've noticed on android phones.

Question! Why do you all have to wait for AT&T to release the update? Why not release updates to everyone the way Apple does? Serious question.

That was the deal that was cut with the Carriers, and most likely the OEM's. Similar to Android. Apple worked directly with the Carries and had their distribution network as part of the IPhone Contract with them.

Hello,

Downloading it now. It will be interesting to see what other adjustments are lurking in the background.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Usually I don't say anything, but you know you are not writing an email right? You do not have to prefix every message with "Hello" or end it with "Regards". I'm not trying to be mean, but your one line comment is five times longer because of it.

Driving mode and screen orientation lock are not Nokia Black features. Those are Windows Phone GDR3 features. Also, the Nokia folders app does not require Black to function.

Just clearing up a few incorrect statements from the article.

I was mistaken about the app folder app requiring the black update. However, driving mode and rotation lock are part of the black update. I understand that gdr3 and the Nokia changes are two separate things but they are nevertheless being delivered as one package (called Lumia Black)

amcintire said,
I was mistaken about the app folder app requiring the black update. However, driving mode and rotation lock are part of the black update. I understand that gdr3 and the Nokia changes are two separate things but they are nevertheless being delivered as one package (called Lumia Black)

But if non-Nokia devices are getting the feature, that means it's part of GDR3, not Black. Saying it's part of Black is saying no other devices will be getting this feature, which is incorrect.

It's still two separate updates...

amcintire said,
I was mistaken about the app folder app requiring the black update. However, driving mode and rotation lock are part of the black update. I understand that gdr3 and the Nokia changes are two separate things but they are nevertheless being delivered as one package (called Lumia Black)

No. You are incorrect sir.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/1...crosoft-gdr3-windows-phone/

Not only what that article states but I was also testing GDR3 way before Black was released and had driving mode, orientation lock, (and as you already mentioned the folders app).

M_Lyons10, that is indeed the case. GDR3 and Black are entirely separate things. Just because some phones are getting them at the same time doesn't mean it is one package. Black is the firmware changes by Nokia, GDR3 are the OS changes made by Microsoft. (To emphasize Black is not the name of the update as a whole).

In my case I had been using GDR3 for months and got Black yesterday.

M_Lyons10 said,

But if non-Nokia devices are getting the feature, that means it's part of GDR3, not Black. Saying it's part of Black is saying no other devices will be getting this feature, which is incorrect. It's still two separate updates...

Did I say that no other devices will be getting these features? I specifically mentioned that this is an "enhanced version of the gdr3 update." Saying that GDR3 is part of the black update does not equal saying that no other devices will not receive this the gdr3 update, at least I don't see how it does.

I understand what you're saying, but the majority of 920 and 820 users will receive gdr3 as part of the black update. I know gdr3 is available as part of the developer program and can be installed apart from the Lumia Black update. Even if they are technically "separate" at some level, I, and many other users, will receive them simultaneously via over the air updates.

I'm sorry but I don't see why this is important given the context of this article.

For me it just makes certain parts of the article inaccurate because there are features there that are listed as part of Black when they are part of GDR3. They are not the same. Black does not add driving mode, GDR3 does. Black does not add orientation lock, GDR3 does. (I guess I cannot claim 100% that the article states that Black adds orientation lock although to me it seems to imply it).

But I guess we can all move on with our lives.