Lumia Black starts rolling out in China next week; more countries Q1 2014

Nokia will start pushing out the "Lumia Black" update which brings Nokia specific additions on top of Windows Phone 8 Update 3, in China starting next week with more countries to follow in the coming months.

The Lumia Black update which debuted on the Lumia 1520 was announced at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi with an expected release in early 2014. US carrier AT&T started rolling out Black to Lumia 1020 users in December but global users have yet to receive the update. Chinese blog, WPDang, has reported that Chinese Lumia users will start receiving the update from January the 8th onwards. Nokia's update page still has a "Stay tuned.." image suggesting that the rollout would be done in stages across the globe.

According to WPDang, the update will be pushed starting Wednesday to the latest GDR2 devices such as the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 with the older ones coming last. Nokia has included some exclusive apps and usability tweaks in Lumia Black in addition to Microsoft's enhancements in Update 3.  The Chinese version of Lumia Black will feature "Call blocking" and "Application folder" which could be folder management (translated from Chinese) in addition to "Glance screen", Nokia Camera and Storyteller apps, RAW support and Bluetooth LE 4.0.

Microsoft released Windows Phone 8 Update 3 preview to developers in October 2013 and Lumia users who have installed the preview will just get the Black update sans Update 3 as noted by Paul Thurrott.

Source: WPDang (Chinese) | Image via WPDang

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Ok got my new 1020 today, installed the preview for developers app and signed in then updates to gdr3.

so basically i'm just waiting for Nokia to release/approve the black update and having a dev unlocked phone i should get it without having to wait for EE (my carrier) to approve, yes?

I am afraid not: Nokia does not have a "Developer preview" program therefore if your device is branded by a carrier you will have to wait until your provider releases it. Said that it seems that Nokia prefers to release updates to carriers before serving customers who bought unbranded devices so your waiting could be shorter than mine....

If this is true I guess that my Lumia 920 will see Black by the end of February.... I do not understand this strategy to release updates to selected, newer, devices first and others, older, later; it is ready? Push it, period!

Fritzly said,
If this is true I guess that my Lumia 920 will see Black by the end of February.... I do not understand this strategy to release updates to selected, newer, devices first and others, older, later; it is ready? Push it, period!

I share the frustration but i can understand it to some degree, as this update is phone specific and not a general MS update. So each lumia model will have its own version of black as far as i understand things.

quick question slightly off topic but is gdr3 final as in done or is it still in testing?? I have the preview so i'm a bit confused

Devmer11 said,
quick question slightly off topic but is gdr3 final as in done or is it still in testing?? I have the preview so i'm a bit confused

GDR3 has been done for awhile. The "preview" was the final version as I understand. Its Nokia's Black firmware that is the holdup.

it's not finished. there are numerous well known bugs in it, and there are more changes coming, likely not a lot of functionality changes, but certainly bug fixes. it's a preview, hence the name.

sweatshopking said,
it's not finished. there are numerous well known bugs in it, and there are more changes coming, likely not a lot of functionality changes, but certainly bug fixes. it's a preview, hence the name.

This has been argued extensively over @ WP Central. It was rolled out almost immediately for HTC and Samsung devices. I've received 2 small updates for my developer upgraded 920 with GDR3.

well I was aware of that I just was wondering since some Devices are shipping with the "final version" why is this version called the preview? or is just a fancy and slick way of saying use this to bypass carrier interference lol

GDR3 was officially released in October 2013. But it depends on your phone, carrier and region as to when you get it. I, like you, had the Developer preview for Update 3 installed. Then about 3 weeks later, it was officially released and got pushed to my HTC 8x pretty soon after that. But that's because my phone is:-
a) unbranded so it's not carrier locked.
b) running HTC who have added practically zero value to the stock OS since launch so MS updates come out fast as there's very little else to test.

Devmer11 said,
well I was aware of that I just was wondering since some Devices are shipping with the "final version" why is this version called the preview? or is just a fancy and slick way of saying use this to bypass carrier interference lol

Yeah, I think calling it a preview was a workaround for people dealing with slow carriers.

When is WP8.1 slated for release again???

kinda bored with the lackluster update schedule Microsoft has... At least google keeps me entertained with their frequent schedule of updates for the OLD nexus 7...

adza33 said,
When is WP8.1 slated for release again???

kinda bored with the lackluster update schedule Microsoft has... At least google keeps me entertained with their frequent schedule of updates for the OLD nexus 7...

Windows Phone 8.1 should be released in April 2013. Anyway, Android updates, especialy the 4.x branch, are smaller than what's expected to hit us with Windows Phone 8.1.

Studio384 said,
Windows Phone 8.1 should be released in April 2013. Anyway, Android updates, especialy the 4.x branch, are smaller than what's expected to hit us with Windows Phone 8.1.

Yeah, but we probably won't get it in April... They need to work on that.

Studio384 said,
Windows Phone 8.1 should be released in April 2013. Anyway, Android updates, especialy the 4.x branch, are smaller than what's expected to hit us with Windows Phone 8.1.

Released... to OEMs...

Fritzly said,

Released... to OEMs...

Yep.. and the end-loosers (users) will get it maybe in July or so... knowing all the amateurish and everlasting deploy procedure previous year, that is the reasonable deadline.. which can (or lets be realisitic: will still) be delayed by a couple of more extra months.

running the dev preview of GDR3 and eagerly awaiting the changes Nokia ads with Lumia Black. my luck it will be March before i get the update (Lumia 928 on Verizon)

I appreciate the little additions Nokia adds to WP8, but I don't think they warrant the extra long delay they cause.

AR556 said,
I appreciate the little additions Nokia adds to WP8, but I don't think they warrant the extra long delay they cause.

Agreed. I really don't get that...

Nice, also the software update page for Amber has been taken down (http://www.nokia.com/global/su...update/wp8-software-update/, not the main page, but when you click on a continent, the page can't be found), I hope they update it soon with Black.

It's about time that they started rolling out this update, Samsung, HTC and Huawei are almost done. Didn't add Amber improvements so future updates could be rolled out faster?

Studio384 said,
Didn't add Amber improvements so future updates could be rolled out faster?

Watching the update misery every time through the entire year 2013, I can guarantee you the updates will not be delivered faster in 2014 at all.

How's that? Like I said: Amber contained improvements to roll out future updates faster. So Update 3 should roll out faster to all locations then Amber did. Which "only" took 2,5 months, that's not to much.

Studio384 said,
How's that? Like I said: Amber contained improvements to roll out future updates faster. So Update 3 should roll out faster to all locations then Amber did. Which "only" took 2,5 months, that's not to much.

What improvements in Amber allowed updates to roll out faster?