Nokia details software updates coming to the Lumia 920 and 820

After reports about over-the-air software updates to the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones made their way online earlier today, Nokia has now confirmed that it will release a firmware update to both phones for AT&T owners in the US, as well as the Lumia 920 for Canadian residents that bought the Windows Phone 8 device from Rogers.

In a post on the official Nokia Conversations blog, the company said the update will include the following changes and additions:

  • Enhancements in Messaging
  • More efficient and reliable Bluetooth connectivity
  • More efficient and reliable start-up sequence
  • Enhancements in imaging performance and battery management
  • Additional platform updates and enhancements

The post added that people who have bought the Lumia 920 and 820 in other countries will also receive the update, adding, "Together with Microsoft, we aim at beginning to deliver these updates to other markets in early February 2013."

Meanwhile, a planned update for T-Mobile owners of the Windows Phone 8X that was supposed to happen today has been delayed. WPCentral.com reports that T-Mobile wants "to perform a few tweaks" before launching the update. T-Mobile did not provide a specific new date for the software upgrade.

Source: Nokia Conversations blog | Image via Nokia

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Just had my first crash, resulting in a bricked phone. I hard to hard reset it using the power + volume down + camera buttons. It wouldn't respond to a soft reset. If this happens again I will have to return it. =(

Rogers received the OTA right on time this morning, great news. Also I have just noticed over on Navifirm that the new firmware for Rogers shows for new phones coming Red, Yellow and White as well as the current available Black, also great news.

It's nice to see that they're continuing to improve things. I'm really not sure how you would make the startup sequence "more reliable and efficient" though...

M_Lyons10 said,
It's nice to see that they're continuing to improve things. I'm really not sure how you would make the startup sequence "more reliable and efficient" though...

Probably means fixing things that crash during boot up, better memory management and/or faster times.

FEBRUARY!? Wow, you'd think they would rush it just a little considering the stability problems in the RTM version. Is this a way of punishing people who bought unbranded/unlocked devices? It's pretty stupid because around here there are no branded Lumia 920s.

Actually unlocked phones are purposely updated last. This is to ensure you are don't cause problems before the carrier is ready to deal with it or for the fix to be put in place. Image two carriers, ATT and O2. Both from the high level run GSM. Nokia provides ATT and O2 the update to test, ATT says, we tested it no bugs on our network and O2 says, we tested it and found this critical isssue unique to our infrastructure that if someone used it on our network would cause outage. Nokia goes great, we will roll out to ATT locked phones first, and then O2 when they are ready. Now since you are unlocked, if you got the update first, you could be on of those people who uses O2. You could be causing problems on their infrastructure. So to remove the potential risk, unlocked phones are generally updated last.

Based on my past experiences, and I never used a carrier locked device, has always been the opposite but at the end of the story.... it is wrong both way.
Updates should be delivered the same way Windows Update handles them.

Why people in other markets will have to wait till February 2013?
Why updates cannot be pushed simultaneously and has to be allowed by carriers is beyond me.

Fritzly said,
Why people in other markets will have to wait till February 2013?
Why updates cannot be pushed simultaneously and has to be allowed by carriers is beyond me.

Its not even released in my country yet. January 10th. I'm still waiting for it ~.~
And I'm not in some 3rd world country, The Netherlands for christ sake.

Interesting that, supposedly, they have all these concerns for a product with a market share that is a fraction of the one of Windows or Office. Sorry I do not bait it; OEM and carriers dictate how the show is run, this is the sad truth.