Nokia Lumia Amber software update begins roll out

The promise of a major software update for many of Nokia's Lumia devices is coming true and will be complete by the end of September. Nokia has confirmed that the Amber update has started its slow roll out, but its availability will be affected by several factors, including the wireless carrier and country where the phones are located. For example, the Australian carrier Telstra announced just today it will release the Amber update for its version of the Lumia 920 on Friday.

In a blog post, Nokia offers up the details of which phones will get the Amber upgrade and what features will be included. Every Lumia device with Windows Phone 8 will get better image processing with Amber, including "better noise reduction, colour reproduction, exposure control and autofocus." Also, all those phones will be able to access the Smart Camera app from the Windows Phone Store. The app, which debuted with the Lumia 925, offers up a ton of different image options.

The Amber update also adds the even more advanced Pro Camera software to the Lumia 920, 925 and 928. The software, which is in the new Nokia Lumia 1020 out of the box, adds ways to control a camera's ISO, white balance, and manual focus options on the phone's touch screen.

A new glance screen, which shows a clock and a phone's battery level when the device is inactive, is part of the Amber update for all Lumia phones except for the Lumia 520 and 625. The Storage Check app, which Nokia released for more recent Lumia models, is now available for all Lumia phones when the Amber update is applied. Nokia has added the option of flipping a phone over to silence it and double-tapping the screen to unlock it with the Amber update.

Nokia says:

The rollout starts now first for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in selected countries as well as the Lumia 521, Lumia 810, and Lumia 928 in the US. Exact delivery timings will vary by region, phone and operator, but we expect the update to reach your Lumia 520, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820 or Lumia 920 by the end of September.

You can find out more about the procedure to get the Amber update on Nokia's support page, which says it will take about 15 to 30 minutes to complete the process once it has started.

Source: Nokia | Image via Nokia

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Funny, I just came to this article, then my phone vibrated alerting me to the update being available. Too bad no Glance for me, it could be handy but oh well.

got it on my 810 and man do I love the storage cleaner and also Im not sure if its to all lumias but the nokia text tone changed and the nokia calling tone and I love able to block texts and phone call but im happy that I got the amber and gdr2 together !

It's cool that despite that massive amount of different Lumia devices out there, Nokia tries their best to treat them as one big happy family.

And here we are, waiting on At&t to get off their ass and allow the update to come down. God forbid a customer have an updated phone that's still on contract!

Data Sense isn't supported on At&t because empowering the user to manage their data usage is a lost opportunity for the company to make money on overages.

AR556 said,
And here we are, waiting on At&t to get off their ass and allow the update to come down. God forbid a customer have an updated phone that's still on contract!

Data Sense isn't supported on At&t because empowering the user to manage their data usage is a lost opportunity for the company to make money on overages.

This is why I loaded the Indian rom to a phone which is now branded as Rogers Canada, and now DataSense works. Carriers shouldn't be able to control this kind of thing. You don't see them forcing Android OEMs to block this type of thing. Android has had access to data use by application by interface since ICS (4.0), which can track limits and billing periods to keep users from going over data caps. DataSense does the same thing, and can turn off the cellular interface when you're near the cap. MS did good, but the greedy provider (ATT) are sticking their noses in to the mix and claiming their shitty MyATT app already provides this service, which it in fact does not. MyATT doesn't track use per app, and it can't turn off the interface when you're going go over your cap.

Because fuck you ATT.

Edited by ahinson, Aug 15 2013, 8:47pm :

Hmm. I am on an ATT MVNO, so I am in a similar situation. What are the downsides to flashing your phone to the Indian version? Will it pose a problem for a plain old English-speaking whitey like me?

Skwerl said,
Hmm. I am on an ATT MVNO, so I am in a similar situation. What are the downsides to flashing your phone to the Indian version? Will it pose a problem for a plain old English-speaking whitey like me?
So far I see no downsides, except that as far as I now, if you flash this rom it might be difficult to go back to the ATT rom.

I also speak only English. Once you flash the phone, you can change your country/region, and language back to US (English) etc. The phone language defaulted to Canada (English), and it also loaded the French keyboard, which I removed. It also had my country/region/region format set to Canada (English) which I changed to US (English).

Other than the things listed above, I've been using DataSense (which ATT will probably never enable) and Amber/GDR2 weeks before ATT releases them.

Edited by ahinson, Aug 16 2013, 2:33pm :

Read here how if you're interested. Warning though, loading it will most likely void your warranty. Though, they don't seem to bother to check or are pretty lax about it. I've had my phone replaced once already, and at the time was loaded with a non-ATT dev rom, and they replaced it. I tried to do a factory reset which sent the phone into a reboot loop, wouldn't power off or anything. They sent me a new phone by mail, and I mailed back the old one. The battery was dead by the time I mailed it back. Either way, it seems hit or miss on warranty YMMV.

http://forum.xda-developers.co...php?p=44504258#post44504258

Edited by ahinson, Aug 16 2013, 2:53pm :

Thanks for the link. My bloody version of the phone (apparently there's 2 versions in Sweden) are still waiting for approval. I wonder from whom? Mine is unlocked!

I have the 920 and Amber, yet it didn't come with Pro Camera, and if I try to download it, the store says it's not available for my device.

**Edit: Huh, just tried again thinking something must have been wrong when I tried the other day and it worked.

ahinson said,
I have the 920 and Amber, yet it didn't come with Pro Camera, and if I try to download it, the store says it's not available for my device.

**Edit: Huh, just tried again thinking something must have been wrong when I tried the other day and it worked.


Right now it is exclusive for the 1020; later on will be made available for the 920 and others devices.
Said that, if you do not want to wait.... Internet is your friend; there are workarounds to get it right away.

Fritzly said,

Right now it is exclusive for the 1020; later on will be made available for the 920 and others devices.
Said that, if you do not want to wait.... Internet is your friend; there are workarounds to get it right away.
If this was true, it's not anymore. I have it installed.

ahinson said,
If this was true, it's not anymore. I have it installed.

Has Nokia already released it for the masses? On Monday I was getting your same error message. Of course as soon as I found a workaround it became officially available... typical...

Fritzly said,

Has Nokia already released it for the masses? On Monday I was getting your same error message. Of course as soon as I found a workaround it became officially available... typical...

They have, but you just have to be patience because it has to hit every servers out there.

Only AMOLED will have glance due to how they have no backlight unlike the IPS LCD screens. Otherwise the backlight would have to be on all the time.

If it works on LCD screens, wonder how much of a battery drain it is to run the backlight just to have that function, as AMOLED only put power the pixels that are on as they require no backlight.

Dot Matrix said,
Can't wait for the better image processing. Much, much needed.

Camera Pro will blow your mind... Nowadays I do not get very excited, besides clips like Productivity Future Vision of course, by software but Camera Pro really impressed me.

-sorry OP, but i must ask it here.-

my phone is lumia920 unlocked, it's vodafone device, but i live far from Germany, will i get the update when vodafone get their approval?

logically i think yes, but well, i'm not sure, so, does anyone know for sure?