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SIM-free Nokia Lumia 920 now getting the Lumia Cyan update in UK, elsewhere

Long-suffering buyers of the SIM-free Nokia Lumia 920 in UK can now finally join in the Lumia Cyan fun, with the WP8.1 update now rolling out to devices.

Nokia’s official tracker has not confirmed the release yet, but several readers have informed us of the availability of the software.

As previously, unfortunately users on the Developer Preview are still out in the cold.

The update appears to be hitting unlocked handsets in many other regions also.

To get the update for your unlocked Nokia Lumia 920, go to Settings> Phone Update and check for updates.

Developer Preview Nokia Lumia 920 devices now getting Lumia Cyan, 620 and 820 soon

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Nokia’s official Developer Support twitter account has just tweeted that the Developer Preview Nokia Lumia 920 is now getting the over the air update to Lumia Cyan.

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They also confirmed the Nokia Lumia 620 and 820 will be getting the update soon, with the 620 starting next week and the 820 on the 1st September.

With the large number of Windows Phone 8 handset on Developer preview this is very good news, thought I suspect the biggest enthusiasts are already looking for their next Windows Phone 8.1 handset.

Via NPU

Gold-plated Nokia Lumia 920 makes the iPhone look dim

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There has been a recent trend towards gold-coloured smartphones, as seen recently with the “champagne” iPhone 5S and also the Samsung Galaxy S5.

It seems some Nokia Lumia 920 owner in China was feeling left out, as a gold-plated version of that handset has just popped up, and if gold is your thing, the phone is pretty glorious and unashamed of its use of the colour.

Do our readers think Nokia should be doing a 930 version?

See more pictures after the break.

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Deal Alert: Nokia Lumia 920 only $99 no-contract

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Frys are selling the Nokia Lumia 920 with no contract for only $99.

The deal is available in store and supply is limited, so if you want to take advantage check the stores asap.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a great handset with 32 GB of storage, an HD screen and wireless charging, and is certainly superior to any other Windows Phone in the same price range.

The handset is locked to AT&T, and to unlock it, it needs to be used on AT&T’s network for 6 months.

See the deal online here.

via Slickdeals.com

Nokia Lumia 930 vs Nokia Lumia 920

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With many Nokia Lumia 920 two year contracts running out around the same time as the Nokia Lumia 930 becomes available, I suspect many if our 920-owning readers will be upgrading to that handset.

Below find a comparison of the specs of the two devices, which reveals that the new handset is thinner, lighter, and only slightly wider, and somewhat taller.

Two years is of course an eternity in technology times, and the 930 offers a much denser 1080P screen and super-fast quadcore processor which puts the 920 to shame.

See the full specs comparison after the break.

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Windows Phone 8.1 on Nokia Lumia 920 video walk-through

Unleashthephones have posted another video of Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 920.

He notes the video demoes:

  • Speed Dial
    Another basic feature ticked off from the “Missing from Windows Phone” list. Nothing much to add here. Can be accessed from the phone log in a tab like History.
  • Internet Explorer
    Windows Phone 8.1 is bringing Internet Explorer 11, which will be covered in detail by us later on. Amongst the changes caught on camera here are:
    * Data Sense for Internet Explorer can now be configured from the main Internet Explorer settings.
    * There appears to be something called “Reading View. We will update the post tomorrow with more details on   the same tomorrow.
    * Password Manager for Web Sites
  • Calendar
    Took them long enough, but Calendar is finally getting a much needed feature bump with Week & Year views.
  • Battery Power Sense
    Another major addition for the Windows Phone platform, Battery Power Sense is a module which monitors detailed battery stats, including app wise battery usage. Hope this evolves into an informative live tile in time.
  • Photos
    Looks like the first major update to Photos hub is here. Now, upon opening the Photos hub, you are directly taken to an All Photos view. Also, Facebook & SkyDrive (Now OneDrive) albums appear to have finally been nested under online albums, instead of being made visible by default along with your local albums.
  • Storage Sense
    The Storage settings module has now been renamed to Storage Sense and lets you configure where to store your new Music, Videos & Podcasts, Photos, Apps and Downloads from between your internal storage or SD card.
  • Podcasts
    Windows Phone finally has a dedicated Podcasts app with music and video support. You can search and subscribe to Podcasts from a list curated by Bing.
  • Project My Screen
    Project your phone’s display to a TV, Monitor or Projector using either a Wiressless Device or USB connectivity.
  • Sync Settings
    Now you can sync your Theme, Passwords and Internet Explorer data along with App Settings online.
  • Advertising ID
    You can now reset your Advertising ID.

Can our readers spot any more? Let us know below.

Windows Phone 8 GPS Massive Power Suck can leave you stranded

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I had a rather bad experience on Friday, while driving to an unfamiliar area and using Nokia Drive, and finding my handset getting incredibly hot and the battery draining rapidly, even while being charged by my Nokia wireless cradle.

The end result was suddenly seeing the Goodbye screen where I expected to see the directions to my destination, and having to spend the next hour using very atrophied skills (ie reading road, signs dead reckoning, luck and hoping and praying) to finally get to my destination.

The massive battery drainage GPS navigation causes on my Nokia Lumia 920 and also my Nokia Lumia 925 is of course a long standing issue, but is also one which 3 firmware updates later should have been well sorted. Until then GPS Navigation on those handsets are only useful for short journeys where you start with a full battery.

Are our readers running into the same issue, and with which handset, and has it ever let you down mid-journey? Let us know below.

Image of Chinese WP 8.1 Notification Centre Settings page pops up

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It seems once the leak starts, soon the floodgates open.

Another shot of the new Windows Phone 8.1 notification centre has popped up on the internet, this time in China.

The picture was posted on Baidu by user Lumia920it and this time once again shows the Settings Page of the Notification Centre, which allows users to deselect services from showing up in the centre.

It also shows that the quick action toggles for WIFI and Bluetooth and so forth are selectable, which might help assuage those who feel screen space is used up by elements infrequently used.

The picture is essentially similar to the one leaked earlier here and I think mainly serves to show that the updated OS is in testing worldwide, and can not be too far from the market.

Via WinP.cn, thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip.

Deal Alert: Nokia Lumia 920 for only £169

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Here is an amazing deal for UK readers.  Last year’s most desirable Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 920, and still my personal phone, is now on sale for only £169 contract-free on Tesco Mobile.

Readers should be warned however that while contract-free the handsets are usually locked to Tesco Mobile, which uses the O2 Network, which may present a problem if you want to use it on other carriers.

With 32 GB of storage at such a low price the deal remains very attractive.  See it at Tesco here.

POANDSOUL shows off Nokia Lumia 920 tweak tool

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At the end of last year we heard of the Chinese hackers POUANDSOUL having jailbroken the Nokia Lumia 920.

Now the team has shown off a tweak tool for the handset which allows users to activate features such as the 3 column start screen, and also activate region-specific features such as DataSense and even replace the system font.

Their tool allows full side-loading, and POANDSOULD  have previously expressed reluctance to release the hack for fear it would lead to widespread piracy, and of course it is quite likely that will be the case.

Do our readers think the consequence is worth is to get full control over our handsets? Let us know below.

Thanks WPBar for the tip.

AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 now receiving Lumia Black

Nokia promised that that nearly all Windows Phone 8 Lumias will be updated to GDR3/Lumia Black before the end of the month, and they are keeping to their promise by rolling out the update to the AT&T Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 today.

We have had multiple reports from readers of the software being available and if you have not received the notification check for the update by going to Settings > Phone Update and tap on Check for Updates.

Thanks Anderson, Bruno, DALAMAR and everyone else for the tip.

Nokia Black Update Roll Out Begins For Unlocked Lumia 920 Devices

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It seems Nokia is rolling out Lumia Black update throughout the world faster than we expected. My Nokia Lumia 920 unlocked device in India just got the update and my installation is in progress. Also, I had Windows Phone Update 3 preview installed on my device. Usually, unlocked devices gets update faster due to lack of carrier intervention. If you have an unlocked Lumia 920 or Lumia 820, better check for updates now.

Windows Blog Italia also report the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 were receiving the update from WIND, Vodafone and also the unbranded version, while the Black update has also come to the Nokia Lumia 920 in India.

Lumia Black will bring the following improvements to your Lumia WP8 device.

  • App Folder. This brand new feature makes your Lumia experience even more fluid by giving you an option to further personalize and organize your Start screen. With App folders you can group similar apps and settings into one folder, a tile, on your Start screen.
  • Nokia Glance screen 2.0. Helps you keep track of information in real time, making all your most important notifications including: phone, messages, email, outlook, calendar, or any apps that use notifications such as Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, or games;  always visible at a glance on your screen. It saves time and energy.
  • Bluetooth LE. Will now be enabled across the full Windows Phone 8 Lumia range for compatible gadgets like the Adidas MiCoach smart run watch.
  • Nokia Refocus. The amazing Nokia Refocus comes to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones with 1GB of RAM and upwards.
  • Nokia Beamer. Sharing what’s on your phone is easier than ever with Nokia Beamer. You can now beam documents, presentations, anything you like, to any HTML5-enabled screen by simply scanning a QR code on the screen. It’s coming to all of the phones with 1GB RAM upwards.
  • Nokia Storyteller. The app arranges your photos for you, by date and by place, making it easier to tell the stories behind your pictures, and give extra context through the close integration of interactive maps.
  • Nokia Camera. Combines Nokia Pro Camera and Smart Camera to simplify the photo-taking experience, and ensure you get the perfect shot every time. The app has been available for Lumia PureView smartphones since last year, but it’s now coming to the rest of the WP8 Lumia range. The latest Nokia Camera update also brings raw DNG support for Lumia 1020 owners.
  • Latest generation of imaging algorithms. The Lumia Black update further improves the image quality, especially in Lumia 1020. Among others, the improvements include a new oversampling algorithm, making your images more natural looking with reduced noise, while ensuring your photos remain wonderfully sharp

You can check our Lumia Black update availability here, though it seems to be running a bit behind the actual updates.

Have our readers been updated anywhere else? Let us know below.