Nokia’s Lumia Amber Windows Phone update released

Lumia 925Nokia has announced on its official blog that owners of its Windows Phone devices should be on the look out for a new update soon. Called Lumia Amber, it was originally teased during the launch of the Lumia 925 earlier this year, as it would contain at least one of the new features seen on the 925. Sure enough, amongst other goodies, the new Pro Camera app is present and correct.

It’s compatible with the Lumia 920, 820, 720, 620, 520 and 810 phones, but in some cases a few of the more complex features won’t operate on the basic devices. Also, the Pro Camera app is only compatible with the Lumia 925 and Lumia 920. What is Pro Camera? It can replace the standard camera app on your phone, as it gives you complete control over the camera’s operation, just like a normal camera. Take a look at the video for a preview of just one of its features.

Then we’ve got Nokia Smart Camera, an app available through the Windows Phone Store which needs Amber to operate. It’s designed to bring life to action shots and also contains a burst mode and an editing feature. The Lumia Amber update will also improve the camera’s performance, in areas such as noise reduction, exposure and autofocus.

Additionally, a flip to silence and a double tap unlock gesture will be added to the phone, while a new system called Glance can be selected, which adds a clock and other system notifications to the lock screen.The Lumia Amber update has been released today, but it may take a while to reach your phone depending on your location and whether your network has approved the update yet. Nokia says the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will be getting Amber first, with all other phones following by the end of September.

Just in case this is the first time you’re updating your phone, Nokia has put together this handy video guide to make it easy.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars