Nokia has announced the rollout of the Lumia Black update for its Windows Phone 8 handsets.
The Lumia Black update includes new features added by Nokia over Windows Phone’s GDR3 release. It brings the ability to create app folders through Nokia’s App Folder app (also available as a separate app on the Windows Phone Store for all WP8 handsets), Bluetooth 4.0 low energy support, improved Glance screen with an option to display notifications for various third-party apps and services, and Nokia Beamer, which allows users to share documents and multimedia to an “HTML5-enabled screen by simply scanning a QR code on the screen,” though it’s only available for phones with 1GB of RAM.
Lumia Black also includes numerous camera-centric additions. The update adds Nokia’s Camera app found on PureView devices to existing phones, the Storyteller app that arranges user photos based on date, time and location, and Refocus, which allows users to focus on a different part of an image after it has been captured; also included is a new image processing algorithm, which Nokia claims improves camera image quality, especially on the Lumia 1020. Meanwhile, the update also brings GDR3 features, including a driving mode, ability to close apps from the multitasking screen, and an option to lock screen rotating (finally!)
The Lumia 1020 and 925 will be the first to receive Lumia Black (it’s already showing up in many regions), followed by other models over the course of the next few weeks.