Windows Phone users on AT&T, specifically the Nokia Lumia 1520 users, have probably already heard that the Windows Phone 8.1 update is now live. The Virtual Assistant “Cortana” wants to get her gorgeous, hands? all over you – BUT WAIT, a lot of you have already been running the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview and this is a problem if you want to receive your OTA. Do not fret, as TeD is to the rescue.
What Does The Update Give You?
Windows Phone 8.1 is a significant improvement to the operating system. For those of you that have been using Windows Phone 8, you will notice a change the minute you turn on your device. These are not all, but some key changes we would like to highlight:
- Virtual Assistant “Cortana” (Similar To Google Now And Siri)
- Action Center (AKA Notification Tray)
- Word Flow Keyboard
- Battery Saver
- Data Sense
- Storage Sense
- WiFi Sense
- Burst Mode For Windows Camera
- Photo Gallery Enhancements
- Start Background (Wallpaper Behind Your Live Tiles)
While iOS and Android users are saying “It’s about time”, it is important to note that while these type of features can be found on other platforms, Microsoft has put their spin on them, and it is an overall very pleasing experience. The Word Flow keyboard in our testing has been very fast, smooth, and accurate. Cortana is fun and useful and Microsoft is consistently updating her software. Start Backgrounds add a layer of customization that many feel WP has lacked over the years. It is a great way to make your Start screen your own and it is a welcome addition.
If You Are On The Developer Preview
We have some sad news for those of you that are running the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft has put a hold on your official OTA update due to an issue with users that have Bitlocker enabled on their device. Bitlocker is a security encryption enabled on devices used for business. Information released to Windows Phone Central from Microsoft indicates that in order to receive the update normally, users will need to restore their device to stock software. In order to do this, you must first download and install the Nokia Software Recovery Tool. Make sure you back up your device first in phone settings before hand. Unless you want a fresh start.
While Windows Phone 8.1 is the software, your device will also receive a firmware update called “Lumia Cyan”. Currently most Nokia devices (at least in the U.S.) are running Lumia Black firmware. Lumia Cyan will bring you an improved equalizer for audio, camera improvements (as if the camera needs improving), and much more. You will most likely notice your device moving even smoother after the update. Especially if you were running the developer preview. The developer preview for the Nokia Lumia 1520 was only the software, now with the official update you will be getting the firmware to match. Stay tuned for more coverage and a deeper look at Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan.