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Sneak Peek: Nokia’s Amber Camera update for Windows Phone 8 Lumias

It was announced today that Nokia will be bringing “Amber”, a software update package that will coincide with Microsoft’s GDR2 update later this summer. We got a quick look at some of the new camera functions, which will launch on the Lumia 925 and then come to all Windows Phone 8 Lumias via an over-the-air update.

So what can we expect? FM Radio, up to 3200 ISO support, less noise, enhanced color profile, image quality improvements and more. One of those new features is of course the Smart Camera app that you see demoed here in our video. Indeed, we’re quite excited for this feature to come.

What do you think of these changes? Expected release is later this summer (we’re thinking July) though we’re not sure if we can wait that long. You?

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Sneak Peek: Nokia’s Amber Camera update for Windows Phone 8 Lumias

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Already got some kind of update on Lumia 920 AT&T. It says, NOKIA update. It is installing right now. Will let you know.
Update: Phone successfully restarting (migrating data screen). It was on the Spinning gears for about 5 minutes.
Update2: I guess I was behind. This brings me to 1314. Firmware 1232.5962.1314.0001

No it's not gdr2. GDR2 Will be an OS update that also will bring Amber Firmware update. OS and firmware is not the same. Firmware = manufacturers, OS = Microsoft

Oh, I realized. Yes, they say Amber update will be brought along with GDR2. Indeed, both are different. GDR2 will be by Microsoft and Amber by Nokia.

I wish they would release it in this month already. :D

Makes me wonder where is the Beta program that was mentioned? Would live to be a part of that :)

Is this update supposed to include the double tap to wake option and that lock screen clock too?

Well, what use is ISO 3200? That sensitivity is way too much for a tiny phone sensor. Heck, most MFT cameras with their much larger sensors don't look to nice at that setting...

Honestly i was quit disappointed that no instagram was announced nor the highly demanded whatsapp update..

I do kind of love that people expect Nokia to make all of this happen these days. Kind of sad actually.
It's not like you expect Samsung to do anything on the apps or the ecosystem in Android, other than manufacture phones and sell them. 

Nokia are helping to develop the new version of Whatsapp and the company announced a brand new version would be out soon so it's not a huge leap to have expected the announcement today.

^this

They have already done a LOT for the WP ecosystem but people always feel entitled for more, that's the culture now: What have you done for me lately?

+100. People seen so dissapointed when there beloved instagram is not annouced, what about the new camera software? does instagram have a filter to do that?.

Well, we did get the Hipstamatic app Oggl which will allow uploads to Intsagram.  Not sure when it is being released though.
 

Since when was this a What's App event?? It's Nokia. The What's App is down to What's App team not Nokia(rolls eyes)

Except Nokia said they were working with What's App on a new release. And Nokia have been instrumental in bringing new apps to the market. Witness the Oggl app that was announced today.
 
I'm not complaining, What's App works fine for me and I wasn't expecting anything, but I think it's fair these days to expect Nokia to announce new apps as much as anything else. WP & Nokia are coming from behind, so they need to shout about new apps as much as the developers of those apps. It's not like when Apple announced iOS 4/5 they didn't crow about the new Time or whatever app that came out at the same time.

They will probably announce Instagram (if there is an app coming) at the event on Thursday along with the Nokia Lumia 928 release.

Nokia has confirmed that the Smart Cam app will not appear on 7.x. However they say that the platform will still be supported and updated. ;)

1314 was for AT&T only. 1308 should be available for KSA. I got it on my UAE Nokia Lumia 920 about a month back.

1314 is coming to Australia as well. A carrier here said 1308 was ready for deployment but Nokia pulled it. 

Has there been 1314 anywhere but on AT&T devices? The issue that was fixed seems to have been specific to AT&Ts LTE network. Rest of the world will likely stay on 1308 until Amber hits.

Well we don't have 1308 in Aus unlocked either. Sorry should have been clearer. My gf has an import 820 Middle East version and she got it! Arg! 5gig of other and counting!

I've witnessed first hand that her 820 has 100% more Storage Check than my 920. There was clearly an update for both.

lantern was talking about on AT&T.  You said your sister has an "import 820 Middle East version".
 
My brother has the 820 on AT&T and no Storage Check is available for him either.

 
1314 is coming to Australia as well. A carrier here said 1308 was ready for deployment but Nokia pulled it. 
 

1314 should be coming to Telstra users VERY soon (hopefully this week).

Unbranded users will probably have to wait longer. Maybe up to an extra month.

That's great news nikhilr, will keep an eye for it. Can't wait to clear some if the 'other' space as well.

1314 will be released the same time for locked/unlocked devices. Portico was released at the same time - it is a carrier thing. My unlocked Lumia gets the updates the same time as the devices we've purchased for the company I work for. Should be within a week by all accounts (Telstra AU).

Portico was released about 1-2 weeks earlier on Telstra devices than unbranded devices. 
I've got a telstra device, my mate has a harvey norman device. He had to wait a week or 2 longer to get portico.

2nd that!  I have times that a full charge on my 920 last almost three days and others 8 hours.  The only time yesterday I even touched my 920 was to install the new Facebook beta and I went from 98% to less than 10% in several hours. In fact I usually see high battery drain after installing an update of any kind,  The FB update yesterday was the worse drain I've ever seen.

Can you do a favor for me? The next time you experience a sudden drop in battery charge, please note the exact battery level,and do a phone switch off + switch-on procedure. When the phone is up and running again, check the battery level again! Did It INCREASE compared to what you have seen before the shutdown? If yes, you are facing the same battery charge value mis-information that i am facing every week. The battery in fact is not loosing charge faster than usual, however for some reason it misreports the current charge level. Its NOT cosmetical issue, as the OS actually believes its reading the correct charge level, and reacts to the false low charge level, and shuts itself down. I suspect some firmware or OS bug, would love to hear others can check via this procedure so im not the only one affected.

FM radio...Cant wait for this feature to come finally. It's baseball season and the only way for me to listen to game is pay MLB $40 a year to stream live games. FM radio they are free from my local sports radio station.
 
We have to wait till late summer(we all know it never comes out early) ? Really ?
 
I have a HTC Trophy still sitting here and when i am doing projects in the yard I just use that phone for the FM radio with no service activated (because I am not going to change my ESN to cut the lawn)

In the article :

So what can we expect? FM Radio, up to 3200 ISO support, less noise, enhanced color profile, image quality improvements and more.

I don't know but does the lumia 925 have puremotion hd+ (60fps) like the 920 and 928? Please answer. Thanks.

If it's like any other FM radio for phones, you will need to have headphones connected for the signal. FM radio will not work with out headphones attached.

I guess technically you needed an 'adapter' with WP7 too... the adapter were the headphones... FM radio didn't work without them... I assume it'll be the same with the Nokia Lumia line...

When the time shift feature of the new BlackBerry z10 first was debuted I thought it was one of the best camera features ever for a phone....i can honestly say that the new Smart Cam app for lumias will be hands down, the best camera app this year! I'm scared to even find out what they'll think of next for an awesome camera experience!

Nokia acquiring Scalado, coupled with Nokia's imaging tech, definitely puts Nokia far and away above other oems with regards to camera tech on a smartphone.

Where's the announcement about live traffic updates on Nokia Here Drive Beta? That's what I was waiting for! 

With Data limits that most people have these days and the fact that Sporting events are blocked from streaming due the MLB/NFL etc having packages you buy to stream games, FM is huge for some people like myself (MLB wants $40 per year to stream live games but, it's free on the radio).
 
A perk to have ! Plus it's better on battery life than streaming music over the net.

Sidenote: iHeartRadio was pulled from WP8 marketplace in January. Nobody knows when it's coming back.

That being said, apps don't fully replace FM radio... There are still stations out there that aren't on any app, FM can be picked up without using data unlike an app, don't have to worry about reception issues, etc

In India, FM Radio is still the best source of entertainment than Internet Radio. The 3G plans are still quite expensive here and hence having an FM Radio is really necessary. Even the basic phones like Nokia 101 have FM Radio. I am so waiting for this update for my 920.

"The 3G plans are still quite expensive here"
Mate, i've been to india. Your 3g plans are dirt cheap!
Try coming to australia! 1gb costs me $65 a month (3500 INR)! 

FM Radio is great for local channels, and especially for talk radio; and one of the reasons I purchased the Lumia 900 in November instead of the Lumia 920.  I don't listen to music on my local channels, but I will tune into a few local talk radio stations :)

So wait they're saying gdr2 is coming this summer and not getting released with the 928 wtf? and the updates in the video are minor upgrades bring a notification center, or something to the os the camera is the least of the worries....i dont understand why they arent focused on the os more than the camera unbelievable

It's Nokia not Microsoft, amber is a Nokia firmware update so it can't change the OS.
Nokia a focussing on imagine tech at the moment hence a lot of the features being about cameras; it's how they're trying to define themselves

No gdr2 update is something different. Nokia is pushing out a update called Amber around the same time. But MS controls the notification center and other UI enhancements. But I agree that these features should have come to the 928 as well. But u knw Verizon is slow.

Nokia rules! "more is better than less and we want more, more, and more"! Great job now rush the update and tease us with the EOS!

Goodness sakes bring it already!!!! Will never ever trust any other OEM besides Nokia! Should've gotten wife and daughter the L920 instead of the 8gig 8x. L920 was cheaper too at the time. Two for one deal! God I feel stupid!

Why only 16GB on T-Mobile?  And no microSD card to make up for that?  I'm running out of storage as it is.  I need at least 32GB, preferably 64GB.

just got a pretty nifty update to Creative Studio through to my 920 (voduk), gives some "amber" like photo affects. im impressed and cant wait for the release... who needs a 925 :)

At ease people, all you nokia bashers. i can't believe all the negative comments this morning regardingmthe 925 ......i want this i want that.......as a nokia investor i am so happy that all the major carriers have a version of the 900. yes 900, thats what i have with 7.8 software. now wait 'till fall for a major release, dont speculate before then or listen to rumors.

I bet Nokia is testing the amber update every Lumia individually rather than the flagship 920 and 928

This makes Galaxy 4's camera features look like garbage.  However, blackberry's version is still pretty good

I would be delighted if they could make the 3g radio more efficient. My Lumia 920 doesnt last 6 hours on 3g. Its just cruel.!! :'(

I think with it's broken lines, mixed with panels, and bent curved metal look camera hole - the 925 looks cheapened, and not premium. Not the standard we have come to expect from Nokia. Gone are the clean lines of the 800,900,620,720,820,920 shells, even the 928, while more square, maintains the same design ethos. The specs of course are good, but disappointingly; this isn't the killer announcement it was being built up to be, especially because much of the presentation to launch this iteration of the 920s series, was used to talk about Nokia apps and not Nokia hardware - which does not require a launch event. I am praying that the rumoured forthcoming 'EOS' is not a similarly confused effort. Nokia take note! Ignore the sycophants and listen to your customers who expect only the very best in innovative design language and hardware specs.

Wow. Can't wait for camera improvements for my Lumia 920! Photos that I make with it is stunning... And they will be even better? Ca-a-an't wait! :D

Every little improvements is a step forward to a better device, cant say phone anymore as it does so much more!!