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Nokia’s next firmware to be dubbed ‘Blue for Windows Phone 8.1?

In the next few months, Nokia is expected to release a forthcoming firmware update for their Lumia line. That should be no secret as we’re also expecting an OS update called Windows Phone 8.1. Firmware helps make your phone’s hardware better, and it’s very specific to your device. The OS though is general. That’s why the Developer Preview Program only gives the OS update, but requires additional firmware updates later on to complete the experience.

OS updates and firmware are like Sith, there are always two.

Now, a new video posted by Nokia Russia highlights the current features in Lumia Black. That’s the firmware that coincides with Update 3. That in and of itself is not news, but at the very end of the video, the voice over makes brief mention of the next Lumia update, and even call is by name: Nokia Blue.

‘Blue’ is the codename for Windows Phone 8.1 (and other Microsoft services), so Nokia calling their new firmware ‘Nokia Blue’ makes a lot of sense. (It’s also kind of funny, since we have Black and Blue for those two firmwares).

Assuming the information is correct, the firmware/OS pattern will look like this:

There's almost a semblance of a pattern there.

So what’s in Nokia Blue? That’s a good question, and we really don’t know yet.

In the past, firmware like Nokia Blue has “unlocked” some features like advances to the Glance screen, better Bluetooth support, improved camera algorithms, Motion Monitor and more. Presumably, there could be some advanced features in the 8.1 OS update that are taken advantage of by newer chipsets found in the Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 e.g. always-on voice recognition. Firmware would be needed there to enable those and other features.

We’re reaching out to various sources to confirm the firmware name and any other details. But due to the obviousness of the name and a Nokia video calling it 'Blue, we're leaning heavily on this. Then again, before Lumia Black was Lumia Black it was called Bittersweet Shimmer. Stay tuned.

Source: Nokia Russia (YouTube); Thanks, Islambek U., for the tip!

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Nokia’s next firmware to be dubbed ‘Blue for Windows Phone 8.1?

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Technically Blue is still after black alphabetically also :) but I agree would have made sense. Perhaps they should call it the Cortana fw update ftw!!

Cyan makes more sense from the alphabetical order and it it not far away from blue. Anyway, both are quite symblic Nokia colours

Lol competitor who? Nokia just made an android phone.. I don't think naming an update chrome will hurt Microsoft more than the nokia X. But yeah cyan is nokias favourite colour.

Sure they used Android, but they used a forked version and didn't offer Google services, instead offering Microsoft. They're still frenemies.

Doesn't matter.. Its still is an option for phone buyers.. Its gonna directly compete with new wp manufactures (karbonn and xolo in India) plus it has the added advantage of the nokia brand name. It definitely will affect these OEMs and which in turn will affect Microsoft when it comes to market share. nokia X is doomed.

As long as they fix the Kid's Corner bug (feature) that maxed the volume at 13, making Windows Phone's only compelling feature not.

I had the yellow tint problem, too. But I fixed by using the original 'camera' software to shoot couple photos. Then went back to Nokia Camera. And tint gone.

It's not a huge problem for me. Most of the time it doesn't happen. But sometimes I have green streetlights instead of blue ones.

Off the top of my,head began with Darth Bane after the Old Republic era on the premise that multiple Sith Lords in the Empire always led to internal,power struggles, the master apprentice system,insured stability in that when the apprentice was fully,learned he could kill the mater and then take on a new apprentice. Something of that sort.

"Lumiya, one of Vader's secret apprentices, declared herself Dark Lady of the Sith and established her own Sith Order. She remained faithful to Darth Bane's ancient diktat, the Rule of Two, by taking Flint as her first apprentice, and then Carnor Jax"

Lumiya! :)

I defected to iOS 14 months ago. Really looking forward to July when I can get back to WP. The app gap was real back then, now not so much.

Hopefully it gives us a proper file system if WP8.1 doesn't take care of that... I want to be able to make folders, and move files around freely, between my devices, and SD card... Just like in WinMo❕

Or in a different country to the US. Took me 4 months to get black after gdr3 released and I have a carrier free device.

I would assume it would be staring with a C since that seems to be the scheme they are going for, like android with the desert names that increment alphabetically.

I love Nokia firmware updates but I hate have having to wait for the carrier to release it. Can't they have a developer preview like MS. Part of me was hoping after the aquistion, they would do away with separate firmware updates and all updates would come through the dev preview. This new does not make me happy. The waiting game sucks.

So... We are still going to have exclusives even when Nokia is Microsoft? Cool.

Still delays for firmware and os update? Damn

No. This is Nokias last firmware update. After that, Microsoft will be the one providing it...assuming they'll provide any that isn't bundled with the OS.

Nokia is still Nokia. It would be illegal for the both of them to work together as if they already collided. As long as Microsoft doesn't own Nokias Hardware devision, they have to act like nothing happened. Lumia Blue will probably be the last firmware update WITH new features. Nobody said Lumia Blue will bring new features to Lumias that differentiate from Samsungs ATIV serie, Huaweis Acsend W serie or HTCs Windows Phone serie.

me either, and my native language is a kinda similer.

He speaks damn fast.. Blue is mentioned in last seconds :) ...

So... once they are Black and Blue then MS will act as the hospital to put them back together again? j/k

Anywho, I love the list of features coming to WP 8.1, any addition to it is simply going to be icing on the cake.  I really wonder what features will trickle down to my L520 as my 920 died on me last month... really miss my 920.

I'm going to read the list again right now❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕

It's supposed to go to all WP8 devices. But knowing T-Mo... well I'm having doubts this will even make it to the 925 anytime before August. Not trying to join the negative, cry-baby bacd wagon. Just sayin'...

gotta love that t-mo USA...they better support the 925 and 521 a lot better than they did with the 8X and 810 or else the only WP phones on t-mo will be unlocked models...

I thing not Blue - This's Cyan -> name A-B-C ... (Amber - Black - Cyan ...), do you remember the Symbian Anna - Belle - carla (a-b-c)?

I can go with Blue...but hey, if they had named in Cobalt, that would have been the best of both worlds. Names aside, let's see what it brings to the table...

GDR1 and Portico are the same update. Portico was the codename for the update that was previously known as GDR1 but now known as Windows Phone 8 Update 1.

it would be epic of nokia shipped the blue firmware before win pho 8.1. I mean every MSFT division shipped their blue update except guess who? BINGO windows phone. At least they are consistent as the slowest freaking dev team of all time.

Relax, it seems like the Windows Phone team is just the first team that moves to a new release cycle that triggers the RTM in Spring instead of Fall. Beside, we're getting a lot of features in the place.

That doesn't make sense. Since Symbian, Nokia's been known to go in alphabetical order with their update names (Anna, Belle, Carla, Donna) and in this case, naming it Blue would just not work with the general OS' name being Windows Phone Blue, that'd be pretty redundant. It would just make sense for Nokia to call it Cyan, since that's sort of a form of blue and it begins with a C.

That's not difficult either. Just put your phone in the oven at 400 to 500 *F for not more than 10 mins. Open it when you smell some plastic. Your nokia brown is ready!

i really hope MS after Nokia acquisition will kill Nokia softwere updates I can't wait months after Update release to git it otherwise i would just stick with Lagdroid or Iphone

Does anyone know if it's possible for Samsung, HTC, etc. to do their own firmware updates to their WP phones?  Huawei's CMO, Shao Yang, makes it sound like that's not the case.

Interesting to know that my 1520 support always on voice recognition:) the only feature i thought is missing... Voice recognition without being always on is not helpfull but with it is unbelievably useful...

Are we ABSOLUTELY sure they weren't referring to WP 8.1 as Blue?

(I've forgotten the Russian I had learnt, so I didn't watch the video.)

I hope that the next firmware update doesn't "fix" or "improve" the camera algorithms of the Icon too much...I'm in love with this phone's camera!

"OS updates and firmware are like Sith, there are always two." And you even provide a link to the Star Wars wiki! Just love it! :D

Nokia need to stop customising the updates, it takes too long to deploy them as a result. When GDR3 came out I got mine within two weeks unlike three months for you Nokia lot.

Sure. Just go right ahead and fuck up the order of update names by colors in alphabetical order that we had established.

Lumia cyan is most likely. Due to alpabetical color. Amber, Black, Cyan. I think "Nokia Blue" is just a teasing as blue and cyan are in the same family

Lets see, between GDR3 release and The date i got The Black update it were like 6 months...so i will have WP8.1 by December most likely...sooooo bad.

Don't forget Bittersweet Shimmer, Black, then Blue... Yes it is Alphabetical and color based! Kinda Like SCROOGLE and their sweets.

I would have preferred nokia not release a firmware update this time. Delays the os update for months!
Want 8.1 update so bad on my 920 so i can start promoting wp again

In the words of Yoda, I would reword to "always two, there are".
But I don't like this being thought of as the Sith, Sith are unwelcome everywhere:)

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