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Nokia begins global Lumia Black update roll out; kicks things off in China

There are many of us still waiting for Nokia to roll out the Lumia Black update for Windows Phones around the world. If you're not yet rocking the latest firmware, you'll be receiving your update notifications soon. Just as we covered last week, Nokia is beginning the major push to supported hardware, starting with China.

We've received confirmation from Nokia that the Lumia Black firmware update has indeed started its journey to consumers. Note that the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 Windows Phones are receiving the upgrade (other Lumias to follow). Here's what Nokia China posted on Chinese website Weibo (translated):

"Nokia Lumia Black system upgrade coming in recently for different types of users, have to upgrade push it! I believe that many users already can not wait to learn what the system update, right? Come! Click on the picture, preview it!"

Should you require reminding as to what the update brings to Lumia Windows Phones, we've got a quick reminder for you. It's worth noting that not all included features and changes will be applied to all hardware and Chinese consumers will receive two unique features exclusive to that market.

  • Glance Screen - New colours for night mode, notifications, pedometer, custom text and calendar information
  • RAW camera support for both the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520
  • New camera algorithms, notably for the Lumia 1020 with tone mapping and noise reduction
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE

​We'll hopefully have an idea as to which regions are receiving the update soon. Have you updated to Lumia Black yet?

Source: Weibo; thanks, hengxiang32401, for the heads up!


Reader comments

Nokia begins global Lumia Black update roll out; kicks things off in China



Your stupid, first its been fixed, second. THIS IS A NOKIA UPDATE so even if it hadn't been fixed it wouldn't be!

And no it has not been fixed! Had to do a hard reset last month because of 11gb of other on gdr3 dev hopeful for other storage fix?...wp8.1

I had this problem prior to the Amber update.  However, I don't have the problem any longer.  My "Other" has been steady around 2GB.  I installed the GDR3 Dev Preview too.  Hopefully the Black update will fix whatever the issue is with your phone, but it is not a widespread issue like it was before.

Do understand that other storage is a Microsoft issue not a Nokia is so the Nokia Black update couldn't possible affect something they can't control

Maybe I misunderstand, but I thought Nokia's Black update is delivered along with Microsoft's GDR3 update.

No for some its already been released. So distributers (your mobile provider) may decide to release them in conjunction but they are not tied to each other

why my 620 has no notificatio
n when i received messages from,whatsapp viber , and skype, i am using PD 8.1

Actually, it hasn't been fixed on all devices. My 920 from At&t is fully upgraded to all released software and firmware. I still have 7GB other storage... And growing. I wouldn't justify the comment as stupid at all.

Its not the amber that affects it its the gdr2 update which is Microsoft not Nokia . Nokia can't do anything about it!

Amber included GDR2. The update fixed the issue for me, but I guess it didn't for everyone. What phone do you have?

Yep, KKruglov is correct. You will receive the Black update even if you installed the developer preview. The preview is an OS update, this is a firmware update, so they are actually two very different updates. It's just that they usually get installed at the same time OTA.

Ok.. I have a 1520 with Black pre installed.. Can you tell me if you see the pedometer for glace screen❔. What happened to this feature❔

Nokia already stated that the Glance Screen needs to be updated first before te steps will show on it... This is due in "Early 2014"according to nokia...

Again, GDR3 is ONLY the Microsoft bits.  Black is the Nokia bits for Lumia devices.  GDR3 can (and did) roll for devices without Black, but Black cannot load without GDR3 accompanying it (it relies on some of the Microsoft bits).  I had GDR3 on both my 920 and my 1020 and then AT&T rolled the Black update last December, so I got Black+the final version of GDR3.  NOW it looks like the Black that's rolling out for everyone has some ADDITIONAL pieces to it.  So, while i've been running Black+GDR3 since December, I'm looking for this new rollout.

Are you saying you have the Black update on your AT&T 920?  I thought it was only pushed out to 1020 on AT&T.  I never got it on my AT&T 920.

Check for the updates.I think as of now 925 and 1020 users are getting the black update...All lumia users willget the update eventually..

Exactly.  We got that in December...completely by surprise, though.  However, the app folder feature wasn't a part of it, so this must be a new-and-improved Black.

So, are we getting the app folder feature soon❔ And, whatever happened to the glance screen pedometer❔ I have a 1520, and I don't see any of this..

same here L920 --- developer device. guess once flagship phone now becomes low-end. :(


Well, the product release cycle for products today is something between 6 - 12 months. So basically anything you buy today will be considered secondary within that timeframe.

I just checked 1:30 am IST on 10th Jan. I have an update available. Suspect it is Lumia Black + GDR3. Will download tomorrow using WiFi in my office. Excited! (Lumia 925)
By the way, what is the size of the update?

I want it for my unlocked 1020. Please hit uk soon.

Update... After doing manual check and waiting. Phone is updating now....:) Nokia beamer, here i come. :)

I'm updating my L1020 from DEUTSCHE TELEKOM now (so it's rolling out in Europe). Still waiting on approval for the L920 though.

Nice to see an app folder! Thank God!
Also...anyone noticed the small arrow on top of the Wi-Fi signal?

Yes, you'll get Black for the 520. The 925 and 1020 are receiving it first, but you'll get it :)

Update done... When I had previously searched for 'Nokia Storyteller' in the the store,no results came up. I tried searching again in the store and couldn't find it. When I Binged Nokia Storyteller', it linked me to the site where i could install the Beta which is now working. Not sure if having Black allows the install to go thru though.

Verizon was first out the gate with amber. Let me check my magic eight ball to see if that wasn't a fluke.
Outlook not so good

Terminate app is already in GDR3 so if you don't already have that, it should roll out alongside Nokia Black.  Vol controls I believe was said to be in 8.1 so you will have to wait a bit longer for that one.

And your carrier is? I've got Saunalahti. But no Black available for my 920 w/ GDR3 preview.

Saw that too...good thing my wife likely won't care, though it'll bug me. We can still get the MS updates. 

This is a big question, even though it is carrier-modified, the 810 should receive it -- as we expect the 822 and the 928 to have it soon.

Gang, don't get too excited.  It's rolling globally for the 1020 and 925.  The other Lumias are rolling "in the coming weeks", according to Nokia.  AT&T rolled Black to us back in December.  However, this must be a new revision of Black because the "app folders" -- a completely useless feature as far as I'm concerned -- is not currently available on the version of Black that's on my 1020 (unless there's a secret way to access it).

Folders are useless?  I disagree; this is a feature that many have been asking about for a long time.  It allows the start screen to get that much better.  Not all apps needs a live tile or are used just often enough to get into a folder.  Traveling apps are a great example.


I've found folders so useful that I used the proxy trick to get Samsung's App Folder.
I currently have 7 "app folder" tiles on my start screen, it allows me to have quick, organized access to groups of apps, i.e., photography, tools, settings, social apps, sports,etc.

Nice; that's a great example.  I think most people like this feature.  Those on iOS swear by folders (mainly because it is the only tool for organizing their home screen) but this will help open up the idea of switching to those that really like this feature.

If you could group the Apps List the way you want it, then the App folder would be less needed.  But I agree this is extremely useful.  I am using "HeaderTiles" as a way to organize the Start Screen.  I don't have every App pinned, but I need to organize it someway logically so it is easier to find things.  The folders will be create for the Photo, Travel, and "Tool" apps.  It will definitely cut down on the scrolling.

Please pay attention: I said "useless as far as I'm concerned."  I simply see no value to throwing ANOTHER LAYER to dig into to find something.  It's just a waste of time for me.  Beside, perhaps you hadn't noticed, but you already have HUBS that perform the same function.  Go into the Pictures hub and all your photo apps are THERE.  Go into the Music & Video hub and, yep, all your music and video apps are THERE.  So, again, app folders are useless to me.  And I certainly don't care what ignorant iPhone users like.

Please pay attention: I said, "I'VE found folders so useful that I..."

Perhaps you haven't noticed, but not ALL of the photo apps show up in the hub, same way with video and music apps. Plus there is no social hub, tools hub, productivity hub, sports hub, navigation hub, shopping hub, etc., etc.

Seems weird black is available before gdr3 very confusing for the consumer. Some clarity on global release on gdr3 would be nice

Black includes GDR3.  Also, many of us have installed GDR3 back in November with the Dev Release Program.  That is available to everyone for free.

I can't seem to figure out how to make App folders....I have a feeling Nokia spilled the beans about a WP8.1 feature here...

That's the "real" name of the L1020. It was changed at last minute, so every L1020 is identified as 909 ;)

I totally forgot that it was the 909 too.  I remember now because the original was the Nokia 808 Pureview.

Nokia said that this would hit the 1020 and 925 first, and that it would start rolling out for other phones in the coming weeks. 

Nokia said that this would hit the 1020 and 925 first, and that it would start rolling out for other phonea in the comig weeks.