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AT&T and Nokia release Lumia Black update for Lumia 1020; Lumia 1520 also gets new firmware

In a surprise announcement, Nokia and AT&T have pushed out the Lumia Black update and new OS patch (Windows Phone 8 Update 3) for the Lumia 1020. In addition, there is a new firmware release for the Lumia 1520.

The updates are now live and going out to both devices. Here are the changes:

Nokia Lumia 1020 Lumia Black (3051.40000.134x.00xx)

  • Daily delighters: lock the screen rotation, close apps easily in the app switcher, use custom ringtones for messaging and mail, among other things
  • Update to Nokia Camera that combines Nokia Smart Camera and Nokia Pro Camera. Available from the Store app.
  • Get the latest version of Nokia Glance Screen – see quick status notifications, for example, about calendar and messaging events on the lock screen.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE – preserve energy while staying connected via Bluetooth
  • Get enriched camera performance, enhanced battery monitoring, and other stability and usability improvements
  • NEW: OS build 10517

Likewise, the Lumia 1520 also received a new firmware package today.

Nokia Lumia 1520 (1028.3534.1347.2001)

  • General performance and usability improvements

To get the update, dive into Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates. You will need to be on a Wi-Fi connection to download.

These updates are only for US AT&T devices. There is no indication that these updates are going global at the moment.

Update 4 PM ET: Read our follow up article detailing all the changes on the Lumia 1020!

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

300 Comments
  • Download faster! Also, you guys need to be on WiFi for the Lumia 1020 to download the update, at least mine said so. 
  • All things in due time Sam. I know you really want that update though :p
  • For once, it pays that I have updgraded internet :)
  • WiFi on 1520 also can't wait to get home
  • I believe it is because there is no data sense app on AT&T phones. On Verizon, if I have my app set to unlimited data it will let me download updates using data. If not, they must be downloaded through Wi-Fi.
  • Holy cow,is this true? Downloading updates using cellular data? I thought there was a limit preset by microsoft
  • "Its way darker this time." -J Cole But honestly awesome for all Nokia Lumia 1020 owners!
  • J Cole fan?
  • Huge J Cole Fan myself
  • "Villuminati"
  • Bingo!
  • Not all, im in Sweden and havent received any updates :'(
  • IT'S. NOT. POSSIBLE. NOOOOO, now there won't be months of people crying about att and providing endless comedy, Curse you At&teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)
  • No now people will just complain about windows 8.1 in about hmmm 5 hrs!!!
  • HAHA true that! But they must get rid of the carriers' dependency!
  • I can't wait for 8.1 to bring my 1020 into the 2013 era, but I'm also scared of how buggy it could potentially be.
  • If there's one benefit of Microsoft taking so long to release their phone updates, it's stability. Bugs are usually few and far between.
  • It didn't seem to go that way with the Lumia 920. The 1020 should be better though, I agree.
  • Do you mean initial launch of the 920? Because Windows 8.0 was a fairly significant update.
  • I think you're confusing WP8 (which was the work of MS) and Lumia 920 (which was totally Nokia's work). For sure it was not perfect but your characterization of "how buggy..." implies WP8 was full of bugs, which it was not.
  • The only thing I can recall is that originally the 920 had reset problems, Bluetooth problems, and lack of clarity in the camera. Don't know who's fault that was....and I'm not mentioning the hardware problem of dust in the front camera...and this is coming from someone who loveeeddd that phone! :)
  • All three of those are almost definitely Nokia, and even then they fixed them pretty quickly. Because Windows Phone has very little fragmentation, you can pretty much see who it is with the following question: Is it happening on all Windows Phone with that software version? Yes: then it's a Windows Phone bug. No: then it's a bug in a manufacturer's driver, application or software.
  • ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give Lumia Black for Lumia 920
  • You will just hear about where is black for the Lumia 920 owners.....like you are already noticing in the thread.
  • Yes where is the black for my 920
  • +1 (had to do it)
  • No black for my 900..:(
  • The 900 will not get black. I thought this was well known.
  • Yeah I know...   I'm poor LOL...
  • Where 920 black?
  • Guess there is still hope for a fun filled few months! :)
  • Luckily, my 920 is already black.
  • How?
  • Lol, mine too ^_^
  • Black color lol
  • LOL!!!
  • Same :D
  • Lmao @SouthDallas40, you rock!
  • Yes there will be, what about Lumia 820-920-925 and mini me Lumia 520. There shall be many screams and tears.
  • L-925 is getting their rollout already at T-Mobile http://news.softpedia.com/news/Nokia-Lumia-925-Receiving-Windows-Phone-8-GDR3-Update-at-T-Mobile-410985.shtml  
  • we will still complain as we didnt get for 920
  • Not only where is black for my 920 but what's with the update install times. The updates that came out a few days ago for those of us running the preview of GDR3 took 5 hours to install. I know I'm a power user and app whore but seriously what could the phone be doing that caused it to take 5 hours to install a 2mb update. The GDR3 preview took several hours as well.
  • Certainly didn't take 5 hours for me, I would say 20 mins max
  • But, but I thought everyone said AT&T won't release Black until 2020?
  • That's only for 920 owners
  • And 925
  • OUTSTANDING! :)
  • Wow I'm shocked, happy and impressed!!! Great job Att!!!! Can't wait to get this on my 1020!!! Great week for WP!!!
  • what about the 920 users? :l
  • Um, yeah
  • Yeah, the wait is kind of ridiculous.. My friend had update 3 on her att 8x for almost two months now.. What's taking so long❔... I could really use the close app feature..
  • Developer preview???
  • No, the real update❕.. GDR3has already been released for att 8X's..
    I know we're talking about BLACK here, but most of us are still waiting for update 3 for our 920's.
  • i hope they release it before february 30th
  • What's significant about that date❔
  • the date doesnt exist, meaning '''i hope they release it some day'' .... .....
  • Hmm, hopefully my Rogers 920 will get it soon as well.
  • My GF will be very happy when she gets home tonight... but do I even need to ask where the update for the 920 is :( ? Hopefully it won't be 3 months late(r) again.
  • ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give Lumia Black for 920
  • holy shit, /r/dota2 is leaking!
  • Hah! I knew there had to be somebody who recognised this :D
  • anyway to get black on unlocked 1020's on t-mobile?  
  • you would have to wait until its pushed to unlocked models, the fact ATT pushed it early is a surprise, even before the int'l models, which is really weird
  • Home depot. Black spray
  • LOL
  • Unlocked ATT 1020 being used on T mobile I can confirm I received this update.
  • Still no Datasense.
  • Datasense needs to be enabled by the carrier, I frankly think that they would prefer you use their own tools to monitor your usage (text alerts etc)  .  Not worth their time to set it up.
  • Not really, I had datasense on my ATIV-S (imported from Canada) connected to ATT.
  • The MyAT&T app (what they say is the equivalent of DataSense) has about 1% of the capability of DataSense, and cannot be considered comparable.  It only tracks from their network side, and has no ability to track network -vs- WiFi data usage, nor usage by individual apps (really useful for identifying hoggish apps).  DataSense also maps out nearby WiFi hotspots.  We all need to push back to AT&T and get them to stop stripping out functionality.  After 25 years with them, this is what will drive me and my family away.  I flashed the ROM on my 920 to get DataSense on AT&T, but there has to be a better way (and I haven't heard of similar ROMs that can be flashed for other devices, in case I decide to upgrade my hardware).
  • Please, did you get 4G and or LTE with his unocked 1020 model on T-Mobile?
  • waiting for black update on my l520 and 920. however, black update seems to only add bluetooth 4.0 support and camera updates (most noticable).
  • Im hoping the firmware update improves camera performance  on my 1520. Thats a little of a sore spot for me.
  • I'm waiting for the screen flicker fix, hope they solve it out :( 
  • I havent had the screen flicker issue but I did notice that the swipe registering as a tap issue has rid itself which I am happy about.
  • Honestly, my 1520 camera is awesome, and I havent noticed any flickering or anything weird. The device is simply superb. Sorry to hear that you guys are having issues.   Side note: Lockmix is an awesome app! 
  • I want the Black update on my 920 because I'm hoping it fixes Qi charging after they broke it with Amber.
  • Me too, and here I thought it was just me.
  • What's wrong with your wireless charging?  Mine works great...  
  • I'm waiting for new camera firmware to the 1020 so I want black really bad.
  • I'm running the latest Preview for Developers update on my 1020...is this the same thing? Should I download it? Sorry for the bad English, not my first language.
  • Yeah download it has the nokia firmware but the developer preview doesn't
  • Much much different. Download :D
  • pretty much, just with Nokia's awesomeness tossed in, so go for it!
  • So does that mean FITBIT and Nike Fuelband can finally work with a Lumia? I hope so.
  • 920?
  • I remember when I bought the 920 and for all updates and app releases, people used to ask what about the 900? I feel like 920 is the new 900 :)
  • I was that guy one time lol I miss my 900 sometimes
  • Tell me about it, I have my 900 sitting on my desk. it's still a great phone but still so peeve everytime i see that phone settting on my desk.
  • I still have it. I used it for a short time when my gf broke her 920 and we were waiting on a replacement. So many features missing on 7.5
  • No, the 920 is far from 900. Its still one of Nokias big cards and will receive updates but the new phones always of course first
  • I hope that this means they're still tweaking the update for the 920 as I still can't use my phone as a phone. It is inaudible when putting the phone to my ear and talking - I have to be on speakerphone or bluetooth which is ridiculous. I will gladly wait for them to fix this. I should be able to use my phone for phone calls...
  • Sounds like a device specific problem.. Not sure if an update is going to fix that.. You need to go to the service center and swap that device out for another one..
  • I'm not sure. It happened right after I updated to GDR3 and there have been other people reporting the same issue after updating to GDR3 with their Lumia 920. Of course this isn't everyone but for those of us affected it is pretty frustrating.
  • That sux... I guess there are all kinds of "batch specific" problems then..
  • No. To old
  • I hope they've solved the flickering problem, mostly with 920s
  • Just send it to warranty. At least that's what they told me at the nokia store...
  • I sent it to nokia care and they replaced the screen and the problem still persist. however the problem appeared after portico update. so it's a software (firmware) problem.
  • +1 Thought, I was alone facing that issue. Thanks for sharing/ notifying community. 2 observations on this issue from my end:
    1. When we use any charger other than the one provided by Nokia, the flickering issue occurs more rigorously i.e. Used my Xperia standard USB charger initially.
    Also, when you charge phone from power points that doesn't render stipulated Output i.e. I'm from India - 220v is the normal power output. When i used it in bus/train which render sub-power output like 110v - flickering issue popped up again.
    2. Instance i find more annoying is when you do a long press on Home screen or webpage or even few apps, flickering is mild & prominently.
    As you rightly said, even I receive this flickering issue only after Portico update.
    Now I have constantly avoided the type 1 activities, which had fairly reduced the issue. However, flickering does pops up during long press at any screen space..
  • I didn't believe it till I saw the downloading screen on my 1020. http://instagram.com/p/iHQUV8pxsi/
    Way to go Nokia and AT&T!! Early Christmas present for me!
  • Your phone looks... weird?  Like part of the case is gone.
  • Wow the last time AT&T was 1st with any type of update was the Iphone
  • Actually AT&T was first with GDR1, then they pulled it due to a bug with the radio and re-released the fixed version a week or so later.  Only with GDR2 did they take a long time.
  • I appeciate any extra QA work Nokia and AT&T did w/GDR2. That first GDR update was awful for tons of people.
  • Daniel - Any love for Verizon customers? News on the Lumia Icon?
  • I don't think we are getting this or GDR3 until the release of the 929...
  • I'm going to throw in the towel when it comes to waiting for the Icon. A phone that has been delayed this much must have serious problems. Also, by the time it does get announced, 8.1 will be almost out, leading to another wave of phones. I wouldn't expect it until mid-January, though.
  • -920
  • Holy cow! Is it that same att?
  • If at&t released an update this soon, the end of the world.must be near
  • +1
  • Yep. BOHICA.
  • YAy Early christmas present from ATT. just in time. better pictures on christmas :)
  • When it will come to other phones
  • Well, I am from Brazil... The update hasnt reached this land.... or has it?
  • Well this IS a surprise!! Looking forward to it hitting the UK
  • +920
  • Yay! Earlier than expected!
  • Is there no where's my update page for lumia black like they did with amber?
  • ...enhanced battery monitoring...
    What does this mean?  I don't remember reading about this anywhere. 
  • I don't think Rogers has released gdr3.
  • I want on my l925 bring bring!
  • I guess AT&T is just going to keep crapping on the 920. I guess it will be time to uprade when WP 8.1 comes out.  
  • Wow, the come one UK three! Maybe an early Xmas present?
  • The reason they probably pushed this first is because of how bad the gdr2 update went for at&t but again the question is the 920,  How long before the 920 users receive the update???
  • This is surprising!!!! Att released update even before the factory unlocked phones .. I am getting jealous :-\
  • Please come on 920 by Christmas....
  • Ugh dammit why can't Rogers do the same
  • OMG YESSSSSSSSSSSS
  • so nothing on q
    worldwide modelz wierd
  • I think it might be time to switch companies. I've had it with at&t and nokias inability to provide a update to all devices on a timely fashion.
  • Guess you'll be getting an iPhone
  • LOL nah think not
  • Nice! Downloading now; let's see if my 1020 breaks... :P
  • WTH? It keeps telling me I need to connect to wi-fi when I've turned everything but the Wi-fi off! I really hope Black includes a fix for the Wi-Fi connection on the 1020. It seems to have trouble with that. I can have a full signal of LTE and Wi-Fi and the phone pretty much loses all ability to connect to the internet. It is annoying as hell.
  • That reminds me of my old HD7 (R.I.P.), which absolutely sucked. I'm sorry to hear that about a Nokia. Have you tried contacting them?
  • -920 :(. :'(
  • So this will be good news for me in like 6 months, when branding-free 920's will get it in Germany...
  • is it for all countries or only US?..
  • I was actually just about to do the developer preview lol
  • You can still do it. You'll get all the GDR3 goodness. You'll only need to wait for the Black update.
  • Is it only is us? Not on ee in the uk?
  • +920
  • So i should be able to download it?
  • It's not out yet sadly. Hopefully soon :)
  • Best surprise ever! I can't wait!!!! This and then the 8.1 update are going to make me feel like I don't need to replace my phone for another 3 years!!
  • Let's not jump ship here. We'll need to wait and see exactly what 8.1 brings to the table.
  • my at&t lumia 920 just got updated to 8.0.10521.155 ....that's the lumia Black Firmware right???  
  • Yea ok...
  • Did anyone that did the dev gdr3, get the black update with no problem?
  •  mine is installing now and I had the dev preview. do a mnual check for updates.tok a little longer on checking updates but eventually found it.
  • No issues here it installed perfectly.  I'm not seeing an update for the Glance app yet though.
  • Do we need an update to get message alerts on the glance screen?
  • They are there now after the update
  • Does it add RAW camera support for the 1020?
  • Yes
  • Thanks for confirmation. Daniel probably should add that to the list because I think a lot of photo buffs are waiting for that landmark feature alone.
  • I'm doing a whole separate article on new features.