The next firmware update from Nokia, which will be bundled with the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release, has had its internal codename – Lumia Cherry Blossom Pink – leaked thanks to screenshots published on a Chinese website. Just like Bittersweet Shimmer, which later became known as Lumia Black once released to the public, we expect Nokia to drop 'Lumia Cherry Blossom Pink' for a catchier phrase. Other screenshots were included to tease some of the features in the upcoming operating system update.
It's not clear what we'll be looking at in the next firmware update from Nokia, but we've covered Windows Phone 8.1 fairly extensively in the past and strongly urge you to check out our detailed analysis of features set to be included in the next update. It's also a neat way to see if functionality you'd like to see implemented is well on the way. As noted above, the leakster over on Sina also published numerous screenshots of what appears to be Windows Phone 8.1.
The above images show the new VPN support and background images for Start screen Live Tiles. The next batch of screens show the new Windows Phone Store design, which we took a look at yesterday, alongside some other tidbits like the refresh button being located inside the Internet Explorer address bar.
We note that Cherry Blossom Pink is a temporary, internal codename for the firmware update since we're likely to have something like the following:
- Amber <-> Windows Phone 8 Update 2 (aka GDR2)
- Lumia Black <-> Windows Phone 8 Update 3
- Nokia Blue (Cherry Blossom Pink) <-> Windows Phone 8.1
It makes more sense for Nokia to call its firmware 'Blue'.
Since the above images appear to match what we've already covered, we'll ask you all to grab some salt with this rumor (we haven't yet been able to confirm everything) but we can definitely see it being accurate. It's unknown as to whether or not this codename will make it to the live release, but it's an awesome name nonetheless. Check out more screenshots over on Sina.
Source: Sina; thanks, hengxiang32401, for the tip!
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