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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!

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

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.

206 Comments
  • Windows phone is colourful
  • I thought it would be Lumia Cyan?In alphabetical order- Amber,Black,Cyan.
  • With its rather obvious relation with Windows Phone 8.1, only makes sense with Blue.
  • 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!!
  • Well, it's still in alphabetical order ;)
  • Cyan makes more sense from the alphabetical order and it it not far away from blue. Anyway, both are quite symblic Nokia colours
  • Yup it should start with C.. Cyan, Crimson or Chrome
  • It's most definitely not going to be called after a competitors. browser and 'operating system'. Cyan fist nicely.
  • 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.
  • Not chrome please!! Nobody likes Scroogle!!
  • Maybe they'll call it CLUE :)
  • Blue's Clues.
  • Where?...It's there...behind you...
  • I need it badly.
  • +925. Nobody cares what it's called. We want it, and we want it now.
  • Haha. Yeah come on AT&T we're waiting!
  • +920 hear, hear...  
  • 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.
  • Ok, maybe they will fix audio and yellow tilt on photos this time
  • 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.
  • And give you a NOKIA BLUE tint :D Hahahaha
  • My 1020 only seems to show it in the viewfinder. Image output does not seem to have the tint.
  • Makes sense.
  • It should be called Cyan.. not Blue
  • Yup. It should be Cyan
  • Cyan is never gonna happen like new lumias in cyan
  • Please tell me when did Nokia released an Amber phone to justify calling it Cyan...;P
  • Just out of curiosity, where in Star Wars did it say that Sith come in twos?
  • 1 hr 56th min dialogue
  • Kudos to you
  • 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.
  • Jas - Yoda mentioned it in The Phantom Menace - but its had its place in Star Wars lore since the original trilogy... http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Rule_of_two
  • "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! :)
  • Master Yoda: "Always two there are.."
  • Always two, there are. A master and an apprentice.
  • ....and Joe, but he's from accounting.
  • haha, That sounds so eddie izzardish :p
  • Bing 'Rule of two'
  • ...and a cup
  • Dan is quoting the prequels. No one should ever quote the prequels...
  • lol
  • Three....if one is siamese.
  • Blue? Nokia should name it normandy :p
  • Battle of Normandy? The Operation Overlord? That was for Nokia X :p
  • Maybe they will return the Actual Nokia Blue accent color :D i miss it
  • Time to switch to ios
  • Let it go! (your iPhone)
  • It's a nice song, through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHue-HaXXzg
  • Ok... Tc... Bye... :P
  • Umm... No!
  • The time where u will waste your money. Though u may get good apps but creep for a good cam and live tiles.
  • Buh bye.
  • Can't wait for my iPhone 6 :)
  • Wait somewhere else.
  • Good bye to you too...
  • 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.
  • Please don't go! What will be of WP and all of us?!
  • I'm looking forward to it! Anyway, I liked the name "Bittersweet Shimmer" more then "Black"... Sounds too dark.
  • 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❕
  • I cant wait , i cant wait
  • We tooo
  • Wii U?
  • Lol
  • Released to all by Jan 2015! :)
  • Only if your on an older windows 8 handset on Tmobile or Att. :(. That's how I feel.
  • 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.
  • Yeah, that's about right❕❕❕
  • Double rainbow.
  • Triple rainbow!!
  • 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.
  • Giggity.
  • Goo???
  • Quagmire?
  • Yo listen up here's a story
    about a little guy that lives in a blue world
  • And everything he see's is blue, like him, inside and outside...
  • Blue is how with the blue little window and a blue corvette
  • I'm blue
    Dabudeedaa blue dabudeena
  • Thanks for making me feel old...
  • Blue is my favorite color!  Could be my favorite update if an Icon like Device comes to AT&T. ;)
  • Uhhhhhh.... L930? You want?❔❔
  • 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.
  • Nokia had it, it was called Navifirm, but regrettably it was killed.
  • I see Navifirm+ is still available. http://www.symbian-toys.com/navifirm.aspx. Is this not working also?
  • +925
  • 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.
  • ...ok debbie downer
  • 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.
  • So basically to replace the Lumia black with Lumia blue. Okay.
  • It would be nice if the name was ' Nokia Cyan '. It is a kind of blue. ABC. Amber, Black and Cyan.
  • The android way ??? :)
  • Nokia did this in the last year or two of Symbian. It was Anna (I think) and Belle, and there was rumors of Carla and Dona.
  • You have a point.
  • Symbian Anna, Bell, Carla....FP1, FP2
  • I predicted this a month back to my brother......:-)
  • Thanks for the Russian video! Didn't understand one word Lol ...  
  • me either, and my native language is a kinda similer. He speaks damn fast.. Blue is mentioned in last seconds :) ...
  • Very fast. I know a little Russian, but I couldnt keep up
  • You know a little Russian? What's his name?
  • Was waiting for the word BLUE while watching the whole video and like you two didn't understand anything
  • He said...'in mother russia, phone updates you'.
  • Where does it say "blue" because I didn't see it :(
  • Wrong sense you're using... Try your ears, should work. If not, have them replaced, they may be defective.
  • LMAO!!!!!!!! Thanks for the laugh! =)
  • The very last word❕
  • Lets see how long ATT gets this put to the 1520
  • Why? I got Black pretty fast on my 1520❕❕.... :-)
  • 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❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕
  • We know what Nokia hasn't been spending time on; A creative name! x)
  • now will the 810 get this firmware update ;) ?
  • No chance sorry
  • A lot of chance, that they didn't get Amber and Black doesn't mean they don't get Blue.
  • 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'...
  • 810 isn't a wp8 phone, and yeah all on wp8 would go to 8.1 :)
  • what are you talking about? 810 is WP8.
  • 810 is a WP8 phone, the only X1X one.
  • The 810 is WP8. 
  • But but...once you go black you never go back
  • ^This
  • No.. Well,,, us Blacks will turn "it" Blue....... ;-);-);-);-);-);-)
  • Im going to assume the name will actually be cyan, to coincide with the alphabetical naming scheme.
  • You know when you assume...you make an ass out of u and...i forget
     
  • Come on AT&T!
  • Yay! Another update the 810 will miss! Woohoo! Ugh.
  • 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'm waiting for Nokia Blue!
  • 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'm excited for the Dev Preview to get 8.1, then excited to get Blue when my carrier (evil AT&T) rolls it out.
  • 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...
  • Giggitty!
  • Bleed blue
  • WP central will get updated with 8.1? Or the update is coming b4 that.
  • You forgot GDR1 and Portico :D
  • 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.
  • I think they will name it cyan
  • 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.
  • Lumia 1520 + always-on voice recognition = :o Lumia 920 + always-on voice recognition = :o :o :o
  • Witg 4 NOkia BLUe
  • Say no to BLUE but yes to CYAN
  • <to be deleted>
  • "Calming Blue" ;O)
  • Coming blue... ;p
  • I want nokia brown
  • 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!
  • Your sarcasm level is too high.. :D
  • I love the star wars reference :)
  • Hopefully they will fix the screen on 1520.
  • So, add three more months so all can receive the blue update on their phones. I dint like this approach...
  • Or just use the developer program, at least as you're talking about Windows Phone Blue and not Lumia Blue.
  • I really hope "Nokia blue" brings glance to Nokia Lumia icon for Verizon!
  • Nokia blue support in my l720. ?????
    it is released in India.??
  • Areee bro let dev preview come first. Blue is a firm update and will come after few months in July somewhere.
  • 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
  • Good luck with MS handling the development of the updates.....
  • if it wasn't for MS i wouldn't have gdr3 right now so your arrgument is invaild
  • Damn I just got black.
  • Nice Star Wars reference :P
  • "OS updates and firmware are like the Sith, there are always two." I'm so dead right now.....downright hilarious!!!
  • BLUE DIZ NUTS IN YO' MOUTH!