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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 customizations

Nokia has done some under the hood tweaks to Windows Phone 8 to enhance the user experience. For instance, that Super Sensitive Display that some of you were worried would turn on or cause issues? Well, you can just switch it off. Or if you really like music, why not toy with the seven-and graphic equalizer, 18 custom presets or turn on some Dolby sound?

Yes, Nokia has done a few changes to the Windows Phone, similar to HTC. They're not dramatic by any means but they are certainly welcomed. Speaking of, the changes fall under an app called Nokia Extras that will update via the Store (it happened to us once already). Because of that, we're certain that Nokia could add more things in the future to their device.

One example of that may be a Start screen/Tile organizer as seen in a recently posted "hands on" Lumia 920 video. That device is running the same OS version as ours (9903), which tells us that maybe a Nokia thing if what we are seeing isn't a 3rd party addition.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

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.

38 Comments
  • Sweet!
  • So the OEMs can customize the looks of Windows too? Interesting!
  • Nokia was granted ability to even customize the UI when they joined Window Phone and made the deal with Microsoft back in 2011. There's a lot of interviews about that by Elop and Ballmer. 
  • Is that the Marketplace on the last pic that diplays games, media?
  • It's a modified start screen observed by someone watching a hands-on. I'd like to see it implemented
     
  • That is an app called new group+ that allows you to create live tiles, pin to you start screen. It's already available in the store.
  • exactly.
    Nothing fancy, just a tile with text and then organise the tiles around it, looks better with the new startscreen.
  • Should be easy enough to create those dividers with those custom tile apps.
  • Does that mean that there is a separate amp like in the HTC 8X?
  • It seems like that large clock that HTC pushes on all their phones would be a simple double wide app as well. Put current weather on it and BAM! Son! Instant money!
  • there is already current weather on it
  • Large clock? HTC Hub is a double-wide weather tile. I don't have a clock, nor do we need one as the time is on the lockscreen
  • Cool!  Someone, please sell me one of these things!
  • Never thought about it but the Organizer looks like a great addition. Glad I'm going with Nokia 920 to replace my HTC Surround
  • Customization I'm looking for is custom ringtones for incoming text or email messages. Does the 920 do this?
     
  • I want the answer 4 this too...
  • That would be an OS level thing I think, Haven't heard anyone mention it so I'm guessing its not in wp8. I don't get a lot of phone calls so custom ring tones don't matter to me.
     
    But I do get  ton of texts and notifications on my phone so I would love to customize those sounds.
  • Yes, WP8 has custom tones all around..
  • Yes, the new thing in WP8 is a folder in the phone called "Ringtones". Every mp3 (other formats as well?) file you put there will be shown in the ringtone menu. No need for cropping tunes anymore :) (Confirmed by Anon Ymous (the youtuber) who has got his 920 yesterday(?)
  • I requested Microsoft to group the tile like that in windows 8. Its looks much more organize and better. Thank you Nokia :)
  • I saw another site reporting about the tile organisation. In the comments a guy who was there said that the phone in question had MyTiles installed and that's why it was grouped up. I dont know if this is true or not...
  • I bet the Tile organiser is the same as 7.5 where you download an app (or use a web app which is pinned to the start screen) which makes that tile and you just put it in between your other tiles.
  • i want the final review, Daniel :)
  • I much rather see this style used with apps instead of the alphabetical apps list. I don't see the point in putting a title and a space in-between groups of live tiles you customize for yourself.
  • Yes. I would much rather be able to organize the app list into categories. Though the start screen organizer is nice.
  • I agree. Although the jump lists are nice, I would like the ability to group the applists in more ways than one. Also, recent apps could be nice too!!
  • *Throwing my Wallet at the screen and nothing is happening*
  • Loving the EQ! Keep'em coming Nokia!
  • It'd be great if we could get a comparison between the sound capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X.
  • +1
  • So does it mean the EQ is system wide? Or is it something inside Nokia Music?
  • "Nokia Account" ? Eww. I'm sorry, but I HATE when companies do that. (i.e. EA, Ubisoft) I just want everything offered up front without the loggin in b.s.
  • Nokia account gives you access to Nokia Labs.
  • Give us always on WiFi!!!!
  • I didn't see tethering.  Does it exist in the new Nokia Lumia devices?
  • Thats what I really like about nokia they really know what they are doing
     
    wp central is relay a great websit from the time I'm seeing it but now it more like cleanby look I really love it just like WP
     
     
    nokia lumia 920
  • i really hope tile organizer will be part of the OS
  • Pls make that start menu optional