Here is what's new with the AT&T Lumia 1520 and Lumia Cyan update

Yesterday was both an exciting and frustrating day for Lumia 1520 owners on AT&T. On the one hand, the highly anticipated Lumia Cyan update was released, enabling many new features and tweaks. However, many users, including ourselves, quickly found out that we could not get the update unless we rolled back to Windows Phone 8.0. This update situation is not going to be a permanent problem as we do expect Microsoft to release an update to the Preview for Developers.

Regardless of these hiccups, we figured we would recap what is and what is not new on the Lumia 1520 with Lumia Cyan.

Lots of good news

If you followed our Lumia 930 OS and Lumia Cyan tour, there is a good chance you already know what is supposed to be in Lumia Cyan for the Lumia 1520. To put it another way, what was listed is what was expected, but until we had an update, no one knew for certain.

Luckily, our earlier reporting on what Nokia told us and our expectations are met. Most, if not all of the features present on the Lumia 930 are on the Lumia 1520. These similarities should be apparent as both phones share the same hardware. However, much like how the Lumia 930 and Icon do not have Glance, things sometimes do not go as planned.

To recap, here is what Lumia 1520 owners are getting in Lumia Cyan, which are not trivial. These features and changes are all in addition to what comes with Windows Phone 8.1, which are detailed in my review.

  • Bright Green Accent – AT&T is supposed to release a green Lumia 1520. In fact, if you watch their new 8.1-video tour, the 1520 used is said green device. We are not sure when it is coming (soon-ish?) but as a result, the Lumia 1520's firmware also has a bright green accent color. It rocks too.
  • Data Sense – Although everyone has Data Sense in the generic Windows Phone 8.1 OS Preview build, AT&T has never kept Data Sense on their phones for official releases. This restriction changes with the Lumia 1520, which now has Data Sense fully intact on the US carrier.
  • Data Arrows – Data arrows have been present in the Windows Phone OS for quite some time, but they were a carrier option whether to enable. Our hunch is they are part of Data Sense, and as such, users can now see the little arrows when data is actively being transferred on Wi-Fi or cellular.
  • Display fades on – This is a subtle change, but the screen does not just turn on any longer and instead, quickly fades on. This behavior is also present on the Lumia 930.
  • Performance – Perhaps it is new firmware and drivers, maybe its placebo, or perhaps it was the OS re-installation, either way the Lumia 1520 feels smoother for OS animations and scrolling.
  • Equalizer now works through the speaker – The graphic equalizer found under Settings > Audio on non-Cyan devices is limited to just headphone usage. Nokia has finally expanded this to the phone's speaker too, letting users have fine-grained control over music. Unfortunately, the EQ does not work through Bluetooth devices.
  • Dolby Headphone is now Dolby Virtual Surround – Also under Audio is Dolby Virtual Surround which is explained as "Surround sound enhancement for headphones enabled only for 5.1 audio". Functionally, the two may be the same, but it does add some new features like…
  • Dolby dialog enhancer – "Improves the dialog clarity for movies," which is pretty self-explanatory
  • Record audio for videos in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 – On the Lumia 1520 users can optionally choose to record audio for videos with Dolby's new 5.1 technology. Dolby Digital on the Lumia 930 and 1520 represent the first time achieving this in a smartphone, and it should prove to be impressive
  • Brightness Profile – Users can set the default average brightness for their phone. Unlike the Lumia 630, which has controls for all three levels (low, medium and high), the Lumia 1520 now has a single slider. My guess is this sets the median, default brightness. Edit: If left on automatic adjust, you get one setting. Disabling auto-adjust brings back three presets.
  • Color Profile – With Lumia Cyan there are now three presets (Standard, Vivid and Cool) in addition to Advanced, which lets the user modify three settings, including color temperature, tint, and color saturation via sliders
  • Motion data – Part of SensorCore, Motion data lets users enable or disable the collection of movement information for apps like Bing Health & Fitness or Active Fitness, which can act as a pedometer to count steps. Motion data is only available for the Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520 and devices with the modern Snapdragon chipsets
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE – Some Windows Phones had Bluetooth 4.0 LE enabled with Update 3 last year, but the Preview for Developers disabled it due to changes made by Microsoft to the stack. Lumia Cyan re-enables this feature for things like Nokia Treasure Tag or smartwatches. Official apps for smartwatches and other connected devices are coming later this summer once Cyan achieves a larger rollout.
  • Living Images – Also announced earlier, Nokia's Living Images briefly records a second or two before the photo gets taken. When viewing the image through Nokia Camera or StoryTeller, users can see the image animated, giving life to the memory
  • USB Settings – Currently hidden on devices with Preview for Developers, the USB settings are finally enabled with Lumia Cyan, bringing two options for users including "Ask me before using USB data connection" and "Notify me when I connect to a slower charger."
  • Miracast support – Found under Settings > Project my screen, certain Lumias are getting full support to wirelessly stream content, or mirror the phone's display on Miracast devices such as PCs and TVs. You can watch my demonstration of this on the Lumia 630
  • New Camera algorithms – For the Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930, its 20 MP PureView camera is improved. Changes include "much better low-light performance," "better colors," continuous auto-focus, better video quality and improved RAW quality. Continous autofocus works by autofocusing the image when the camera launches (and assuming the user does not use tap to focus). If the user steps back or forward, the camera continually adjusts without the need to manual refocus saving time and removing one extra step.

In regards to the frustrating 'screen tap sensitivity' issue that some users are experiencing with the giant Lumia 1520 display, the results are hit and miss. Some say it is better, others say nothing has changed (implying it may be a hardware issue). From my experience thus far, it does appear to be better but it is still too early to decide. I also am not experiencing the auto-adjust brightness issue where the display is unusually dim when powering on, though more usage is needed to reach a firm conclusion.

Overall, the Lumia Cyan update for the AT&T Lumia 1520 is a solid, if not unexpected, update for the flagship Windows Phone. The Lumia 1520 is still one of my favorite phones for 2014 and with this update, it feels even more refined and I am quite pleased with the support. Unfortunately, for those on the Lumia 820, 920, 925, and 1020, you do not have as many new features due to older hardware, but the Lumia Cyan update should still bring a few surprises and improvements too.

Now bring on Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1!

Do you have a Lumia 1520 with the Lumia Cyan update – If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in comments and if you need more assistance, head int our dedicated Lumia 1520 support forums!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Yes loving cyan on my 1520!
  • Where art thou cyan for mi 920?
  • In which country ??
  • US ATT
  • Saudi Arabia Country Variant
  • Did you downgraded your phone to WP 8.0?
  • Yes
  • The entire process of downgrading and upgrading took about an hour and a half. Everything restored fine, but you loose obvious things like game saves, account passwords, and some app configurations. It was worth it.
  • ATT is amazingly even ahead of Nokia's page  
  • I won't downgrade untill they force us !
  • why not?  To get 8.1 and Lumia Cyan on the 1520 you have tyo go back.  It's not difficult at all!
  • @jfa1 I don't have 1520 , I have 820
  • Does it fix the here drive blue tooth issue?
  • I noticed that there are 2 new features on my 925 (between dp and official with cyan) and they are Battery life last so much longer by 1day 15 hours for fully charged and the shutter speed on Nokia Camera is much faster. There may be some more features but i didnt have time to play with it. :)   The disappointment here is there's no option for DATA CONNECTION in Action Center and hopefully, it will be added soon since it is quite important for me (and most user, i think).
  • Hay buddy plz tell me cyan update size that how much data suck in updating......
  • I think its about 20 MG.  On the Cyan update  it will tell you that you need to use wifi!
  • Me too!!! Saved all my pcs and music to my SD card and recovered 8.0, upgraded to cyan/8.1, and only had to wait for apps to redownload! Time.consuming but smooth and easy! Worth it!
  • Seems Faster
  • Your mom is ;)
  • But I love my momma..:(
  • Lmao
  • I knew it.. And, as much as I hate that comment it actually does seem faster, and more importantly much more fluent, and smooth....
    I've been looking for that WP7.0 polish for a long time, and it seems to have been lessened in WP8.0... But, this is the best its been in a while... So, I'm pleased........
    This is also new...
    "Use Cellular Data" "Don't Use Cellular Data"
  • Ahahahahahahahahahah
  • sample low light photos please!!
  • I'll do a follow up post as I'm going into Boston tonight. Unfortunately, I don't have a second 'old' Lumia 1520 to compare it to.
  • thanks..looking forward to comparison shots. This is one of the biggest gripes about this phone for me..
  • You will be going right past me, if traveling on I-84 :)
  • Hah, love 84, except when it gets past Hartford.
  • I don't get brightness profile and audio update after Lumia cyan update on my Nokia Lumia 625 ! I am using developer preview with Lumia cyan. Plz help me.
  • Make sure your Nokia software apps are up to date, that should show the new features.
  • +1 It definitely needs the latest Display update to enable. Mine did not have it until I forced check for an update.
  • My display is up-to-date but it does not show brightness profile setting and in setting usb option is also missing !
  • It's because you have the DP. On 'official' Cyan, there are a lot of optimisations and extras that have been implemented on top of what DP offered...
  • Should i have to go back on official or wait on developer ? What do you think ?
  • Revert back to 8.0 then update to 8.1 and then cyan. Don't wait unless you cant access Cyan yet.
  • If you are using Nokia Lumia can you tell me that in your settings>display do you have brightness profile option ?
  • Usmab567; dude, my L625 have the same issue as yours after Cyan update (I'm using WP8.1 preview for developer). My brightness and display setting is separated; meaning, the brightness setting is not under display. And yes.. There's no USB setting either.
  • Where is the option to record in DD5.1? I don't see it anywhere?
  • Camera > Video > Settings > Surround Sound. Make sure your system apps are up to date (force check to get them) otherwise it won't be there.
  • Miracast is fantastic on the 1520. Instantly connected to my Belkin adapter
  • It does work well, streams video rather nicely.
  • Hey Dan, just to let you they that I can now use the 1520 as a a wireless hotspots on T-mobile network without any configuration. Before the Cyan update I tried all the various configuration settings provided at the forum but with no luck. After the update yesterday I tried to tether on my Surface Pro 3 and it works magically by default.
  • Will that be there for the new 530?
  • Super excited about the Miracast support. That was the one thing I really missed coming from iOS devices (display mirroring on AppleTV). Picked up a Netgear Push2TV for it, works great with my Dell Venue 8 Pro as well! So now, other than "The Simpsons: Tapped Out" missing from Windows Phone, I am fully happy with the switch :)
  • will there be any trimming of some of these features on 520??
  • Trimming? You wont get ANY of these features on a 520, so no.
  • Some? Pretty much all of these are NOT on the 520.
  • Will other at&t phones get data sense ?
  • I mean, we don't know since they're not out, right? But if the 1520 on AT&T has it...
  • I really hope the others do. But the 1520 having it is a good sign everyone will be in luck.
  • Can't wait for these features on my 1520.3! Keep 'em coming Nokiasoft!
  • I am still not able to connect to my Nokia Treasure Tag. It is giving error message that the bluetooth pairing failed. Also in the treasure tag application it is not able to detect the sensor.
  • I have the same trouble, have you got yours to work at all?
  • I have the 925 and my main concern is does the official firmware improve battery life compared to the dev preview.
    While they are different phones, I was wondering if any 1520 owners who downgraded then installed the official 8.1 update saw any improvements.
  • I downgraded my 1520 and installed the official 8.1 release. Not really noticing any improvements so far. Actually I'm still experiencing the same problem I had with Cortana on the developer preview. When I had Cortana pinned to the start screen at least once a day my phone would "lockup" and say Loading... and I would have to do a soft reset to fix it. The battery would get really hot and drain as well. After unpinning Cortana, no issues. Hopefully this gets fixed. My wife has the 920 running dev preview and has no issues with Cortana being pinned.
  • I have that problem with Windows 8(1520) when using Sleeve music...
  • Cortana is still beta software. What do you expect??
  • I installed 8.1 on my Lumia 1520 (from WP8) yesterday and pinned Cortana to my start screen. Today, I experienced that exact same problem. When I unlocked my phone, instead of my start screen, I got a blank white screen with "Loading" on it. Powering it off and on again took care of it. My phone had never done this before and I was wondering what it was. Now I know pinning Cortana to the start screen was the culprit. Hopefully this will be fixed in a future update.
  • @karelj
    Since the update yesterday (finished it around 6oclock pm) charging while updating and stuff. My phone right now is at 74% :)
  • Seems longer Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • What's your phone model sir? I hope my battery performance improves on my 920 after the update.
  • I'd say battery has improved, and I'm looking the screen fade in/out. The only thing that hasn't been better overall is that the Photos app is not showing my images from my SD card (even after a card format and re-sync). It does show the camera roll..weird..
  • This new brightness and colour profile didn't come to Lumia 925 with cyan? (Like of 630)
  • Same here on my lumia 625 ? Many things are missing
  • क्या करा जाए भाई?
  • We can't understand hindi !
  • He means"what to do brothers?? " in Hindi.
  • Oh ! Yes now i can understand !
  • Let's do one thing. Downgrade to 8 and update to 8.1 without developer preview.
  • If i take this step i have to download all apps and games again !
  • You need to have your app list backed-up tp OneDrive
  • Are the data arrows present in other devices?! We had data sense, but never saw those.
  • On some devices, yes. Not sure if all Cyan phones will have it or not, too early to tell. So far, 630, 635, 930 and 1520 do have them now.
  • I had the data arrows on Lumia 520 with DP and now I also have them on 925 with cyan
  • I don't have them in DP >.<
  • And the Icon (929) on 8.1 DP does have the data arrows.
  • Dolby 5.1 wont be available for Lumia 720 right?
  • Def not, sorry
  • Only for 1520/930/ICON!!
  • What's USB data connection?
  • I believe tethering, or connecting to a PC so the PC doesn't use data.
  • It used to be with Windows Mobile, you could do tethering or reverse tethering. Meaning, if you connect your mobile via USB to a computer which has internet connection, the phone would use the data connection from the PC/LAN! I totally miss that feature!!
  • Does that mean I can use my phone as a modem to connect to the internet and browse on my PC? I think you should do a post on this Dan, could be helpful for many :)
  • Those settings help in connecting to your Desktop better!!
  • Xbox Music sucks. Out of nowhere, when a song ended, the next song wouldn't play. It played fine before, then the song before and song after wouldn't work either. Then, it started working again, Xbox Music is ultra bugged.
  • This has literally nothing to do with this article. Well done.
  • +1 haha
  • I am sorry. I got the Cyan yesterday, and it comes with Windows 8.1, so with "Association" this is relevant. Xbox Music for 8.1 is my direction. I am waiting for VLC player, before I buy Music Pro...
  • I've noticed that the annoying static at the end of music tracks has now disappeared on Cyan... Nice one MS!!!!
  • I fully agree with you, there were improvements. I would have songs that are 3:00 long but the ending in WP8 would be 9 minutes, then it would count-down at the end bar, the song reaches its 3 minutes and the timer is like at 7minutes. Other players, computer-wize and my old Nokia(Xpress Music), plus other portable players, wouldn't have this problem. The problem is not present in 8.1. :)
  • Did you guys with cyan on the 1520 notice any improvements to multitasking? On WP8, an app or screen would freeze in place in the background (webpage, app, etc.), but on the 8.1 dev preview every once in a while the app/page has to reload. On some web pages it will reload and go back to the previous position, but in most apps and pages that load additional content upon clicking (comments), there are issues. I really hope cyan does something about it, but somehow I doubt it.
  • Every time I read about updates to the new hardware, I kick myself for getting a 1020 last month.
  • Don't feel bad my friend. You chose a quality phone.
  • Which is still the best cameraphone (Nokia 808) with OIS on the market!
  • I'm checking out the camera tonight, I took a few pics. This morning and it has improved alot.
  • I really am loving the official version. My phone was nearly unusable as a phone when I needed to talk due to poor reception/mic issues. It feels perfect now.
  • Definitely worth the trouble of rolling back to 8.0 to install Cyan. I agree it does seem faster.
  • I need an Equalizer for my L520... :(
  • "A solid, if not expected update"...? You weren't expecting it?!?!
  • Fixed.
  • The send/receive indicators started showing up on my Lumia Icon with whatever that last update was. When the little indicator shows it shifts the wireless icon to the right. I cannot believe somebody let that out the door.
  • Yes, exactly that. I downgraded my Finnish 1520 to 8.0 so I could get Cyan and after updating the first thing I noticed was the WLAN logo wobbling backwards and forwards.
  • My phone was heating up an restarting this seem to have fixed that an phone is silky smooth now
  • Lockscreen app...where are yooouuuuu?
  • I don't know its been a week since belfiore said its soon , before two days he said they finished. It just last touches , I don't know untill know , I hope it arrives in the coming hours
  • can the phone still receive the update if it is unlocked from ATT?  
  • It is all about the firmware, if it is AT&T then yes. Unlocking changes nothing.
  • Hi @Dan, I have a UK CV 1520 and last night downgraded from 8.1DP to 8.0, however there's no update available, when on the Nokia update tracker it says cyan is available for my phone. Do you know how to fix this?
  • Hope you can do this kind of cheek and list improvements with all the hardware receiving the Cyan Update :)
  • One mistake in the article, as far as brightness control goes. You have yours set to automatic, switch it to low medium or high, the sliders will pop up for all three. Its only when you are on automatic that you get one slider.
  • That has been updated, let the site refresh on the app. Thanks.
  • thanks for the tip
  • Well hopefully on the next update ms/nokia will have a cellular toggle. Due to it being a pain in the ass to view pics or send pics in text messages.
  • Loads of people keep asking for the cellular toggle. It's not that important. Use Connectivity Tiles if you want that. Works perfectly!!!!
  • It's obviously important to the loads of people that keep asking for the cellular toggle...
  • Thank you kind sir for essentially answering my tweet with an entire article :D (I know I wasn't the only one who asked)
  • Not able to project screen wirelessly. Searches for device and nothing happens. Have all software installed correctly on PC too.
  • Micracast is finicky. Works well with my Asus dongle and TV.
  • What requirements are needed or what hardware to get to work on your tv?
  • Just Miracast support.
  • Definitely go with the ActionTec Miracast adapter. It's very 8.1 friendly.
  • Netgear 3000 PUSH2TV needs to be switched from the Intel WiDi to Miracast then it works on any 1080 HDTV.
  • The rollback was pain-free. A la WPCentral tutorial, Flash with Nokia Software recovery tool. Install updates. Hard reset. Restore backup. And yeah, it does run more smoothly, at least on the 1520.
  • Step 0: Perform a manual backup.
  • 1520+
  • I hate the way those data arrows make the icon jump left and right all the time. Would it not have been to much to ask to keep the arrows inside the original icon size to avoid this?
  • in India...with DP 8.1 ...experiencing the most pitiable situation...Nokia website says Cyan is Available in India...but with DP...not getting that update...:(..I hope all the features u listed here are there in indian Cyan update....Thanks for the info...
  • U need to disable the option to get dp from preview for dp app.. Just untick n try update
  • Tried it just as u said anirban...but its showing the same dialogue.." Your phone is up to date"..i think if it works.. Then definitely Daniel would suggest the same... Anyway thank you for the suggestion mate
  • What phone u r using??
  • 1520
  • U should install an app namely cyan update app from store.., that should give u some idea what's going on? Moreover India cyan update is only available for l625 n l925... Rest may be by next week
  • Hi anirban130...just go through this link...
    U could see that cyan update is listed as **Available** for 1520 along with 625 &925...
  • Hi anirban130...just go through this link...
    U could see that cyan update is listed as **Available** in india for 1520 along with 625 &925..
  • Then I guess wait for few days, I think u should get it by tomorrow
  • It doesn't work as it sees the software version as 8.1..... How many more times does this need to be said. DOWNGRADE!!!!!!
  • From what i understand you have dp 8.1 installed on your phone. If that is the case, you have to roll back to wp 8.0 to get cyan update as of now.
  • Hi sumanth...nenu ippudu try chestunnadi kuda ade...wp8 Ki roll back chestunnanu ...firm ware download avuthondi....:)
  • Any support for usb otg???
  • Other earphones in my L520 do not support at all... And this sucks... So I need an Equalizer soooo badly....
  • Really wish the EQ worked through bluetooth - don't see why it wouldn't work on all audio (music) that the phone is processing - either headphones, phone speaker, or bluetooth
  • The 720 came last when Lumia Black was out. I guess its because they didn't sell many due to the high price and low range specs. Still love my 720 though.
  • I still don't understand the order how Microsoft is releasing Cyan. First 625, then 925, then 1520, 1020. I guess 720 (that's mine) will be the last!!
  • Most of it is on the carriers and when they finish first or what they prioritize.
  • But in many countries there CV's. :(
  • Still having camera jitter issue as well as phone heating up when screen reloading....any suggestions?
  • So besides enabling Bluetooth 4.0 would I be missing out on anything amazing if I decided to not rollback to 8.0? Assuming MSFT fixes the bug that prevents Cyan from installing. I'm using the 920. From what I've been reading the "big" changes are for the newer chipsets. Right?
  • 920 doesn't even have the update out yet. Wait.
  • That was the plan. Hoping they patch the dev preview soon. Thanks.
  • Hopefully the 1525 will be announced for T mobile soon. I'm ready for the cyan update. Hopefully these updates and new features keep coming faster
  • I did not see a Brightness slider in Settings / System / Brightness. I just happened to see the word brightness in the description of Settings /System /Display. The Brightness Slider that is in mentioned in the article, is in there.
  • I just updated last night, rolling back from the DP. It does feel more refined than the DP. I haven't played much with the new features. The only negative is I still have the screen sensitivity issue.
  • It would have to reboot right after I post. Lol
  • I hope all lumias on at&t get the new green theme color
  • Daniel, what does 'Ask me before using USB data connection' do?
  • Maybe I am just dense, but after restoration of 8.0, do you end up with 8.1+cyan, or 8.0+cyan and still waiting?
  • You will get updates for both 8.1 final and cyan. You won't get stuck on 8.0
  • Before I downgrade and get cyan update, I want to understand... If I do so, can I resume the DP and presumably continue to get DP updates as MS releases?
  • Yes you are correct
  • Great thanks. I'll so it when I get home.
  • The camera update is great, and I forgot that bing health actually can see the steps taken, thanks for that mention in the article. Overall update is good, but I am having some issue which I was having before in that the screen locks and won't respond to touch and it is as if the screen is detecting touch from something else. I can be in the camera and it happens there when taking a photo, sometimes requiring a soft reset other times on/off camera button on ... etc until it works again.  This may be because of the screen protector I have on, which I may remove soon to see if there is any improvement in that. As for the tap scroll issue, it still happens but it seems improved.
  • Can you record audio for videos in 5.1 surround with Microsoft Camera? Or just Nokia Camera?
  • Just Nokia Camera.
  • 5.1 surround is only for the 930 and 1520, as they have four microphones....
  • Thanks for the update Daniel you rock Bro.... Have you heard anything about the update on the 1020 and what is expected to be included? I know this isn't about that one, but it sure would be nice to know what if anything is going to happen with it Thanks Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Sorry, no details. But things like Dolby recording, SensorCore and autofocus won't be included.
  • I didn't think it would because of the hardware, but if they were doing something with the software that can improve a already great phone, that would be awesome. It's still the best camera available for our phones right now. Thanks again Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • No Continuous Autofocus on the Lumia 1020?
    Not even after resetting the camera settings?
  • Love it, the overheating went away too!
  • When we il have it in Italy?
  • anyone with cyan tried the native folder feature??
  • Hey let's name a phone the Nokia Icon, then make sure it gets 8.1 last.
  • Utmost insulting to Lumia users to be kept waiting for so long for the updates...
  • It's faster and smoother,and glad to have quite hour and Cortana back after reverting back to 8.0 a couple months ago:)
  • Smoother. Less laggy!
  • I suggest you make a video on how to downgrade from 8.1 to 8.0 , I have been trying for almost 5 hours and ended up finding that the Nokia software program is only giving me the option to download wp8.1 which I already have
  • All I did was plug it in and click install. Once I did that the device had two updates. One to prepare for 8.1 and 8.1. Literally, all I did was click install.
  • Seems faster Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Have anyone with Cyan experienced a better battery life ?
  • Yes... Cyan is better in EVERY way compared to the DP...
  • Daniel - I would think that until the preview is updated to fix the issue prompting the need to rollback to 8.0...that non-Nokia devices are stranded for now?
  • They are, but like 90% of WP Lumia users aren't even eligible for Cyan yet, so best to take a wait-and-see approach instead of preemptively doing it. I mean, it's fine either way, it can just take 2-3 hours to erase/update/restore everything.
  • Oh, yep, no problem for me as my 8XT running 8.1 DP is stable.  Just might help explain why my wife's new 8XT is stuck at 8.0 and won't find the 8.1 DP at all now.
  • How can I check If I have the latest cyan update?
  • Just one minor point, Daniel. Although its a major one for me! Before the cyan update under lock screen setting there was a maximum of 5 minutes before the screen locks. Now the never option is present!
  • I believe that is firmware dependent, and changes often, but good on pointing it out.
  • I have data sense with wp8.1 dp but i still dont get those arrows over my wifi. Is there a setting somewhere??
    Lumia 720, India.
  • Wait for cyan update for L720. I get that tiny arrow after cyan update on my Lumia 625
  • Make equalizer for 630 :)
  • MS is dead slow in pushing the updates.... Nokia was much better in this.. and the worst part is, you have to go back to 8.0 if you have the 8.1 preview to install the Cyan.... If this MS trend continues, its hard to see windows phone grow.
  • Microsoft doesn't push the updates. Your phone carrier does.
  • Actually they do the carrier just approves of the customized version of the rom
  • Whens this due for country variant?
  • Did anyone check if the WiFi speed is back to normal? With DP I have a horrible connection to any WiFi network. Sometimes it takes 1-2 minutes before it connects and with dismal transfer rates afterwards. I would try it out, but I can't install Cyan yet since my last backup ran 2 month ago. So I have to figure out why I'm not able to backup anything. It always stoppes at 96% and a message appears that the backup did not complete successfully.  
  • Wow. That's interesting. If I were you I'd wait to figure out the backup issue before doing anything else. The only thing I can suggest is to make sure you have plenty of free space in OneDrive for your phone backup.
  • @memristor. I have the same problem. I've tried five times. I have removed some files on my phone to have 2GB free. Still happens. @KMF79 , I have 100GB free in my OneDrive so I don't think that's the problem.
  • Wifi is back to normal with Cyan Firmware and 8.1 update.
  • I fixed it by deleting the phones backup on the OneDrive website. But I still can't update the phone because it's a RM-938 (1520.3). I will have to wait for Cyan to be released for this version.
  • Whoa! This is one of the least bitchy comments section I've seen in a while on here. Look how well behaved Daniel was because of this. ;)
  • Shhh. Don't draw too much attention. The hyenas might attack.
  • Two things that are still a MAJOR issue. Screen tap sensitivity is abysmal.  Simply trying to scroll through NexGen reader accidentally opens up an article more often than not.  Same thing with MetroTube and tons of other apps. But most importantly, STILL NO ALERTS TO EMAILS DELIVERED TO SUBFOLDERS.  This is killer in the Enterprise, where it is standard practice to have Outlook client side rules or Exchange server side rules that deliver messages to subfolders.  You get no toast notifications in the top bar, no count notifications on the live tile, no NOTHING.  You either have to pin a tile for every single subfolder, or dive into your mail every so often and browse all folders to look for any new messages. Come on essentially invented and thrust upon the world email rules in arguably the most used email client for over 20 years.  You can't tell me that NO ONE on the development team has run into this issue on campus, or that they all just simply don't care. iOS and Android don't do this, even with Exchange...YOUR product.  Built in mail, and even third party mail apps like Nitrodesk Touchdown get this right.  If you can't seem to manage it, allow third party Activesync based mail clients that can. Until then, Android will remain my primary phone, while my 1520 just sits around as a toy with a better camera.  What a joke.
  • Submit this on the Windows Phone suggestion site. You make a valid point that should be addressed.
  • It's also redicioulous that you can't edit an email before forwarding it.  If you want to remove a comment from a  message that might be sensitive info, you can't.  I can't believe they want to move into enterprise without providing the most simple options.  :(
  • So backup, downgrade, upgrade, hard reset, and restore of all files and apps and settings went off without a hitch.  Was able to adjust sensitivity settings from high (default on reload) to normal, and it seemed to help with accidental clicks a little, but not completely. STILL no fix for the multi-folder email issue, though. Also has a NEW issue.  When taking a screenshot, it locks up the touch interface where you have to reboot the phone to get it back.  Does it every single time.  **sigh**
  • I miss Bing Vision in the search.
  • +1 !
  • *Cyan update should still bring a few surprises and improvementstoo.   There, that's better.
  • Yes as you mention at the end of your article is unfortunate for is using a 920 925 or even the 1020 but in my country Nokia offers nothing newer than 1020. What are we to do. Not every imported Phone works for carriers in México.
  • The 1520.3 (rm-938) should work there.
  • My 1020 awaits this goodness.
  • Hope the 920 gets some of those goodies beside a firmware name change
  • What app is the tile in upper right corner, the one with date?
  • Simple Calendar
  • Thanks mate.
  • Does it add the ability to upload the high res photos from the Nokia camera app to OneDrive automatically during back up?
  • Cyan looks sweet on the 1520. I can't wait for Verizon to get off it's butt and release it for my Lumia Icon. But the picture in the article, with that chartruse green theme --- Ouch! My eyes!!!
  • Hey cn smone tl me that is there equalizer in 520 after 8.1 ?
  • no
  • Anybody know hot to get the full size calendar live tile to look like the one in the picture in this article? After 8.1 update on my 1520, the tile looks the same as it did on 8.0. Or is this picture showing a different calendar app being used?
  • That tile is not for the stock calendar app. It is the live tile for Simple Calendar from the store.
  • What about the random resuming issue and while doing so it will get got and drained the battery so bad? Please any answer?
  • Yes! Just got it yesterday and loving it!
  • "Display fades on"  would be great if it is enabled in 920. I think that there is no hardware limitation for that. What do you think?
  • Was originally worried the update might not fix some of the issues I was experiencing with the Preview version. Everything is running smoothly. Loving it!
  • It certainly does, As usual, there are a few cynics/MS bashers who don't believe it, but glad MS will prove them all wrong!!!
  • Indoor low light photos seem fuzzier than before update.
  • I think its more fluid, it's more usable with the Cortana,VERY COOL, THE ACTION CENTER NEEDS MORE WORK.. ITS very limited can't change the 5 options on the top.. But over all its a nice upgrade.. Data sense is very nice... The calendar is very straight forward..
  • What? So the Lumia 1520 gets all the good features and the 925 owners get a less than half baked cyan update? Which is no different and no more stable than the dev preview? Come on! At least they could have given lumia 925 users brightness profile, its more than capable hardware.
    If not even brightness then at least they could have fixed that 'popping' sound while scrubbing through videos. In the forums, as far as I know, even that is NOT FIXED on the 925.
    Come on! That's no excuse! They managed to fix it with amber and black! Even if cyan becomes available for my region and carrier before MS fixes the dev preview, I'm probably not going to downgrade. Too much hassle for a lumia cyan heading in the extras+info settings. That's all the 925 users het anyway, just a little blue writing to say that they have the latest firmware, very little optimisation afaik and according to the forums
  • L625, Cyan & wp8.1 USB still hidden, not in the settings yet. Or am I missing something?
  • Nope, your not missing anything. There are virtually no enhancements for any handset other than the 1520. Don't be surprised, no not even bloody brightness profile. I know, its sad. I'm very angry. I should calm down
  • Hey, can I ask you if when you play a video, and scrub to a different part, do you get a popping sound?
  • Just how confident are we that Microsoft are intending to provide Cyan download fix for those of us still sticking with Developer Preview ?  The aptitude from Microsoft so far seems to be to suck it up, and downground our phones back to Wndows Phone 8.0 to get Cyan.  I have not seen any suggestion from Microsoft that they intend to fix their Cyan download bug. So much for supporting early adopters, it is only guys like us who are promoting Windows Phones to other users.  But this is all this silence from microsoft is just another kick in the teeth.
  • They did say that they are working on a fix and when fixed they will lish an update and also allow cyan to be pushed to phones with the dev preview
  • The Bitlocker problem will take a while to fix. It's not like updating a minor bit of software. As Bitlocker is security software, this will need to be handled carefully. You may be waiting a while....
  • Love all the new features and improvements.  I was/am on the DP. Rolling back was painful.  The Nokia Recovery Tool process did not work for me.  I had to flash it with the Nokia Suite application.  The scroll/tap issue still exists on my 1520, but doesn't seem as bad, but still present.  Too early to tell on battery life cause I keep looking at the phone and tweaking settings.  I am also using the Bing Health and Fitness to track my steps so I am sure that is eating some battery.
  • I wish I had £100 spare to spend on my phone. Would have brought a 1520/icon/930, but had to settle for a 920, didn't know it and the 925 (would have been my next phone) were going to get left behind in the next update. If the 925 barely has any of the enhancements, (not even brightness control) than the 920 is dead if you look at it that way. :(
  • Really really really considering this ATM. I'm close to the edge, not sure if I should hold out for a fix from MS for dev preview or go forth with what AT&T hath given! What to do? I have a 1020 & 1520 and they are itching for Cyan.
  • Don't wait for a fix. Do it. Update now. I think that MS came across a major major problem, so go get it. I would if I were you
  • You are persuasive sir...
  • Thanks lol
  • Listen to the man... He is talking sense. You won't be sorry!!!!
  • It. Is. Done.
  • Me too, still waitning on the 1020 but rolled back the 1520 and updated. Phone works great but lost the option to choose search provider in IE.  
  • Without a fix for the phantom tap issue, Cyan is useless.... Thanks Nokia
  • It IS fixed as far as I'm concerned. A lot of others will confirm this too. The phantom tap was a big problem on my 1520. I had to modify the way I interacted with the screen. Lighter touches etc. Now the screen is working as it should.
  • That shit moment when carrier locked At&t phones receives update faster than my carrier free factory unlocked phone. Still waiting for my Kuwaiti 1020 update.......
  • Wow. It fades!! Woo! Now an option between fade, quick turn off, and old TV flicker would rock. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Please take some time to consider those of us with 'older hardware' which don't get these features even with cyan. Yes you heard me. Not even a brightness slider... :(
  • It's awesome... Completely removed all my album art
  • has there always been audio scrubbing in the podcast or music apps?  I remenber not being able to do that but now I can.
  • yea, the audio scrubbing is on the preview version too. use it all the time
  • Just an FYI ... the "Screen Tap Sensitivity Issue" ... if it does not improve after updates or resets ... is 100% HARDWARE ... I had to send my phone for repair where they replaced the display and back ... only my SIM & MicroSD covers ... were from the phone I sent in ... the repaired phone I got back did not have any tap sensitivity issue whatsoever even though it had the old WP 8 void of the Nokia System App updates.
  • I agree with you that it is hardware related.  We need to remember that after cyan is installed it defaults back to high sensitivity. Changing it back to medium will help but it definitely still does it.   I just bought a 925 today because of it.
  • Can you post more details about the repair? Did you send it back to Nokia? Was it a US ATT version? Any other details?
    Best Regards.
  • at&t Nokia Lumia 1520 Red ... Always had the Touch Sensitivity Issues from when I first got it, it also had two spots on top-center-right of screen where there was backlight leakage ... I went to Nokia US Support page and created a Repair RMA ... you need to fill a form with details etc., they give you a UPS label, you print it and send your phone for repair ... you get it back in two weeks ... in my case I am 100% sure the display and even body was changed, maybe they retained some internal boards .. the SIM and mSD card door were from my old phone.
  • PS: I did not even bother calling Nokia, MS or at&T Customer Support ... just directly created the RMA myself as I knew it was a hardware issue. I am a fairly technical person and work in the CE Industry myself.No point in talking with support reps.
  • Not THAT exciting. My Icon already does amazing things. Knowing what little I'm "missing" I know that I can wait for the DP update should Verizon release it before them.
  • So does the Cyan update from Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 8.1?
  • Yes you will get cyan and WP 8.1 from the update
  • Yes. If your phone is on 8.0 the update will include the 8.1 OS and the Cyan firmware update.
  • I'm getting some lag when pulling down the notifications center. Not impressed
  • Why do they keeping saying update by Nokia.
  • Okay, loving the update so far.  Feels lke a new phone when typing on the revised keyboard.  Much smoother and more intuitive IMO.  A new live (medium sized) tile on the home screen for Data sense showed up on the bottome left.  It displays your current usage at a glance.  Thank You Nokia team.  Glad to see it wasn't just me (rough typist).  Will definitely test the camera out over the weekend.  Yah!    Note: Be certain that you have some memory space avail.  It prompted me "low" otherwise B4 install.    As a picture heavy, maxed out my 16GB memory on still having the hi res 2,000+ pics (from day one) on there.   I needed to manually USB cable connect it to PC = copy them over (they were no longer visually on the phone, but memory space was still clearly still being used for all of them) from camera roll folder (as device is listed on PC, NOT inside via your phone's internal camera roll) to my PC.  Then I deleted them inside the camera device only.  Boom cleared up 8+ GB of memory for me.  Took a minute to see how to do it, so I thought I'd post it up.  You can just delete them if you didn't want the hi res copies, but YMMV.  Didn't notice that tip in the user guides anywhere. Yes, I have a micro SD card installed, but didn't want to explore the limits of that when dealing with an OS! 
  • The cyan update has improved the 1520 but the start screen still hangs up when you have Cortana pinned.
    Also I can't figure out how to block background usage for individual apps anymore.
    But other than that its a great update!
  • You can stop the background usage by using the battery saver app either from the settings or from the app list
  • ahha.. yeah totally forgot where to do that at.  LOL.  I was searching all over.  Thanks
  • No option to get games out of app list?
  • Hurry up tmobile 925 :(
  • I'm typing this on my newly cyan 1520 and it's fantastic.
    I downgraded from Developer Preview 8.1 and then upgraded to Cyan. The backup system worked excellently. I just wish all developers used the feature like Nextgen Reader does, that app backed up every setting I didn't even need to sign in again. I'm happy and miracast is sweeeeeet! ^_^
  • When it comes to performance, here's what you guys should've done: Put similar models of 1520 (or whatever it was) side to side - one with original 8.0, one with 8.1PD and the latest version. You would have gotten some real performance comparison data instead of all these IMO-based feelings. Perhaps when the next major update comes out?
  • If we had two 1520s, sure...but that assumption that we do is incorrect. Some devices we can do that, but understand, there are a LOT of Windows Phones and I do have one of each, sometimes a few, but pretty expensive/hard to buy two of everything for this purpose alone.
  • @Daniel_Rubino Dude! Some of the WPC community seems to have this warped view of you being this Tech Rockstar millionaire that just spends most of his time globe-trotting, sipping martinis at huge launch events every month and writing a article or two in your spare time. (hell that might be true... Is it??... Anyway LoL) They don't realize that lots if not most of the phones you guys review have been bought with your own cash and that many of the models have to be sent back after you guys are done with it.
    P.S ... I also have this mental image of you being something like the James Bond of Windows Phone... LMAO! Loved the article, thanks ;)
  • If only I could remove the camera module from my 1020 and somehow "build" it into the 1520, replacing its "mediocre" (compared to the 1020) 20mp camera I would have my perfect windows phone!! I am really jealous of you AT&T 1520 users and sad that my 1020 won't be getting all those added benefits, improvements and features :( If I ever hear one of you bitch on about how AT&T never updates phones I'll knock you tha Fu%k out!!
  • For the first time of a L920 user, i felt left behind. Gonna get left more and more afterwards, it seems...
  • Dude you still have the original innovative Lumia granddaddy! The 920 still kicks ass today! But I know how you feel man, I feel the same with my 1020 but hey, thats technology! Not long and the 930/1520 will be ancient and left behind.
  • What calendar app is this?
  • What's the name of the calendar app on top ?
  • Name of app is: Simple Calendar
  • I'll go out on a limb and say 1020 for AT&T will be in a week (to help clear inventory) all the rest will be a while. It will be interesting if the cyan update for the 920 will launch before a proper successor on AT&T.
  • Bro not be rude or anything
    But could you tell me whats the name if the calender app if u know ???!!
  • I have no issues with the update. I do like how it opens up for greater optional use in the display settings, audio settings and others. While I'd like to see more colors in regard to the accents options, I still have no issues with it. Overall I say the cyan/WP 8.1 update brings my 1520 to a much greater experience. I like it.
  • Cyan + Lumia 1520 = mucho love
  • What calendar app is that up the top right?
  • Still Have touch problems.All other problems GONE!
  • I found it perfect. I can't understand why you say there is a touch problem, just change it to normal sensitivity. The only problem I found was with the access point. It just throw me back. And my camera had a problem since a month ago. All other is perfect
  • I had to turn wifi on/off to connect almost every time on dp, that seems to be fixed.
  • agree.
  • Maybe somone has mentioned it already, but I've noticed a few bugs on my 1520 when I have Cortana pinned to my home screen. I've noticed that when I hit my home key the animation lags, another thing is that my keyboard gets laggy and just the whole touch screen felt a little slow as well. Anyways I've unpinned Cortana and everything is smooth and also the 1520 seems faster.
  • Do you get freezes. IE froze on me and the same with Cortana. Glance doesn't that well also. Double tap doesn't work.
  • I'll wait until Microsoft releases it for the ones with the preview for developers ;)
  • What's that calendar app in the upper right corner ?
  • Is this update restricted to the US? I am using 8.1DP and the update for my 1520 is listed (under testing) in my country...
  • AT&T. Yes in most cases, unless you bought a ATT branded phone.
  • Noticed alot of freezing...
  • Hi I just been trying to donwgrade to 8.0 to get the Cyan Update, but I got this error....0x8007007E... This is what I got:!21681&authkey=!AL... Anyone can give and advice. I used the OEM USB Cable from my 1520 charger.  
  • never seen that when I did mines, press recover so it dont stop working
  • When I did the recover it keeps looping dooing the same recover...
  • Honestly dev preview is much smoother. Official 8.1 ATT, lags, flickers, and freezes. Honestly though you're not missing much.
  • You're right, dev preview so far it's been working great, I was just trying to give it a fresh firmware... thanks.... 
  • Nooo, I hate the fading power on/off. Too IOS -y for me. :(
  • I need to get one thing clear. So If I update the phone with Lumia Cyan, I would not get the features like Action Centre, Cortana? Can someone please explain it to me clearly? Thank you :)
  • Found 2 other improvements: screen timeout now has choices for 15min, 30min and never. The internet sharing option now works.
  • About time the 15 & 30 options came back! Been missing the that since my LG Quantum days...
  • I am dying to get the 8.1 update for my lumia 920.. any news on the reslease date?? i badly want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • What calendar app is that on top right corner ?
  • It is taking me all morning to update this frakking thing. so annoyed that they just didn't push out an update to DP
  • On the minus side you now lose the option to choose your search provider in IE. An option that was there on the developer preview. Wish they had left it.
  • Not loving Cyan. Of course I had the roundtrip to 8.0 and back to 8.1. Now many apps launch and simply say Resuming or Loading forever. Many start screen tiles are blank/completely transparent and say have no idea what they are until you run them. Dev Preview of 8.1 was perfect on my 1520. I should have stayed there. I will say the Live Image camera option is pretty cool.
  • The downgrade will erase all your data right?
  • Cool
  • Updated my 1520 Friday. Spent a good amount of time testing the new features. The update really seemed to fine tune the phone. The screen sensitivity issue seems to have been fixed.
  • i have cyan update in my lumia 625...but before i have preview ... but i cant see any changes whats's the different...??
  • Can some one please explain for me,if the update is on the 1520 on at&t,why isn't it released world wide?
  • Since updating my 1520 to 8.1 I'm seeing an anomaly where a few apps, like CoPilot are getting cut off at the bottom of the screen.  Is anyone else seeing this?
  • Mines doing great now as far as sesitivity and brightness. the only thing I've noticed that I don't like is that everythings smaller now. The tiles size are smaller, the font, the clock, the banner. Everythings just smaller for some reason. I have screen caps of my old homescreen I can bring up as reference too. Not sure why it's like that since it just wastes screen that could have something on it.
  • Any new improvements to Internet Explorer since the DP?   Just curious.
  • I have downgraded from developer preview and update my at&t Nokia Lumia 1520 using Nokia recovery tools.
    My question is
    Can i again sign in developer preview app and get more updated as it came for battery and many bugs, as we got within months after getting 8.1? On developer preview.
    Please revert
  • Any improvements in Internet Explorer since the DP release?  Just curious.
  • I love it! Much smoother than dev preview. The sensitivity issue has not changed at all for me. Still, a great update for the 1520.
  • Nokia is a great phone.WP is a joke.And Windows Store is the most stupid joke pulled by MS.
  • Any news from Microsoft about fix for Dev preview updating cyan update?
  • My lumia 1520.1 LTE not getting cyan update after downgrade to 8.
    Feeling very sad.very sad...missing everything.
    Please gimme hope..please Dear SIR Daniel rubino gimme hope.
    U r best.
    Do u use 1520.3?
  • Love it , butwhere is Cortana , Australia
  • CYAN ISSUES, since I updated my att 1520 to cyan, it's really buggy. Cortana can't gathering interests, facebook won't sync to phone, messenger makes phone get hot, battery life is bad even when not using messenger, when I call att, sometimes the number pad won't work, internet explorer won't load property. This cyan update is really bad. My phone loses network connection often.
  • Hi Daniel, I just got a unlocked Nokia Lumia 1520 from AT&T but I'm living in Canada so I'm not sure how should I get the Lumia Cyan update because 1520 is not avilable here. Another interesting thing is, I found my Firmware revision number is 02061.00074.14273.33019 which is the latest vision already but in the extras+info setting it still shows Lumia Denim, so I'm quite confuse now. Could you let me know what should I do to get the Lumia Cyan update please? Thanks!