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Windows Phone 8.1 and Cyan Updates Arrive for Lumia Handsets

Three months after it was first announced, Windows Phone 8.1 is finally rolling out to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones. The update also comes with new Lumia Cyan software from Nokia, adding even more features and apps to your device.

We’ve already had plenty of time to play with Windows Phone 8.1, which adds tons of new stuff like the Action Center for checking notifications, Wi-Fi Sense for quickly logging into an open hotspot, and Word Flow for swipe typing. There’s also Microsoft’s new digital assistant Cortana, though for now she’s only available to Windows Phone owners in the U.S.

On top of all that, the Nokia team is offering its own Cyan upgrade, which improves on some of the company’s most popular apps. Nokia Camera, Creative Studio and Storyteller are all getting updates for an improved user experience. There’s also a new Device Hub for keeping track of your smartphone accessories and a free upgrade to HERE Drive+ for anyone with a Lumia 520, 525, 620 or 720. Finally, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon are getting special updates that should improve audio quality in recorded video, improved camera capabilities and support for Microsoft Screen Share technology.

The Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Cyan update should start rolling out today, but it could be a while depending on where you live. In North America, for example, the Cyan update is still “under testing.” To check manually head into Settings > Phone Update, though you may want to connect to Wi-Fi and clear up some storage space first before starting the download.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...