Nokia Lumia 1020-Home Screen

Microsoft's latest Lumia Denim update is expanding its reach to the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 925 in Europe. The software includes a long list of new features and improvements, including an improved Glance screen and Cortana support for the U.K.

Microsoft says the "first batch" of updates has already begun, so if you're lucky, your Lumia will already be running the new release — or it will be available to download to your device, at least. However, many users will have to wait as the software makes its way to all over the coming weeks.

Here are Microsoft's release notes for Lumia Denim on the Lumia 1020 and 925:

  • Cortana, the most personal digital assistant, is now available also in the UK and China. New features for Cortana include improved natural language, car kit integration for contacts using Bluetooth, snooze reminders, and calendar improvements. Cortana even does character impersonations upon request.
  • Organise and further personalise your start screen easily. Group apps into a folder on the start screen, rename the folder, and rearrange tiles inside the folder for greater personalisation.
  • Improved Glance screen with Bing Weather or Bing Health & Fitness data, in addition to time and date, notifications, and app data.
  • Updates to the Lumia Storyteller and Lumia Selfie apps. Available from Store.
  • Connect and browse even faster with improved download speeds on mobile websites.
  • Install phone updates more easily by scheduling them for a time that works best for you.
  • Additional improvements to stability, battery performance, push notifications, WiFi connectivity, consumer VPN support, Apps Corner, merging and forwarding text messages, custom snooze times in the Alarms app, Store Live Tile (available in the US only), and more.

O2 in the U.K. has already promised its customers that they'll be some of the first to receive Denim on their handsets, but it seems most other carriers are keeping quiet for now. If you haven't heard anything from yours, just keep an eye on your software updates.

If you live in the U.S. and you own a Lumia Icon, Denim is already available for your device.