The Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 were two of the first Windows Phone 8 devices that were unleashed upon the world. And even though they’re starting to get a bit long in the tooth, they’re still getting love in the form of significant software updates.
AT&T has announced that it’s now pushing the Windows Phone 8.1 (and Lumia Cyan) update to its versions of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Both updates weigh in at 450MB and feature the following changes:
- Cortana: your voice-activated digital assistant
- Customizable Start Screen
- Configure Live Tiles in three different sizes - enables personalization of Start screen by the user
- Transparent Live Tiles - allows user to set a background image that can be seen through clear Live Tiles
- One Windows: Windows Phone is now unified with the Windows PC and tablet experiences and includes:
- OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive)
- Offers 15GB of free cloud storage
- Appears as an app on the Start Screen (formerly buried in Settings menu on WP 8)
- Phone dialer button to convert voice calls to video calls
- Appears as an app on the Start Screen
- Bing: Search, identify songs with Bing Music and track local happenings with Local Scout
- Office: View, edit and share Word, Excel and Power Point documents, then store them in OneDrive to be retrieved on any Windows platform when they are linked by the user's Microsoft account.
- Xbox: Windows Phone is the only phone with Xbox built in, providing entertainment options wherever you go:
- Xbox Live: stay connected to gaming achievements and multiplayer action
- Xbox Music/Video: with a Microsoft account, you can share music and video content across all your screens - phone, tablet and PC.
- Efficiency: Windows Phone is optimized to help the user do more:
- Action Center: Quick access to settings and notifications by swiping down from top of screen
- Word Flow Keyboard: touch type or glide finger over the keyboard for fast and intuitive typing
- Battery Saver: optimizes battery life on an app-by-app basis
- Data Sense: Allows user to track data usage by type (cellular/Wi-Fi)
- Storage Sense: shift files/apps from phone memory to SD card
- Wi-Fi Sense: Set to default Off on AT&T devices; allows auto-connection to Wi-Fi networks
- Internet Explorer 11: introduces private browsing and Reading Mode
- Custom Volume Settings: adjust volume individually for phone, ringers, alerts, etc.
- Device Search: easily find e-mails/SMS/files by name
- Accessibility Improvements for the Visually Impaired
- Office Remote: display content on larger monitor via USB cable or Miracast technology
The bump up to Windows Phone 8.1 is a big deal for both the Lumia 920 and 820, breathing new life into these graying smartphones with new features like the Cortana digital assistant and the Action Center notification panel.
If you’re rocking a Lumia 920 or Lumia 820 with an AT&T tattoo, then you can check for this update manually by heading into Settings > Phone update > Check for update. Once the dust has settled and your update is installed, you should be on OS version 8.10.12393.890.
Are any of you still using a Lumia 920 or Lumia 820 as your daily driver?
Via AT&T, Lumia 920 update, Lumia 820 update