Nokia Amber update to brings Smart Camera, FM radio to full Lumia range

Nokia Amber update to brings Smart Camera, FM radio to full Lumia rangeThe new Lumia 925 introduces some new camera software features to the top end of Nokia's Windows Phone line-up, but the rest of the Lumia range will be getting the same features in due course too.

The Smart Camera enhancements will be part of an update codenamed Amber which Nokia will be rolling out to its other Lumia handsets sometime in Q3.

Specifically, the Lumia 920, 928, 820, 720, 620 and 520 will all have an amber-coloured update heading their way, with Nokia Smart Camera the chief improvement included.

Demoed this morning at the Lumia 925 launch in London, Smart Camera takes a burst of 10 shots over 2.5 seconds and gives you several creative editing options combining various elements of the images together.

For ordinary shooting, the software itself will select Best Shot – though you can go through the other images yourself if you're not happy – and you can also combine action from different shots in a single frame (Action Shot) or apply motion blur to the background of an image while keeping the subject in perfect focus (Motion Focus).

The Amber update will also activate the FM radio which is present (but can't currently be used) on board the aforementioned Windows Phone 8 Lumias with the exception of the Lumia 620.

Those are the two main Amber components Nokia chose to highlight at the Lumia 925, but it promises to reveal more details about what else is in store for the Lumia range closer to the update's rollout.

Read more about: Nokia Lumia 820Nokia Lumia 920Windows Phone

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JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 13:29

Had a play with a 920 today and canceled humble pie order. I still cannot look at the Crayola UI. The Lumia 925 is HTC One gorgeous, but turning it on to see that tile splash?
Z/Q10 - come to daddy.

mightyforest  May. 14, 2013 at 15:15

dont do it!! get the 925/928

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 15:17

dont do it!! get the 925/928
Im impatient but not yet desperate, so I may wait for some hands-on time with the 925...

B1zarr0Prim3  May. 14, 2013 at 15:54

Was the release date of the 925 mentioned at any point?
Hoping its not typical Nokia and us having to wait half a year for it.

Not that I'm too bothered at the moment as I'm happy with my 920.
Plus I don't get to upgrade for a while anyway.

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 16:04

Was the release date of the 925 mentioned at any point?
Hoping its not typical Nokia and us having to wait half a year for it.

Not that I'm too bothered at the moment as I'm happy with my 920.
Plus I don't get to upgrade for a while anyway.


Vodafone and O2 UK already have June-launch pages up and running...

bilbob  May. 14, 2013 at 19:02

Jan, you do realise you can change that start screen quite a bit nowadays? Colour, type of, size of tile etc?
If you think it looks crayola, change it to a more 'flat' colour, use the smaller tiles to turn off the animations etc...?

Personally think the 925 looks sexy, but it's a shame on the 32gb exclusive.

mightyforest  May. 14, 2013 at 20:18

yea slightly gutted, im with Three and rather not move especially to vodaphone, they have rubbish data plans even though i get 20% with work i wouldnt want to move to them

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 20:38

bilbob,
Yean, I realise there's some level of personalisation.
And it beats Android's messy UI (ni offence, fans - one man's mess is another's 'neat'!)

ruisilva450  May. 20, 2013 at 02:51

Misleading title. FM radio to full Lumia range is not true. 620 won't have it

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 10:12

Misleading title. FM radio to full Lumia range is not true. 620 won't have it

True... http://wmpoweruser.com/lack-of-fm-chip-not-the-reason-the-nokia-lumia-620-is-not-getting-fm-radio-support/

mightyforest  May. 20, 2013 at 15:20

says 620 exc in small print, never mind

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