Microsoft, at Berlin today, announced the next update for Lumia Windows Phones -the Lumia Denim! From the press conference today, every Windows Phone enthusiast was expecting the announcement of the new Lumia Devices like the Lumia 730 and Lumia 830.
Prior to the announcement of these devices, to much surprise, Microsoft announced Lumia Denim to be the next software update for Lumia devices. The features that come with the Denim update are as exciting as the announcement.
Hands-free Cortana use: Hey! Cortana
The first and foremost was the “Hey! Cortana” feature. This is introduced to bring a more hands-free usage of Cortana on Windows Phone by voice activation. As of now, we need to unlock the phone first and then reach out to Cortana through its app button or through the search button. But without needing to do all those, “Hey! Cortana” is coming to Windows Phone users to make life a bit more easier than it is doing now. With Lumia Denim, to access Cortana, all one needs to do is say “Hey! Cortana” to their phone, and Cortana will be at your service within a moment.
The other thing with Cortana in Windows Phone is the “Geo Fencing”. That is, when we set Cortana to remind us about a specific location and you happen to be at that place later, the phone will recognize the locale you are in and automatically reminds you.
Unique Lumia Camera:
Replacing Nokia Camera, Lumia Camera will come to Lumia Windows Phone with the latest Lumia Denim software update. The major improvement that Microsoft claim with this new Lumia Camera is that it is much more faster than Nokia Camera.
With Lumia Denim, capturing a moment just gets easier.By long pressing the physical camera button on the phone’s body, the phone (which was in a locked state) sets to capturing a picture. Additionally, to capture shot to shot, pressing the same button continuously will do the job, that too, very quickly – in the span of a few milliseconds!
Image processing algorithms are said to be improved so that there will be clearer and brighter images even in low-light conditions. Rich Capture Mode is one of the coolest feature of Lumia Camera that brings life and light to no-flash images, thanks to auto HDR and Dynamic Flash.
The next big thing that comes with Lumia Camera is that, long pressing the physical camera button will start recording a 4K-quality video at 24 frames per second. Saving still images from this video will not make you compromise on the picture’s resolution as each frame will be recorded at 8.3 MP.
Improved Glance Screen:
The Glance screen on Lumia Denim will show more information like Bing Weather , Bing Health & Fitness in addition to displaying the time, date, notifications and reminders.
These are only the major improvements that come with Lumia Denim. Apart from these new features, Microsoft promises that there will be a ton of surprising improvements with Lumia Denim. Also, all the awesome features that were introduced with Windows Phone 8.1 will come along.
Lumia Denim availability:
Lumia Denim will be available with the new flagship devices – Lumia 730, Lumia 735 and the Lumia 830. Among the already existing models, it will roll out first for Lumia 930, Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon and it will be later available to all other Lumia Phones running Windows Phone 8.1 in 4th quarter of 2014 (that may be between October – December).
The “Lumia Camera” app will also be separately available in Q4 2014, with Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 being the first in line to receive that.
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