Following yesterday’s slew of announcements, Microsoft detailed the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update for the previous-generation Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8. The official word is that the Windows Phone 8.1 update for Lumia phones will be branded “Lumia Cyan”, and it will spread over the air to the entire Lumia range with Windows Phone 8 throughout the summer.
The update will combine both the new OS and “brand-new Lumia features” in a single package. Said features include “enhancements to the camera roll and Creative Studio, as well as a new and improved Nokia Storyteller app, for sharing stories as a video slideshow on social networks”. Furthermore, Nokia’s latest Imaging SDK 1.2 Beta is already available at the company’s developer website.
Obviously, Windows Phone 7.5 devices are going to miss on the fun, while WP8 handsets from Microsoft’s hardware partners aren’t mentioned in the write-up, but don’t grieve yet. US carrier Sprint confirmed in a separate statement that WP 8.1 will be coming to its subscribers with HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo smartphones, which means the OS isn’t a privilege for Lumia owners. Now that would have been messy!