Today execs from Microsoft took the stage at the IFA conference in Berlin, Germany to discuss many new products that will be coming to the Windows Phone platform, and one of the announcements was centered on the next firmware release for Lumia branded devices. As reported by WPCentral on Sept. 4, the next firmware release for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices will be call Lumia Denim, and it will be feature packed.
One of the big differences between Windows Phone and many other mobile operating systems is the fact that updates are released very frequently for the platform, and this is a great feature simply because it means Lumia devices will always have cutting edge features, and with the Denim update due to launch this Fall, certain Lumia devices will be able to go head-to-head with many other handsets on the market.
The Lumia Denim update is really focused around imaging and improving the users camera experience. Mobile photography is a huge reason why smartphones have become so popular, and the Lumia line of smartphones offer some of the best cameras on the market, and this new update will only cement Microsoft’s position as a imaging leader even further.
When the new update rolls out later this year users can expect to see many new features. Speed is one key area that the Nokia imaging team has been working on, and the new Denim update will cut the time between taking shots down to milliseconds. Another feature dubbed Rich Capture will enable end users to take a shot first without adjusting any settings, only to then be able to go back to the picture after it has been taken to adjust every setting imaginable.
High definition 4K video capabilities will also be coming to select handsets (Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and the Lumia 1520). On top of the 4K video, each frame within that video will have an image resolution of 8.3 megapixels which means that any frame can be picked to be a perfect still shot.
There is no doubt that in some areas, Windows Phone still has a lot of catching up to do with Android, and Apple’s iPhone, but the one area Windows Phone excels in is photography. The latest Lumia Denim update will only further enhance Windows Phone’s reputation for offering the best mobile photography experience available. While the new firmware will also feature many other improvements, the updates to the camera are the big ones.
Lumia Denim will roll out to the Lumia Icon, Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, and the new Lumia 830 later on this year, and will then come as a over-the-air update to many of other Nokia Lumia devices after the carrier approval process has taken place.