Following on from the successful launch of the Nokia Cyan update, and the Windows Phone 8.1 update on the Nokia Lumia 1520 late last week, a report posted to WPCentral on July 29 has confirmed that users of the Lumia 1320 in both India and the United Kingdom are now receiving the highly anticipated update.
The launch of the updates to the Lumia 1520 in the U.S has been a rousing success, and end users have been able to see exactly how big of an update Windows Phone 8.1 really is to the platform. The Cyan and WP 8.1 update pack a ton of new features including Cortana (Microsoft’s voice controlled assistant), the Action Center (notification center) and the new WordFlow keyboard.
While Cortana is not live in countries other than the U.S at present, the Halo legend is expected to be added to other regions around the globe at a later date. Microsoft has confirmed though that Cortana will ship with a different voice to other countries. In the U.S Cortana is voiced by Jen Taylor, the voice actress who played the role of Cortana in the iconic Halo series of games on the Xbox, but in an effort to make users feel comfortable, different voice actors will be used in various regions to make Cortana easier to understand.
Owners of the Nokia Lumia 1320 simply have to go into their settings menu, scroll down until they see Update Phone, and then hit the Check for Update button. Rest assured that while the download might not be available for your device immediately, it will be ready at some point today. For users in the U.S the update came in two parts, and took roughly 45 minutes to download and install. If you have been using the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1, you will have to take the extra step of reverting back to Windows 8 before the download will begin.
Microsoft are hoping that this update will enable the platform to gain ground on Apple’s iPhone, and Google Android based devices. By adding all of the features that were requested the most by smartphone enthusiasts and Windows Phones fans, the platform is now up to par with Android and iOS in terms of features.
The Windows Phone 8.1 update is one of the most highly anticipated releases this year in the smartphone world, in fact the update is so big for the platform that many are already considering it a game changer