Nokia Lumia smartphones to receive Windows Phone 8.1 today

Nokia Lumia windows 8.1 update

Today, Microsoft’s Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphone family as received the anticipated Lumia Cyan software, the new Windows Phone 8.1 update and Lumia features upgrade that will make your Lumia an even more personal, fun and indispensable part of your life.

Among the new features, there is now a third column of customized Live Tiles, and now you can use one of your photos as a background image on your Start screen. The People Hub also gets even better, and is the one-stop shop to your address book and social networks. There is also an Action Center, where all of your settings and with one swipe, acts as a mini dashboard to make your Lumia experience even faster. You can customize your settings and app notifications as well as change settings such as Wi-Fi and Flight mode.

The new Wi-Fi Sense feature automatically connects your Lumia to free Wi-Fi hotspots around the world and even takes care of the annoying part of putting in your details for you. The keyboard has a swipe like feature called Word Flow. Just glide your finger over the letters on the screen and your Lumia will do the rest. Word Flow will also correct words as you “type” and predict your most frequently used expressions.

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As part of Windows Phone 8.1 you get a virtual assistant called, Cortana  which is the virtual assistant built around you. She will track what you care about, helps you become more productive, think of it as Microsoft’s Google Now. Microsoft knows it can be hard to keep track of all the tech-related gadgets you have and with the new Nokia Device Hub included in the Cyan update, your Lumia can help you track down a missing accessory by showing you where you last used it.

If you want this update for your lumia, your phone will automatically check for updates and will notify you when the update is available. You can also check for availability here.