Nokia Lumia 710, Lumia 800 to get software update

Nokia's Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 smartphones will be getting a software update on 27 June, the company has announced.

The update brings three improvements to the Windows Mobile devices: Internet Sharing (that is, wireless hotspot capability), a flip-to-silence function for the phone's ringer, and media streaming from the Lumia 710 or Lumia 800 to other devices.

The Finnish company has also announced a partnership with massive game developer Zynga, which will see a gradual rollout of popular games like Words With Friends and Draw Something for Lumia handsets.

Nokia is also launching a new camera app, which features a panorama option and a self-timer. Other new apps for Lumia smartphones include Contact Share, which enables, as its name suggests, sharing contacts through email or SMS, and Counters, which allows users to monitor usage and set limits for things like call-time minutes or data usage. Camera Extras, Contact Share and Counters, among other new apps, will be available in the Windows Phone Marketplace as of 22 June.

Though it has been revealed that current Windows Phone owners, including those with Lumia handsets, will not be eligible for upgrades to Windows Phone 8 when it is released in the autumn, Nokia insists it will deliver certain updates to Lumia phones. That will include a new Start screen, and likely other changes to the visual aspects of the interface.