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Nokia brings ‘Amber’ update to Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices

Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 ‘Amber’ update has started to hit the firm’s Lumia family of devices with a number of significant software advancements included that make the phones unique on the Windows Phone platform.

Amber gives the owners of Lumia devices improvements across the board with major changes to the camera of each device as well as several additions that include make the device more unique against offerings from Samsung and HTC.

The most notable update is to Nokia Lumia camera features, something that will see the Nokia Pro camera app, which will debut on the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, land on a number of other Lumia devices including the 920, 925 and 928.

This is in addition to the Nokia Smart Camera App now being available on the Windows Store and across a number of new devices. The new app gives more clarity to images that are taken of people and movement, with a variety of different options helping users to take the best photos possible.

“The app brings a slew of different options – use Best Shot to find the sharpest image from a series of ten; combine several shots of people in movement into one with Action Shot; heighten the appearance of speed by blurring the background with Motion Focus; create ideal group shots by choosing the best faces from a series with Change Faces, or remove unwanted objects from your pictures,” Nokia said on its blog.

Nokia has also added the Glance Screen that is, according to the firm, “one of the features that has been most requested” by its Lumia customers. This feature brings a clock to the screen even when the phone is inactive. Other features include “Flip to silence” and “double-tap” to wake, which have made a return from older devices, as well as an easier way to check a phone’s storage. Maps also gets a refresh as well as Internet Explorer and the Finnish manufacturer has even included an FM radio player within the new update.

The update will arrive on Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets immediately in "selected countries" with most handsets being fully up-to-date by the close of September.