A nice surprise today the Nokia Black update appeared on my Nokia 1020. The update brings some great new features but also a hidden fix for those of us running the GDR3 developer preview which now allows correct use of the PlayTo feature.
Updated Nokia Glance
Glance now includes other notifications from apps similar to the lock screen also now in fetching blue and green.
The Nokia Pro Camera and Smart Camera are have been merged, for 1020 users Raw DNG is now supported and updated imaging algorithms, including a new oversampling algorithm for photos.
There is also support for the Refocus App which is an amazing focus after picture
Driving mode is great, set up to reduce alerts and noise when driving, for example when my lumia pairs with my car
kit only phone calls and text messages can alert me, simple and brilliant
The new Nokia beamer app
To use Beamer, download the app from the Nokia area of the Store. On the “Target” machine navigate to the https://beam.nokia.com/ page
scan the QR code on the page with the app and when you shake (or permanent view) your phone the image of whatever the phone is showing turns up on the page
this is GREAT news for live demos where visual studio emulation is not viable.
Nokia Storyteller Beta App
This app was only available for 1520 and 2520 units, but now available to all, the app categorises your photos by where and when they were taken along with maps to give a great way to share memories
Nokia have also released App Folders which is a downloadable app from the store, App Folders allows apps to be grouped and pinned as a group on the front screen.
Bits and Bobs
Black brings support for Bluetooth LE (Low Energy), which I think will start to have an impact later in the year
Ringtone Support: More locations support custom ringtones
Improved Storage Management: The Storage management is much improved
App Shutdown: Easily done using App switcher
Screen Rotation Lock: At last