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Nokia Lumia Cyan update brings Windows Phone 8.1 this summer

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The Nokia Lumia Cyan update will bring Windows Phone 8.1 and a range of new features to Nokia Lumia devices this summer.

Nokia has revealed all the new features anyone with a Windows Phone 8 Lumia can expect to receive in the update released later this year.

“Starting this summer, any Lumia device currently running Windows Phone 8 will receive an over-the-air update, receiving these great new features”, read the Nokia statement.

The Lumia Cyan update will bring Windows Phone 8.1 and all its specific features to the Lumia device owners.

This includes the Action Centre notifications hub, which will allow you to keep track of all your incoming alerts and also features four customisable quick settings buttons.

Accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen, the Action Centre can be accessed while your phone is locked.

Similar to the Google Keyboard offered on Android devices, Windows Phone 8.1 introduces the Word Flow keyboard with gesture typing.

With Windows Phone 8.1 you can now have an extra column of Live Tiles, giving you better access to your favourite apps. The Start Screen can also be further customised by displaying your own pictures behind the Live Tiles.

Of course, arguably the biggest feature of Windows Phone 8.1 is Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-controlled personal assistant. Nokia does state that Cortana will initially only be available in the US, and will come to the UK at a later stage.

The Lumia specific parts of the Cyan update include a renewed Camera Roll giving you access to your images, editing tools and share options from within the Nokia Camera app.

Five new filters have also been added to the Creative Studio app, which can also be accessed directly from the Camera Roll. There’s a new slideshow feature in Nokia Storyteller too, letting you share your creations on social media outlets.

If you own the Nokia Lumia 1520 or fancy the Nokia Lumia 930, you’ll be able to combine Dolby Surround Sound Capturing and Nokia Rich Recording to better portray audio in your captured video.

These two Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones will also be able to project content to compatible devices using Miracast following the Lumia Cyan update.

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