Nokia is enhancing the user experience on its Lumia range of smartphones with the rollout of a software update which will see the devices deliver a wide range of improved features and mobile applications.
Some of the new features being introduced with the Nokia Lumia Amber software update include
Apart from the software update, Nokia has also introduced a SIM Applications app that will allow users to pin the SIM Application menu to the home screen on their Lumia smartphones. This will allow quick access to the M-Pesa and other applications embedded in the SIM card.
Initially, the M-Pesa menu was deeply buried in the operating system and required users to follow a long chain of interactions.
Other features include a call blocking feature, where you can bar a number from calling your phone. Also in the update is a data counter application known as Data Sense. Once set up, the application monitors your data bundle usage, allowing it not to exceed a set amount in Megabytes, or a certain number of days. Complex data bundles such as those that are set to a maximum capacity in MB and time limit (expire after a month) can also be configured via the application.
In addition, Data Sense breaks down data usage in your phone by application, and also tracks how much data has been consumed through WiFi and through the mobile network, and by which apps. Users can thus track and manage data hungry applications. Commenting on the latest developments, Nokia East Africa Operative Products and Devices Manager, Kingori Gitahi, said the software update highlights Nokia's commitment to constantly enrich the user experience on the Nokia Lumia smartphones. "Nokia Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8 are getting a whole lot smarter.
We pride ourselves on always putting customer needs first and the new software update provides a number of significant additions and improvements to the existing features and applications like Xbox music and the Internet Explorer browser," he said. In terms of image processing, Gitahi pointed out that the update has significantly improved algorithms that offer better noise reduction, colour reproduction, exposure control and autofocus to every phone across the Lumia range. On the Lumia 920, controls to adjust the ISO settings of the camera from 800 to 3200 allow for even better low light performance.
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