Verizon Rolls Out Amber and Windows Phone 8 GDR2 Updates for Nokia Lumia 822

I got a notification on my phone that an update was available so I started the download and did a search.  It looks like Verizon rolls out the Amber and Windows Phone 8 GDR2 updates for the Nokia Lumia 822 today.  This is not just an update that fixes a few things, this update brings some new functionality and a much requested feature to Verizon Windows Phones.

According to the PDF on Verizon’s website this update brings the following to the Nokia 822.

-Flip to Silence a call (Enabled by default, it is under Audio under Settings)

-Improved Xbox Music Experience

-Improved HTML 5 Compatibility in Internet Explorer

-Improved reliability for VOIP apps like Lync and Skype

-CardDAV and CalDAV support for Gmail

-Storage Check to remove temporary files (You will find this under Settings)

-FM Radio (yes its back) (It is part of the Xbox Music + Video App)

-Improved Texting performance and Bluetooth Connectivity

-Glance Screen (Disabled by default, you can enable it under Display + Touch under Settings)

-The ability to adjust the color profile of the display (Same Location as above)

-Group Text (Its back and this has been requested by many users) (Disabled by default it is under the Settings in the Messaging app)

According to Nokia’s website the Amber update also brings the following to the Nokia Lumia 822

-Improved Camera Capabilities with better Low-Light performance, Improved Auto Focus, and Enhanced Noise Filter

-Nokia Smart Camera And Nokia Video Trimmer Compatibility (You can download these from the App Store, Nokia Video upload and Play To already work with older Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 Devices)

I also see under Settings Call + SMS Filter which I believe is part of the Nokia Amber update.

Also under Display + Touch you can enable Double Tap to Wake Up Phone (Part of the Nokia Update)

Also according to Microsoft’s website the GDR2 update also brings the following.

-Set one of the Lens apps to open when the Camera Button is pressed. (you can change this under the Camera Settings)

-Update to the Bing Search app, (reduced the number of panes of information and not all data loads till you swipe to them to save data)

This really brings a lot to the Nokia Lumia 822 and the Amber and GDR2 updates should help make this device great to use even more so than it has been. I know some people think this is not that big of an update but with all the new features this is a pretty big update indeed. Below is a screen shot of the PDF on Verizon’s website.

Nokia Lumia 822 Verizon Update

Nokia Lumia 822 Verizon Update

The Future of Computing is Touch!

I firmly believe the future of computing is touch, but will that include the PC?  I know a few people who think touch computing is just a fad like 3D TV and will be gone soon.  I however think touch computing is here to stay but I think it will happen one of two ways.

The PC will adapt to touch computing and continue being dominant.  This is what I hope will happen.  I hope that computers like what we use today like laptops and even desktops will embrace touch interfaces and we will have powerful machines that we can interact with touch.  Now the mouse and keyboard will not go away as the mouse is more precise especially when using video and audio or even image editing programs and you need a keyboard for programing but lets face it most people use their computers to check email and Facebook, or to play flash-based games.  I think this gives the all in one device we are looking for instead of having to have multiple devices to take with us when we travel.

The second way is similar to what we see today.  Basic tablets like the iPad, or Android tablets will replace most computers in the home because they meet the needs of people who just check email and Facebook.  Lets get real here, most people do not really need all the power in their computer all the time and could make by with just a basic tablet.  I mean these tablets are just big smartphones and people use smartphones all day long for similar functions.

Now Microsoft is trying to position itself to be ready no matter which scenario works out.  If normal PC’s go the route of touch than I expect to see Windows RT go by the way side but if these less powerful media tablets start winning the battle (like the iPad and Android tablets) then I expect to see Windows RT further developed into something to compete with these devices and probably no longer contain a Desktop.  While Windows 8.X (Or whatever version we are on to by this time) will keep the desktop and rely less on the modern environment.  We could then see Windows booting straight to Desktop and maybe not containing the Start Screen at some point.  Again this is all speculation and just what I see as I look in from the outside.

Either way touch screen devices are here to stay in the home, now seeing them in business uses we will have to wait and see.  I see either way working out long-term for the future of computing what I do not see is computers staying in their traditional configuration (non-touch) and being as dominant as they once were, not in the home.  Again this will be different in businesses but for the home market computing is changing and its future is touch.