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.