Despite a user on Reddit claiming that the Nokia Lumia 810 and 822 were not getting the latest updates from Microsoft and Nokia (he has since made an edit about the 822) the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and Nokia Black are available for Nokia Lumia 822. This was posted on many blogs and news sites even though it was bad information. There is a lesson here, if you can’t seem to check out a story, you should not take it as truth. Now let’s look at some facts.
You can install Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and the Nokia Black Update today, Go to Settings, then tap Phone Update. You will want to then tap Check For Updates. It took a few tries at first to get it on my phone, my wife’s phone picked it up the first try. The phone will give you prompts for you to follow. Overall I like the update and there are a few nice features. Below is a list of improvements.
According to Verizon the Windows Phone Update 3 and Nokia Black bring the following new features and enhancements.
- Driving Mode, when connected to a Bluetooth hands free device your phone can reduce distractions.
- New accessibility features, reading more of what’s on the screen
- Support for Bing Apps (you could download these from the store earlier
- New Multitasking features, now when you press and hold the back button there are close buttons for the apps
- There is now a Screen Orientation Lock (I am looking forward to this one)
- Updated versions of Nokia Apps (can be downloaded from the store) Include Nokia MixRadio, Here Maps, Drive+ and Transit.
- New Nokia Apps also available Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller (I have not been able to install these yet)
- Updated Glance, Now shows notifications, plus download Glance Background from the Windows Phone Store
Microsoft also states that the update has the following.
- Storage improvements so you can easily free up temp files
- You can share your phones internet connection with a computer running Windows 8.1 over Bluetooth
- Bluetooth improvements
- Custom Text message tones, you can even assign a special text message tone to one of your contacts
I suggest you install Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and Nokia Black for you Nokia Lumia 822 on Verizon today. Oh and thank you Verizon Wireless for being awesome.