I am Still Betting on Windows Phone in 2015

Laugh if you will, tell me any of your reasons but I am still betting on Windows Phone in 2015! Toward the end of 2012 I upgraded my phone and my wife’s phone to two Nokia Lumia 822 Windows Phones without hesitation.  I previously had used a HTC Trophy Windows Phone 7 device and my wife was using an LG Fathom Windows Mobile device.  Over the course of the past two years there have been some ups and downs for Windows Phone 8 and as we were up for upgrade I questioned whether to stay with Windows Phone going forward.  There were a few things that factored into my decision to stay with Windows Phone.  First was the cost of the iPhone which even on Verizon Edge was going to be more expensive than I am willing to pay.  Second was the fragmentation of Android, finding an Android 5.0 device on Verizon is not the easiest thing and Verizon is not known for being speedy on software updates.  With Windows Phone at least I can upgrade to the newest software through the Preview for Developers. Third, I think Windows Phone will find its best success with Windows 10 as Microsoft merges the two together.

So what did I go with then?  I tracked down a Nokia Lumia Icon for me (The Icon is really the US version of the Lumia 930) Verizon did not have many left and I had to have them call around to find one.  My wife got the HTC One M8 for Windows which seems to be selling well as it was also in short supply.  I am very happy with both devices, my wife uses her phone more than any other device so this time around I wanted a phone that could keep up and it already comes with Windows Phone 8.1 so she is ready to go.  I went with the Icon so I can keep tabs on Nokia/Microsoft Mobile going forward and I was very interested in the camera.

Windows 10 is going to be a game changer for Windows Phone more than Windows Phone 8.1 was.  With Windows 10 Windows Phone and Windows RT will merge together meaning more consistency with small tablets and phones.  Combined with the programing being so similar to create apps that run on Windows and Windows Phone with Windows 10 I think we will see more apps, and better quality apps for both Windows and Phone.  I just have to stay in the game and see what happens going forward.

I know many of you are probably questioning my decision to stay with Verizon.  In the area I live in the US (Southwest) Verizon offers the best coverage in rural areas that I frequent often.  I have to give Verizon some credit that they did not just finally deliver Lumia Cyan but Denim as well putting the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 ahead of all the other mobile carriers in the us with Windows Phone.  Verizon will be updating the Icon in early 2015 as well and now that I have one I will be waiting for Denim.

New Information about Lumia Cyan Windows Phone 8.1 for Verizon

Update: Verizon has done the right thing and then some.  They have released the next version of these updates, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and Lumia Denim for the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928.  This update will be coming out for the Lumia Icon in early 2015 as well.

There is finally new information about the Lumia Cyan Windows Phone 8.1 update for Verizon phones.  A Microsoft website (former Nokia website) has changed its status from under testing to under development.

Lumia Cyan Update under developement for Verizon

Lumia Cyan Update under development for Verizon

It is not clear exactly what Under Development means but I think it means that an update is finally getting close, hopefully before the holidays.  Many users of the Lumia 822, Lumia 928, and Lumia Icon have gotten impatient with Verizon on how long this update has taken and Verizon has been quiet about the whole thing.  I reached out to Verizon almost a month ago and did not get a reply.  Lets hope this means that this update is getting close.  Earlier this month T-Mobile made the Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 updates available for the Lumia 521 and Lumia 925 and Metro PCS made that same update available for the Lumia 521 on its network.  Verizon is now the last one to have not released the update.  Lets just hope we don’t end up like Lumia 520 users on Cricket who blocked this update from those phones.

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