AT&T and Nokia release Lumia 920 update with WiFi and camera fixes

AT&T and Nokia release Lumia 920 update with WiFi and camera fixes

Summary: Once again Nokia and Microsoft are showing they mean business and just a month after release we see updates coming to the latest Windows Phone 8 devices, even through carriers.

AT&T and Nokia release Lumia 920 update with WiFi and camera fixes

Today is a great day for my smartphones as my new primary AT&T device, the Nokia Lumia 920, gets the latest Windows Phone update just after my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note II was updated. The folks at posted the changelog for the "Portico" update and it's timely that one of the fixes is persistent WiFi since my update kept quitting on me as the display timed out and the WiFi connection was lost.

So after continuously sliding my finger up and down the display during the very slow WiFi download at work, my awesome red Nokia Lumia 920 is now updated. According to Microsoft, the 8.0.10211.204 update includes the following:

  • Messaging improvements: A great messaging experience is now even better. You can now add multiple recipients at the same time when you send a text message and automatically save unsent text messages as drafts. You can even edit received text messages before you forward them.
  • Text replies to incoming calls: Can't take a call? Now you can send a prewritten text reply to a caller directly from the call answer screen. It's a nice way to let people know that you're not ignoring them.
  • Internet Explorer improvements: You can now change your settings to prevent pictures from downloading automatically, an easy way to help keep data usage low. You can also delete selected sites from your browsing history and leave the rest intact.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Got a favorite Wi-Fi network? Windows Phone 8 will now prioritize Wi-Fi connections based on your connection history.
  • Other improvements: Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.

In addition to what Microsoft improved with their part, Nokia also provided updated firmware with the primary focus on improving sharpness in photos. The Lumia 920 has been amazing in low light, but in good lighting there has been a slight bit of fuzziness in photos when compared to other devices. This firmware fix is supposed to correct that so the Lumia 920 should now have the best Windows Phone 8 camera of all devices.

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  • Updated flawlessly

    Just in time, I got my first system crash yesterday pairing a bluetooth device. Since this patch supposedly fixes that, it should be my last. Other than that one hiccup, this phone has been truly fantastic in every single way. My Nokia Lumia 920 is a HUGE step up from my iPhone 4. Nokia Maps are just so much better in every single way from apple maps. Also, the resolution of the 920 is even higher than the iPhone 5 and we all know that resolution is the only thing that counts. At least that's advertised as the case whenever apple has the higher resolution.
    • yes, we updated our both Lumia 920s

      and the process went smoothly. I quickly tested the Camera. Yes, the images are sharp and also the color saturation when you take pictures at dusk time are more natural.
      Ram U
      • I mean the firmware update fixed the color oversaturation.

        Ram U
  • Unbelievably fast for AT&T

    I cannot believe AT&T allowed update in such a short time. Maybe things are changing a bit.
  • Can you get it without AT&T service?

    I have a 920 w/o cell service. Is there a way to get the update via wifi or a download somewhere? I did the "check for updates" and it tells me I'm up to date (on OS ver: 8.0.9903.10).
    • Yes

      Yes. Use the Store tile to access the downloads. I have no SIM and just updated mine via WiFi.
      • No

        I'm not sure what techwatcher means but the download is currently only available for AT&T and Rogers customers. The rollout for the rest of the world will occur in February 2013.
        • Bummer

          Thanks, good to know it's not too far off at least.
          • WP8 lumia 920 WIFI upgrade

            Just got my WP8 wifi upgrade no need to wait for Feb...
            Alex T.
          • How?

            Did you just go to: Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates? It's still telling me "Your phone is up to date." Do you, like me, not have any cell service on the phone (no SIM card)?
  • Updates: Not familiar with them yet

    AT&T seems to do a lot of updates, which keeps them relevant while building its 4GLTE network. Do other carriers do updates as much? I've got AT&T here in New York and the updates I get help my graphics design work. The network itself is great for sending large files.
  • Still No Update

    I still have version 8.0.9903.10, and the "Check For Updates" thing tells me my phone is up to date. Version 8.0.10211.20 was supposed to be made available to those without AT&T cell service in February, right? Is there something other than "Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates" that I can do to get the OS update?
  • How many smartphones does this author have?

    Every week it seems like he has a different phone. iPhone 5 one week bb z10 another, note 2 another and lumia 920 another. Do you buy this phones or do the companies give them to you to review and test for a month? Sorry for the rant but just wondering. What does the windows phone have to have in order for you to switch besides having more official apps? And what do you think of z10 and the future of bb will it fail and be bought or will it succeed and what are reasons for both?