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 WPCentral.com 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.