Microsoft has announced a new Windows Phone 8 update that will bring
features like FM radio and add CalDAV and CardDav support, which will
extend support for Gmail and other Google services. The announcement
came following the launch of the Nokia Lumia
which would be the first phone to ship with the update pre-installed.
to roll out to existing Windows Phone 8 devices later this summer, and
will activate FM radio in handsets that feature capable hardware. It's
interesting to note that Windows Phone 7.x supported FM radio while
Windows Phone 8 did not have this feature until this update. Nokia's new
lineup of smartphones barring the Lumia 620 sport FM hardware, which
will become functional after the update.
These features of the new
update were first revealed by an unofficial
back in March.
It is worth recalling that Google had announced it
would cease support for its Google Sync service for new users starting
30th January 2013, later extending the date to 31st July. This would've
meant Windows Phone users won't have been able to setup their
Google account on the OS beyond this 'sunset date'. As promised
the new update will also bring support for the sync protocols CalDAV
(for Calendars) and CardDAV (for Contacts), which, when combined with
IMAP (for Email, already in Windows Phone 8) will be able to fully
replace the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol, to synchronise
email, contacts, and calendar with Google and other services that
support these protocols.
The update will bring some changes to
Xbox Music making it easier to select, download, and pin tunes in Xbox
Music and improve the accuracy of song information and other metadata.
It will also extend the Data Sense feature of Windows Phone 8 to more
With the Lumia 925, Nokia had
a slew of camera features including a new Nokia Smart Camera mode that
allows users to create high quality images, offering the ability to take
ten shots at once and then edit them afterwards with tools and effects
like Best Shot, Action Shot and Motion Focus. Nokia will be bringing
these features to its existing compatible Windows Phone 8 Lumia
smartphones in an update called Nokia Lumia Amber, which will also be
rolling out this summer. The update is also expected to bring 'double
tap to wake up' lock screen gesture to some Lumia phones.