Windows Phone roundup: ‘Denim’ trickling out; conduit billing expanded
December 18, 2014 - fall Denim
In Sep 2014, Microsoft took a wraps off “Denim,” a latest firmware refurbish for Lumia phones that officials pronounced would be accessible in a fourth entertain of 2014.
On Dec 17, Microsoft began making Denim accessible to Lumia 520, 720 and 1320 users in China, according to Windows Central. And on Dec 18, Microsoft officials told Lumia business to design Denim to start rolling out shortly to some-more Lumia phones.
From that post:
“The Lumia Denim refurbish has started rolling out to a singular series of inclination in comparison markets, and will continue nearing in waves by device. A wider rollout of Lumia Denim to all Lumia smartphones using Windows Phone 8.1 is approaching to start in early January, following partner contrast and approvals.”
Users need to have a prior firmware update, Cyan, commissioned in sequence to implement Denim. (And yes, as a Verizon user, we know Verizon has still not pushed Cyan or Windows Phone 8.1 to us. The latest rumors advise Verizon is now formulation to yield Denim, along with Windows Phone 8.1, 8.1 Update and Cyan, some century soon.)
Denim includes a series of imaging/camera features, including camera peculiarity and speed improvements; a new “Moment Capture” underline for 4K video recording on some of a higher-end Lumia phones; and support for new imaging algorithms, providing for crisper photos in illumination or low light. These imaging/camera enhancements are privately for Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520 models.
Denim also adds, as promised, live folders, SMS merging and voice activation for Cortana.
Before anyone asks, we do not know when Microsoft is formulation to hurl out a second General Distribution Release (GDR) refurbish for Windows Phone 8.1. There were rumors progressing this year this would occur in a tumble of 2014. we haven’t listened a new aim date.
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On a mid- to low-end phone front, Microsoft has expanded conduit billing support to several new markets, including China (through China Mobile); India (with Idea); and Brazil (via Claro); and a U.S. (via Verizon Wireless). Carrier billing allows users to squeeze apps by a Windows Phone Store but a credit label and instead around their wireless providers.
Following today’s announcement, Microsoft now has conduit billing arrangements with 81 carriers in 46 markets, that officials contend represents 46 percent of all subscribers worldwide, formed on Ovum World Cellular Information Service data.
Earlier this week, Microsoft also done accessible an updated chronicle of a giveaway Windows App Studio tool, that enables app origination in a easier way. The updated chronicle adds support for a TouchDevelop touch-centric programming language; support for concept Web App Template (WAT) creation; and harmony with a recently announced giveaway Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition product. The new chronicle of Windows App Studio is phasing out support for Windows Phone 8.0, however.