On the stage from Microsoft’s Windows Phone Summit, Nokia’s Senior VP Kevin Shields is announcing some new features for current Lumia owners. The additions seem like a bone being thrown to people who might have recently bought a Lumia 800 or 900, only to have it confirmed today that they won’t get Windows Phone 8.
- Play To – A new DLNA feature for streaming media
- Updated Music app – Including the feature to make, download and play back mixes
- New Camera features – Burst, Panorama, Self-Timer and Smart Group Shot (to fix 1-person blinks)
The Nokia Maps app also gets an update, with 3 core features:
- Maps – Easier photo uploads, and the ability to rate places
- Transit – You can now pin a location to the Start screen, for ease of access
- Drive – My Commute can now tell you how long your commute will be, via a tile on the Start screen.
The updates aren’t revolutionary, but they should ease the sting somewhat for those folks who might be feeling stiffed after having just purchased a phone that won’t get a full Windows 8 upgrade.
On the fence about a new WP8 device? Check out our feature list here.