More carriers have started the good practice of telling their subscribers ahead of time the progress of updates for their phones, including the estimated date of availability.
Telus is one of those carriers, and in its latest post it reveals that they are currently waiting for the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 software for the Nokia Lumia 520, 620 and 1020 to be delivered to them from Nokia, which will then be following by testing and a hopeful release in January next year.
Unlike HTC, which does very little customization and which is already distributing Update 3, Nokia’s windows phones will have Update 3 combined with Nokia Black, which will bring a number of improvements, including better camera algorithms, Bluetooth 4 LE and enhancements to the Glance screen.
Update 3 will otherwise bring:
- Accessibility. We’ve made several improvements for customers who are visually impaired.
- Storage. Now you can easily free up storage space on your phone and manage temporary files. New categories show what’s taking up space.
- Driving Mode. Feeling distracted behind the wheel? Driving Mode allows you to minimize incoming calls and text messages to help you focus on the road.
- Screen. Reading emails in bed? You can lock your screen orientation so it doesn’t shift when you move your phone around.
- Wi-Fi. Start preserving cellular data on your phone right out of the box—you can now connect to Wi-Fi during set up.
- Internet sharing. Now you can use your phone’s cellular data connection from your Microsoft Windows 8.1 devices by pairing them over Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth. Several fixes were made to address known issues, and improvements were made to connection quality for Bluetooth accessories.
- Ringtones. Do more with ringtones now. Assign ringtones for text messages, so you’ll know who’s texting you without even looking. Use your custom ringtones for more things—text messages, instant messages, emails, voicemail, and reminders.
- App switcher. Don’t look back. Now you can use the App switcher to quickly close apps when you’re finished with them.
- Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.
For those who are adventurous you can already download the raw Microsoft-only update 3 by registering as a developer and downloading the Windows Phone Preview for Developers app. Find more details about that here.