• Paul Fingleton

Lumia Denim update rolling out to more handsets, Vodafone Ireland leading the charge.

Microsoft today have announced that they are pushing the Lumia Denim update to more handsets and expect all handsets to receive the update in the coming weeks.

The Key features of this update are

  • Cortana: Your virtual personal assistant’s improvements include natural-language scenarios, snooze times for reminders, and the ability to chat with her in your car via car-kit integration. Originally available in the U.S., Cortana will now also be available in China and the UK in “beta” and in “alpha” in Australia, Canada India, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

  • “Hey Cortana” Voice Activation (enabled by SensorCore): Simply say “Hey Cortana” while the Lumia phone is in an idle state and Cortana will be activated. No need to press the microphone button. This feature will be available for Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520.

  • Live Folders: On your Start screen, organize your most-needed apps into folders (such as “News” and “Games”) so you can access them with one tap.

  • Glance screen: The newly updated Glance Screen will also be able to show fitness and other health-related activity from MSN’s Health and Fitness app.

  • Improved IE: Connect and browse even faster with improved downloading speeds on mobile websites.

  • Consumer VPN: This feature provides enhanced safety and security for your smartphone when connected to public, unprotected Wi-Fi networks.

Of course, when you actually receive the update may depend on whether you are with a particular phone network or your phone is an unlocked, or Country Variant phone.

So far in Ireland it seems that Vodafone were the quickest off the mark with their testing and release of the update, with the following handsets already receiving the update. Other than the Lumia 1520, 930 and 830 and 73x series which already shipped with the Lumia Denim update installed.

  • Lumia 520 Vodafone

  • Lumia 620 Country variant

  • Lumia 620 Vodafone

  • Lumia 625 Country variant

  • Lumia 625 Vodafone

  • Lumia 1320 Country variant

If you have purchased your phone online, it could be that your handset is a Country Variant from another market, maybe even one that has received the update already. Check out this Microsoft Article on availability across europe of the update and then follow the steps in the following video and hopefully you should be getting some Denim goodness soon.

Source: Microsoft (Lumia Conversations)