Right on schedule and just as promised, AT&T has begun spreading the Windows Phone 8.1 love. To our knowledge, Ma Bell is the first major carrier stateside to give a software revamp to Windows Phone 8-based devices.
Make that device, as the Nokia Lumia 1520 is unsurprisingly the network’s WP 8.1 curtain raiser. The beefy quad-core 6-inch phablet can be upgraded automatically, by tapping on the Settings Live Tile, and then Phone Update, and all you need to successfully run the newest flavor of Microsoft’s mobile platform is a fully charged battery and around 1.5 GB of free storage space.
Although AT&T bizarrely mentions nothing on the matter, Nokia Lumias get Windows Phone 8.1 rolled up in an exclusive Lumia Cyan goodie pack, which includes a slew of privileged little tweaks and improvements.
But hands down the most significant new feature is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri, trumpeted as the world’s most knowledgeable and easiest to use voice-controlled virtual assistant.
The changelog’s other highlights feature numerous personalization options, enhanced camera functions, as well as a host of power optimizations ranging from Wi-Fi to battery life to notification management and a whole new virtual keyboard dubbed Word Flow. Go on, check to see if your update is ready, and if not, give it a few more days.
Next in line, the Lumia 1020, 925 or 920? How about all three at once?
Via [AT&T Blog]