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Get the most recent Pointer on Mobile Phones: Mobile Phone Advisor

Today Nokia promised owners of its Lumia Windows Phone 8 gadgets that its ‘Amber’ upgrade will reach all phones by the end of September. The Amber upgrade is a mix of function enhancements that’ll enhance Nokia’s handsets, more setting them apart from devices developed by various other smartphone OEMs.

Amber includes a photo-editing device, improved image processing, the ability to snag motion in sequence with ‘Action Shot,’ the acceptance of double-tap input to wake the phone, and improved internal storage reporting.

However, the most important brand-new piece provided by Amber is ‘Look Screen,’ a device that makes your phone’s less active state more intriguing. When your phone is less active, it’ll display a clock and battery info. So, you can more rapidly interact with your phone without needing to do anything at all. You can switch off Glance, of course, or have it switch off after a set quantity of time.

In past years, we’d now go over how Amber puts Nokia ahead of Samsung, HTC, and other Windows Phone OEMs (remember Dell?). We don’t need to do that anymore, as Nokia manages basically the entire Windows Phone market. Therefore, the changes aren’t as much changes to Nokia’s Windows Phone mobiles as they’re adaptations to the Windows Phone platform itself. Given that Nokia sells nearly 90 percent of Windows Phone gadgets, any changes that it makes become de facto official changes.

This is a trouble for Microsoft, as it at first ceded versatility to make modifications to Nokia in partial exchange for it taking on the platform. This saved Microsoft’s mobile life, but in the process expense it control: If Nokia can basically skin Windows Phone to its own contentment, Microsoft is in a material method not in charge of the Windows Phone user experience and design.

I question that sits well in Redmond. Therefore, Microsoft either develops a phone itself (there have actually been rumors), or it strengthens HTC (the only continuing to be OEM partner with more than a scrape of market share that is not really Nokia) to get a much better grip on its platform.

Whatever the case, if you’re a Nokia smartphone owner, the Amber update will be rolling out depending on your smartphone and country and most likely carrier over the next month. Get ready.