North American users of Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 have already received the first update to the Windows Phone 8 operating system back in December, and now Nokia has released the same update for the international versions of the devices. Codenamed Portico, the 8.0.10211.204 firmware doesn’t add any significant features to the OS, instead focusing on fixing any bugs that weren’t detected during beta-testing and improving overall stability. One of the most essential additions is the ability to reject a call by sending an SMS to the contact, something that Google added to Android in its ICS iteration. Nokia has also fixed the strange camera-related bug when images turned out blurry even in good lighting conditions.
Portico also improves battery management, which is great as the new always-on mode for Wi-Fi will surely drain the battery faster. The Bluetooth connectivity has also been stabilized and the phones should no longer freeze unexpectedly. The update is distributed over-the-air, and Nokia recommends you fully charge the battery before starting the update and use a Wi-Fi connection for maximum speed. The update should take around half an hour to download and install. If your phone cannot find the update yet, just check regularly over the next few days and it should appear. Newly purchased phones are very likely to come with the latest version of the OS already installed. Hopefully the next update will contain more than just routine bug fixes.