Nokia Lumia 920, 820 update patches iffy performance

Microsoft and Nokia will push out a software update to improve Bluetooth connection and battery life for two of its flagship phones.

Nokia Lumia 920
The Nokia Lumia 920 (pictured) and 820 series will soon see a software patch. Josh Miller/CNET

Nokia announced today that, along with Microsoft, it will roll out a software update that address user complaints about battery life, Bluetooth connection, and startup.

Starting today, the over-the-air update will cover the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 for all AT&T customers in the U.S. and Rogers subscribers in Canada.

Among the changes, Nokia says, users will see:

  • More efficient and reliable Bluetooth connectivity
  • More efficient and reliable startup sequence
  • Enhancements in imaging performance and battery management
  • Enhancements in messaging
  • Additional platform updates and enhancements

CNET has asked Nokia when and if Lumia 822 and Lumia 810 users will also see the fix; we'll update this post when Nokia responds. Nokia says that other global users will see their patch in early February.

The handset maker first let slip that an update was in the works with a December 14 tweet from its Nokia Care department in response to user complaints.

Despite the inconsistencies some phone owners experienced, the new Lumias are packed with additional features -- like wireless charging, a highly sensitive screen, and extra apps -- that set them apart from other Windows phones.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.


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