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Nokia Suite Data Package Manager

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And so my fear of Microsoft, taking over Nokia Mobile’s support site and us tinkerers would soon not be able to download the Lumia firmware for our devices via this trick, has come today.

I wanted to download a firmware for my Lumia 1320, which I gave to my Mum. Alas! No packages were available. So I tried downloading for my Lumia 1520. The result was the same, “Found 0 variant package(s) “. The same thing for my Lumia 1020 and 920.

Our only way to get the firmware of our Lumia is via the Nokia Software Recovery Tool, which is such a bummer because it only downloads the firmware specific for our Lumia’s product code. De-branding our Lumia’s now gets a little harder than usual. 😦

Is this the end of the line for us tinkerers who have the affinity to de-brand our Lumia phones? I hope not…

After the ‘CYAN’ Update, Microsoft, today announced the upcoming availability of ‘Denim’ Firmware for it’s Lumia devices. The said firmware will arrive sometime in the Q4 of 2014.


'Denim' is the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 Firmware update for the Lumia Devices.

‘Denim’ is the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 Firmware update for the Lumia Devices.

Here are the features to be expected in the said firmware release:

  • Lumia Camera – Replacing Nokia Camera, Lumia Camera is faster and more intuitive than before to make the best camera experience, even better.
  •  Speed – Pocket to capture speeds are superfast, and it only takes milliseconds going from shot to shot.
  •  Moment Capture – A long press of the camera button starts 4K-quality video recording at 24 FPS. With each frame at 8.3 megapixels, you can save individual frames as high quality still images.
  •  Rich Capture – Auto HDR and Dynamic Flash are now welcomed into the already-impressive feature set. Shoot first and adjust the camera settings later for that perfect photo.
  •  Improved image processing algorithms – Updated to give you clearer photos, even in lowlight.
  • “Hey Cortana” Voice Activation – Gone are the days of pressing the microphone button to wake-up Cortana. Simply say “Hey Cortana” while the phone is idle and Cortana will activate.This is possible thanks to the SensorCore technology.
  • Glance Screen – Compatible Lumia devices can now show more at a glance with Bing Weather, or Bing Health & Fitness data, in addition to time and date, notifications and application data.

Apart from the above Lumia exclusive features, Lumia Denim update will include the Windows Phone 8.1 update features.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update:

  • Cortana – The most personal digital assistant on the market will now be available in the UK and China as a Beta. India, Canada and Australia will have access to Cortana as a public Alpha. For US residents, Cortana now includes an improved natural language, car kit integration via Bluetooth for contacts, snooze reminders and calendar improvements.
  • Live folders – If you prefer to keep your apps or games organised, you can now put them into folders. Simply press, hold and drag an app over another to create a new folder on the Start screen. Each folder can be renamed by tapping on the text field above the open folder.
  • Apps Corner – Create a customised Start screen, where only specific apps or games are accessible. This could be particularly useful in the workplace if you’re issuing Windows Phones to employees.
  • SMS merge and forwarding – Select individual text messages to either delete them out of a messaging thread, or to copy and past them into a new message in order to forward them.
  • Snooze Times – It’s now possible to customise the snooze time within the Alarm app.
  • Consumer VPN – Maintain privacy and security when using data while connected to public Wi-Fi hotspots or even with your home Wi-Fi.
  • Mobile Web Site improvements in IE – Connect and browse even faster with improved downloading speeds on mobile websites.
  • Store Live Tile (US only) – The Store Live Tile displays featured apps and games that are the most popular in the Store, or most relevant for you.


The Windows Phone cyan firmware for the Nokia Lumia 1320 is now available for download via OTA.

Cyan firmware update for the Lumia 1320

Cyan firmware update for the Lumia 1320

Lumia Cyan 1320 'About'

Lumia Cyan 1320 ‘About’

As usual if your phone is running Windows Phone 8.1 Developers Preview, you will have to downgrade to 8.0, also known as the Black firmware, to be able to update to the official Cyan version OTA. You need the latest version of the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to downgrade your phone. The latest version is 1.4.3 which you can download directly from HERE.

The Windows Phone 8.1 CYAN firmware update for the Nokia Lumia 1520 started rolling out today. I just installed it to one of my Lumia 1520’s.

Nokia Software Recovery Tool shows the latest Software version is 02061.00066.14253.40003

Nokia Software Recovery Tool shows the latest Software version is 02061.00066.14253.40003


Today, Microsoft released the Windows Phone GDR3 Preview for Developers.

Microsoft explicitly stated that once you’ve chosen to install the preview OS, you cannot revert back to the older version, and that your device’s warranty maybe voided.

When you opt in and apply a prerelease update, you can only move forward with updates. When the update is publicly released for your device, you will once again be in a ‘released state.’ There is no path back to a prior release/update.

You guys maybe thinking, “WTF!! I want to try the GDR3 preview now! But I want to have a fallback just in case something wrong happens!”

Well fear no more! The truth of the matter is, YOU CAN ALWAYS REVERT BACK TO GDR2 AMBER!!! 🙂

How? Just do the exact way of ‘manually updating your Nokia Lumia’s firmware via the Nokia Care Suite’

I just did. And I’m back to GDR2 Amber without any issues! 🙂

Downgraded from GDR3 back to GDR2 Amber from GDR3 Preview

Downgraded from GDR3 back to GDR2 Amber from GDR3 Preview

Fire away!!

UPDATE: I can confirm that this process also works in my Lumia Phones updated to the Windows Phone 8.1 developer update released last April 14th, 2014. If you have newer Lumia models, you can download the NokiaSoftwareUpdaterForRetail.exe. Do note, however, that the Nokia Software Updater for Retail, ONLY downloads the firmware specifically intended for your Lumia model. The NSU for Retail can be installed side by side with the NCS 5.0

>Good news Lumia 920 owners (820, 720 and 620, also)! Firmware 3047.0000.1326.XXXX, otherwise known as GDR2 Amber is now available for download!

Lumia Amber Update

Lumia Amber Update

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Nokia Amber update 3047.0000.1326.XXXX

You can download the firmware using my instructions HERE and you may download and use the following product codes: 059R4H6 (Developer Edition), 059R759 (CV PL Play Mobile), 059Q9H3 (VAR CV EU Sweden), 059Q917 (VAR Finland CV), 059Q852 (VAR HK CV), 059R619 (VAR APAC PH CV).

You can manually flash these firmware to your Lumia 920 using THIS instructions and using the Nokia Care Suite you downloaded from my link above.

Enjoy! 🙂

Nokia has temporarily pulled out the Amber update from its servers. For the meantime, ‘Click-on’ the Product codes to download the firmware 🙂 Sorry I only managed to download and save those 3 ROMS 😛

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: This process is for experimental purposes ONLY. I will not be responsible for any damage your device may incur during the process of manual flashing. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.