The Mast er Chief

The Nokia Lu­mia 930 shows off Win­dows Phone’s fancy 8.1 up­grade

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COLOUR­FULLY TILED Win­dow s PhoneS alw ays ELICIT lust­ful looks from de­sign fans, but a lack of apps and an out-of-step op­er­at­ing sys­tem have meant many iPhone and An­droid users have been re­luc­tant to make the jump. It may be time to re­assess, though.

Win­dows Phone 8.1 is here, de­but­ing on the Nokia Lu­mia 930’s five-inch screen. The main event is Mi­crosoft’s own Siri- and Google Now-alike, the Halo- in­spired Cor­tana. Like Scar­lett Jo­hans­son’s vir­tual PA in Her, hand Cor­tana ac­cess to texts, emails and cal­en­dars and, pow­ered by Bing, she op­ti­mises your phone for your sched­ule.

The soft­ware up­date also adds a drop-down Ac­tion Cen­tre (read: No­ti­fi­ca­tions) and back­ground wall­pa­pers at long last. Add plen­ti­ful photo apps – a real bonus when paired with the 930’s 20-megapixel, fea­ture-laden cam­era – and you can colour us in­ter­ested. Win­dows­phone.com/en-au, out june

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