Lumia smartphone users owning devices running on the Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 platform are in for a treat via the Lumia Denim update, which has started seeding to a number of Lumia phones across the world.

Apart from the regular enhancements brought along by the Lumia Denim update [including Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 and new Apps Corner], the software allows users to download updates directly to the SD card, according to an official statement by Microsoft.

To test the above feature, install the Lumia Denim update bearing version number 8.10.14219.341 (or above versions) on your Lumia smartphones.

As of now, Microsoft has limited the software update download to MicroSD card functionality, to selected Lumia devices mentioned below. Check out whether you are a owner of the below mentioned Microsoft smartphones.

  • Lumia 530 (both single SIM-card and dual SIM-card variants)
  • Lumia 630 (both single SIM-card and dual SIM-card versions)
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 730 (dual SIM-card variant)
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 830

With the Denim update [8.10.14219.341] installed, you should be able to download future software updates, directly to your phone's microSD card.

Microsoft's other Lumia devices [even with microSD card support] including the Lumia 520, Lumia 525, Lumia 620, Lumia 625, Lumia 720, Lumia 820, Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 will not allow you to download phone software updates to the microSD storage.

How to find and verify current Windows Phone software version?

To find out and verify which version of Windows Phone OS your Lumia currently runs on, follow the steps below:

  • Navigate to the App list, within your smartphones
  • Select Settings
  • Tap About
  • Choose More Info

Is Lumia Denim update available for my Lumia?

To track the availability of Lumia Denim update, and to know which variant of your smartphone supports the software update, click here.

Conventional enhancements brought along by the Lumia Denim update

Apart from the MicroSD card enhancement, Lumia Denim brings with it, the following new features:

  • Cortana – One of the most awaited software enhancements of the year. Microsoft's personal digital assistant (PDA) is available with Lumia Denim in more regions of the world.
  • Action centre can now be used to switch mobile data connection.
  • Software updates can be scheduled to be installed at a later time.
  • Touchscreen enhancements.
  • Conventional stability and performance enhancements.