Nokia begins Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade rollout

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Jan 302013
 
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Nokia today announced that it is beginning to roll out its Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade to Lumia smartphones currently running Windows Phone 7.5 as these will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. The Nokia Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900 will all receive upgrade notifications during February.

With Windows Phone 7.8 installed, your Nokia Lumia gets even better.

The Start screen experience is completely refreshed with the ability to re-size your tiles: small, medium and large.

In addition, there are also new options available on your lock screen, such as having a daily background image from Bing; plus there’s improved pocket and child lock screen security.

Plus, there is increased language support, meaning even more people get to enjoy Nokia Lumia.

These new benefits, together with the new look Start screen, will make your Lumia feel like a brand new smartphone.

Once you receive your notification, you will need to connect your device to your computer via Zune for PC, or the Windows Phone app for Mac.

As usual, carriers will need to approve the update before they push it out to their users.

To make sure you don’t miss the update when it is released here, check that notifications are enabled by selecting Settings > Phone Update > “Notify me when new updates are found”.

Read more: Nokia

Windows Phone 7.8 update rollout now “imminent” says Nokia

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Jan 052013
 
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Nokia yesterday told PocketGamer.biz that the Windows Phone 7.8 update for its Lumia devices currently running Windows Phone 7.5 is “imminent.” A more specific timeline for the update was not provided. Nokia added the exact schedule “remains in Microsoft’s hands” and concluded that “At present we have no more information we can give about wider availability of the update for phones running Windows Phone 7.5.”

Windows Phone 7.8 will offer a number of Windows Phone 8 features (including the updated Home screen) to older handsets. Among these is the new Start screen with resizable Live Tiles, additional theme and accent colors, new lock screen features and more.

Some Nokia Lumia smartphones such as the Lumia 610 and Lumia 505 have begun to ship with Windows Phone 7.8 preloaded. “With Windows Phone 7.8 beginning to ship pre-loaded on Nokia Lumia smartphones, we will naturally be deploying the software to our factories for product rollout,” Nokia explained in its statement.

For its part, Microsoft has only indicated that Windows Phone 7.8 will start rolling it out in early 2013.

Read more: PocketGamer.biz (Source: WMPoweruser)

Nokia unveils Nokia Lumia 505 with Windows Phone 7.8

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Dec 152012
 

Nokia Lumia 505Nokia this week unveiled a new entry-level Windows Phone smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 505. It is Nokia’s second device in its new 500 line after the Nokia Lumia 510 launched in October.

Nokia Lumia 505 specifications:

  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows Phone 7.8
  • Cellular connectivity: WCDMA/HSPA/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: GPS/A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 3.7-inch WVGA (800×480) AMOLED
  • Input: Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 256MB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with f2.8 aperture and VGA video capture
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0
  • Battery: 1,300mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 118.1 x 61.2 x 11.3 millimeters / 131 grams
  • Colours: Black, white, red

Nokia has not revealed what processor will power the Lumia 510 but it is expected to be a single-core one.

Nokia will launch the Nokia Lumia 505 in Mexico with TelCel in the next few weeks. It remains to be seen if it will make its way North of Mexico later.

Read more: Nokia Mexico (in Spanish) [Google translation] (Source: WPCentral)

Video: Windows Phone 7.8 teased on Nokia Lumia 900

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Dec 022012
 

Microsoft earlier this week announced that it will start rolling out Windows Phone 7.8 upgrades for current devices in early 2013. What this upgrade will look like on a Nokia Lumia 900 is now the subject of a video. Being only 37 seconds in length, you can forget about any in-depth look at what the upgrade will offer. It briefly shows off the new start screen with tile resizing and a new Xbox icon.

The video was shot using a preview Windows Phone 7.8 version on a demo unit. While there may yet be further changes, Windows Phone 7.8 appears for now to be running smoothly on the Lumia 900.

Read more: PhoneCatTV [via YouTube] (Source: GSMArena)

Microsoft Windows Phone 7.8 update coming in “early 2013”

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Nov 282012
 

Windows PhoneWhile Microsoft has been focused on the launch of Windows Phone 8 and new devices, there has been little news about its Windows Phone 7.8 update for existing Windows Phone 7 devices. That changed today with a blog post that shed some light on when we will see it. It is currently working with its hardware partners and hopes to start rolling it out in early 2013.

Aside from its new Start screen with resizable Live Tiles, Windows Phone 7.8 will also come with 20 theme and accent colors “so you can make your phone even more personal,” new lock screen features: the option to automatically display the Bing Picture of the Day plus the ‘A1B2C3’ PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on phones connected to Exchange accounts. There will also be new apps including Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars.

Microsoft also announced that new models running Windows Phone 7.8 should be hitting the street in the near future.

These devices will typically be sold at a range of lower price points, meaning there will now be Windows Phones for everyone’s budget and need. This is incredibly important for broadening the reach of Windows Phone across the globe and ensuring we have the right product for every market.

With Windows 7.8, it will also be possible to buy apps through the Xbox service in 95 countries, 30% more than before.

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Windows Phone 7.8 Nokia Lumia 510 to sell for US$150?

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Oct 032012
 

Nokia may be getting a new entry-level Windows Phone device ready. This new smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 510, would come with a 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor, a 4-inch display, 256MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, and a 5MP camera. With such specifications, it would be unable to run Windows Phone 8 but would instead use Windows Phone 7.8 (or even Windows Phone 7.5).

Rumoured Nokia Lumia 510

Nokia is also rumoured to be working on a Windows Phone 8 entry-level device known as the Flame.

The Nokia Lumia 510 could launch by the end of the year for as low as US$150. It may first land in China with wider distribution in early 2013.

Read more: GSMArena and Rafael Rosales [via YouTube] (Source: The Verge)

Rumour: Windows Phone 7.8 Nokia Glory to succeed Lumia 610

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Sep 022012
 

NokiaNokia is not quite ready to close the book on Windows Phone 7.5. The Verge has learned that Nokia is planning a successor to its entry-level Lumia 610 powered by Windows Phone 7.5. Codenamed Glory, it will use Windows Phone 7.8 rather than the upcoming Windows Phone 8.

According to “sources familiar with Nokia’s Windows Phones,” the Nokia Glory will come with a 800MHZ processor, a 4-inch display, and 256MB of RAM.

The Nokia Glory is not expected to be unveiled at Nokia’s September 5th event which will focus on the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. It is likely to be out for the holiday season though.

Read more: The Verge

Rumour: What WP8 features will not make it into WP7.8

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Aug 142012
 

Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows Phone 7.5 devices will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. Instead, they will receive an update that will deliver some but not all of the features of the next major version of its operating system. Microsoft has yet to announce a full list of Windows Phone 8 features but a leaked Nokia document obtained by French site Smartphone France provides us with a first look at what features will not make it down to Windows Phone 7.8. The document is more comprehensive than what previous rumours revealed.

Rumour: Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 feature comparison

A number of features will be excluded due to hardware limitations. For example, multi-core processor, WXGA/720p display, and NFC support will not be offered. Other features that will not make will be OTA updates and true multitasking.

On a more positive note, Nokia looks set to introduce a number of new features to both versions. These include Nokia Counter, a usage monitoring app similar to Microsoft’s own DataSmart, Contact Share to easily share contacts, and Flip to Silence.

Read more: Smartphone France (in French) [Google translation]

Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 handset revealed?

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Aug 072012
 

A post on Chinese website Weibo appears to have revealed a prototype Nokia Lumia phone running Windows Phone 8. The images show a bright yellow (a future Nokia Lumia colour?) device marked as proto.nokia.com with what could be the Windows Phone 8 interface. It’s not clear if this device is one of the many rumoured ones (including the Nokia Phi and Nokia Lumia 920 among others) that have surfaced in the past.

Prototype Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia device?

It is equally possible that the prototype device is actually running Windows Phone 7.8, the update for current Windows Phone 7.5 devices, rather than Windows Phone 8.

The Weibo user has since deleted his post but not before the images were captured by WPDang.

Nokia could unveil its first Windows Phone 8 devices as early as September 5th according to recent rumours.

Read more: WPDang (in Chinese) [Google translation] (Source: BGR)

Rumour: Differences between Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8

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Jul 092012
 

Microsoft Windows PhoneWhen Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, adding that current Windows Phone 7.5 devices would not be upgraded, it also announced a Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade for those devices. Aside from the new Start Screen from Windows Phone 8, it’s not been clear what else it could bring with it. A leaked document obtained by WP7Forum.ru may now have shed some light on this question. The table below shows these differences:

Functionality Windows Phone 7.8 Windows Phone 8.0
Browser IE9 IE10
Skype Separate application Integrated
Voice commands Yes Yes, extended set
DataSmart Separate application Yes
Bing Audio Yes Yes, improved recognition TV
RCS-e Separate application Integrated
Cloud Office OneNote, 365 Synchronization of all content
An updated startup screen Yes Yes
OTA No, only notify Yes
Visual Voicemail Only for some countries Yes

While Windows Phone 7.8 will benefit from a few new apps (like DataSmart, its usage monitoring app), it does not appear to be changing in a significant way. For example, Skype will remain an “app” with deeper integration reserved for Windows Phone 8.

It also looks like Windows Phone 8 will gain the ability to identify TV shows, presumably much like an app like Shazam does for music.

This may not be a complete list. When it unveiled Windows Phone 8,Microsoft indicated that it would not reveal a number of new features until later. We have yet to see what those are and whether they will make it down to Windows Phone 8.

Read more: WP7Forum.ru (in Russian) [Google translation] (Source: WMPoweruser)

Video: A closer look at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen

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Jun 262012
 

Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph (better known as Ben The PC Guy) has posted a video that takes a closer look at the new Start Screen coming to Windows Phone 7.8. The demonstration runs on a Nokia Lumia 900 with an early build but it all looks pretty good already:

The key feature is the ability to now resize tiles with three available sizes. Additional colours will also be available.

Windows Phone 7.8 will be an upgrade for current Windows Phone 7.5 devices as these will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. It focuses on the UI elements introduced in the new release but leaves out new functionality (such as support for multi-core processors, NFC, etc) that will come with Windows Phone 8.

Read more: Windows Phone Blog

Windows Phone 7.8 to offer some Windows Phone 8 functionality to existing WP devices

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Jun 202012
 

Microsoft Windows PhoneAs expected, existing Windows Phone 7.5 devices will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. Instead, Microsoft will offer a number of Windows Phone 8 features to current devices through a Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade.

Microsoft explained that the significant changes made in Windows 8 and ties to new hardware such as multi-core processors meant that many features would not work even if the upgrade had been made available. Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan, explained that “the nature of the investment [in Windows Phone 8] is primarily in areas that are not exploitable by existing hardware.” The company decided instead to focus on making Windows Phone 8 as good as it could and without making compromises that would hinder that direction.

Instead, Microsoft will offer a new upgrade for current Windows Phone 7.5 devices. Windows Phone 7.8 will deliver the features focused on the user interface (such as the new Start screen) without providing any that depend on the new hardware requirements for Windows Phone 8. Also included could be other features that were not unveiled today.

Did Microsoft make the right decision? I guess it depends on who you ask. Those with existing devices will likely be disappointed/upset but those who pick up Windows Phone 8 devices later this probably will likely be happy to know that Microsoft did not compromise performance or features by having to deal with backwards compatibility. One thing is for sure, it just got tougher for Microsoft and its hardware partners to sell Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

A timeline for the update was not provided. Hopefully it will coincide with the release of Windows Phone 8.

Read more: The Verge