Portico Windows Phone update rolling out in European markets for unbranded hardware

According to a number of sources, the Windows Phone 8 update -- codename "Portico" OS build 8858 -- is rolling out across a number of European markets for those using unbranded hardware. WPArea.de reports that they have received the notification to upgrade their unlocked Windows Phone in Germany, while a handful of our readers from both Denmark and Sweden have got in touch.

We previously looked at Microsoft unleashing the update late last month to Italy, Germany and Russia. The reports coming in this evening show a controlled release with more consumers now receiving update notifications. Have you received Portico on your Windows Phone 8 device yet? Let us know in the comments.

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Portico Windows Phone update rolling out in European markets for unbranded hardware



I already had Portico since December and i got notified for a new update today. (Portugal)

8x Changes:
FW updated from 20003.111 to 20005.111
Bootloader from  0.0.1532.20(159895) to 0.0.1532.20(162966)

I could have sworn I already had Portico as well? (Unbranded HTC 8X, UK)
Any ideas what this update changed if you already had it?

Verizon support is a joke and they takes days to reply to an email. I moved to VZW recently with the hopes of better support than what the trophy got.

By the way, a Windows Phone success story. My wife had a radar and went to iPhone when we switched. 3 months in and she is tired of the iPhone so I bought her a trophy off eBay. She couldn't stand the iPhone !!!!

Problably towards the end of the year, no kidding. When I had my HTC Trophy from Verizon I use to always use cab files to update them my self. Sure wish some one could make a cab for this.

I haven't either, quite annoyed since I bought one of the first available unlocked handsets from clove at the start of November. Now all my friends who purchased theirs in Jan are getting updated while I get none - still suffering an average of 2 freezes per day.
Is there a way to force these updates like the network disconnect for Zune?

ive been checking everyday for ages and still nothing either. i thought that considering we bought the unbranded 920 that we would be the first and then the locked ones would get it next but still nothing :(

Wpcentral what's the deal with most of the people not getting that T-Mobile Skype patch update for US T-Mobile branded HTC 8x.. Some received it while it looks like a majority dont as well as me.

Unbranded, unlocked Lumia 920 from Germany (using it in Hungary) just downloading the update. I didn't get a push notification, but when I searched manually it started to download/update :)

The update was rolled out just over a week ago on EEin the UK. Lumia 920 Red.....
Update does take a while and appears to stop several times, so be patient, don't restart when it appears to stop, just wait.

I just did a manual search for updates on my Telstra branded 920 here in Australia and the Portico update has been located and is installing now. Also it would appear that for the past couple of weeks any 920 purchased from Telstra already has the Portico update.

Sweden, unbranded 920... No notification, did an update check after reading the article on German update and there it was looking at me.

Users in Turkey that are using unbranded Lumia 920 reported that they are downlading Portico update and installing the update without any problems.

And of course i got two bugs right away. Brightness pulsates and Text replay to incoming calls not working. Tried a reboot and switching region, but nothing.

this is expected, the update hasn't started rolling out to the Lumia 920s with the Telecom image yet, its not far away though

Still nothing from bell in Canada. It is getting very frustrating since I called bell and they told me it was HTC and HTC told me it is bell. It is totally ridiculous

I've had my portico update for agesssss in the UK must be 2 months ago. I got a notification and installed the day it was announced on my 8X

I have a new update in my Retail\Unbranded HTC 8X in Saudi Arabia , I was randomly checking for update a while ago .
My 8X came preloaded with both "Keep Wi-Fi When Screen Times Out" & "Reply With a Text" , So I assumed it came preloaded with Portico like most people said theirs did .
Now , I checked the OS version , Mine says 8.0.10211.204  & it doesn't match Portico's version up -_-
Should've known better , Rule #8 : Never Assume .

Im a bit confused now , The Wi-Fi thing came preloaded only on the 8S & the "Reply With a Text" was a Portico exclusive feature . What does that makes my 8X ?


OS Version : 8.0.10211.204 

Hardware Version : 0002

Oh my bad , I thought 8858 is Bortico (Like Rich Mentioned above) ! looks like I have Portico already. Okay, whats the new update ?

Sorry , I'm new to the Windows Phone platform & I'm a bit confused by updates & their numbers , I jumped to WP8 last Teusday after almost 3 years with Android (I only got 2 updates : Froyo 2.2.1 & Gingerbread 2.3.4)

Ive yet to upgrade my phone to a wp8 device does portico enable the 920 or any other 8 device to use the radio?

Confirmed, got Portico in my 920 (unbranded from Germany) today, I'm glad I got it even that I'm using a Telcel (Mexico) SIM card, the whole update took it about 50 min.

Who is pushing the update since the phone is not branded. Does the phone get the update directly from Microsoft?

No update yet for my unlocked Lumia 920 (RM-821_eu_poland_360). I am using this in Mumbai, India (Carrier Vodafone)

I don't think any polish variants of RM-821 and RM-825 have been approved yet, as there is still no portico ROMs on navifirm for them (except for the Lumia 820 on Play, which is a brand new SKU).

Thanks a lot for your feedback. But honestly its a bit depressing news, since I won't be getting the portico update soon then for my Lumia 920 (RM-821_eu_poland_360). I believe these are typical early adopter problems!

Well actually, after double checking..
There are ROMs for the Orange PL and Play variants of RM-821. Still no ROMs for T-Mobile, Polkomtel/Plus and unbranded version, which will probably come last, and and the update rollout will probably start only after that. But I think that should happen by the end of this month.
Anywho, it's funny that people around the world use Lumias imported from Poland, while over here the prices have already dropped a $100, cause very little people bought them in retail.

Thanks once again for the feedback. Feeling better after reading that there is a possibility of getting the portico update after all. And well yes I believe, there are eager people around the world. I got mine from USA (GSM Nation), without really knowing what ROM it would contain. What mattered was that it was unlocked.

I don't think the model number changes after flashing a different variant ROM. It should be tied to your product code, which is fixed, and you can check it on a sticker on the back of your sim tray. The codes for RM-821 CV Poland are 059R065, 66, 68 and 70 depending on the colour. The updates delivered by MS are targeted at particular product codes and IMEIs, as far as I know.
Oh, I just realised that Americans purchasing middle-european Lumias may be caused by the AT&T exclusivity in the US.

Imported an unlocked l920 from the UK (expansys) 2 months ago and using it in Spain....so far no updates :(
How does it work, is it a "region thing"? Do I need to change the country to UK to get it??

Its not yet been given green light for the uk unlocked models (at least not on mine) . The update has nothing to do with where you actually are, jts entirely down to the firmware already on the device

Still nothing here in Thailand. I will be surprised if we get it this month.Still no 7.8 for my 900 as well. :(

I already got portico in december (and a few small updates after that) but I installed a new update on my 8x today, the same as what the first posts are saying. It is a small htc update imo but what is it for? I think it solved the speaker distortion.

It's correct, haven't got anything yet on DNA Finland. Greetings from Finland, the place Nokia hates the most.

Got is yesterday evening :) Has anybody already found a solution for the always changing brightness? Going into a completely dark room, as earlier suggested, doesn't seem to solve the issue.

Jup received it yesterday evening overhere in The Netherlands. I have a unbranded German Lumia 920 but that doesn't make a difference I believe.

I think it does, because I haven't received anything yet... I have a Dutch 920. Getting a bit tired of waiting to be honest.

Same here. Just checked. Bought an unlocked Lumia 920 from Clove and no update as yet. I am in Pakistan at the moment and havent changed the region or currency thus as far as Nokia and Micorsoft are concerned I still need GB firmware! 

Got the update in Sweden for Lumia 920, unbranded.
Can anyone tell where I can see update history on 920, what's new with the update? I accidently closed the page after the update.

I cannot believe how fucked up the update process on WP8 is... Is this how these guys compete with iOS? Fuck! Still waiting for update since december...

Netherlands here. I was always under the impression i was running Portico already (there's no real big changes, correct?). Anyways, just tried to manually check for updates, and have indeed an update running right now.

It seems since you can use your phone on any network, OEMs wait till the majority of carriers in your region approve the new firmware, before releasing the update for your unlocked country variant.

Did a quick "Search for update" six oclock in the morning, and it startet right away with downloading...   :) 
So - I'm finnally on Portico...
Norway, Nokia 920 - Network Norway...   :)

I already had the portico update, but today morning I lost all of my sms from my phone, and now I istalled a new update.. How can I get back my text messages? Any idea? (HTC 8X Hungary)

if you had fix your phone to save everything on a cloud your messages should appiered once you turn your phone on ...

So stupid how long this update has taken to get to people, coupled with the lack of rollout information from Microsoft. Quite poor really..... and I still don't have the update (unbranded Lumia 820 UK).

Hardly anyone gives detailed information about small updates to every customer, you either visit the sites where this information is relevant or you wait for your phone to tell you an update is ready. 

Updates are rolled out in waves, so you will get yours when it's rolled out. 

It's been like that for ages. :) 

That's not true as for WP7 there was a page provided by Microsoft giving details on whch operators were testing and pushing the update, for unlocked devices it would usually be available and on most updates that I can remember there was a way to force the update (without wiping your phone). So the "update in waves" was there if you just wanted to wait but we aren't taking about months between releasing the update to different regions as has been the case here.

I bought an unlocked 920 from Clove in the UK this week and was pleased to find it came with Portico pre-installed.

After reading this article I checked manually, an update is available for unlocked/unbranded NL920 (Singapore)

I've had Portico for like 2 months on my 8X bought in The Netherlands. I checked for updates yesterday and it came up with a HTC update not Portico.

People with older phones are probably now getting the firmware update bundled with Portico. It seems HTC is allowed to preload the OS updates but the firmware needs carrier and regional approval.

I was just coming in to write about not having the update here in Saudi Arabia but did a phone update check and an update is already downloading :D not sure if it is actually Portorico or not

Unlocked 920 in the UK nothing yet. Nokia did send me this when I contacted them:
"Due to high demand we have to roll out the update in batched IMEI grous to prevent it from crashing the Nokia servers. You will receive your update but we cannot say when the batch that your hanset is in will be activated. It should be very soon."

I was told the same, I just wish they were rolled out in order of manufacture, first in best dressed. But no, this is not the case.

HTC8x unbranded UK.
HTC didnt know or couldnt tell me, ask MS!  I already had osv 12011.204, os remains, as one has already said, bootloader & firmware update - strange HTC dont know this!

This is weird. I have Portico (8.0.10211.204) on my HTC 8X (unbranded) when in first came out around december. And today, my phone just popped the update notification. So I did the update, it lasted 5 minutes, and my phone restarted. But nothing changed. The OS version is the same and I obviously had the portico features before that.

The Netherlands, got Portico in december and a firmware update (HTC 8X, unbranded and unlocked). The German article mentions it's for unbranded and unlocked nokia phones, that is probably more correct, since they rolled out the portico only for HTC phones in december.

It's so frustrating. I haven't got the update (UK L820 Unbraded) and well, It's been going on since December and just as I forget about it, MORE news comes up and it's NOT available to me. If it's taken 3 months for me to get this update (still pending update) then how long is a proper update going to take.

I got it yesterday on HTC 8x unbranded UK.
Before the update, Skype would only work when using speakerphone, but now it works with headphones and regular mic. I think this might be the skype specific fix that T-mobile HTC 8x got recently?

I got a bunch of updates last night on my unbranded APAC 920. I don't think its portico just a lot of nokia updates.  

Another week goes by with no Protico Update and now we see stories about what the next update (Blue) might bring. Answer? Nothing to those of us with unbranded handsets until 2014 most likely. BORED NOW!