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Microsoft adds a few more weeks for Windows Phone 7.8

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Windows Phone 7.8 mainstream support ends September 9

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Sneak Peek: WhatsApp for Windows Phone 7.8 also getting refresh as new Beta images leak

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Meet the unexpected: TCL S606 (Alcatel One) Windows Phone is now available

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Does Windows Phone 7.8 include performance improvements? Not really.

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Microsoft rolling out secondary Windows Phone 7.8 update (build 8862), set to fix Live Tile issue

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Microsoft rolling out new Windows Phone 7.8 update (build 8860), presumably fixes Tile bug

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Microsoft has stopped pushing out the 7.8 update in Russia as well

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Nokia releases Cinemagraph app for Windows Phone 7.x Lumias

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Joe Belfiore reveals more on Skype integration and "Other" storage fix

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Microsoft’s Belfiore says they’re working on a fix for 7.8 Tile update issue

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Microsoft acknowledges Windows Phone 7.8 Live Tile issues

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Vodafone: Windows Phone 7.8 rollout is delayed by Microsoft, possibly due to Live Tile issue?

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Tethering delayed for Samsung Italy's Omnia W

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The issue with Windows Phone 7.8 Live Tiles could be more problematic than first assumed

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Is all well with Live Tiles on Windows Phone 7.8?

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Ringtone Maker once again available and working for Windows Phone 7.8

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Confirmed: Lumia 710 will not get Windows Phone 7.8 update from T-Mobile

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Dell Venue Pro out does HTC, gets updated to 7.8

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T-Mobile evidently passed on the Nokia Lumia 710 7.8 OS update

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Windows Phone 7.8


Windows Phone 7.8 mockup on the HTC TITAN II

Windows Phone 7.8 is an upcoming (and perhaps final) OS upgrade to the Windows Phone 7.x platform.  Windows Phone 7.x is based off of the CE kernel while Windows Phone 8 allowed Microsoft to transition over to the much more robust NT kernel. Because of this, current Windows Phone 7.x users (Nokia Lumia 710, 800 900, HTC Titan II, Radar, etc.) cannot upgrade to Windows Phone 8.

Announced back in June 2012 at the Windows Phone Summit, the 7.8 upgrade was said to come after the release of Windows Phone 8 later that fall. Indeed, Microsoft has now confirmed that it is due to hit carriers and devices sometime in “early 2013”.

Features have not been officially confirmed in the update except for the inclusion of the new Start screen experience i.e. three Tile sizes: small, normal and the doublewide. In addition, re-branding of Zune to Xbox Music and the new Xbox Games icons have been changed, plus the Bing lockscreen wallpaper feature. Other smaller changes are expected in the final release build, pegged at 7.10.8858.

Currently it is unknown which phones will get the update nor which carriers will support it, but Nokia and HTC are expected to fully embrace the rollout.

 

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There’s nothing quite like waking up to some screenshots of the new beta version of WhatsApp, the popular mulit-platform messaging client. We’ve already detailed some of the changes coming for the future Windows Phone 8 branch, an update that looks to be quite massive. But for those on 7.8, we’re told that version is getting updated as well.

Though the 7.8 branch of WhatsApp evidently won’t ditch the background audio API for connections (more on that below), it does bring some other new features and at least shows that the WhatsApp and Nokia teams aren’t forgetting 7.x users with the planned update.

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There's more than what's usually visible in the Windows Phone universe. When we talk about Windows Phones these days, we always talk about Samsung, HTC, Nokia, and sometimes Huawei. But if you remember, there was another name briefly manifested in our sight, only to disappear quietly later: Alcatel.

Back in last December we reported a low cost Windows Phone called Alcatel One. Since then there hasn't been much update about this very device. Until today, as it's suddenly available in China, through locally popular e-commerce website 360buy.com, and under the brand "TCL" (Alcatel's joint-venture partner in China).

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Ever wondered if Microsoft improved the performance in the Windows Phone 7.8 update? It has certainly been considered, but many have naturally assumed that since the company has failed to shout about optimisations present in the latest version of 7.x, that there's little difference between 7.5 and 7.8.

Windows tutorials and resource website 7tutorials has published an in-depth performance comparison between Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 7.8. The plan was to see if there were any signs of performance improvements in the latest software version for first generation hardware. Turns out, there's barely any difference between the two, but we weren't expecting much, right?

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It was only yesterday when we reported that Microsoft released an update for Windows Phone 7.8 hardware, which was believed to address the Live Tile issues consumers have been experiencing. Unfortunately this turned out to not be the case, but the company has begun rolling out another build that's confirmed to do just that.

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We’re getting our inbox flooded with tips from folks noting that their numerous Windows Phones (mostly unbranded), are receiving a new OS update today, knocking their build from 8858 to 8860. We just checked our AT&T Lumia 900 and did not have success, meaning carrier-branded devices may have to wait a few more weeks.

There is no current changelog with the update though we presume it address the Tile stability issues that were found in the original Windows Phone 7.8 release. Those problems caused occasional Tiles to not update and in other instances, drained too much data. During the Zune Desktop installation, the only key phrase that is in the description is a “quality improvements”, as opposed to new features or additions, strongly suggesting that this is a bug-fix release.

So far it seems mostly those in Europe, including Italy and elsewhere are getting the update. We’ll continue to follow the story as it develops.

Thanks, James D., Roland R., Firdaus M., krox1105, Saurabh A and others for the tips!

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Ever since Microsoft has been a bit more candid about some of the problems with the 7.8 update, specifically Tiles that either don’t update or suck down too much data, there have been reports of Microsoft halting the update in some countries. Germany has been pretty much confirmed at this point as throwing the brakes and now Russia is evidently joining the crowd.

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Nokia is still evidently on a roll this week as they have just published the super fun and popular Cinemgraph app for their non-Windows Phone 8 Lumias. Coming in as version 1.0 in the Nokia Collection, the app is essentially the same as the one for its Windows Phone 8 brethren except it obviously has no Lens feature.

Cinemagraph works by taking a short video of the scene and then lets the user animate certain areas. It creates a neat effect and is a great way to blend a photo with some video qualities. Using your Nokia Account you can of course upload and share your creations to your favorite social networks.

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Good news for those who are on both Windows Phone 7.8 and the latest version of Microsoft's mobile platform. Joe Belfiore, who heads up the Windows Phone team and is the idol we all secretly praise in a dark, dim-lit room has revealed more information on both system-level Skype integration, as well as the pesky "Other" storage issue that many consumers are experiencing.

The tweets, which were published before Belfiore's tweet about the Windows Phone 7.8 Live Tile issue, went unchecked but we've been rightfully notified by more observant souls. So what's Microsoft looking at when it comes to further integration with its communications service, and will we finally see a fix for the shocking levels of internal storage stolen by the operating system?

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