Nokia teasing Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade on Lumia 800. [Updated: Not quite]

Update: Ah, as it turns out what is shown above is actually an app called Emotiboard (found here).  In other words, false alarm! Sorry folks.

It looks like Nokia is getting frisky as they're showing a glimpse of the Lumia 800 evidently with the upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade. The image above comes via their Facebook page and while it does not mention 7.8 directly it does show some new emoticons off. Those emoticons are not found in current 7.5 builds but they are found in Windows Phone 8 as we demonstrated in our video tour two weeks ago.

In addition, you can clearly see that button presses now reflect the current Accent color, a small touch that helps brighten the typing experience on Windows Phone. That's big news as it shows that Windows Phone 7.8 is more than just a new Start Screen as it will presumably include a lot of smaller enhancements, like the new emoticon system (which surprisingly is not in color).

Watch the video below to see the Windows Phone 8 emoticons in action. Thanks, mcmaui, for the tip!

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29 Comments
  • Bring it on for all of us waiting to upgrade to 8
  • i hope there's even more stuff :)
  • Waiting for 7.8 so bad before i get WP8... Need to upgrade my Radar
  • Wow! Finally found someone who owns a HTC Radar. Most of the people here talk about their Titan's :P
  • Lets hope SMS backup is included
  • if they bring 7.8 now i think more people will upgrade to wp8 then without it, people can see whats new and the start screen is a big step to an upgrade to wp8. So if every wp7 user has this experience, there is a bigger chance to upgrade sooner or later.
  • Can some one tell me, if the 7.8 update will be coming to first gen WP7? i.e. Focus??
  • Microsoft said clearly "every wp7 7.5 will get this update." if not officially, there is an unofficial way with cab updates of with some custom roms with stock functions And 7.8 OS.
  • Thanks. I'm gonna wait and see if there will be an official update first.
  • this could be an early build and maybe they'll come in color in the final one.. Waiting eargerly .._.
  • First of all ,need to know when we can have a clear information about 7.8... like a release week or a something to wait for....untill then we just make a lot of assumptions...
  • it's just an app...it's called Emotiboard Free http://www.windowsphone.com/de-de/store/app/emotiboard-free/b8036339-8f0...
  • @Jannik Thanks. Story updated.
  • I personally liked the simplicity of the non coloured emoticons but wont shun 7.8/8 because of them.
  • Yep. that's an app in the marketplace
  • I can't upgrade so 7.8 coming by January would be nice but I keep in mind they do want to sell Wp8 and some people with an upgrade will hold out on buying a new phone once they get 7.8 which is something I probably wouldn't do but not sure I can blame them im sure talks of the next wp8 phones won't be too far away
  • They need to hurry up with the update, and hope there more to it than just the screen. But I'll be ok with whatever...
  • I wish the emoticons could be colored, but just having them will be nice
  • Oh no!
  • When I first looked at that I also made a mistake...:-D...Hoping Windows Phone 7.8 come soon more.
  • Men wp8 has a long way to go..with or without 7.8 im buying a wp8...but that doesn't mean I will buy the lumia 920...
  • Damn you! :-)
  • I ordered a yellow 920, but I'm still waiting for 7.8 on my white 900.
  • No no no people!! What about WP9? ;D
  • I finally got to play with WP8 yesterday. The 8X's screen is nice but if 7.8 has all of the non-hardware dependent features that 8 has, I won't need to leave my Titan II for a new phone. Now if MS would just give us some info.
  • I'm thinking that's why we don't have it yet, LOL!
  • It's funny how the ads system works on this page. Nexus adds on top of the page and Nokia WP add at the bottom where hardly anyone would notice. 
  • The emoji are just like on iOS... I wonder if they will work cross platform...
  • I hope that I can group msg. using SMS na MMS.. i love my L800... waiting for 7.8