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Windows Phone 7.8

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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Lumia 610 now shipping with 7.8 while the Lumia 510 gets a firmware refresh

Nokia is sure paying attention to their entry level Windows Phones as both the Lumia 510, which just came out, and the slightly older Lumia 610 are both getting some Windows Phone 7.8 treatment and updates.

Microsoft noted that devices would start shipping with 7.8 in late December while those with current devices will have to wait a smidge later to get the update delivered via Zune desktop.

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Official Facebook app updated for Windows Phone 7.8 compatibility

The official Facebook app for Windows Phone, a source of both love and hate for some users, has received another update. Unfortunately it doesn’t bring with it many new changes, as far as we can tell, but for Windows Phone 7.8 users, you can now take advantage of the double-wide Tile.

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Report: Win Phone 7.8 available through Nokia Care centers for Lumias

The Windows Phone 7.8 update for Lumia smartphones is reportedly available through Nokia Care i.e. local store/support centers, scattered throughout the world including parts of Europe and India.

According to a number of tips we've received (mostly from India), the anticipated upgrade for those who remain on legacy hardware is available should official support channels be unavailable. Users can simply bring in their phone and have them updated right there by Nokia, even before the "early 2013" date.

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Ringtone Maker and Bluetooth Share for Windows Phone 7.8 now available

While many of us mere mortals still eagerly await the arrival of the coming Windows Phone 7.8 update to be handed down to us from up on high that doesn’t mean apps aren’t already appearing for the new OS.

It is now possible to download the Nokia Ringtone Maker and the Bluetooth Share Apps to your devices.  If you are lucky enough to have an updated 7.8 device then you might want to read on to find out more…

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Win Phone 7.8 for Nokia only rolling out for pre-production devices

Yesterday we reported on a few cases of Nokia Lumia phones starting to receive Windows Phone 7.8 on their devices. At the time, Nokia (and Microsoft) were quiet on the matter having not announced anything official about the update, which seemingly was released early. Then again, with the updates sitting on Nokia’s servers, anything was plausible.

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Microsoft reportedly starts rolling out Windows Phone 7.8 update

Reports have been flooding in detailing an update for Windows Phone 7.5, which can only mean one thing - Microsoft has begun rolling out Windows Phone 7.8 for those who own previous generation hardware. Windows Phone Central readers, as well as WP7.nl have received notification of an available release on the Lumia 800.

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Nokia makes the budget conscious Lumia 505 Windows Phone official

Today, Nokia took the wraps off of the Lumia 505, expected to be an exclusive low-end Windows Phone for Mexico’s Telcel network and sister device to the Lumia 510.

The Lumia 505 should be launching within the next few weeks and the phone, which comes in red, pink or black, admittedly looks strikingly bold. The full device specs have also now been revealed for the Windows Phone 7.8 device and while it skimps severely on storage (4GB, non-expandable) the rest of the features are solid.

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Windows Phone 7.8 update for Lumia 900 ready on Nokia’s servers

Nokia is getting ready for a mass Lumia 900 upgrade

Just yesterday it was discovered that Nokia had been seeding some OS updates for the Lumia 800 and 510 devices on their servers, specifically WIndows Phone 7.8. The evidence came via the third-party software Navifirm, which shows the updates waiting for distribution.

Now, one of our eagle-eyed readers caught the Lumia 900 getting in on the action. The OS update is for RM-823, which is the international, non-AT&T version and has an OS version number of 8858 with the 12480 firmware. Windows Phone 7.8 is finalized at 8858 making this a bonafide official update.

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Windows Phone 7.8 showing up on Navifirm for Nokia Lumia 800, lumia 510

The Windows Phone 7.8 update has appeared on Navifirm, for both the Lumia 800 and Lumia 510 smartphones. Navifirm, an all-purpose tool for checking and downloading Nokia firmware, shows a number of builds for each Windows Phone so if you're feeling slightly adventurous you can download a build and flash the 800 or 510.

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Nokia reveals inbound Windows Phone 7.8 features

Nokia appears to have revealed the highlights of the coming Windows Phone 7.8 update scheduled for the previous version of the operating system.

It is well known that the home screen will be updated to allow the three new tile sizes and remove the familiar side gutter but looks like much more is coming.

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