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The beast is out. Microsoft releases Portico update to more Lumia owners

Lumia 920

Just as we covered UK mobile operator EE rolling out the Windows Phone 8 update, reports have flooded in from multiple markets, including Italy, Germany and Russia. We're witnessing Microsoft gradually open the flood gates to release the Portico update to more consumers, which is a sign that progress is strong and issues are few and far between.

Unfortunately, we only know of Nokia hardware receiving the Portico update. This is a downer for those who wield Samsung or HTC Windows Phone 8 devices. We previously looked at both Germany and Italy being bumped to the latest version of Windows Phone, but this marks the start of a more global push.

Have you received the Portico update? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

via: WP7forum.ruthanks everyone who tipped us!



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dKp1977 says:

Nothing here yet. Lumia 920, Germany.

DaSchnee says:

Same here :(

how1ard says:

" I have checked into this for you the answer is that not all IMEI’s (handset serial numbers) are going to have the update available at the same time this is simply because everyone would try and update their handset at the same time causing the update to crash. I have it on good authority that the update should be available to you very soon however I cannot specify exactly what batch your handset will be in."

DJCBS says:

Are you with any carrier or is it an unbranded phone? 'cause I've a T-Mobile 920 and I'm receiving it right now.

Try this: go to "phone update" and do a manual search. The phone didn't tell me I had the update but when I did the manual search it showed up.

dKp1977 says:

I have an unbranded device. Did the manual search. Unfortunately to no avail.

how1ard says:

I have an unlocked/unbranded 920, here is what Nokia told me about recieving Portico:
" I have checked into this for you the answer is that not all IMEI’s (handset serial numbers) are going to have the update available at the same time this is simply because everyone would try and update their handset at the same time causing the update to crash. I have it on good authority that the update should be available to you very soon however I cannot specify exactly what batch your handset will be in."

ousooner314 says:

The beast is awaiting its German visa! ;)

norville2 says:

Yippeee,  just downloading it now, on EE in UK, i had to do a manual search,

Yep Same Here..!!  Downloading it now..!!

DFB says:

Heh, Portico all the way to Romania. Granted, the phone's german

Nothing yet for Verizon 822

AskaLangly says:

Blame Verizon (and MS for changing the way we get updates).

WOW! It's now the 6th of Feb. and still nothing. No word on the 8X either (which is what I have). Darn it!

ajorourke says:

Just downloading it now!  Excited.

MBaumi says:

Update to germany coming. Here is the official post from Nokia Germany :

tim3804 says:

Guess Verizon in US is missing the boat.....again

Quin 2013 says:

Surprise, surprise.

HYDR0SH0K says:

I'm on Verizon as well with an 8x. We always seem to be the last to be taken care of. It was also like this when I had an Android phone on Verizon; the updates were always released WAY after every other carrier.

DavidinCT says:

Funny, with the Trophy we had updates before everyone else...

Quin 2013 says:

Is this while on Verizon?

DavidinCT says:

yea, the Verizon Trophy got updates faster than any other carrier....but, with my 8X, I am disapointed so far.
Wasn't the big thing at the MS WP8 press statement where updates would come from Microsoft and not the carriers...another lie by MS, just like the beta testing link where we could test updates before everyone else...still waiting on that..

JLP says:

Even more strange is that I saw on the Verizon forums where someone reported that a Verizon rep told them that Portico was pushed out on Dec 22, 2012 but there was some error and engineers were trying to solve the issue....dont really believe that story though. IF it were true, would give Verizon a nod to at least trying sooner than later...

colin24_7 says:

Got it a couple of weeks ago for my 8x on Vodafone in the uk!

conair346 says:

My 820 on VFUK has Portico as loaded by Nokia Care. Doesn't stop the soft reboots.

hwangeruk says:

Strange, my Mrs has an 820 - its NEVER rebooted.

conair346 says:

My fathers 820 doesn't seem to do it, but my mums did when it arrived - had to be replaced like mine the month before.
It seems I'm the only one unlucky enough to have the reboots so 'active' on my handset. Nokia Care returned my handset repaired and within 5 minutes it had rebooted, then did it in a call which never previously happened. So unhappy with it, but WP8 is great when it works. I missed my WP while it was out at Nokia Care. Used an ipod for my smartphone needs, totally useless in comparison.

Quin 2013 says:

I want to know when the next 8.1 update is coming?

GP07 says:

I bet we'll find out about the next version in a few weeks at mobile world congress again like usual.   I just hope they push for faster updates, but I've had portico on my 8x since before NYE in mid December.   Looking at it all, I'd say MS has moved quick with this update.

Quin 2013 says:

I agree. I've had portico since Dec as well.

I'm very interested in finding out what new updates they'll bring. Hopefully there is xbm and sync updates for those that do not have win 7/8.

Also call blocker would be awesome too.

hwangeruk says:

They spent 2 years changing the core to WinRT, and functionally its the same as 7.x
They need to mature the platform and add features QUICK!
Profiles, proper notification centre, more customisation of tones. (LED lights)
Otherwise, people like me will tire of the Windows Phone experience that hasn't moved on, and I will try something like BB10 instead.

Alan Harland says:

nothing on my sim free 820 phone in the uk

NicUK says:

Same for me, mines and unbranded one on EE.

cdb033 says:

I have the update. I'm with at&t and have the 920

Quin 2013 says:

Did you just get your 920 recently? Cuz portico has been out since Dec for 920

cdb033 says:

Yes I got it about two weeks ago.

ngilbert89 says:

recieved and install it manually. 

pepsy78 says:

received in Italy this evening, installed and everything went fine :)

xsonwong says:

Nothing from Hong Kong

weis says:

Nothing on DNA Finland yet... still waiting...

mikecel79 says:

Remember when Microsoft talked about creating a program for registered users to get early access to updates?  Whatever happened with that?

CJ Thunder says:

Just going to ask the same thing.

DavidinCT says:

Same here....

mikecel79 says:

We should all tweet Joe Belfiore!

Ameerxp says:

Received uae/middle east.

suehwey says:

Is yours tied to any carriers? I bought my 920 off the rack, and have not received it.

DenniSundaY says:

Whatsapp can now remove the fake music stream API because most of the wp8 phones run on portico right now.  If the API is removed we can decide if our wifi will stay on or not on screen lock and don't have to deal with that anoying API anymore.

Tahiti Bob says:

Most of the WP8 are NOT on Portico.

DenniSundaY says:

Okay I ment 'will be in a very short time.'

realwarder says:

Shouldn't matter anyway... a dev can always use different methods on different OS's...

hazzzman says:

Nothing for the 822 on Verizon

francesco87 says:

Just received in Italy and installing right now

DJCBS says:

I've just received it on my T-Mobile Deutschland branded Lumia. Wich meas carriers are also releasing it.

This is unbelievable. I've got the Portico on my 920 BEFORE I get the 7.8 on my Lumia 800...

Abdul9 says:

The T-Mobile update is already rolling out, many have confirmed it. Well i still have to wait i have the unlocked 920. Someone said  people like me that bought the phone off contract are being punished for spending a lot of money for buying it. One would normally expect the people that got the phone off contract to get the updates first, well lets keep our fingers crossed.

dericslab says:

Received it last week on Lumia 920 in South Africa

Nick Windowz says:

822 Verizon, nothing yet.  Who gets the updates and When?  ...Is this a carrier decision or a Microsoft decision ??

RyanR47 says:

Bug Fix = Beast is out? Helarious!

chaudi says:

Nothing in Sweden yet.....

Yakkob says:

920 orange. Downloading now 

Downloading the update here in Italy with locked carrier TIM! FINALLY!

Lilleverden says:

Telenor Norway, Update available

DreadVenom says:

Just installing. UK EE 920.

GSzah says:

Finland/DNA, nothing yet...

Lilleverden says:

Update stops at 100% preparing installation section

Just wait a while, it will continue

ChazTyldsley says:

Keep waiting, don't worry it just takes abit. Myn was about 5-10 minutes then it'll pop up :)

Quin 2013 says:

Really? Are y'all on WiFi? If not, that may be the reason why it's taking so long.

I think in this stage the ammount of data and stuff stored on the phone is the reason for the long duration. 
I had to wait 15 min. The download over wifi was faster thou.

Just downloading :-)
(Lumia 820, unbranded, Germany)

DaSchnee says:

That's great news, the unbranded 920 update can't be far away. I keep checking for the update every minute :)

Knutmarak says:

Worked for me in Norway with operator Telenor

Iskassasya says:

Unbranded Lumia 820 - I just manual checked, nothing yet.

ej1024 says:


abduz says:

Portico update installing on my 920 in Beirut, Lebanon =) (factory unlocked)

Smg-Uk says:

Just installed it on sim free 920 from P4U

gary gatter says:

Same, v quick and no problems. Earlier than Nokia said for UK.

rajkumr says:

Just updated my Lumia 920 with portico here in the UAE

mcgrady666 says:

Lumia820-Germany... Just installed portico minutes ago!

tim3804 says:

Is there ANY word when Verizon Lumina 822 or any Verizon updates are coming

Ryan Spooner says:

Just got it on Orange (EE) in the UK for my Lumia 920. Phone seems alot quicker now. Also loving the ability to keep wifi online when the screen is off.

mygreeness says:

nothing in Telekom Slovakia, unbranded Lumia 920

I have had Portico since December on my unbranded HTC 8X in Switzerland. I am wondering why Nokia is so slow...

The htc 8s doesn't get this update right?

rockstarzzz says:

Anyone knows how do I revert back from early Portico from Navifirm and get this genuine EE update? I can't seem  to find old ROM and firmware on Navifirm

bennogf says:

Nothing in Australia for the 920 on Telstra.

SergeMcG says:

I have an unbranded unlocked Lumia 920, bought in Dubai: RM-821_im_mea3_306. 3 (UK) is my sim card's network but I'm in Italy these days. I went to check into settings if I could update. Yes! Upgraded over wifi!

E Lizzle says:

Verizon users haven't actually been able to use the new Nokia phones yet.  Verizon shipped the new WP8 phones with no OS while waiting for WP8 to finish passing Verizon's internal certification.  Verizon hopes to complete this certification later this year or early 2014.

wizzackr says:

Nothing in Austria, either :/

adrian1338 says:

finally - arrived in uk

Nothing on uk lumia 820 sim freen from phones 4 u. 

920 Nigeria no update yet

Ron Gramann says:

Portico download and installed. No problems. UK/EE/920.

stjimmie says:

Does anyone have a problem with the sms reject option? I can edit the message i want people to receive, but when someone call it doesn't give me an option to to reject! Lumia 920 orange uk

rockstarzzz says:

Have you turned on the option within SMS settings?

stjimmie says:

Yep its on, and i don't know why this don't work... Help

iainmann says:

It only works with incoming mobile calls and only ones that are in your contacts.

stjimmie says:

Yeah, I've asked a few people to call me who are on my contacts list ,but to no avail, doesn't work! Fail. Aarrrgh such is life.

iainmann says:

Perhaps Orange UK has blocked the feature. Any other Orange users experiencing the problem?

rockstarzzz says:

I'm on Orange, have this feature working. However mine is unofficial portico

rockstarzzz says:

Are they calling from their mobile? AND have you saved the number as mobile in your phone? Home or work cant ofcourse be texted back!

stjimmie says:

And you are absolutely right, thanks , the people who called me were not saved under mobile, thanks, this works well.

jfash007 says:

Downloading now on 920, UAE/Middle East

Xaphoon148 says:

Downloaded and installed in Norway (Telenor) :)

smartfonefan says:

Sim free unlocked Lumia 920 nothing so far Belfast, Ireland

Daxxanna says:

Nokia Lumia 820 on EE, UK update done 2 hours ago, however my wifi keeps dropping off when lock screen is on. Was this not suppose to have been addressed? Anyone else finding this?

rockstarzzz says:

You have to go in "advanced" in WiFi and tick a box that says keep wifi alive!

Daxxanna says:

Thanks just realised

stjimmie says:

Do you have a problem with the sms reject , when i get a call i don't have the option to reject with sms,

It works for me, but not all the time. 9 out of 10 times, the reply with text option is there.

Shambels says:

Got it on my L820 on At&t SC, USA

hbjoroy says:

so my wife got it on her djuice (Telenor) phone, but I haven't received it on my developer unit (nokia provided). I'm using Telenor network.
Both phones L920's.

hbjoroy says:

Hmm, couldn't edit on my surface. Forgot to specify we're in Norway.

Daxxanna says:

Just realised you have to opt in to keep WiFi on under lock screen. Now I am happy

That is like the best new improvement. No more of that wifi glowing/connecting thing every time the phone comes out of lock screen.

Mario Ali says:

Got it on Lumia 820 & 920 on both UAE & South Africa models.
Did not try them out yet, but updates installed fine.

Chirurgie says:

Yay, my 'sim free' (but still locked) EE Nokia Lumia 920 has for the update! Did have to manually look for it but probably coz it was on battery saver by time I got home today. Looking forward to always on wifi!

noob4ever88 says:

920 ..Nothing ..Malaysia

MadSci2 says:

I'm sure Samsung handsets will be updated by the to me WP9 is released :-o

rodneyej says:

Right!! Lol..

rodneyej says:

Screeew Portico!! I want WP8.5❗❗ lol....

spacejovi says:

So how long does the update take? My Lumia 820 reboots and stops at "NOKIA" for quite a while. Is this expected?

rysyN says:

Unbranded, Australia, Lumia 920. Still nothing

cuidia says:

Hopefully Australia can get it pretty soon, finger crossed.

wanglabs says:

Just downloaded the update ....took a while....Adelaide, Australia

zeke1676 says:

Vodafone Australia, Lumia 820, just finished downloading, wow, before Telstra :P

bennogf says:

Voda are the best for updates of any kind in Australia.
Hopefully Telstra, who seem to be the worst, will get this out fast for me.

cuidia says:

It seems that Telstra will rolling out the update on 4th Feb.

skollie9 says:

You're right cuidia, got my update last night (4 Feb 2013), downloaded, installed and so far I'm very happy!!  Will see how it go over the next few days.  There definitely seem to be an increase in battery life, amongst other tweaks...

zeke1676 says:

May get updates before Telstra but Telstra has a better service all round. I can't even use my phone at home cause of the constant drop outs!!

bennogf says:

I suppose it depends where you are, I moved from Optus to Telstra to get better reception where I am moving to 100kms out of Brisbane, however it has resulted in me getting worse reception where I am currently living which is 10kms from Brisbane. Meanwhile my girlfriend who is with Voda gets good reception at both sites! 

Oh well, can't win them all!

kekarlsen says:

Got it for my Lumia 920 with Telenor, Norway :)

cuidia says:

It seems that Telstra will rolling out the update on 4th Feb.

henlunds says:

Downloading for Lumia 920, Telenor norway.

blasher4 says:

Indiana, HTC 8x, Verizon. No update. Am getting frustrated with the WP8 experience BC of stuff like this as well as the lack of app development :(

Russia, Lumia 920, not updated :(

fatalpuls3 says:

822 VZW, nothing yet

I hv got my updates for Lumia 920 for uae
I hv unlock Lumia 920

Rewovener says:

At last......downloading now!

Nothing in Thailand

Ocelotty1 says:

No Portico in Hong Kong yet. :(

MDboyz says:

Unbrand RM-821_eu_euro2_248 on US T-mobile, there is no update yet for me :( ...

darrenjadams says:

920 on EE in the UK. Just did a check for updates and something is installing right now...

Nik47 says:

920 from phones4u using t-mobile UK. Just check and update in progress. Its waiting as my battery doesn't have enough juice :)

xFalk says:

Looks like the folks on Easter Island are going to get the update before Verizon pushes it out.

robt772000 says:

Anyone from Australia with an unlocked device seeing it yet?

dazr87 says:

I have unlocked yellow 920. I'm in Perth and still nothing. Oh and I'm using an Optus sim. Any luck your end yet?

Didn't we here in the US get this already? Or was that another unrelated update

Solidstate89 says:

Still nothing for the BUILD 920, kinda pissing me off right now.

afgzee says:

Nothing here in the UK (Lumia 820 on O2)  anyone else? 

Sarang68 says:

Here in India i have got version 8.0.10211.204. Does that mean Portico has come preinstalled?

cedarlog says:

yes you have it preinstalled :)

Sarang68 says:

I do confess that i am a nerd. Feel happy that i have portico preinstalled but miss the joyful process of getting an update & installing it.

sarim_xyz says:

so right, updating yourself is a different feeling :D

cedarlog says:

lol many updates will be released in the future you will get your chance :P

warex3d says:

I'm from Guatemala and just get Portico today O_o

andyqkw says:

No "Portico" love from Microsoft/Nokia here in Singapore.

Saad Rabia says:

Update done here in the UAE. 4G option is now enabled in the settings menu. Now my Lumia 920 is complete. :)

uopjo6 says:

Waited long enough to be anxious about this update. Haven't heard good things about it either.

iainmann says:

Nothing so far on a factory unlocked Lumia 820 on Voda in UK

mandartd says:

I have an unlocked Lumia 920 bought from USA : RM-821_eu_poland_360. I believe it is a Poland Orange branded phone. I stay in Mumbai, India and Vodafone, Mumbai is my sim card's network. No sign of the Portico update here for me. Any thots?

Tomasz S. says:

Polish Lumia bought from USA? Wow, the phony US Lumia shortage just got even more hilarious.

Dimi7287 says:

Sim Free Unlocked Lumia 920 from Thailand. NO UPDATE as yet :(

Ben Solomon says:

Nothing yet for my unlocked Lumia 920 - Hong Kong version.  It seems that Asia is always the last to get updates ;( .  Its strange they would not push it to unlocked versions 1st because the software confuguration is both standardized.

SlightlyDum says:

I'm also patiently waiting here in thailand. I wish they would give a more specific date as to when the asian market will recieve it. That way if its not till the end of feb or march... i can just take it up to MBK nokia care and have them flash the new firmware. 

Luckily for me, the phone came with Portico update out of the box. We folks here (India) do get our phones released late, but I guess, this update thing is like compensation for that.

sarim_xyz says:

Got it in India. No, it was not included coz the phone was bought from Middle East/UAE. :-)

DeonBuh says:

Nothing here in South Africa yet, for my Lumia 920. Any idea on release date?

Unlocked models still without update in Finland. Waited following problems to be fixed for two months now: Blurry pics, poor battery life, sudden bootups, black screen when calling, tethering cut outs (if 3g drops). Let's see what it will fix.

GSzah says:

Blow really hard to the upper right corner, where the Nokia logo is. Helped me for the black screen. Kyllä lähtee! ;)

ihavewp8 says:

Stop complaining and wait.

jfash007 says:

Updated, but nothing really jumps at me about the update. Seems like i did not even update in the first place
UPDATE- Only visible change i find is under Mobile network where there is now the options of 4G. Was only up to 3G before

p_nico says:

Got a unlocked phone from Germany iam on telia's Network in Denmark and no update yet

Geraardje says:

Got it a month ago for my HTC 8X in the Netherlands.

Same here but ive had one today anyway...

Slai says:

Anyone who purchased unlocked from that have recieved an Update? Mine shows nothing.

J Hisham says:

No update yet for unlocked 920 here in Malaysia..

hontydas says:

Downloading it now....India :D

radde says:

Just had a look at the OS Version  on my 920 and it looks like I already have it. Must have been happened while the phone was in for repairs.

simplescheme says:

Unlocked 920 Model RM_821_eu_euro2_248 with congstar SIM (T-Mobile Germany PrePaid). No Update available.

I had an update on my 8x in December and then another today? What's changed this time? Firmware number has changed in about section.

Knut Marius says:

No Portico yet for undbranded Lumia 920 in Norway

MeAndMy920 says:

Austria still without update.

wizzackr says:

yeah, I'm in your boat. Royal bummer, too. While I usually don't even care it IS starting to bug me. I mean: Come on, the whole bloody world seems to have gotten it!

R S says:

Got update last night after manually checking prompted by the wpcentral article. Lumia 920 EE UK on PAYG. Prior to update I had a wifi problem where it would not reconnect to eduroam at my University - kept prompting for login details to be reentered. Unfortunately, I've checked, and this update doesn't fix that problem. It still persists, which is very disappointing.
(The problem with the UK keyboard not auto correcting words also isn't fixed. I still need to use the US keyboard.)

noelwilliams says:

Unlocked 920 in UK on virgin got the update last night but am not happy as my battery life has been ruined. Yesterday it showed 50% at 11pm today it's at 80% after 2 hours. Gutted :-(

Slai says:

Noel: discarge until it shuts down, restart, drain until it shuts down, restart, etc until it cant turn on again. Then charge it for 12-18+ hours. Should recalibrate your battery.

noelwilliams says:

I already did this after i bought it so will try again. Thanks for the reminder :-)

EmolaT says:

920 Updated last night in Norway. Telenor carrier.Don't know if updates are carrier specific.
My old 800 was (same carrier). I waited for weeks..

Battery power must take a hit with always on wifi. So far, noticed 3G+ and H+ with connections now with EE 920 using T Mob chip.

CrackFachry says:

Nothing so far for Lumia 920 Indonesia. Looks like Asia's getting the latest :(

jml3_uk says:

Got it last night for the L820 whilst doing a manual check... Am on O2 in the UK :-)

afgzee says:

Im on O2 UK too (Lumia 820) and got no update...  what does it say under carrier (in the about section)

Just waiting for it to update completely on my Lumia 920 from EE whilst manually checking.

Alan Harland says:

Still nothing on my sim free 820 in the UK