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Windows Phone 7.8 change log posted, heavy on the cosmetics

Windows Phone 7.8

Microsoft has posted the change log for the Windows Phone 7.10.8858.136, otherwise known as the Windows Phone 7.8 update.

While the hardware of our old Windows Phone 7.5 devices couldn't support a full-blown update to Windows Phone 8, the 7.8 update offers us a few performance tweaks but mostly cosmetic changes. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The change log is as follows.

  • Start Screen: Provides resizable Live Tiles (small, medium, large) to provide for more customization options for your Start Screen.
  • Accent Colors: Increases the number of available accent or theme colors to twenty.
  • Lock Screen: Improves the lock screen performance with accidental wipe protection and rotating wallpapers provided through the Bing image of the day.
  • Marketplace and Xbox: Expands Windows Phone Marketplace and Xbox support to new countries and regions.
  • Fonts: Enhances the Chinese font and improves the appearance of Arabic and other languages.

Microsoft also notes that the 7.8 update includes many "other improvements" to Windows Phone in the change log.

The Windows Phone 7.8 update continues to roll out but may not be available yet in all markets or for all phones. You can always try to force the update, install the .cab files manually or even try a home grown updater tool to see if you can update your Windows Phone 7.5 device sooner than later.

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DontHate707 says:

ive bought two wp7 devices after this whole fiasco i can say it was two too many as in i feel ive made a mistake by buying into wp7 all expensive ass apps, switching emails, having all my stuff in a confusing cloud service. MS doesnt know how to make things seamless and easy like i said i feel like a android user for fuck sakes!!!!!

David Ray says:

I've found my experience very seamless. I don't remember the last time I touched a file or had to wonder where something went. Its all just.. Worked.

DontHate707 says:

yeah veryyyyyyy seamless
 
i had long reply written out in the wpcentral app, wouldnt post.
when into the browser, text box wont show up.
now im on my laptop. thanks ms your atleast your pcs can still perform simply tasks
 
god wp7/8 is a joke.....

lippidp says:

You are retarded. Good riddance.

manicmailman says:

What phone did you get? Btw I'm a big wp fan, I had a 710 and now I have a 920. However, I'm not blind to the criticisms (for example I totally agree with you about the WP app). Try m.wpcentral.com instead, it especially helps with commenting. Although the app is getting better.

What wasn't seamless for you?

jaspercook says:

Thank you for being a sane person. WP7 is a solid OS (I'm very fond of it), but definitely has flaws. WP8 has them too. 

I know on my Radar it's a pain to post anything in most comments sections that use Disqus or livefyre. I usually dread using it and just go to my PC.  Sometimes the box won't show up, keyboard is missing or after you type a comment it just won't post.  Not to mentions emails.  I just use it to read my emails, which is no problem.  I use Yahoo mostly.  If I send an email it doesn't show up in the sent folder (on phone or PC).  Heck the sent folder doesn't even sync.  I don't even know if the email was sent or not.  Sometimes I test it and send from my phone to another one of my email addresses and, sure enough, it never gets sent most of the time.    
Even Skydrive doesn't work as well as it does on my wife's iPhone.  It takes so loooooong to refresh and download (wifi or network).  I often just switch to browser view.  Oh and don't get me started on the browser.  Reading a blog site for example.  Scroll down click on a story then click "back" to main page and i doesn't keep your spot.  Have to scroll all the way back down from the top and search for your spot.  And why can't we get a proper Back and Forward Button!!!!!  Pushing the back button on the phone isn't the same.  I want to go back in the browser, not back to the start page.  WP has lot of potential and I was excited about it, but I think this will be my last WP device.  It's sad when Nokia is doing more to improve user value than MS.  

DontHate707 says:

lets put it this way ive only used one other os and that was webos and i could unlock that phone and update it easily. im not the most technical guy, i try tho. ive been trying to update my arrive which didnt get the update for whatever reason and the tricks you guys have arent working for me. im not a troll ive been here since the begining look as my comments i really like this os thats why  i chose it over the others after all but this is rediculous, idk what phones get the update or why my phone cant. why didnt ms give us more feature in the update? and honestly ever since wp8 release my phone feels old and i dont see a real reason to even buy a windows 8 phone when they come out. where are the apps? why are there own services lackluster and on other competing OS's apps are cheaper with better function and not to mention they have all the apps!!! wheres are instagram hell wheres are notifcation center?!! oh yeah thats coming the next update which idk if ill even get lmao now i feel the pain of android users. MS and there products are full of potential that for some reason they just dont wanna unleash they love playing catch up for some reason. and maybe im tired of rolling with a underdog and doesnt wanna be at the top.

Duffau says:

Trolling? Or maybe just extremely unfortunate. The seemlessness is one if the things that even haters agree on and while there will always be bugs, ive never experienced any of the issues you described.

DontHate707 says:

whats seamless about it? there services are barely connected and confusing with the re-branding and what not. My Microsoft phone doesn't really sync well with my Microsoft computer or my Microsoft console wtf is that? the cloud services on other platforms are better. this is why developers aren't interested, this is why market share is down. They dont wanna innovate they wanna sit back and copy and refine the competition.

Gunzta says:

This is your opinion and you are entitled to it, however you seem to very much be in the minority with this opinion and experience. For the record, I find all the Microsoft services totally seamless and fully integrated without any issues on all my Microsoft devices (Phone, PC, Surface, Xbox 360) I do however have some advise for you. Pop the phone back in the box and take it back to the shop. Get a different flavour phone, then go and be negative about that device on another site and stop cluttering up this site with your natural selection. So long and thanks for all the fish.

niyoko says:

We don't ask for much, but please, a have a little decorum and civility when you comment. Your trolling and inapropriate language does not fall within decorum or civility. If you can't not be a troll, then try an different website for you needs.

Dogma Hunter says:

No idea what you are talking about...
My Lumia 800 works very very well.  It's smooth, snappy and seamless.  The only thing I "hate" is Zune.  But I don't mind that much since I hardly ever connect the phone to my pc.  Actually just to update it.  I don't actually need to sync it.  Skydrive takes care of that for me.  And very well, I will add.  For example, if I take a picture -anywhere in the world- then that picture is on my pc at home (if it's turned on anyway) about 4 seconds after having taken the picture through seamless cloud syncing.
I have no idea what you are doing with your phone or why you find it confusing...  What's confusing about skydrive?
 

DontHate707 says:

oh yeah so its only saves your pics? thats cool so does mine, what about my vidoes and music an such? oh yeah how do i know what photos are being sent to the cloud? what if i take a bad picture or one gets tooken on addicdent? thats right i have to go through that skydrive app which sucks.. and my online albums dont even pop in the pictures app. ive had one note loose notes and create new notebooks for no reason muitple bugs that still havent been fixed and as mentioned with this update they didnt address any issues for old devices just a new start screen. have a new smartphone user use wp7/8 or even one from the other platforms they know how confusing this shit is, the competiton just does it easier and better.

RyanR47 says:

"While the hardware of our old Windows Phone 7.5 devices couldn't support a full-blown update to Windows Phone 8" - seriously was it so difficult to ship with a dual core at that time?

Dos101 says:

7.5 didn't have dual-core support

Steephill says:

I'm pretty sure wp7.5 only supported single core processors.

DJCBS says:

True when it comes to the Lumias. When they launched them, they already knew they were launching dead hardware. And they still went ahead.
That's greed for you.

mjrtoo says:

Dead how, they didn't NEED that power to deliver the experience they did/do.

When i compare the Lumia 900 to the 920 there is a difference in performance, but I still believe WP8 shouldve been ported to the lumia 900.

Dogma Hunter says:

But why?  It would have just crippled your phone.
 
Remember the "vista ready" xp machines?  Be glad that they spare you this headache.
All this whining... jezus!
Get over it, it's all fine.  Your 7.8 device didn't become unusable by any means with the release of wp8.  Not even remotely.  You bought it with 7.5 to use it with 7.5, no?  Or do you always buy devices thinking "this will be great in a year or 2"?
 
What exactly is the problem here?

crazygonzo says:

The worst offense was shipping Lumia 900 at a premium price as a flagship phone, they knew that releasing it in April 2012 (by the time it reached other countries it was June) it was already obsolete. That's screwing your new customers because the phone so hot and fresh was almost worthless at the moment of it's arrival. 

tN0 says:

Windows CE 6 does only support single core processors and that is the kernel in Windows Phone 7.x.
 
Windows NT kernel of Windows Phone 8 does support almost endless processors. I think 128 or so :)

Gilceleb says:

256 cpu max in the datacenter edition...

NIST says:

that's 256cpu with 8 cores each.

DrewT3 says:

Microsoft said they didn't think a WP8 update was worth the resources, not that it wasn't possible.

schlubadub says:

That's a false statement... Many 1st gen WP7 mobiles are equal or better specs to some of the current WP8 budget/low-end models. WP8 was designed to scale up (100's of cores) & down too (single core, low memory). It just requires a full flash to the mobile and it's a risky procedure that could brick your phone - no carriers would want to bother testing, supporting or rolling that out when they can just sell you a new phone and go back to counting their money :P

HighTechBull says:

Thank you for the best answer.  As a software engineer who has worked with Windows NT since it was a beta test version from Microsoft and several versions of Windows CE, I have told people that WP8 could work on WP7 hardware.  It is refreshing to hear that other people understand the same technical concepts and the same business reasons why Microsoft and the carriers will not install WP8 on WP7 hardware.

spd_rcr says:

It's funny because I've seen an old Windows Mobile 6.5 phone running the full blown Windows 8 (might have been Windows RT). 
I left Apple because I thought Microsoft would take better care of their customers with regular updates and the freedom to do things the way I wanted to, like I can with a PC. WOW, was that a mistake !!!! Apple never ditched support for a phone that was less than a year old !

zorb58 says:

:O Ditched customers!?!?  They just released 7.8!!!! Apple ditches customers....  Why couldn't the iPhone 4 have gotten siri?  SAME THING.  Windows Phone 7.8 is proof that your point is completely invalid and actually the complete opposite is true.

dkp23 says:

No screenshot feature still?

yeah, i miss that too...
forced the update onto my HD7 yesterday and hoped to have that feature too :/

What carrier? I have an hd7 on tmobile USA and tried for 3.5 hours to force the update.

pookiewood says:

Get an Ethernet Cable with the clip that hold it into the coputer taped down or broken off.
Open Task Manager (right click taskbar>Task Manager) Go to the network tab and put the Window all the way tot he right of your desktop.  You are going to want to keep an eye on the Network utilization percentage.
Open Zune,  go to settings and then click on any of the listed items except for update.
Plug your phone in and let your phoen do the charging chime as well as making sure it shows up in Zune. 
Put your hand on your network cable to get ready.
Look at the network utilization, let it stabalize to like 0% or near it. 
GET READY!  Network Cable pulling hand at the ready, Click Update in Zune look at the network utilization and as soon as it hits a number like x.xx% (mine was around 3.34%) pull the network cable!! 
 
If this fails unplug the phone (just pull it out a bit until it's disconnected), plug in the newtork cable, click on any option except for Update and give it another go.
 
DON'T FORGET TO PLUG YOUR NETWORK CABLE BACK IN!!  I did that on the second update :( 
This worked for me pretty quick.   

Chef316 says:

Gunna try this in the morning on my T-Mobile US HD7

DrewT3 says:

I updated my t-mobile HD7 using the cab files from the post yesterday. It worked perfectly.

Fran_FLV says:

So, 2013 and no screenshot feature... :-(

bronzekid91 says:

Maybe by q4 of 2014 we will get screenshots, orientation lock, universal phone search, and better maps experience!!
 
 
WAIT FOLKS DONT GET TOO EXCITED ,remember this is MSFT and they probably dont have a "comment".

saket87 says:

I am still stuck on 8858 on Lumia 900 and can't get the update. I even tried disconnect trick but no update

8858 is 7.8...could be your reason why

dv220s says:

8858 is the update. That's 7.8...

DirtyN4th says:

L900 updated today. Took a few attempts and had to count 5-6 seconds for each of the 3 updates. UK/EE

willied says:

Really? Did you not notice a change in your home screen?

Ryan Spooner says:

The update automatically resizes your tiles? Doesn't it just replicate your current layout by default? If not, the only difference you might notice is the lack of the little right arrow and a slight enlargement of the tiles.

willied says:

The tiles covering the whole screen would be pretty obvious to me, but I guess not for him...

Kadcidxa says:

What are the many other improvements?? I don't see why wifi fix couldnt be included.

RobinPaul says:

well im giving up on 3th update, im stuck on Step 2 of 10: downloading Updates ... 0%, it's won't get passed 0% for some reason and don't know why -_-

schandlich says:

Maybe you should check back on the 2th.
 

Bushybro says:

I about died. Thank you for making my day.

lippidp says:

LOL! Me, too... In a depressing kinda way...

NIST says:

Haahaa we're all a bunch of smart asses.

goldenpipes says:

Are u using Zune or cab sender?

miiwp says:

Chech your usb cable

dirtymagic86 says:

Are you using the cable that came with your phone or a cheap 3rd party one? For some reason this screwed me over getting mango back in the day..

willied says:

Don't you mean a 3th party one?

eyesoreM says:

If you guys check me on 4rd and Mayor you'll see I'm on a "The 5st Element" & " The 6nd Sense" movie marathon - great films....

paras chugh says:

it could not upgrade from wp7.5 to wp8 due to the nt kernel and not cos of d hardware...

Darkness690 says:

Well I'm sure those phones could handle the NT kernel, but a phone wipe would probably have been required.

goldenpipes says:

Exactly a phone would would be required and there's no doubt that the hardware can run windows 8, its only a matter of time before xda releases a wp8 rom for devices with an unlocked bootloader (Gen 1 devices)

Mattyh95 says:

Bloody Telstra not pushing update until late Feb early march.. Meaning April! Grr get your act together how long does it take to test something that's been out for ages! :/

schlubadub says:

I'm on Telstra (HD7) and forced the update last night

I'm on Telstra (LG Optimus 7Q or LG Quantum) and I forced the updates manually after 4 hours of trying the disconnecting method. It took less time to manually install for me. Nothing to lose for firmware, since LG couldn't be bothered checking and updating their firmware.

1jaxstate1 says:

Marketplace still doesn't show when I have apps that need to be updated. WiFi still drops after screen lock. But I'm satisfied overall.

Yipcanjo says:

This isn't a Change Log...this is more like a Change Summary.  Where are the details of what they updated?
 
Don't get me wrong -- I'm a happy WP8 user at this point (Lumia 920) -- but they really could've made a bigger effort to make 7.8 a substantial release.  This is all lipstick and nothing else.

Apoc says:

I love the update. Got it last night, doing the Zune trick, on my 900. Still need to get it done on my 710 and Omnia 7. Was really hoping, they would've put in the screen shot feature, but oh well. At this point I'm dying to see what new devices will be shown at MWC. Will probably hold off on the 920, until then.

julokristof says:

Forced the update yesterday with the "disconnect trick". All fine, just one question - does anyone see the new apps promised by Nokia in Marketplace in Nokia collection? I mean the Bluetooth Share, Ringtone Maker and Cinemagraph. For me - not there yet. Anyway, I found two of the apps through links posted here on WPCentral, but the apps cannot be installed - This app is not available for your phone - This might be because your phone software needs to be updated, the app is exclusive to a different mobile provider, or the app is not available in your region. 
Anyone facing the same issue? Lumia 800 from slovak Orange but used with US Live ID. 

UltimateKGB says:

Same here in UK (T-mobile) would like the ringtone maker

DJCBS says:

"7.8 update includes many "other improvements"

This always means one thing: that's it. There's nothing else. And it's true.

7.8 promissed a lot and felt very short. Microsoft created a lot of expectation around the update and in the end it was like a failed attempt to hold a fart. Making people wait over 6 months for THIS was really a bad move and left many people angry for sure.
Let's hope that leaked slide that mentioned another update after 7.8 becomes true.

Tomasz S. says:

Microsoft never promised anything more than the new start screen for WP7.8. They actually overdelivered by giving you also the dynamic Bing wallpaper.

inteller says:

wow...overdelivered....that's like getting an extra chicken strip at KFC...gee thanks

Tomasz S. says:

So you are dissatsified, when you are getting extra strips for free? Well you can always give them back, if that makes you happy.

NIST says:

Like finding that one onion ring at the bottom of your bag of fries.

That's still a bonus. You get 1/12th of a meal. Be happy, unless that free extra is buggy or food poisoned. Bing wallpaper is neither of the aforementioned.

Sonicbeef says:

Updated the old ladies Samsung focus (canada) via Zune yesterday the second I heard 7.8 was "maybe" available. Hassle free and works great!

bkydcmpr says:

Manually updated my Focus S, works great, tiles look supersized!

baj78 says:

Does it look awesome on the S? I use it too, but not certain of using .cab. Worth it?

goldenpipes says:

Its very worth is. No laggyness that I've noticed.

big dooze says:

No rooms in the people hub...booo.

Timbooo says:

Best change for me is that they now allow you to change the default search engine in ie.
Finally got rid of bing!

julokristof says:

Where did you find that option? There is nothing like that in IE Settings on my L800 with WP7.8....

B Eubanks says:

Where is that feature located?

NIST says:

Back to the blue links for you eh?

Ridlah says:

I wish some professionals would speak, contacting HTC ATT or Microsoft services and they all tell you to go to the carrier or manufacturer. I can't hack custom roms because my phone HD7S came out after the pre-nodo roms. The cab file trick wont work for 7.8 unless im on tango, and that brings me to my doubt about att since tango and the mango bug fix update before tango haven't been added to the phone. 

Tomasz S. says:

You can update from mango to tango using cabs. What's your problem?

Ridlah says:

If i go to tango using cabs i might destroy my chance of ever updating to 7.8 

Tomasz S. says:

And where did you get that idea? Deploing CABs is the same thing Zune does to your phone. And you can't skip Tango either way. And both Tango and 7.8 are a chain of multiple updates themselves. They are all incremental. s

tN0 says:

It is really stupid that they didn't renamed the Marketplace to Store and Zune to Xbox Music.

Saiyaku says:

Because -thank the gods!- this isn't Xbox Music and we're still synchronizing with Zune

DontHate707 says:

cant get this update as all i tried everything on my arrive this cab shit is too confusing every easy uploader never worked fucking pissed beyond believe figured this update would make my phone feel new until they finally release wp8 on sprint fuck htc never buying one again. and fuck MS for making this such a terrible process i feel like an android user. this is the first time ive ever wanted to switch away from wp7. this whole situation is aggrivating.

Tomasz S. says:

Are you mental?

Ryan Spooner says:

"fuck MS for making this such a terrible process"
You're blaming MS for your unofficial "back door" and "easy uploader" tools not working? You do realise that if you actually had any patience and tried to install the update when it was released for your phone instead of trying to cheat the system, it would install much more easily... right?

DontHate707 says:

yes iam because they didnt give me the offical update like they promised so i tried to use other ppls tricks and that didnt work for me so now im screwed out of my update because im not a fucking nerd. THIS IS BULLSHIT.

Tomasz S. says:

Did they promise to give it to you today? As far as I know Nokia and HTC are stating the rollout will take place over the next month or two.

NIST says:

Tricks are for kids, you silly rabbit.

FLUDzilla says:

You are retarded as hell but yet I'm quite entertained........thank you

DontHate707 says:

no support what so ever this is why wp will fail. ive swolled alot by choosing this os and this just made me a bitter user indeed.

NIST says:

How much can you usually swolled?

rath79 says:

Anyone confirm if text is resizable like in wp8?

AlexanderPD says:

sorry thats still not possible :(
the only "hidden improvements" are:
- option to select google ad default search engine
- bing wallpaper
.. END :(

julokristof says:

"option to select google ad default search engine" where can this be found? I do not see any option like that in IE settings....

wpguy says:

You don't find it in IE's settings? I've always had the option to choose either Bing or Google on my HD7.

julokristof says:

Well, did not have it before the update to wp7.8, do not have it there after as well... I could only change the "website preferences" and "open links from other apps in" , and that's all I can do still...

ive had the "change Search Engine" since 810...whatever but yeah i was on that update and i had google as my search for like 5 months. maybe its diff for other windows phone??

It disappoints me everytime I think of Windows 7.8. I know half of you guys would probably tell me it's better than android or even apple's updates. But I'm so irrtiated by the Lumia 900 debacle. Like dkp23 mention no screen shot, also no family room, lack of support for some Windows Phone 8 Apps and Games or at least the same kind of updates that is going to WP8.  Just a few of many other disappointments limited to the Lumia 900.
How do you try and build such features as Family room when WP 7.8 cant be a part of it?  
Again some will be contempt with their Lumia 900 but again it's something to point out that if you're a company trying to build a brand reputation and brand loyalty. Dont discourage early adopters that go and buy your stuff then do something like this. Especially when youre trying to woe over people from more well established platforms.
 
My gripe is really towards the Lumia 900, I don't think owners of the Lumia 900 should let this slide.

kinaton says:

And people wonder why Nokia gave away thousands of their 800 models. Will be interesting to know how many stuck with lumia.

When was this? never heard of any phone promotion except the smoked challenge which didnt include any nokia phones.

Residing says:

@Totalfixation...I totally disagree with you.  So much so, that I bought a brand new Lumia 900 in November.  Very pleased with my Lumia 900 and the features it offers :).
 
What are your thoughts on HTC and Samsung releasing the Titan, Titan II, Focus S, Focus Flash... are you saying that WP oems should not have released Mango devices and waited until WP8 was ready?

I have a Samsung Focus S which was purchsed in Nov of 2011, and WP8 was released in Nov 12. Imo it would be nice to have WP8 on the Focus S. The Focus S was close to a year old before the introduction of WP8 but then again it does lie within the 18 month that MS agreed to support phones.  I wouldnt say so much for the Focus S, Flash and Titan 1. But definitely users of the Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900. Those were high end phones from their respective OEM makers and shouldve been more inclined recieved the WP8 OS. MS shouldve made two exception. The Lumia 900/Titan II were released right before the WP8 announcement. Doesnt that sound disruputable?
 
@residing, you bought the Lumia 900 in Nov 12, of course youre not going to be inclined to care so much for WP8. You may have purchased the L900 over 920 for budget reason and in Nov 12 you had an option between the two.
When you hype your product phone as the end all be all, end of the beta revolution and claiming this will be the phone of the year. All of a sudden you announce updates nearly a month later and say your phone isnt supported? People who bought the phones in April are going to be peeved.

Oh btw enjoy your Lumia 900 headache when it's time to upgrade to another WP8.
No option to back up any of your texts and app data/settings.

blessthejon says:

Lol, wtf? Im pretty sure you buy a phone for WHAT IT HAS. Not for what YOU THINK IT'LL GET later on. Anyone that gets upset cause a company made a better phone than yours right after you bought yours us a fucking idiot. I bought my Lumia 900 and im happy with it. No problems. Phone calls are just fine. Everything is good with it. I don't think I'll upgrade anytime soon.

Scowy says:

I tried forcing the update on my Omnia 7 earlier with no joy, I guess I'll just have to wait. (UK/Virgin Mobile)

kinaton says:

I won't hold my breath.

NIST says:

You ever try to force an update on a virgin?

Scowy says:

Breathe, don't breathe, it doesn't bother me.
I just tried forcing it again, after the 3rd try I am now downloading the first update,
Also, why would you hold your breath over someone you dont know getting the update? the phrase "I wouldn't hold your breath" would have made more sense.

Scowy says:

And the last update going through now.

Scowy says:

All 3 updates done, running 7.8 on my Omnia 7.
Thank you to everyone with helpful comments, running task manager next to the Zune window and pulling the network cable as soon as I saw network activity did the trick.

Jey Si says:

So what is this accidental wipe protection in the lockscreen and how does it works?

PeterFnet says:

When I'm too lazy to make a full change list, I write "and other improvements"

mreaglejr says:

Wow, 74 updates waiting on the phone on the screenshot!

kinaton says:

74 updates. How's that possible

scdkad says:

Don't understand all the hype about an update that brings pracitally.....nothing.
Extremely dissappointed in that MS pretty much completely ignored the wishlist and suggestion box app that they set up.
Just one example-no wifi keep alive? How difficult could that be to add?
So many non-hardwhare features from WP8 that they could have added...but no...just a big F you and thanks for being a ginea pig for WP7....

Dude .. I hated the fact that there is more to the music shortcut on the lock screen! Now that popup appears. Disrupts much! I know I just hit "back", but this is not at all productive. Before, it was perfect! But now when I get a notification, must push back to see it. Before, it was just taking the phone out of his pocket and go! I hear music all the time at work, and talk a lot with my girlfriend by WhatsApp. And that shit really hampers! I hope they will soon launch an upgrade to what was coming, and adding the printscreen.

 

Sorry I'm using google translator .. =)

albadi88 says:

Now supporting Arabic is very good but please we need Arabic keyboard too

B Eubanks says:

Updated both my wife's and my unlocked LG Quantums using the cable trick last night. Took a while to get the timing, but was worth it.  I love the  new start screen and theme colours.  I am a little curious as to why Microsoft was running surveys etc. to ask users which WP8 features they would like to have included in WP7.8.  The implication was that we could be receiving more that the startscreen changes.  I wish there had been more, but I'm loving what we got.

scdkad says:

As I posted earlier in this thread I too wondered why MS had that "Suggestion Box" app and took absolutely nothing from it.
I also have a Quantum (first WP I got in March 2011) for spare phone and wondering if unlocked is the same as unbranded. I am going to unbrand it tonight and see if I can get update. That small display probably looks a lot better with bigger tiles!
 

miiwp says:

Is cable trick same as cab files? Asking just for being sure, don't hate me.. Please answer..

miiwp says:

..and if I do that cable trick, do I still get those possible OEMspecific updates?

WP 7.8 looks kind of cheap when you fist see it (the tiles looked big and kind of chunky). After customizing the screen it looks good great, but if that was a first-impression of a windows phone I would not be impressed. Hopefully WP8 devices have a better default layout. Also, does that the huge 'Top Margin' bother anybody else? There's a half-inch between the top of my top tile and hte top of hte screen. In understand that the clock is there and requires some space, but all that space makes the screen look off balance and causes the bottom row of tiles to be cut off. Whine-Whine-Whine, but still super excited about 7.8

gainandpain5 says:

Guys I've downloaded an unofficial 7.8 now I want the official update how do I do?

blackdaemon says:

"other improvements" = "we limited the audio volume ridiculously so you can't use your phone as a music player anymore, plus we didn't fix a single bug in 7.5". But we gave you at least, so shut up and move on before we stop supporting WP8 as the work on new and shiny WP10 just started.. Sincerely Yours Microsoft

Coke Robot says:

A little disappointing considering how long it took to get the update out and about. I've been playing around with a Nokia Lumia 920 and the 7.8 update on my 900 will be fine. Although there is no screenshot support? Really? It's a little cumbersome when you have to reset a Windows Phone and have to take pictures of the phone you're resetting to get things relaid out and reinstalled. Kind of a pain.... The first gen iphone got screenshot support with ios 2. This is a tad disappointing. I want to see if the 7.8 update brings some refinements from Windows Phone 8, but I'm guessing no since it's purely just imagery than actual code change.
 
Awaiting Windows Phone 7.9....

psiu_glen says:

Are we going to be forced onto 7.8? At this point I have no interest in it :/

ShocWave says:

The audio playback controls pops up everytime I unlock the phone while playing music.
It's gigantic, and blocks 1/4 of the screen for a few seconds. I with they'd just put the buttons on the wallpaper like they used to.

danrivhor says:

I must say I wasn't expecting anything huge but I admit that I expected some new features like the SMS character encoding, so far Windows Phone 8 is not a huge improvement to make me switch and I'm also waiting the Galaxy 4 and the Xperia Z and see how good they are. I still have 3-5 months to decide if stay with WP8 or switch to Android. So far happy with WP7.8 but not amazed.

caxa says:

I'm really disappointed with Windows Phone. I have a Samsung Focus v1.3 and I expected more.
Microsoft is focusing basically with the looks of the OS. What about the things that really matters, like sync issues, bing search and maps are awful except for US,  notification center, volume control, printscreen, security protocols support and a lot of other stuff that we WP users actually need?
Well, I'm getting a Galaxy S3 ou Note 2.. I honestly believe that Windows Phone has been a terrible mistake by MS, so far..

oddom says:

Welcome to android man...just download launcher 8 and u will be ok 

shog7n says:

Just updated my ZTE Tania (using the CAB method since the official support will probably never come) from Tango to 7.8 and only took me 20 minutes. Beside the features list above, I have noticed a significant performance speed level-up. App starts faster, action take less time. For the price of my phone, I'm fairly happy with this update but, It's not WP8, maybe 1/2 of it.

kurotsuki says:

Agreed. Overall, every actions take less time. This alone makes the update quite important. Furthermore, I also get XBox Live services. Previously, in my region, XBox Live isn't available. And that bluetooth share app from Nokia really usefull on sending images to my Lumia 710 for wallpaper usage (yes, I'm not using bing wallpapers ^^a). I won't send music files to my device though. It won't be organized into artist->album classification, which makes it always unknown artist and unknown album.

travisbrowny says:

Updated my Samsung Focus (ATT) last night, and now I plan on skipping on the Lumia 920. Feels like a brand new phone. This wasn't mentioned by Microsoft, but they also updated the music tile so you see this awesome animation (same one found in WP8) while music plays. The text/artist animation continues even when the music is paused. They also updated the tiles/animations for office, group pins, and games. Same animation found in WP8. Very satisfied with this update. 

AfroPhysics says:

I have a Focus on ATT (not active though) and the update isn't available to me.  I tried the disconnect the Internet "trick" but no luck.

Really enjoying 7.8 on my hd7. Even more smoother than mango.

Just noticed that you can send video and ringtones through messaging now.

cadeross says:

Will there be another update after 7.8?
 

apocacrux says:

+1 "3th party" haha

No support for Hindi/Indian language again. I bought this lumia 900 out of love for Nokia. But without support for my native languages, I will definitely go back go the IPhone again. Fancy live tiles don't matter that much when your phone doesn't do some basic things, such as web browsing in a language used by a billion people. Not to mention the lack of support for flash, and basic apps for banking and on demand media. To hell with Microsoft for ruining Nokia's chances of revival.

bronzekid91 says:

So i understand the whole excuse of "the new kernel" and what not , but as long as i remember , MSFT was a SOFTWARE company, shouldn't they be able to , idk, make software work?
 
It's 2013 and WP7.x still has no basic features like screenshot function, or even universal search, features that can't be too hardware dependent considering the older iphone 3gs  I mean , doesn't MSFT have the resources or the money to have engineers work ? Just a tad bit harder perhaps?.
 
I mean, idk who agrees with me , i'm just saying.

oddom says:

I agree...I ran back to android and downloaded launcher 8 lol I get the tiles (some live but far from Microsoft quality)  and now I get the apps I want, screenshots, stay alive wi-fi and google now is nice. But I still have my Lumia 710...it's nice

pconge says:

I too agree. When 2013 started I tried android sony xperia SL and I love all the functionalities lacking from windows phone. I still have my lumia 800 though but not coming back to windows phone anytime soon. MSFT is just stupid for doing this to early adopters. 7 months from start of announcement of win 7.8 and we only get live tiles resize? screenshot and orientation lock still missing. they were playing us all along. 7MONTHS of waiting for resizable tiles. I hate MSFT, i still love Nokia though but never buying their hardware on Win phone.

pconge says:

I too agree. When 2013 started I tried android sony xperia SL and I love all the functionalities lacking from windows phone. I still have my lumia 800 though but not coming back to windows phone anytime soon. MSFT is just stupid for doing this to early adopters. 7 months from start of announcement of win 7.8 and we only get live tiles resize? screenshot and orientation lock still missing. they were playing us all along. 7MONTHS of waiting for resizable tiles. I hate MSFT, i still love Nokia though but never buying their hardware on Win phone.

pconge says:

I too agree. When 2013 started I tried android sony xperia SL and I love all the functionalities lacking from windows phone. I still have my lumia 800 though but not coming back to windows phone anytime soon. MSFT is just stupid for doing this to early adopters. 7 months from start of announcement of win 7.8 and we only get live tiles resize? screenshot and orientation lock still missing. they were playing us all along. 7MONTHS of waiting for resizable tiles. I hate MSFT, i still love Nokia though but never buying their hardware on Win phone.

kurotsuki says:

Quite pleased with the updates. And now, finally, without cheating region information, I can play XBox Live games. This really great. I thought I need to wait longer to get XBox Live on my Lumia 710. But now ... Yay! :D

blessthejon says:

74 updates. Lol.

RobinPaul says:

I'm missing the lockscreen music player contols, had them in 7.5 and now gone in 7.8 :(

they took it off, brother :( i miss it too. i use it all the time during work when i get on my break i didnt have to unlock my phone i just had to simply click that and BAM Music.

My volume bar drops down when playing audio every time i unlock my phone. I don't see this as a big deal since I still have and use a Zune HD.

Does anyone think the native map app does better at getting your location? Used to show me being half a mile from where I actually was.