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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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