Nokia hints Windows Phone 7.8 update could be just days away

Nokia hints Windows Phone 7.8 update could be just days awayInteresting. Nokia has suggested that the Windows Phone 7.8 update could be just days away from emerging, and – entirely separate – that version 7.8 might not be the final evolution of Windows Phone 7.x.

The launch date rumour in particular comes as a surprise, as conservative estimates had the arrival of WP7.8 coming at around the end of the month, with others predicting we wouldn't see it before 2013 at all.

But Nokia – Microsoft's preferred partner in Windows Phone, let's not forget – appears to believe otherwise. At a joint developer event put on by the two companies in Singapore over the weekend, WMPowerUser reports a Nokia exec as confirming that WP7.8 has officially gone RTM, and that we should expect its official release in “days to weeks”.

That's in line with forecasts at the beginning of the month that the release of the latest evolution of Windows Phone 7 would be dealt with once the marketing efforts surrounding the launch of WP8 and Windows 8 were out of the way – though just days ago it was being suggested we'd only see it in the New Year.

Whenever it arrives, though, there's new hope that Windows Phone 7.8 might not be the end of the evolutionary road for WP7 after all.

A slide said to have leaked from a Nokia roadmap acquired by German site WParea, refers to a mystery Windows Phone 7.x update coming after 7.8's appearance as the final point of development for WP devices caught on the wrong side of the Apollo divide.

As a single snippet of information, it's by no means hard and fast proof that another WP7.x release is definitely coming, but it does at least lend weight to the notion that Microsoft won't be turning a cold shoulder to legacy Windows Phone handsets just because they won't ever be jumping to Windows Phone 8.

Via Engadget
Image credit: WMPowerUser

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2012 at 20:31

Knowing Nokia, that could still mean "months away" depending on region etc...

SpeedyG  Nov. 19, 2012 at 22:32

Knowing Nokia, that could still mean "months away" depending on region etc...

Better than no support at all I guess or complete 'Symbian cold storage'. :p

Such a shame they were so late to announce WP8 with Nokia Lumia 900 owners and a few others buying it into WP7 finding less than a few months later it's obselete and Microsoft planned to replace it in advance anyway.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2012 at 23:04

Knowing Nokia, that could still mean "months away" depending on region etc...

Better than no support at all I guess or complete 'Symbian cold storage'. :p

Such a shame they were so late to announce WP8 with Nokia Lumia 900 owners and a few others buying it into WP7 finding less than a few months later it's obselete and Microsoft planned to replace it in advance anyway.


LOL yeah...
But consider this: between the 1st Nokia N9 batches getting PR1.3 and the last ones getting it 3 months flew by...

Pondlife  Nov. 19, 2012 at 23:20

Were they getting it on EE's lowest 4g data?

Pondlife  Nov. 20, 2012 at 01:11

That 1.3gb update pales in comparison to the 5gb update that Wii u apparently needs out of the box. Ouch. Largest update ever?

SpeedyG  Nov. 20, 2012 at 01:41

Knowing Nokia, that could still mean "months away" depending on region etc...

Better than no support at all I guess or complete 'Symbian cold storage'. :p

Such a shame they were so late to announce WP8 with Nokia Lumia 900 owners and a few others buying it into WP7 finding less than a few months later it's obselete and Microsoft planned to replace it in advance anyway.


LOL yeah...
But consider this: between the 1st Nokia N9 batches getting PR1.3 and the last ones getting it 3 months flew by...


Pureview 808 aside it's just hotfixes now tho right? If at all?

N9 is the new Palm Pre. X)

The best smartphones never get the best support. :(

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