Nokia promises upgrades for its Windows Phone 7.5 users

Nokia promises upgrades for its Windows Phone 7.5 usersNokia's Lumia range of Windows Phones is slowly taking shape, with the announcement last week of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 representing the company's latest move to drag itself back into contention as a big-name player in the smartphone game.

But while both of the newly announced Lumias come packing Windows Phone 8 (or they will do once Microsoft actually finishes it), that doesn't mean Nokia will be turning its back on its Windows Phone 7.5 users.

The lack of an upgrade path from Windows Phone 7.5 to Windows Phone 8 has understandably been a bit of a sore point for Lumia early adopters, who feel they are effectively being cast adrift just as Microsoft's mobile OS hits its stride.

But as it promised months ago, Nokia isn't leaving its WP7.5 users out in the cold, and has just announced a clutch of new features that will be heading out to the Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900 in the near future.

Nokia Conversations reports a “new updated user interface, new features, apps and upgrades” are on the way for its legacy Windows Phone devices. The Cinemagraph GIF-making app, improvements to Smart Group Shot and “some additional surprises” should please mobile photographers, while other upgrades to look out for include a Windows Phone 8-esque Start screen, broader Bluetooth functionality and a ringtone maker.

Hardly game-changing stuff, but with Nokia's Windows Phone debutant the Lumia 800 still less than a year old, it can't afford to jeopardise what little market share it still has by leaving anyone behind.

Read more about: Windows PhoneNokia Lumia 610Nokia Lumia 710Nokia Lumia 800Nokia Lumia 900

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Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:11

Fleshing out some details on 7.8?
Ringtone maker should go down well anyway

SpeedyG  Sep. 14, 2012 at 09:44

Still waiting...

Hope they sort out the Bluetooth and USB hard drive functionality. Oh, and a equalizer.

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