Nokia has been focusing heavily on its new range of Windows Phone 8 Lumias, but those who bought into the previous generation of Lumias remain in limbo waiting for the promised Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade to finally see the light of day.
At first we were led to believe that the WP7.8 upgrade would arrive before the end of 2012, but that failed to happen. Nokia now says the upgrade is “imminent” for its entire Windows Phone 7.x Lumia range.
That this qualifies as good news says a lot, but given that WP7.8 is the consolation prize for legacy devices Microsoft decided would not be allowed to upgrade to Windows Phone 8, the longer than expected wait for it to emerge has been hard to swallow.
Microsoft showed off Windows Phone 7.8 at the same time as launching the newer WP8 Apollo, but while newly purchased Nokias like the Lumia 510, Lumia 610 and Lumia 800 now come with WP7.8 pre-installed, existing Lumia owners are still waiting for the fully sanctioned upgrade to officially launch.
Speaking to PocketGamer, Nokia has insisted WP7.8 update's rollout remains in Microsoft's hands, but is still confident it'll appear “in early 2013”.
“With Windows Phone 7.8 beginning to ship pre-loaded on Nokia Lumia smartphones, we will naturally be deploying the software to our factories for product rollout,” a Nokia statement reads.
“At present we have no more information we can give about wider availability of the update for phones running Windows Phone 7.5.
“Microsoft announced that it is working closely with hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013.”