Nokia promises WP7.8 upgrade for Lumia smartphones is coming soon

Nokia promises WP7.8 upgrade for Lumia smartphones is coming soonNokia 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.”

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 5, 2013 at 14:50

Still not possible to take screenshots on the phone with WP7.8

Pondlife  Jan. 5, 2013 at 18:44

Hang on are you saying if you buy a new 800 for £130 odd you get 7.8 but if you bought it when it was £300+ you don't yet? Nokia are awesome.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 5, 2013 at 20:15

^ +1

It's the company that takes 3 months to bring an update to ALL N9 devices!!!!

mightyforest  Jan. 5, 2013 at 22:58

upgraded the wifes 800 last night to wp7.8

mightyforest  Jan. 5, 2013 at 23:03

Still not possible to take screenshots on the phone with WP7.8

can on mine :) although it is developer unlocked

Pondlife  Jan. 5, 2013 at 23:04

Nice work. So what's it like?

mightyforest  Jan. 5, 2013 at 23:15

well the wifes happy with the 800 which is now on 7.8. i think the biggest change is the front screen with the ability to have 3 sizes for tiles (unbelievable what difference it makes) and its hard to go back. all small changes but inc bluetooth share, more accent colours. Some of the stuff that we thought might come with 7.8 hasnt ie kids corner,rooms etc

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 11:18

So does WP 7.8 add mass storage mode or MTP? Or is it still Zune-only, for file transfer?

Saggar  Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:51

I have lumia 800, i want to upgard it, but it is australian handset, n I stay in India Can I

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:37

I have lumia 800, i want to upgard it, but it is australian handset, n I stay in India Can I

you can flash WP7.8 - http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Install-Windows-Phone-7-8-on-Lumia-Devices-from-NaviFirm-314617.shtml

BUT afaik you should still get a notification when the update is available for your handset - regardless of your location.

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