Windows Phone 7.8 release date confirmed: ‘early 2013’

Windows Phone 7.8 release date confirmed: ‘early 2013’Owners of Windows Phone 7.5-rockin’ handsets like the Nokia Lumia 900 were left reeling when Microsoft announced that they wouldn’t be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.

Worse still, there was no mention of the consolation prize, Windows Phone 7.8, at the recent Windows Phone 8 launch. But dry those tears, Mango guy, as we finally have a Windows Phone 7.8 release date. Of sorts.

Microsoft has finally – finally – opened up about Windows Phone 7.8, with a lengthy post on the official Windows Phone Blog.

Browsing through the comments, people don’t appear to be particularly happy with the Windows Phone 7.8 news. It probably doesn’t help that the post begins by describing how excited Microsoft is about Windows Phone 8.

Furthermore, there’s not a great deal in the post about Windows Phone 7.8 features. We already know it’ll have a Windows Phone 8-style homesceen; tell us something we don’t know.

How about, uhm, double the number of theme and accent colours? And, er, new lock screen features, such as the option to automatically display the Bing Picture of the Day?

MS adds that Words With Friends and Draw Something will soon be joined by Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars on Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.8.

The post concludes: “We know you’re eager to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update, and we want you to know that we’re working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013.”

That sounds suitably vague.

Any Windows Phone 7.5 users out there? How do you feel about the Windows Phone 7.8 fiasco?

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 16:32

Seems they don't want to take the shine off of the new WP8 devices?

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 16:48

Seems they don't want to take the shine off of the new WP8 devices?
What shine? I've never even seen a real one, just pictures in P4U's window.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 16:54

Seems they don't want to take the shine off of the new WP8 devices?
What shine? I've never even seen a real one, just pictures in P4U's window.


Hahahaha

You troll.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 17:00

Seems they don't want to take the shine off of the new WP8 devices?
What shine? I've never even seen a real one, just pictures in P4U's window.


Hahahaha

You troll.

Have you seen a WP8 device "in the wild" yet ;)?

Betas  Nov. 29, 2012 at 17:11

Seems they don't want to take the shine off of the new WP8 devices?

Yup, my mate has been running a WP7.8 ROM on his Omnia for a while now - I doubt there is that much polishing left they are going to wait 6 weeks or so minimum. Yes, the festive season is upon us bit its just to stop 7.8 cannibalising WP8 sales

SpeedyG  Nov. 29, 2012 at 20:24

Unimpressed.

And probably going back to Android in 2013.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 20:37

Seems they don't want to take the shine off of the new WP8 devices?
What shine? I've never even seen a real one, just pictures in P4U's window.


Hahahaha

You troll.

Have you seen a WP8 device "in the wild" yet ;)?


No, and I knew (!) exactly one person with a WP7.5 device.

Archduke Franz  Nov. 29, 2012 at 21:03

What a surprise, it's being released at the latest point where it's actually worth releasing it at all.

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 21:07

Have you seen a WP8 device "in the wild" yet ;)?

Only in a shop, but Tesco's can be quite wild....

AccessGuy  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:02

I plan to keep my WP7.5/7.8 Dell Venue Pro for another six months to a year while prices for UNLOCKED WP8 phones fall to a reasonable level (e.g. $300+/), then I will most likely get one.

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 23:06

Is that the upfront on a contract price you want or sim free?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2012 at 23:12

HTC 8S is sub €290 at Amazon Germany... sim-free. The Lumia 920 is down from €720 last week to €649... Give it 4 months.

Pondlife  Nov. 29, 2012 at 23:15

Those direct prices or marketplace?

SpeedyG  Nov. 29, 2012 at 23:22

WP8 is a long way from maturation, so wait at least a year.

AccessGuy  Nov. 30, 2012 at 00:40

Is that the upfront on a contract price you want or sim free?

Marketplace for used or refurbished - no contract - T-Mobile SIM (pay as you go). I paid $186 for my refurbished Dell Venue Pro, popped in my working SIM card and just started using it from the get-go.

Pondlife  Nov. 30, 2012 at 01:17

Ah that's a relief thought it was contract price, thought the networks were screwing you lot over even worse than usual.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 30, 2012 at 01:23

Ah that's a relief thought it was contract price, thought the networks were screwing you lot over even worse than usual.
Haha $300 USD for a Dell phone...yeah, I can actually imagine Verizon or AT&T trying that one on. I have no idea how the US carriers ended up managing to have both the phone manufactuers and the end users, by the balls.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 30, 2012 at 07:12

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Sarje108  Dec. 2, 2012 at 21:21

How do I feel asks the author?!?! Well I'm an avid user of Android, Mac and Linux but i have to say I am very pleased with my windows phone... Really, it is simple, fast and to the point. But after upgrading to Windows 8 on my desktop (not very impressed with it) I really don't expect much from wp8 and less of wp7.8 :[ I'm feeling disappointed and I thought this platform had a solid development team behind it. I need more google integration so, Android as troublesome as you are, I miss you.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:06

How do I feel asks the author?!?! Well I'm an avid user of Android, Mac and Linux but i have to say I am very pleased with my windows phone... Really, it is simple, fast and to the point. But after upgrading to Windows 8 on my desktop (not very impressed with it) I really don't expect much from wp8 and less of wp7.8 :[ I'm feeling disappointed and I thought this platform had a solid development team behind it. I need more google integration so, Android as troublesome as you are, I miss you.

Well, the Google integration's hardly gonna happen - seeing that it's, well, Microsoft. They'll go the Apple route and cut Google out as much as possible. Until everyone uses Android. Bing rocks LOL

Jamesieee  Dec. 8, 2012 at 22:31

Seems they don't want to take the shine off of the new WP8 devices?
What shine? I've never even seen a real one, just pictures in P4U's window.


Hahahaha

You troll.

Have you seen a WP8 device "in the wild" yet ;)?


No, and I knew (!) exactly one person with a WP7.5 device.


Do you know how long they have been released for? A while now. I've had 7.5 for an entire year, and got my entire family new 8.0 devices last month.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:33

Seems they don't want to take the shine off of the new WP8 devices?
What shine? I've never even seen a real one, just pictures in P4U's window.


Hahahaha

You troll.

Have you seen a WP8 device "in the wild" yet ;)?


No, and I knew (!) exactly one person with a WP7.5 device.


Do you know how long they have been released for? A while now. I've had 7.5 for an entire year, and got my entire family new 8.0 devices last month.

No, really? Sorry, but what has that got to do with any one of the comments you quoted?
I know people online who are happy with their WP device - whichever flavour. And good for them. This is all about using the device that suits you and satisfies you.
FACT however is that I had a first-gen WP device for 5 days. It was unfinished. Unusable FOR my needs!
That aside, I know a CPW manager who HAD to use a LUMIA 800. She hated it, and 'accidentally' dropped it to get something else :D

Pondlife  Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:46

Must have money to throw away anyway considering how much cheaper they'll be by Easter.

(Except at vodafone Ireland)

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 9, 2012 at 16:20

:p

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