Nokia: Windows Phone 7.8 still on track for early 2013
Update in the hands of Microsoft
Nokia has reiterated its intention to launch Windows Phone 7.8 – the upgrade that brings Windows Phone 8 style features to older handsets – across its Lumia range in early 2013.
The Finnish giant has told PocketGamer.biz that the roll out of 7.8 to existing devices remains in Microsoft's hands, though the firm's Windows Phone 7 currently shipping to retail – such as the Lumia 800 (below) – have the update pre-loaded.
'No more information'
"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," Nokia said in a statement.
"At present we have no more information we can give about wider availability of the update for phones running Windows Phone 7.5."
Windows Phone 7.8 was unveiled at the same time as Windows Phone 8 and is designed to give those with older handsets the same experience as those buying new devices, even though the two operating systems are unconnected.
A matter of focus
Talk of Windows Phone 7.8, however, has dissipated since it was initially annnounced, with an expected late 2012 release having now passed by.
Commentators have suggested Microsoft was reluctant to launch the update before Christmas in fear it would stop existing Windows Phone consumers from upgrading to Windows Phone 8 handsets.
For Nokia's part, the company expects 7.8's launch is now "imminent".
"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," the firm concluded.
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Christine Little | 19:42 - 7 March 2013
cant believe nokia get away with piece of junk that is the luima 800. on my fourth phone 8 months into a 2 year contract. they actually give me one for free everytime they stop working. dont think
the one i have now the mp3 player can start up all by itself and switch its self off! how fucking handy is that! still look on the bright side, ive only had to reset the phone back to factory defaults 3 times this week!
so now the 7.8 update is 6 weeks late. my guess is that the software is fucked up and dosnt work. what other reason would they delay it?
Lenra Olleb | 01:51 - 5 January 2013
after an update to 7.8 i am having problem in sending group sms........grrrr
now still looking for better answer this is never a problem before in 7.5
Casey Son | 22:21 - 4 January 2013
i agree i was super excited at first last year but now i feel like i can wait since its not that big of a deal.
Dimitri Razvan | 17:06 - 4 January 2013
que asco por dios tanta espera para decir esto soys un fracaso total para todos ya no aguanto mas soys de lo peor
Brad Laakso | 16:59 - 4 January 2013
At this point it feels like all the steam is gone from the anticipation of the 7.8 release. I was initially excited for it on my At&t Lumia 900, but after waiting so long I jumped the sinking ship and went with a different solution (I'm sure many others have done the same). Poor Nokia, trapped between a rock and a hard place...
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