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Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7.8 Update

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Nokia's Lumia lineup first to receive upgrade.

Following the launch of its development kit, Microsoft has, as planned, released the Windows Phone 7.8 update.

Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia is the first to roll out the update to several Lumia smartphones. The Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900 are all expected to receive the update in due course, but Nokia said availability is dependent on carrier approval.

"The Windows Phone 7.8 update is now rolling out for Nokia Lumia smartphones through February," it said. "Delivery of the update is operator dependent, meaning you will receive a notification in the coming weeks if you have an unlocked phone or if your operator has approved the update."

To upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 after receiving the prompt to do so, a USB cable is required to connect the device through Zune or the Windows Phone app on Mac, followed by the usual prompts.

Windows Phone 7.8 integrates several features stemming from Windows Phone 8, including the introduction of resizable Live Tiles to a device's home screen. 20 additional color themes and new lock screen wallpapers are also included, while the Zune app has been rebranded as Xbox Music.

Nokia incorporated a few of its own improvements into the updated mobile platform. It added Bluetooth Share, Cinemagraph and Ringtone Maker, in addition to revamping its Contacts Transfer and Contact Share apps.

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    bourgeoisdude , January 31, 2013 5:36 PM
    Any word regarding HTC Trophy update?
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    aje21 , January 31, 2013 7:05 PM
    No idea, but I got my Lumia 610 upgraded today (January 31st) which is good. Not so good is that the brown theme is not quite as nice as it was :-(
    Will be checking out the ringtone maker ASAP
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    house70 , January 31, 2013 8:01 PM
    Why exactly were these phones disqualified from getting the full WP8?
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    samuelspark , January 31, 2013 10:25 PM
    @house70
    WP8 is multicore. These phones are not.

    Also, first time I've seen Zak Islam do an article on something other than Apple.
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    lpedraja2002 , January 31, 2013 10:33 PM
    For those who want to update their phones manually read these:

    Forcing the Windows Phone 7.8 update
    http://www.wpcentral.com/forcing-windows-phone-78-update-camera-button-not-required-patience

    http://www.wpcentral.com/impatient-windows-phone-78-fetch-cab-files-and-diy

    Gonna try this on my LG Optimus 7
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    ALANMAN , January 31, 2013 10:35 PM
    house70Why exactly were these phones disqualified from getting the full WP8?


    WP8 requires new hardware. There isn't a single WP7 phone that can be upgraded to WP8.
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    lpedraja2002 , February 1, 2013 12:18 AM
    lpedraja2002For those who want to update their phones manually read these:Forcing the Windows Phone 7.8 updatehttp://www.wpcentral.com/forcing-w [...] d-patiencehttp://www.wpcentral.com/impatient [...] es-and-diyGonna try this on my LG Optimus 7


    I did it! If it didn't work for you put the phone on airplane mode, I got the update after the second try. Also, it seems LG Optimus 7 phones have two previous updates before the final one, so you'll need to do it three times to acquire the 7.10 (8858) update.
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    outlw6669 , February 1, 2013 6:41 AM
    Already got it on my Lumia 710!
    Not really to much has changed, but it is nice to still get one last round of updates :) 
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    EddieLomax , February 4, 2013 3:30 PM
    outlw6669Already got it on my Lumia 710!Not really to much has changed, but it is nice to still get one last round of updates


    Its not likely to be the last round of updates, since windows 7 phones are still being sold today and when the 7.8 update was announced they did hint at a series of updates.

    My guess would be the addition of things like a notification screen they are likely to add to to WP8 could appear.
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