Windows Phone 7.5 Tango Refresh update is already available globally for many Mango-packed handsets including the Nokia Lumia 800, 710, the HTC Titan and so on. But the latest user reports show not everyone can download it. That’s why many geeks have set to work and one of them called bobzero introduces WP Tango Cab files directly from Microsoft and the needed language files to get the update started.
But before you get started, I want to remind you Windows Phone 7.5 Tango update comes with not that many changes, and brings only several MMS enhancements and minor tweaks that even don’t appear in documents. As to the software version, it’s the popular 8773 OS update, which will be followed by Windows Phone 7.8.
At the moment, the main question is how simple users can install the updates. It’s not an Android-custom ROM, thus, updating won’t be so hard, but those who want to dare, must read the instructions carefully and only then get to work.
At the end, if your phone’s OS version is 8107, you must go to 8112 first to be able to download and install WP Tango.
Those who own Nokia Lumia 800 or 710 will be given an exclusive chance to update their phones on June 27 and get such features as Wi-Fi hotspot, Flip-to-Silence and media streaming from your phone. But Nokia reports there will be many new apps and games that are available starting from today. Let’s talk about all of them in order.
Camera Extras app will considerably enhance your Lumia’s camera as it brings several features making it possible to take pictures you have not been able to shoot.
Smart Group Shot: Capture great group shots in just one attempt by choosing the best faces from a burst.
Action Shot: Capture fast-moving action shots with just one click and significantly improved shooting speed.
Panorama: This new control feature makes it easy to capture beautiful panorama shots by finding the image in the sequence.
Self-timer: Set up your Lumia on a stand and get yourself into more photos.
It is available at MarketPlace right now, though only the American and Chinese consumers can download it.
Contact Share allows users to share their contacts via SMS or email easily and quickly.
Counters is a new way of monitoring your Lumia usage and even setting up limits. This is especially useful when you have call-time or data limits from your operator.
These two features are available for China and US right now at MarketPlace, while the rest of the world will get it in July.
PlayTo feature allows Lumia users to share pictures, videos and music from your Lumia smartphone to other DLNA–enabled devices on your network like TVs or Blu-Ray players.
And finally, Lumia users can download Zynga’s world-beating games, Words With Friends and Draw Something. Both games will be available at MarketPlace later, though they are already in Nokia Collection.
We can finally breathe easy because SymbianTweet has just noticed the Windows Phone Tango update for the Nokia Lumia 710 popped up on Nokia’s Navifirm site. Interestingly, the update is scheduled for a number of carriers and countries.
As you know, Tango is just the codename of Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh OS but it was welcomed by users more warmly, so we will use this naming in the future. It is the last stop before Microsoft upgrades all current Windows Phone-packed devices to Windows Phone 8 Apollo. This version of Microsoft’s OS will bring many improvements like Wi-Fi sharing and MMS enhancements. It is big in size, so to process the updating you will have to connect your phone to the PC via Zune.
The countries where the update will be available:
The carriers will be:
Which is the cheapest Windows Phone handset in the UK? The Acer Allegro sold for £139.99? Look at Carphone Warehouse! It’s currently selling the Nokia Lumia 710 for £99.95. Isn’t this a great offer for those who would love to have a WP handset at under £100?
The offer is valid only until June 7, so you should get a move on if you don’t want the Lumia 710 to slip through your fingers. Moreover, it is available only in stores. You should purchase an obligatory first-time £10 top-up, which can be used for talking and texting. The aforementioned pricing applies to new PAYG users, while the existing ones can get the phone at £89.95.
Mobiles.co.uk, which is apparently Carphone Warehouse’s sister company, comes up with a similar offer. So if you have a PAYG account on Vodafone, T-Mobile or Orange, the phone will cost you not more than £100. But if you want to use Three or O2 SIM cards, you must pay additional £10. There is no word as to when Mobiles will end the offer, but presumably, both deals will come to their end on the same date.
Interestingly, at the moment the Lumia 710 is the cheapest Windows Phone handset, and it’s way cheaper than the low-end Lumia 610. So we assume in the near future the latter’s price will be cut.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is available in many countries via many carriers but Canada has started an interesting race in terms of offering Windows Phone-packed smartphones, and you mustn’t be surprised at hearing more carriers are launching this handset. Today we have another carrier, Wind, which will release the phone. Wind will sell the Nokia Lumia 710 starting today at $259 with no contract.
This device can’t boast of many awesome features but it’s a perfect choice for those who like Windows Phone OS, Nokia apps and don’t want to pay astronomical prices for a smartphone. Thus, you won’t find anything high-end on the phone but it will provide every single thing necessary for everyday use.
The key features of the Nokia Lumia 710 are the 3.7-inch touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass and ClearBlack Display, 1.4GHz processor, 5MP camera, 8GB of native memory, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and list of Nokia’s exclusive apps in face of Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music.
Though the Nokia Lumia 710 is offered at an affordable price you can consider other options as well — $99 on the WINDtab with the WIND25 and $0 on the WINDtab with the WIND40 monthly plans.
The news flies out as bees with handsets announced and released in months. The availability of the models throughout the world, however, takes much longer time.
The Lumia 800 and 710 have reached some of Mexico but the list still expands. The country’s biggest carrier Telcel and Movistar have already started offering the handsets to the Mexican market. Next is Iusacell, which will from now on offer the Lumia 710. The price for the handset will be 4,399 MXN ($335.6).
It has the commercial video and the opening ceremony all ready. The carrier will celebrate its new Nokia handset at one of the most famous Mexican sights, Angel de la Independencia. A special event will take place in downtown Mexico City on April 18.
The Iusacell will most probably offer the Lumia 800 soon too. The price for this handset will be 8999 MXN ($686.6)
Considering the phone has been out for a while, the noise over its arrival to the Iusacell is surprising. The eagerness of carriers to happily welcome Nokia sets me thinking what a festival would be organized if only the Lumia 900 became available in Mexico right now. Anyway, knowing about the Iusacell and the range of its customers, Mexican mobile users must not wait too long.
Every day more leaks appear hinting at the upcoming Tango update for the current Nokia Lumia handsets. Right yesterday we talked about a screenshot taken from Nokia’s own servers where they like to toss up the ROMs before they’re pushed out. If you have read it, then you have already learned about the Nokia Lumia 710 and a WP ROM with a firmware version of 8773.12111. That ROM was intended for China release, and now we have another info showing the same update will be available in Belgium sometime soon.
The ROM for the Nokia Lumia handset was seen through NaviFirm software where the Lumia 710 launched via local operator Proximus is mentioned to get Windows Phone Tango/Refresh update too, though this ROM build has a version of 8773.12120.
This is already something, and we can breathe easy knowing the update is being prepared not only for China but also for the rest of the world. So at the moment we must be concerned about another thing — will this update enable tethering on the phone or not? By the way, the Lumia 610 will be launched with it. According to a source close to WpCentral, the feature will be enabled upon the carrier’s wish.
I find it strange that European mobile operators complain about Nokia Windows Phone sales. As much as I know (and I know much, trust me) in any country and at any mobile operator they have been launched, they have become bestsellers. They have been leading on the smartphone charts as well. If you need some more proof, check out the statistics. Now that Reuters is announcing it has talked to several European mobile operators and has discovered they are bothered with the sales of the Nokia Lumia handsets, I simply doubt the honesty of those operators.
According to them, Nokia Lumia smartphones are not that good to make a competition to the iPhone and Android-based handsets. They say no one comes to their stores and asks for a Windows Phone handset. So I wonder how the 2 million Lumias were sold during Q1. Of course, this number can’t be compared with iPhone and Android’s sales numbers, but who says Nokia’s goal was to make a sales boom in the market. From the very start Nokia and its “new” CEO Stephen Elop have been stating they will regulate the situation gradually. I think Nokia keeps up with its plans, and in the future everything will fall into its place.
Those executives in charge of mobile devices at European operators say the bugs of the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 (they probably mean the battery issue) prevent higher sales. Moreover, according to them, if the phones ran Android, they’d register better sales. But who said Android devices lack bugs? Take the freshest example, the HTC One X launched with a long list of bugs. On the whole, you will hardly find any operation system running handset, which is perfect and free of shortcomings.
Nokia recently entered the Chinese market with its Lumia handsets. There are both the CDMA and GSM variants of the phones launched via different local carriers. It now seems Nokia more focuses on this market, or it might be just an experimental area for the manufacturer. I think so as an interesting thing was leaked on Nokia’s Care Suite servers.
As you see from the photo, Nokia is preparing a Windows Phone 7.5 Consumer Release 3 (CR3) update also known as Tango/Refresh. The update will be pushed out first in China, and I doubt it will have aboard languages other than Chinese and English. Moreover, there is no guarantee consumers from other countries won’t face any problems after downloading it.
Anyway, most of the current Windows Phone devices sport CR1 (8107) or Mango CR2 (8112). The only carrier to roll out CR3 (8773) will be AT&T. The latter has already explained why it didn’t push out 8107 OS update, and we have no complaints on it.
Well, the coming update will take the Nokia phone to a higher level and will bring a list of improvements including support for 256 MB devices, MMS enhancements and other smaller, under the hood changes. The picture above shows the OS version will be changed to 8773, while the firmware build is 12111.
No details regarding the launch date are available. As soon as the update is available, you will get an update notification from Zune Desktop.
Android is an open source operating system, but even considering this fact we can’t say it’s easy to customize its code as we wish. In general, there are a few companies launching unlocked bootloaders for their handsets. HTC is the most popular among them, but I bet no one could think Nokia would do the same with its Windows Phone Lumia handsets. However, it seems the manufacturer has launched selected Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 smartphones with unlocked bootloaders.
The information has surfaced from XDA forum — after one of the members connected his phone to a Linux computer, a Qualcomm storage device popped up allowing full reads and writes to the NAND. It means developers can customize it however they want and no one will accuse them of it, though there is always a chance to break something and also lose the phone’s warranty.
As you should be knowing, a bootloader is a code that is executed before any Operating System starts running. Thus, they package the instructions to boot operating system kernel and most of them also have their own debugging or modification environment. They are locked because manufacturers want you to stick to their OS version specifically designed for the device.
Apparently, Nokia wants to move away from its earlier convictions and be closer to its consumers.