Windows Phone 7.8 was last spotted a few days ago in a video. Back then this version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system appeared on a Lumia 900. Rumors concerning the update to be rolled out in December seem to be real. Guys from WP7.nl have found out Windows Phone 7.8 is already available for download if connecting your Nokia Lumia 800 to Zune.
Windows Phone 7.8 update includes many enhancements and changes coming from Windows Phone 8. As you should know, due to hardware limitations Microsoft can’t roll out this version of WP to all models. So they decided to make a separate update that will bring all possible improvements to the first gen WP devices.
The updating is done in four phases. Afterwards the software number of your Lumia 800 will change to 7.10.8858.136. At the moment we know that not all regions are getting it. If you are one of the lucky users that have connected their devices to Zune desktop and found out the update is waiting for them, it’ll be nice to hear from you.
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.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is delayed in the UK and will be launched only on May 14 while the US consumers have been enjoying it for almost a month. The delay was caused by the high demand in the US, and to compensate people’s expectations the manufacturer has decided to give away free Nokia Purity HD headphones. We have already talked about this. It was quite welcomed by consumers wishing to purchase the Lumia 900. As of now, the campaign is expanding its sphere of influence — those UK residents who will buy the Nokia Lumia 900 or the Lumia 800 during May will get the Nokia Purity HD headsets.
The Nokia Purity HD headphones were unveiled at Nokia World 2011. They cost £199 and gladly, there’s a good chance to get them for free. Of course, the campaign will make sense only for the Lumia 800 until its sibling is launched. Accordingly, the manufacturer wants to stimulate the Lumia 800 sales one more (last) time before the top-end Windows Phone handset comes to the stores.
Get acquainted with the Terms and Conditions here. Note that Monster’s headphones are very expensive, and it will be a sin to refuse them.
The Lumia 800 was a bit overshadowed by the launch of the Lumia 900 but there are countries and mobile operators, which have yet not pushed out the 12070 update to their consumers. It’s more than strange because much earlier we learned this update would come to more users. It now seems together with Vodafone the manufacturer will correct this shortcoming and upgrade all the Lumia 800 handsets, which had appeared out of their attention.
I mentioned only the name of the mobile operator because Vodafone is currently rolling out the update in several countries including Australia, Spain and the UK. It changes the firmware version to 12072, which means the updated handsets will get better battery life and improved camera software. The volume issue will be fixed as well. However, it lacks the tethering functionality, which will be included in the changelog of the next update.
If you own a Lumia 800 handset, check the setting of your phone to find out whether the update has already reached your area. If not, do not get upset as Nokia doesn’t like leaving any handset unattended.
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.
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.
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.
New Lumia family members are expected in Vietnam. More specifically, the launch date and the price of the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800 are already announced.
Both handsets will be unboxed on April 9. The Lumia 710 will cost $302 (6,299,000 VND), while the Lumia 900 will cost $509 (10,599,000). The list of retailer stores, which total to 21, was also announced and planned to be entirely decorated in Lumia colors and design.
Apart from the devices, Nokia has one more surprise for Vietnam — Nokia has been thinking about its phones not supporting Vietnamese. Viet Keyboard, an app recently released by Nokia, solves the problem or rather suggests an alternative. This app allows users to write the text in Vietnamese and then copy and paste it in the desired location. By downloading the app, Vietnamese people can communicate in their own language, namely text messaging and e-mailing will definitely become more convenient. It looks like Nokia is connecting Vietnamese people too.
With all the mentioned preparations, Nokia Vietnam is possibly planning a big event. We couldn’t be more excited, especially for the event decorations.
If you are a Lumia 800 owner not living in Singapore, you should keep track of upcoming Nokia updates. It’s already global knowledge that Lumia 800 had some really serious issues with its most important features. The first one was the poor WiFi functionality, the other important issue was the short battery life.
The first lucky owners to receive the improvement update were from Singapore, now its time for the rest of the world to enjoy its own 12070 “battery fix” firmware update. As for Nokia Germany, it has been quicker in rolling out the update, while Three UK has just started.
Those who have received the update already brag about their threefold stronger battery life and music bass improvement. It looks like the Lumia 800 is slowly getting over its most painful problems.
The update will be pushed out on April 4, April 11 and April 18. The last one was initially set as the official date, but it was later changed to a global release date. By then every Lumia 800 will have a strong power management and a terrific Audio Bass in music. The dates also depend on the carriers, so if you are too curious to wait, you can try to find out your date from your carrier.