Windows Phone 7.8 update with Windows Phone 8 elements is coming early next year. This is what all first-gen Nokia Lumia owners should be aware of. They should also know this update doesn’t include all improvements and innovations coming with WP8. It is impossible because of hardware limitations. Probably the most anticipated feature included in Windows Phone 7.8 update is the ability to change sizes for the live tiles and choose any from 20 color accents. These and other features will be available only in coming months, as I said, but we can look at them now.

The video below lasts only 37 seconds and it’s very short to assess the upcoming update but we should be satisfied with it. All in all, it’s not the first time the Windows Phone 7.8 update was leaked running on the Lumia 800 and 900, but I’m sure this one with the participation of the Nokia Lumia 900 looks more real.

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We are all concentrated on the new gen Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices, the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 but let’s not forget that when new smartphones are launched, the older models become more affordable getting price slashes. The same thing happened with the Nokia Lumia 900 and 800. While yet there is no attractive deal for the Lumia 800, the same cannot be said about the Lumia 900 as there is perhaps the best offer I have seen so far. Note that you have to hurry as it will end on November 22.

Groupon is selling the Nokia Lumia 900 with LTE aboard. Interestingly  this model is completely unlocked. Thus, buyers can use it everywhere. The price tag is just appealing, $279, and this is for the off-contract option.

So paying almost half the price of the original Lumia 900 you are given a perfect chance to own a high-end Nokia Lumia device packed with respectable specs and sporting a stylish design. I’m personally going to order one for me, because 44% discount for an unlocked high-end smartphone is something unheard of.

The Nokia Lumia 900 got its dose of Windows Phone 7.5 Tango update a few months ago. It didn’t bring any significant changes but was one of the most anticipated software updates. Now there is gladsome news for the Lumia 900 users; they can download a minor update via Zune.

Note that it’s not the Windows Phone 7.8 update that will bring several Windows Phone 8 features to the first gen WP handsets. However, it changes the software version from 8779.12301 to 8779.12201 meaning it includes only a few bug fixes.

The update seems to be pushed out region be region because not all consumers have received notifications. But those who have already upgraded their devices claim their phones work smoother.

Since it’s a Nokia Update and not a Windows Phone one we assume it’s goal is to smooth the system bugs found on the Lumia 900. If you haven’t got a notification yet, connect your phone to the PC and check the update availability using Zune.

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The Nokia Lumia 900 is a high-end smartphone, which has never been too highly priced. At its launch AT&T required only $99.99 on contract. The phone, however, was released with a data connectivity issue because of which the carriers and the manufacturer came up with a special campaign in frame of which Nokia gave out $100 credit cards as compensation. The plan was well-thought out, and today we have the Nokia Lumia 900 sold for a song.

Amazon twice dropped the phone’s price to one cent, though the Lumia 900 was offered at a discounted price much earlier. Another US retailer, Walmart is selling the Nokia Lumia 900 for only $0.97 on contract.

We have already reviewed the Nokia Lumia 900, and if you are aware of the features it comes with, you should agree this handset costs a big deal. But expensive smartphones are out of Nokia’s price policy as it has a mission to connect people.

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Exactly a week ago AT&T started pushing out Windows Phone Tango update to Nokia Lumia 900 users. This update was made available in other markets much earlier, so we had some info about it. One of the main improvements referred to the camera app. Honestly, the latter was one of the most annoying features on this phone because Windows Phone lovers will agree the HTC Titan II’s camera provides a way better performance than the Lumia 900’s snapper.

This update came with an astonishing changelog; the most impressive improvement concerned the chance to launch the camera app directly from the lock screen. Besides, the camera began working more smoothly and takes much better photos.

Ipso facto WPCentral organized an interesting photo contest offering users to take photos with their upgraded Lumia 900, submit them and receive a $50 Gift Card to the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store.

There were a myriad of photos that proved how incredible the Nokia Lumia 900’s camera has become. See them here and let us know what you think about the  changes.

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If you like Nokia and want to win a competition organized by the company, visit Nokia’s Facebook page and get acquainted with the rules the manufacturer has set in a new competition.

This time Nokia is giving away 5 brand new Lumia 900 smartphones. All you have to do is to submit your lunch’s photo and to pray. Every user who is 16 years old and above can partake in this competition.

The competition is up and running but you should hurry because it will end at 6:00PM BST on August 31, 2012. The winners will be contacted not later than a week after that.

 

Most likely those Lumia 900 handsets are the international variant of the phone, thus the competition is open for everyone regardless of the country you live in.

Here is the source link to ease your searches in case you have not managed to become a member of the big Nokia family.

Finally the US variant of the Nokia Lumia 900 launched back in April via AT&T is getting its portion of Tango update. The update was greatly anticipated, and a look at the changelog is enough to conclude our expectations were not in vain. Canadian consumers can also download it and give new breath to their smartphones.

The update includes a number of useful improvements, such as the flip-to-silence feature, which silences the incoming call when a user puts it face down. Plus, it comes with a battery life improvement. Also, users can access the camera directly from the lock screen. And finally, the phone is also more consistent when booting up.

Canadian users can also get improved proximity sensors and access to the Contacts Share app.

Once your Nokia Lumia 900 shows the update is available, it can be downloaded via Zune for Windows or the Windows Phone 7 connector for Mac. As the update consists of several more updates, you must take into account it may last almost 30 minutes to complete.

Today we have two amazing news coming from AT&T. As you know, it is the second carrier after T-Mobile that dared to launch a Nokia Windows Phone smartphone. But the Lumia 900, which has exclusivity at the carrier, has become a real hero for AT&T because it is a best-selling device. Of course, the Lumia 900 can’t be compared with sales volumes of the iPhone 4S or the Samsung Galaxy SII but millions of this phone were sold, and more importantly, the 96 percent of buyers gave a positive feedback. It’s great news as it means Nokia has designed a perfect smartphone. Do you imagine how popular it will become after an update or a pink version?

AT&T has announced Windows Phone 7.5 Tango update will be pushed out in coming weeks. This update is available for other Lumias in face of the Lumia 800 and 710, and now it’s the turn of the Lumia 900 to get its own. Among the changes we must mention a few ones like a flip-to-silence ringer, messaging improvements, and other platform enhancements. Plus, the carrier promises a usage tracking counter, a contact sharing feature, and games from Zynga will later come to the phone.

Finally, we have gladsome news for girls — Nokia has made a statement saying the pink version of the Lumia 900 will be launched via AT&T this month. The phone will be packed with the same features as the cyan, black or white versions, and will be sold at $99.99 on contract.

It’s an open secret that current Nokia Windows Phone handsets will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 because of hardware incompatibility. As you know the newest version of Microsoft’s OS comes with many changes, it especially refers to several screens, microSD card slot and multi-core processor support. But there is at least one feature that can be ported to the older versions — customization of live tiles.

Microsoft has announced the live tiles on the homescreen can be in three different sizes — small, medium and large. Depending on how often you use a certain tile, you can change its size to make it more comfortable to find on your homescreen. This feature will help people make their devices appear different.

Though we don’t know when exactly Microsoft will push out the promised update, it has put up a short page informing users what they can expect. Moreover, consumers can see how the new UI will appear on the Nokia Lumia 900 in a demo video below.

That update is called Windows Phone 7.8 and as Microsoft claims they will do their best to bring as many WP8 features to the Nokia Lumias as possible.

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Back in April Amazon was selling the Nokia Lumia 900 for one cent but this offer was valid only for first-time users only. Now this deal is back but it works for consumers and for all Lumia 900 devices regardless of their color. This means all those who don’t like Android (like me) and want to buy an alternative smartphone, the Lumia 900 is the best choice because it is the most powerful Windows Phone-packed handset available in the market and will remain so until the launch of the first Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

As you know, AT&T is the exclusive carrier of this smartphone in the States, and this deal can be very beneficial for it as the Samsung Galaxy S III is going to be launched in a few weeks at $199.99. So once it happens, the only real competitor of the Galaxy S III will remain the Nokia Lumia 900 because the rest of the smartphones that are able to more or less compete with this beast either run Android or are priced identically.

However, if you want to get the Nokia Lumia 900 outright, it will cost you $499.99.

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