Microsoft is doughtily fighting against Google and Apple, and though it still doesn’t show as remarkable sales numbers as its rivals, everything is better in terms of updating. There are not that many Windows Phone smartphones but those that are already available in the market need some bug fixes. Nokia and HTC jointly with T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are pushing out Portico update for several devices.
As WPCentral reports, T-Mobile HTC 8X owners are getting Windows Phone Portico update now. It changes both the operating system and the firmware bringing them to OS 10211 and firmware version 1532.20.20004.531, respectively.
The same source also reports AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are getting their updates too. Verizon’s models will be getting the update sometime later.
Though Microsoft hasn’t put any changelog for the update, it is said to bring many enhancements referring to overall stability ending random reboots or freezes. Plus, there will be an option to select SMS messages and SMS call reject.
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 7.8 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.
The Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are already out and sell very well but we shouldn’t forget about the older models, the Lumia 800 and 900. As you know, they run Windows Phone 7.5 and are promised to get Windows Phone 7.8 update in the future. Time went by imperceptibly, and we didn’t get any info about that update. Now it’s high time to open all cards because 2012 is coming to its end, and consumers should know when to wait for it.
As Microsoft has announced via its Windows blog, the Windows Phone 7.8 update is scheduled for early 2013 release. It will bring many changes, though the most anticipated one is the ability to customize the screen in the way users want. Thanks to re-sizable live tiles and 20 color accents they can give any look to their homescreens that will match their nature more. Plus, WP7.8 will bring an option “to automatically display the Bing Picture of the Day plus the ‘A1B2C3’ PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on phones connected to Exchange accounts.”
Besides this update, Windows Phone 7.8-powered handsets will be launched in many countries where Microsoft has no activity yet. As the company reports, many apps and Xbox services will be available in over 95 countries, meaning the Redmond has extended its coverage by 30%.
Well, the upgrade is expected to be rolled out in the first months of 2013, and you should be sure Microsoft is working hard to fit in the frame.
Symbian is dying but it doesn’t mean Nokia shouldn’t support its current Symbian models. In this regard it should be said that Skype is back to Nokia Store, and it can be downloaded right now to take your phone’s system to version 2.1.23.
If you own Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia 701 or another Symbian Belle FP2 updated device, then you can download Skype 2.1.23 and chat with your friends. The app was released several months ago but it was too buggy. Now everything is fixed, though it doesn’t allow users to make video calls. However, picture, video and other files can be easily exchanged.
The app also supports Skype-to-Skype calling via Wi-Fi or over a cellular data connection. I guess it’s the latest update for Symbian users, so you should grab it, undoubtedly. It’s free and comes at 4.48MB in size.
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.
Nokia is currently updating its select first gen Symbian handsets. The update is called Nokia Belle Refresh and it’s available for the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia X7 and Nokia Oro. The Nokia 500 will be included in the list a bit earlier. This update addresses several bugs the previous update brought with it but besides solving these issues, it brings HTML5 support, a couple of new widgets, changes to Nokia Maps and other goodies.
Owners of the aforementioned handsets can download the update over-the-air or via Nokia Suite if they connect the phone to the PC. Choose by which method you will upgrade your phone in advance because getting it OTA you will have to download only 12MB, while choosing the second version, you will have to download the entire OS, 350MB.
Nokia Belle Refresh changelog
Nokia Belle 111.040.1511
Browser updated to 8.3
Full HTML5 support
Nokia Maps Suite 3.09
Use voice search for Maps & Drive
See photos on Map
Explore nearby places from Homescreen
Public transportation integrated with line information & departure times
Nokia Social updated to 1.5:
Automatic linking to Facebook and Twitter
New Homescreen widgets
Renewed app layout
N8 Specific imaging apps
Gallery Widget (photo wall)
Ovi services renamed to Nokia services
Improved Music Player
Refreshed “Now Playing” view
Lists are tabbed for easy access, and are swiped between
new Artist view
Play & Pause from pull down status bar (Status only, not toggles)
Clock, analogue big
Calendar, Agenda view
Contact individual (social upgrades)
Contact, group (group support upgrade)
Music player, Medium
Mobile Data Counter
Email, New arrival
Toggles (2G/3g, Offline, silent, BT, Cellular)
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.
Almost a year ago we discussed an exclusive Nokia app allowing users to show their images and videos wirelessly from a Nokia smartphone on other DLNA capable devices, such as your HD TV, BluRay Player or even the Media Player in Windows 7. But then the app was in beta version, and no one knew when it would be available in alpha mode. Turns out we have somehow missed certain events and Nokia Play To app is already available within Nokia Collection in Windows Phone Marketplace, and more importantly, it has been updated to version 1.4.1.
The updates are available for all Lumias, though guys over at NokNok have downloaded it on their Lumia 800 and we can be sure only for it. There is no official changelog. It seems, however, there are not so many changes but a few bug fixes.
If you have not downloaded it yet because of absence of the notification, check it out manually.
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.