Attention, Windows Phone 7.5 owners!
Are you waiting for the Windows Phone 7.8 firmware upgrade that was promised by Microsoft so many months ago? Well, I’ve got some good news for you. It’s not out yet, but we’ve finally gotten a good indication on when it will finally be coming out.
That word comes via the official Windows Phone Colombia - hardly the most reliable source, but good enough for me. According to a post made this week, the long-awaited upgrade will begin rolling out to handsets on the 31st of January – well within the vague Q1 window originally specified by Microsoft. It’s still three months after the release of Windows Phone 8, but at least it’s finally coming!
The 7.8 upgrade should include as many features as possible from Windows Phone 8 that can actually ported over to older handsets (i.e. features that don’t require new hardware in order to function). Accordingly, many of the features are cosmetic according to GSMArena, who have been playing around with a pre-release Nokia Lumia 510.
They include the new home screen tile size (1×1), a bunch of new theme colours to play around with and a new boot screen that’ll welcome you into the modern world of Windows Phone.
Happily, there are a few functional upgrades as well. These include Bluetooth file transfers and a couple of new apps, including a ringtone maker and a Counters app that’ll detail your mobile usage for you.
I’m quite glad to finally hear some good news on this front – I was beginning to give up hope that my sim-free Nokia Lumia 800 would ever receive the update. However, we don’t know which countries, which handsets and which networks will support the update so perhaps I shouldn’t be celebrating yet.