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Windows Phone 7.8 global rollout release update

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By:Gary | January 21st, 2013

There were many disappointed users of the Microsoft Windows Phone platform late last year when the company confirmed earlier speculation that no current hardware on the platform would be seeing the WP8 operating system. The company has tried to soften the blow though by revealing that there would still be some new firmware coming to the handsets already in use, and we now have some news regarding the Windows Phone 7.8 update release and the global rollout.

Only a few days ago we told you about an update being pushed out to WP8 users, but the company has been quiet about its plans for the Windows Phone 7.8 update availability. There were thoughts that it may make an appearance by the end of this month, and this has now seemingly been confirmed.

Talk of an end of January release came from a number of carriers that had put the date up via their own official channels, and now some new rumours have emerged with the same timeframe via UK carrier O2. A customer asked the company when the update would be available, and according to WPCentral the carrier replied by saying it will be available by the end of this month.

Australian carrier Telstra has also revealed it is expecting the update to arrive on the Nokia Lumia 800 by January 31st, but other hardware is still being tested for the update with a rollout to come later in either February or March. The German arm of O2 has also suggested an end of January availability for the update to arrive on the Nokia Lumia 710 as well.

Windows Phone Colombia has revealed on its Facebook page a date of January 31st for the Windows Phone 7.8 update, and during the rest of the first quarter. So while Microsoft hasn’t officially come out to confirm this date yet it is looking good with a number of different carriers all given the same date.

The new firmware update will bring things such as a homescreen that has more room for resizable Live Tiles, pocket and child lock screen security, twenty new theme colours, Cinemagraph add on to allow users to turn images into movie like animations, camera lenses so users can edit images to remove things such as passersby, ringtone maker, and much more.

Users in the US though may have longer to wait before seeing the update, and many believe that Sprint users may not even see it at all. Meanwhile rivals AT&T normally reveal details just before an update is due to rollout, but Verizon on the other hand are notorious for the slow updating of hardware and not just on the Windows Phone platform.

Are you looking forward to the Windows Phone 7.8 update?

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  • Tony

    Microsoft and some of the phone manufacturers are shooting themselves in the foot upsetting their existing customer base by either delaying release of Windows Phone 7.8 Firmware or saying they will not make it available for certain phones. I for one, having been a loyal customer of Microsoft (I even bought Windows 8 on the first day of release), have had enough. I can’t wait any longer and I am not going to be bullied into buying Windows Phone 8 so my next phone (it’s already ordered), is an Android.
    Sorry Microsoft YOU HAVE LOST THE PLOT, haven’t you heard the old adage “a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush”. Tony.

    • Ernest

      Yes i quite agree on what you said about, i am also a Microsoft fan. I got two phones which both are WP, but when every time they got a new generation, Microsoft will left us behind!!! I could say the software of WP is quite good, however the service supporting is very bad, unlike Apple.

  • Giri

    Very late Microsoft. You . I sold my HTC HD7 and bought galaxy S3. Your product is ok but may not get continuity in services. I feel you will launch a windows phone 9 and will not let current users to update.

  • Kasak

    If microsoft delays this any later than jan 31st or brings the update to the US later than the rest of the world I assure you my next phone will not be a windows phone. No questions asked.

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