When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, it also announced that Windows Phone 7 based devices won’t be upgraded to the next big thing, the Windows Phone 8 operating system. That of course had a major hit on sales of Windows Phone 7 based Nokia Lumia handsets. Now that Windows Phone 8 has launched, and that too at a very reasonable price on contract, all are venturing into buying one of those, but what about people who have already bought Windows Phone 7 based devices and are on contract?
Along with the announcement that Windows Phone 7 based devices won’t be receiving update to Windows Phone 8, Microsoft had also said that all the devices running Windows Phone 7.5 will be upgraded to Windows Phone 7.8. Well, nobody would like to have a smartphone which is obsolete in terms of software, and Windows Phone 7.8 will be aimed at bringing relief to the early adopters of Windows Phone by back porting some of the features available on Windows Phone 8 to older devices.
Few days back, a slide from company’s presentation had leaked and it contained information on Windows Phone 7.8. Although the slides were in Chinese, Chinese WP site winp.cn made the translation available. Now, there’s another leaked slide which shows life of these Windows Phone devices after the Windows Phone 7.8 update.
If you thought WP 7.8 will be the last update for the phones that started life with Windows Phone 7, seems like you are wrong and Microsoft does have plans to upgrade these device past 7.8. According to the official Russian Windows Phone Twitter page, the software giant will be providing 18 months of support for Windows Phone 7.8, so we are talking about support that will last through the middle of 2014. Taking a look at the leaked slide, the next update apart from Windows phone 7.8 refresh is called as Windows Phone 7.x.
With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has brought in many improvements that Windows Phone 7 devices won’t be able to match no matter how many times they are updated. Hardware wise, Windows Phone 8 supports multi core processors, microSD card slot, are able to receive OTA updates, NFC support and many more. Windows Phone 7.8 will try to match the experience that Windows Phone 8 provides, and with Windows Phone 7.x update, we can expect some more features to come aboard.
Speaking of 7.8 update, we will be seeing as many as twenty new themes. Apart from that, the 7.8 will be offering re-sizable Live Tiles, a customizable lock screen which allows users to control which app notifications and images should appear. Windows Phone 8 devices come with Internet Explorer 10, but that won’t be making to 7.8 devices due to hardware limitations. IE 10 requires full hardware acceleration, but older devices don’t support that completely. There’s a new ringtone creation app too using which users can create a ringtone out of a MP3 file. What are your thoughts on the news? Let us know using the comment form below.