Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS is the latest and greatest version of the Windows Phone operating system. However, there are a large number of customers still using Windows Phone 7 running handsets. And as Microsoft is going on a new path with Windows Phone 8, the new OS will not be supported on older legacy devices. Which is why Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 7.8 update to keep frustrated users at bay. But as with any OS update, this one too has been delayed, for quite some time now since the announcement in June. Not sure we can exactly call it a delay as Microsoft has never mentioned a specific time frame for the roll out of the update.
But that was all in the past, as it seems like Nokia has started rolling out the Windows Phone 7.8 to its first WP smartphone, the Lumia 800. What this means is that Microsoft has begun releasing the update to OEMs which is known as RTM (Release to Manufacturing). So in simple terms, Microsoft has done its job of providing the update and it’s now up to the manufacturers and carriers to roll out the update to their respective smartphones. This is a process which could take some time.
Nokia, as expected, is the first to roll out the update complete with its suite of apps. It is still not clear whether all of Nokia’s WP7 smartphones will be supported as the Finns haven’t published an update list of any sort, nor have any manufacturers as a matter of fact. The info comes from a Dutch source, which mentions that the Zune software (which is required for the update) will download a total of four updates to get to the final version. This is easily the biggest update a WP7 device has seen since WP7.5 a.k.a Mango which launched more than a year ago.
So this is excellent news for owners of the Lumia 800, as it brings a plethora of customization to the table like the ability to resize tiles, new accent colors and some under the hood tweaks that we’re not being told about. This however poses a question about WP devices made by other manufacturers. The Samsung Focus, Focus S, Focus 2, Focus Flash etc are sold by AT&T and could see the update being delayed as the carrier has never been too friendly with WP updates. I guess this is one of the perks of owning a Nokia Windows Phone.
Bear in mind that this could be a partial roll out and some Lumia 800 owners might have to wait a while to get it in their region. Users can keep checking back every day, which I’m sure they won’t mind considering how much this new update brings to the table.
Update: It seems like this was a false alarm as Nokia seems to be just testing out the update. Nokia Lumia 800 smartphones will apparently see the update hit their devices in early 2013.