After several months of wait, Windows Phone 7.5 phones are finally getting updated to Windows Phone 7.8. Windows Phone 7.8 brings several features from Windows Phone 8, and since the older devices won’t be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8, WP 7.8 should satisfy all the early adopters of Windows Phone platform.
Windows Phone 7.8 brings several features to older devices. Some of the features include:
• New home screen experience with more room for your Live Tiles. Now resizable.
• Set the Bing image of the day as the Lock Screen wallpaper.
• Pocket and child Lock screen Security
• 20 new accent theme colours
• Bluetooth Share (for DRM free media files)
• Cinemagraph add-on to create blend and photo and movie-like animation, creating photos that are alive
• New camera lenses to remove unwanted objects in your photos such as passers-by or people on the edge of the shot the spoil the photo.
• Updated Contacts Transfer application
• Updates Contact Share application
• Ringtone Maker application
Along with plethora of features listed above, WP 7.8 update also opens doors to several new bugs. Many users who have updated the operating system of their legacy devices are reportedly experiencing several problems that they didn’t face on WP 7.5. Many users have discovered an alarming spike in data usage and a significant battery drain since using WP 7.8.
The root cause of first problem is that app gets its data and other information from websites, and this data is used to update icon or tiles. When the particular website is unavailable, WP 7.8 repeatedly tries to get the data and the 30 minute cut-off which was present in 7.5 doesn’t exist in 7.8, hence the system goes into an infinite loop. This of course is a problem that is app specific, but by the looks of it, WP 7.8 has lost the ability to deal with the issue on its own.
This bug or loss of functionality will be only affecting the users who have the offending apps installed on their devices, and the offending app can be easily noticed as the live tile corresponding to that app won’t update. The latter part of the problem is closely related to the former as high data-usage will lead to user’s battery getting drained more quickly, which is annoying as the problem didn’t exist before the upgrade.
Another problem that Nokia Lumia 800 owners are facing after upgrading to Windows Phone 7.8 is in connection with the volume level of the device. Music which used to be loud at the volume level of 15 before the update now has to be increased till 30 in order to have the same effect. According to the complaints, at normal volume values, music cannot be heard at all. Few users have rectified the problem by reflashing Windows Phone 7.5 back on the affected handsets, which points to the fact that the problem isn’t with the device, but the software update.
Microsoft will perhaps fix all these issues in the upcoming updates. Are you facing any problems with Windows Phone 7.8? Share your view with us.