Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7.8
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    Life frequently defies our expectations. For example, if it's your first full season covering mobile-technology trade shows, sometimes you find your expectations for a nice, quiet lull between CES and MWC completely upset -toppled, really- by reality. For this editor, that reality came fast and fierce, delivering an unbelievable bounty of rumor and speculation at his doorstep on the morning of this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast. The bright side: you get to hear all the latest news and gossip surrounding Galaxy S IV and Note 8.0 speculation; HTC's Droid DNA upgrade with a very James ...

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    Yesterday, we got a sort-of-official release date for the first updates to bring Windows Phone 7.8 to existing Windows Phone 7.5 handsets, as posted by Microsoft's Windows Phone Colombia Facebook account. Obviously, we'd like to see the same info parroted by a slightly more high profile voice at the company before sinking too much faith into it, but it's a good start. As we wait for the first updates to arrive, Microsoft is getting itself ready for the software's release, making the Windows Phone 7.8 SDK available to its development community. This release doesn't add any new APIs, and ...

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    So far this month, we've heard from a handful of entities, both carriers and manufacturers alike, as to just when existing Windows Phone handsets would start seeing updates to Windows Phone 7.8; new phones have already started arriving with the software installed, and the only question remaining has been when updates would come to WP 7.5 devices. As we heard more and more, the release window started narrowing in scope, and lately we'd settled on sometime in January. While that's currently a matter of less than two weeks, it would still be nice to know with a little more precision when to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the Samsung Galaxy S IV benchmark rumors that were recently made public. Then we move to Windows Phone 7.8 as apparently the update will reach devices before the month ends. Then we go through the rumors of a Sprint Windows Phone 8 in the works. Believe it or not, we later talk about BlackBerry 10 since the first US carrier to use it will apparently be Verizon. We end today's show as we talk about the recent UK experiment that will not ship you phones with a charger. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Should We Believe These Samsung ...

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    Wondering where Windows Phone 7.8 updates have been hiding? You're not alone, and over the past several weeks we've been keeping track of the latest news on just when you could hope to finally see this software arrive. That chatter's largely been coming from Europe, and we heard from two of Nokia's branches earlier this month. One reported that the update would be completed by the end of the month, but it was a bit of a craps shoot if any carriers would actually get it out to users within the same timeframe. On the other hand, another said that it would just be "a few days" until the ...

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    Man, Nokia's various European divisions just cannot seem to stop talking about Windows Phone 7.8 on social media. Yesterday, we found out that Nokia Spain was telling interested users that the long-awaited update for Windows Phone 7.5 handsets was going to be ready sometime in January, and that the only think that would keep them from getting their hands on it would be carriers slowing down its release. Now Nokia Italy is joining in on the action, taking to Twitter with its own proclamations of WP7.8's pending arrival. According to Nokia Italy (responding in French), Windows Phone 7.8 will ...

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    Where's Windows Phone 7.8? We know that new smartphones have begun shipping with the Windows-8-lite OS already installed, but the situation's been a little less clear for just when the update will become available for users already owning a WP7 device. So far, the best we've been able to wrangle are assurances that the update will launch in "early 2013". Today we start narrowing-down that window, upon Nokia Spain mentioning plans for the update's distribution to get underway this month. In a conversation on its Facebook page, the official Nokia Spain account posts that the Windows Phone ...

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    The Windows Phone 7.8 update for Nokia's first-gen Lumia phones is still on track for an early 2013 roll-our, according to the manufacturer. The refresh should bring a couple of features present on Windows Phone 8, like the improved Home screen, to legacy Windows Phone 7 devices. "With Windows Phone 7.8 beginning to ship pre-loaded on Nokia Lumia smartphones, we will naturally be deploying the software to our factories for product rollout", said the Finnish phone maker. While no more details were made public, Nokia confirmed that, as far as existing devices are concerned, the actual ...

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    Bad news is no way to start off a new year but there's unfortunately not much that can be done against this decision. Those who were relying on Navifirm to get early access to updates, ROMs and/or firmwares will definitely be sad or angry to read the following statement reportedly issued by Nokia. IMPORTANT NEWS FROM NOKIA BULLETIN 12-21-2012: Nokia will close open connection to Nokia Firmware Repository during January 2013 and implement access control. Ater this, login to Nokia Online is required to access Nokia Firmware Repository. During transition phase (December 2012-January 2013) ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about our Samsung ATIV S review along with some specifics on why this phone is so hot. Then it's more $99 Nexus 7 talk, even though the price tag has grown a bit to $130 or $150. Then Samsung returns to the news, this time because they've just confirmed that they will be offering their Windows Phone legacy customers the 7.8 upgrade. Apple then shows us how they don't care about start-ups by the results of a recent story regarding the POP charger for iOS devices. We end today's show by talking about LG and how their advertisement is ridiculous in a ...

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    While Many Windows Phone 7 models will be seeing the arrival of Windows Phone 7.8 and its WP8-like look, not everyone's making the journey. We heard a while back that the LG Optimus 7, for one, wouldn't be getting a WP7.8 update. Some recent rumors suggested a similar fate for the Samsung Omnia W (aka the Focus Flash), but Windows Phone Italy recently heard from Samsung itself on the matter, and the company has confirmed that all its phones will, indeed, be receiving the update. Specifically, Samsung wrote that all of its devices currently on WP7.5 will be getting WP7.8, though exactly ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through our initial coverage of the much-anticipated Samsung ATIV S. Then we go through more Samsung news, only that this time with some unexpected, and not-so-stellar Galaxy Grand announcement. Then we talk about the HTC M7 leaks along with the bad news that the HTC Butterfly won't reach Europe. Google makes the news afterwards as their Play Store fills our Christmas hopes with lots of deals until January 1st 2013. We end today's show talking about Nokia's plans to bring Windows Phone 7.8 to previous Lumia devices, and the news aren't good. All this ...

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    Early this morning we brought you word that Nokia appeared to be getting the ball rolling with Windows Phone 7.8 updates – fantastic news for all those WP7 fans who aren't yet ready to upgrade to a whole new handset just to use Windows Phone 8. Problem is, it now looks like that news was jumping the gun a little, and a Nokia spokesperson has clarified just what was going on with that update. While it's true that the WP7.8 update had started going out, it turns out that this was a targeted release to bring the update to certain pre-production handsets. That may give Nokia some time to ...

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    Windows Phone 7.8 ROMs have recently popped up on Navifirm for the Nokia Lumia 510, 800 and 900, making the official roll-out just a matter of days. According to recent reports, out of the three phones mentioned above, the Lumia 800 is the first one to officially receive the Windows Phone 7.8 update. According to reports from Europe the firmware is delivered via the Zune software, as a "Nokia update". Once acknowledged the system will install four updates. At the end of the process you will be greeted with the new Home Screen and all the goodies which are included in the Windows Phone 7.8 ...

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    Back in October, we heard Nokia announce its budget-priced Lumia 510, an affordable alternative to its Windows Phone 8 lineup, targeted at developing nations. Today, the 510 gets joined by the 505, a budget model with a slightly different look, and this time set to make its debut in Mexico. The 505 runs Windows Phone 7.8, and features a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display. As shouldn't be much of a surprise for a model like this, the 505 has a scant 256MB of RAM and just 4GB of flash. Connectivity options include 3G on the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands. While models like the 505 aren't going to win ...

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    One of the trending topics in mobile this year, thanks to Samsung and its Galaxy Note II -- which we're giving away this week --, is "phablet". We've got some interesting considerations on why we think we won't see Windows Phone-powered phablets soon but today's image raises a couple of eyebrows. We've heard of the codename Juggernaut before but we couldn't find out more details beyond the rumors; that being said, the device pictured above and below is claimed by the leakster as the Juggernaut. Of course, the leakster also claims this is a new Windows Phone 8 despite the old logo on the ...

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    Windows Phone 7.8 is a certainty; it will land early 2013, according to Microsoft, for those who have certain legacy Windows Phone 7 devices, to bridge the gap between version-seven-phones and version-eight-devices. A recent Nokia survey shed some light on what both Microsoft and the manufacturer will include but we're now seeing some ROMs on Navifirm. Windows Phone 7.8 (with builds 8858.12560) has popped up on online and it looks like the targeted phones are the Lumia 800 and Lumia 510 (which was the first phone caught on camera running 7.8). According to reports the new version of the ...

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    Even before Microsoft's hint that Windows Phone 7.8 should land early 2013 we had a hunch that Mango users will have to buy a new calendar before the update arrived. What exactly will it bring? We know of some of the additions, like the new Start Screen, but a purported Nokia survey can shed some light on what will be included. The features are divided in two categories: those from Microsoft and those from Nokia. A new homescreen experience with more room for your Live Tiles, which are now resizable, the ability to set a Bing image of the day as the Lock Screen wallpaper, pocket and child ...

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    Some of the Windows Phone 7 users out there are kind of upset that their current phones will not be upgradable to the new Windows Phone 8 operating system.  They will be upgradable to Windows Phone 7.8 though, which will look a lot like Windows Phone 8 except it won't support certain things.  Oh hey, that sounds a lot like what Apple does with their iOS upgrades, except Apple still calls the latest version iOS 6 even though you may not have all of the same features as iOS 6 might include depending on which device you've actually got it installed on. Would it have made you feel better if ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the recent changes to Google Drive, which do matter for most of us. Then we talk about the Galaxy Note II and its appearance in Verizon's network. Microsoft later shows us their ugliest application yet with the Outlook.com service for Android. Then we continue with Microsoft, though this time we talk about Windows Phone 7.8 and it's promised release season, because as always, they didn't include specific dates. We end today's show talking about Steve Ballmer's recent chat regarding Windows Phone 8 sales, which are apparently better, even ...

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    Ever since Microsoft first made Windows Phone 7.8 official, we've anxiously been awaiting the day it would start filling us in on some of the details, not the least of which being when we could finally hope to see the update start arriving for existing handsets. Recently, we've heard some WP7.8 talk out of Microsoft China, and learned of some less-than-useful statements from an MS spokesperson, but have still been looking forward to a nice, official, firm statement about the update's arrival. Well, that day is finally here (or as close as we're going to get to it), and a new Microsoft blog ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the recent news of the Samsung Galaxy Note II and its staggering sales figures. We then talk about the ATIV S Windows Phone and how much longer we'll have to wait for it. LG made the news again with a possible Optimus G2 and its 1080p display for 2013. Then we talk about Apple's sales results this holiday season, which continue to surprise. We end today's show talking about Microsoft, the possibility of an Apollo+ Windows Phone 8 upgrade along with the bad news of no specific date for the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade. Links: - Microsoft Working ...

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    Where the heck is Windows Phone 7.8? We've heard Microsoft's division in China talking about its expectations for the update's release, and just got a look at a Nokia 510 running the platform, but by-and-large Microsoft's been exceptionally quiet when it comes to discussing its plans for WP7.8's arrival. All the secrecy finally got the best of Paul Thurrott, who over the weekend posted a scathing criticism of the manner in which Microsoft has been treating its user base. While that still wasn't enough to squeeze any official word of when the update would arrive out of Microsoft, it did ...

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    Depending on who you ask and who you tend to believe Windows Phone 7.8 will arrive in early 2013, soon, in December or in the coming weeks. Fingers crosse it will happen before the Holidays -- and for everybody who needs it, regardless of make, model or carrier -- but regardless of the exact date, it is time, as usual when releases get closer, for some leaks. This time it's the Lumia 510, the most recent addition to Nokia's budget Lumia Windows Phone line-up, to flex its muscles. In the video below, coming from China, we're seeing the upcoming Windows Phone refresh for seven-devices ...

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    Just when will Windows Phone 7.8 finally make its debut? There's been a lot of talk on this topic over the past week or so, and just like today's update, a lot of that news has been coming out of Southeast Asia. First we saw a leak that suggested WP7.8 wouldn't arrive until sometime in early 2013, but just a little bit later we heard about a Microsoft event in Singapore that informed participants that the software had already been RTMed and would be landing in a matter of weeks, if not days. That's definitely sounding more and more like a certainty, upon a Microsoft China exec making ...

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