Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7.8
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    Regardless of when it will hit, early next year or soon, Windows Phone 7.8 should close the gap between legacy Windows Phones and fresh devices which are delivered with Windows Phone 8 on board. Of course, features which imply the newest hardware, like NFC, will be missing, but there should be some pretty cool bits inside for older devices. Contacted by a worried customer, LG Poland has replied to an e-mail regarding the Windows Phone 7.8 update for the LG Optimus 7, the manufacturer's first Windows Phone alongside the 7Q. Despite being constantly updated to NoDo, Mango and then Tango, the ...

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    Nokia's leaked alleged training documents for China that implied Windows Phone 7.8 should arrive in early 2013 are actually wrong, if a new report is to be believed. At a Windows Phone 8 Briefing held by Microsoft Singapore and Nokia Singapore the audience has reportedly been told that Windows Phone 7.8 is just a matter of days to weeks away. Part of what has supposedly been said is also the fact that Windows Phone 7.8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) this week. As a direct consequence the refresh should purportedly be pushed to devices in the very near future, in the coming ...

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    Surely all current Windows Phone 7.x customers were promised an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 in order to guarantee a standardized experience with Windows Phone 8. The problem is that as with all things Microsoft, dates are never included. According to Nokia's training manuals for China, the wait for 7.8 shouldn't be far off. It's scheduled for some time in early 2013, though early can go as far as six months if you ask certain companies. The good news are mostly in the features though. It seems that Microsoft is planning on making Windows Phone 7.8 just as feature packed as Windows Phone ...

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    We've been hearing a lot these last few days about Windows 8 and its more-mobile companion, Windows Phone 8, but precious little about the interim OS upgrade, 7.8. The decimal-laden version hasn't gotten much press of late, leading us to wonder just what's in store for owners of the current crop of Windows Phone 7 devices, which won't be able to run Microsoft's newer OS. We already knew 7.8 would offer support for new Live Tile sizes and that it would accordingly look the part of Windows Phone 8, but further details were sparse. Despite the iterative nature implied by its x.x version ...

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    The mobile world is no stranger to litigation, and 2012 has been a year pockmarked with legal battles of all shapes and sizes. While most of the action has centered around Apple and Samsung, today papers are being served on Microsoft, which just a few days ago unveiled its new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. The complainant, SurfCast, is a self-proclaimed operating-system designer headquartered in Portland, Maine. The complaint centers around Windows' use of Live Tiles in the Metro Windows 8 Store Style layout, which SurfCast claims it developed. The company's website says the ...

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    Even with Windows Phone 8 about to hit the scene, Nokia's far from done with WP7, and we've heard about the company's work on an all-new handset along those lines, the Lumia 510. Earlier this month, we got the chance to check out a couple images of the phone in the wild, where it still appeared to be running Tango. We're still anxious to get a closer look at the hardware itself, but in the meantime we have a fresh test pic from the 510's camera to check out. Snapped last week, the image's EXIF data reports it as coming from the Lumia 510, as well as confirms that the phone isn't yet ...

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    Make no mistakes about it: low-end is still big business when it comes to smartphones, especially as such hardware expands into new markets. While Nokia's got its Lumia 820 and 920 for the Windows Phone 8 launch, we've also heard about new hardware that will instead run Windows Phone 7.8. This Lumia 510 has shown up before in renders, but now we get a chance to look at it in the flesh. It looks like the phone's still running Tango in this image, but that should quickly be remedied once 7.8 becomes available. The handset seen here closely matches what we saw in those renders, basically ...

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    Back near the start of the month, we heard a rumor that in addition to the Windows Phone 8 gear it was preparing to reveal (and subsequently has), Nokia was also developing a new Windows Phone 7.8 model, to arrive as a larger-screened version of the Lumia 610. We heard that model referred to by codename "Glory" then, but now we may have the handset's official name, as certification documents in China reveal Nokia's Lumia 510. Sure enough, this is still a low-end model, with that same 800MHz processor and 256MB RAM used in the Lumia 610. Like was rumored, though, the 510 steps things up to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the official release of iOS 6 and what you can expect from it. Then we go through some recent leaks of Windows Phone 7.8, which sadly got pulled as early as they made the news. Then we talk about the iPad mini and the recent leaked images of the full device assembled. The Cyan version of the Nokia Lumia 920 is next because apparently we will get that color variant. We end today's show by talking about both the LG Optimus G event and the HTC Windows Phone event, which are scheduled for later today, and which we'll be covering. All this and more ...

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    The time is right for companies to start sharing the details of their initial Windows Phone 8 lineups, like we're hoping HTC will do tomorrow. ZTE might not be the most popular kid on the Windows Phone block, but it's looking to make its presence felt with some new releases, at least according to these new pics. What, exactly, are we looking at, though? These images are apparently from ZTE's own Dennis Lui, so we should be considering them to be legit. Even being real, it's tricky to know how to read all this. The first picture shows what could be old ZTE Tania hardware running Windows ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the iPhone 5 pre orders, which seem to be quickly running out. We then talk about LG's event along with Qualcomm where we assume the Optimus G will be revealed. We follow with some recent updates on Google Wallet, which are finally positive after years of deployment. Then we talk about Microsoft's recently weird move with Windows Phone 7.8, which we could say, backfired on them. We end today's show talking about some of the unfortunate news about the iPhone 5, so make sure you don't miss out on it. All this and more after the break.

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    Depending on whom you talk to, Windows Phone 7.8 could still be quite a way's off, arriving some time after Windows Phone 8 hits the scene. That might explain some of Microsoft's recent behavior, like asking for user input on features at a time when most of us would have thought that the code was locked and the release version should already be in-testing. We're still not sure just what the current status of WP7.8 is, but if this new leak is to be believed, there's already a version up-and-running on Nokia's Lumia 800. We've already seen WP7.8 on a 900, but this may be our first look at it ...

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    A little earlier this month, Microsoft asked Windows Phone fans on its User Voice site about what they're hoping to get out of Windows Phone 7.8. We've already heard a bit about just what features will and won't make the WP7.8 cut, but it seemed that Microsoft was up for letting users vote for specific things that may not have already been confirmed. As it turns out, though, that wasn't the company's intention at all. Back then, Microsoft posted, "we care deeply about our existing customers and would like to know SPECIFICALLY what features you would like to see on 7.8 and vote INDIVIDUALLY ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through Amazon Wireless recent anti-iPhone strategy, by dropping the price of the Galaxy S III in half on iPhone launch day. We later talk about the Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software upgrade details, which are set for next month. We then go through Google's anti-iPhone strategy by offering free public Wi-Fi through Boingo starting today and until the month ends, exclusively for Android customers. Then it's Nokia-Windows Phone time as we talk about Nokia's Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade plans for current Lumia customers. We end today's show by ...

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    Nokia's Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 are now official, giving Windows Phone users their first chance to check out some of the company's PureView imaging technology, but what if you're rocking one of Nokia's previous Windows Phone 7 Lumia models? The manufacturer wants you to know that it hasn't forgotten about you, posting a message to its blog today to explain some of the software updates on the way for owners of the Lumia 610, 710, 800, and 900. While it doesn't refer to it by name, Nokia alludes to the release of Windows Phone 7.8 by mention of a WP8-style start screen coming to all four ...

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    Tomorrow's the big day for Nokia, when we expect the company to officially unveil its first wave of Windows Phone 8 handsets at its press event with Microsoft. Even with one more day to go, Nokia's all over the news this morning; let's take a quick look at what's been going on. First up, we've got the release of City Lens 1.1. The augmented reality app had been in beta for some time now, and is finally going official. Well, sort of official, anyway, as it looks like it hit the Marketplace a little early and some users have been reporting trouble accessing it; expect everything to ...

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    New Windows Phone hardware is about to arrive that will run Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 8 software, while we'll see the "lite" version, Windows Phone 7.8, come to some existing WP7 models. Simple, enough, right? Well, according to some insider sources, we could also be getting some brand-new hardware that arrives right out of the door running WP7.8 instead of WP8, and Nokia's supposedly working on just such a model, going by codename Glory. Glory would be a sequel of sorts to the lower-end Lumia 610, sporting the same 800MHz single-core processor and 256MB RAM. In fact, the only ...

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    Current Windows Phone users are in store for a watered-down version of Windows Phone 8 coming to their handsets as WP7.8. It will lack many of the key features that make Windows Phone 8 so exciting, but will still be getting some of the window-dressing and a smattering of more minor improvements. About a month ago, we ran across a list that supposedly presented a breakdown between the differences in the two versions. Now a much more detailed list has leaked, giving us our best idea yet of what to expect from Windows Phone 7.8. The interesting parts here aren't so much those features that ...

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    Ever since Microsoft officially confirmed that current Windows Phone 7 smartphones will not be seeing upgrades to the full Windows Phone 8 experience, instead getting a seriously pared-down Windows Phone 7.8, we've wondered what impact the news would have on Windows Phone sales in the months to go before WP8 lands. Surely, in announcing WP7.8, Microsoft instantly made it a whole lot more difficult for manufacturers to unload existing devices to knowledgeable consumers. It looks like Nokia is on the same page here, and has reportedly been scaling-back its orders for new Lumia hardware. This ...

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    We all know that Windows Phone 7.8 will bring existing Windows Phone devices a taste of WP8, getting the newly-widened and redesigned home screen. There's a lot more than that to WP8, though, and while we know that older phones won't see much of that delivered, we've been curious just to what extent we might see other features show up in WP7.8. In the absence of official word, we look to a new rumor suggesting just where the differences between WP7.8 and WP8 will lie. This info comes from the Russian site WP7Forum, and after translating, we're left with this list: Function Windows Phone ...

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    Richard Kerris, Nokia's Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations, unveiled that "it wont be long" until Verizon fans will finally get the opportunity to use Nokia devices. Currently the Finnish phone maker has no offering on Big Red and future possible customers are either left waiting for a Nokia phone or have to leave for another carrier in order to grab one. Unfortunately, no exact time frame was made public. As far as the PureView technology is concerned, the one which debuted on the Symbian-powered 808 which is, as of now, available in the U.S., it will come to Windows ...

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    The image above is claimed to be out of a Microsoft Research presentation and is showing off what seems to be a curved SIP, an input method employing a "phone-type" keyboard rather than a QWERTY one, with several letter being joined (three or four). The purpose of such a possible future keyboard would be a simple one: one-handed operation. Our guess is as good as yours on whether this is (or will turn out to be) real or not, as a feature of Windows Phone 8 -- and who knows, Windows Phone 7.8? Of course, it should have a stellar prediction and correction engine -- and normally, a toggle ...

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    Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 event last week managed to answer plenty of questions about the operating system, including finally putting to rest the issue of updates for current handsets. While no existing models will transition to WP8, we learned that some of these models would be seeing Windows Phone 7.8, instead. In preparation for those updates to start arriving, Microsoft has put up a short page informing users of what they can expect, and prepared a video demonstrating how the new UI will appear on the Nokia Lumia 900. If you were hoping beyond hope that WP7.8 might include a few WP8 ...

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    I'll admit that it's been a while since Microsoft gave us two back-to-back events where nothing that was announced disappointed. Microsoft's announcement of their new Surface Tablet, and now their announcement of Windows Phone 8 have left many of us happy with the roadmap ahead. This week's return of Windows Phone View goes through a summary of all the details that we liked out of these two products that will see the light of day by the end of the year. Sadly, both announcements coincidentally match in the only reason we'd ever give you bad news at the end of the show. Watch to find out ...

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    For Windows Phone users, the world is a different place today. Microsoft's announcements at yesterday's Windows Phone Summit brought some welcome news to some current and prospective users of the platform: Windows Phone 8 will arrive in time for the holiday season, and it's bringing with it the sort of improvements you'd expect from a major point upgrade. The new version appears poised to correct many of the weaknesses of its predecessor, and it'll be bringing some fun and useful new capabilities to boot. While the Microsoft announcement was going on, I was fully immersed in the US ...

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