Lumia 800 gets new software update; boosts battery life

When the Nokia Lumia 800 was first launched in November, many of its owners complained that the smartphone didn't have as long of a battery life as they would have liked. Nokia quickly released a software update for the phone in December designed to solve some of these battery issues. The company released a second software update in January.

Today Nokia announced it has released yet another software update for the Lumia 800. In a post on the company's official website, Nokia said that the update (version number 1600.2487.8107.12070) would begin to filter out to owners of the Windows Phone-based device over the next few weeks, depending on what country and wireless carrier is involved.

Nokia claims that this third update for the Lumia 800 greatly increases battery life for the smartphone. It states:

We put the software through rigorous tests, and what came out was an update that shows significant improvements in battery life, whether it’s for talk time in 3G networks, browsing over WiFi, music playback, or simply, the overall usage time. Our internal testing also showed that for smartphones with similar battery capacities (the Lumia 800 sports a 1450mAh battery), the Lumia 800 was now among the top performers in battery life for the key measures that we concentrated on.

The update also adds some improvements to the Nokia 800's audio features, specifically with base sounds. Finally, the new software update allows the smartphone's soft keys to illuminate at all of the phone's brightness settings.

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This update started rolling out about a month ago.

Edit: Suppose they must me talking about an "Over the Air" update, rather than getting it through the Zune software.

Edited by FiB3R, Mar 29 2012, 3:28am :

I was like "ooo another one" then i realised which update it was lol. In their defence it was only posted yesterday officially

Vodafone AU only just approved it this week

Wonder what the battery life will end up being on the 900. If they can configure it somewhat similar it should fair even better than documentation shows.

Had this for over a week on an unlocked one but '3' users only got it yesterday, think they were the last ones to get it.

I forced this update on the 2 Lumia 800's in our house a couple of weeks ago and the battery life on both handsets has doubled! Good job Nokia :-)

wrack said,
How do I force an update?

If it's like previous updates, click check for updates in zune and then immediately disable your PC network connection. When the call to update servers times out, the zune software will tell you an update is available.

Reconnect your network and hit update now.

Noveed said,
Still nothing on O2 UK

He have a couple of Lumia 800s from o2 and we forced the update with the cab sender from XDA. On Nokia's website o2 are still marked as waiting for approval.

TheDisneyMagic said,

He have a couple of Lumia 800s from o2 and we forced the update with the cab sender from XDA. On Nokia's website o2 are still marked as waiting for approval.

Is it safe ie. Will it still be update-able via Zune in future with no problems if one was to try this method?

Also do you have to reset the phone or does it keep all of the apps/contacts/messages etc?

this update is defintely worth it! as sudakoma said, it doubles the battery life, if not a little more...

duddit2, yes, this is the next update to come

phunkymunky said,
this update is defintely worth it! as sudakoma said, it doubles the battery life, if not a little more...

Yeah, but double 8 hours is still less than a day...

spacer said,

Yeah, but double 8 hours is still less than a day...

If you are talking about "talk time", 16hours would be huge compared to anything in the industry. The 'standby' time is far beyond a day.

spacer said,

Yeah, but double 8 hours is still less than a day...

My partners Lumia 800 is currently showing 23 hours remaining time and time since last charge is 13 hours ago.

i get about 1.5-2 days out of mine with moderate browsing, messaging and calls. Got about 8 hours out of Nokia GPS on the weekend and still enough battery to make a few calls and browse a bit.
Do love the battery on this thing!

With the first two updates I found very little improvement on the battery life when 3G was enabled but I live and work in areas with poor 3G reception via Orange UK.

Orange UK is stated as "awaiting approval" for this update according to Nokia's site.

firmware can be flashed from downloading the correct package for your phone directly from Nokia, I have had this update running for a little while now and has great improvements in battery life amongst other things.

Hmmm...I tried the force update method but Zune keeps telling me that nothing is available. I might just wait for the OTA update.

Installed this on my wife's Lumia 800 2 days ago, the battery life which truly sucked has moved from about 16 hours on light usage to 40 hours on light usage which means it should last a solid day now on not so light usage. A much welcomed improvement.

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