Microsoft and Nokia comment on the WP7.8 early rollout

Microsoft is about to push out another large update to the Windows Phone platform that will bring many new features to the existing users, but there were a few reports surfacing that some users are already receiving the update on their devices. The fact that some devices were already getting the update was a bit surprising, as Microsoft said that the update would not arrive until early 2013. We reached out to Microsoft to see if we could get any insight into what is going on, since the company has not officially said anything about end users receiving the update ahead of the announced schedule. 

Microsoft's comment is posted below and to be honest, it provides no value as to why some users are seeing the update. Microsoft has provided Neowin the following comment:

We’re working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013.

While that comment does not provide any insight into the issue, a comment obtained by Tweakers.net from Nokia does give quite a bit more information. Nokia stated that they have started pushing the update out to pre-production devices - which may be in the hands of some journalists and developers - but devices from carriers will not see an update until early 2013, which would explain why a select few are seeing the update. This early push is being done to test the deliver mechanism built into Windows Phone 7.8 for OTA updates.

So there you have it, the only folks seeing the update are those with non-retail production devices; a bit of a bummer as we would have loved to seen Microsoft deliver the 7.8 update as an early Christmas gift. 

Source: Microsoft and Tweakers.net

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microsoft and nokia are pure geniuses. having two concurrent o.s. for their smartphones. this will not confuse the heil out of their potential customers. as opposed to apple, which release a unified version of ios from iphone 3 to iphone 5. pure bloody genius i say.

Whilst a little confusing it's not really a huge issue. Android seems to be hugely popular even though you can't count the number of versions on sale, and at least WP7 is still receiving updates... consumers didn't seem to complain too much when the iPhone 3G received its final update on November 22nd 2010 (when it was still being sold June 7th 2010).

The change is needed to progress the OS - upgrading 7 to 8 in a technical sense isn't possible and wasn't really an option. Whilst they might look very similar and use similar hardware, beneath the cover they are significantly different and WP8 is designed with the future development in mind. I'd bet money that WP8 will have a longer lifespan than iOS does before it receives a change.

Mweh, I don't trust Tweakers as news source in cases like this. I'm a Dutch person and have seen that they post ridiculous news. As an example on how the Windows Phone send location details towards Microsoft based on the finding from another article on the web. However in the article on the web did it got tested with the settings for sending information to Microsoft ON.

Can anyone confirm whether or not 7.8 update allows for different APNs for Data/MMS?

This is my big issue with SIM unlocked 7.5 device. Still can't MMS on new carrier.

I know from my wife's lumia920 this issue has been resolved in WP8. Need to know if I have to dump my Lumia900 on someone who uses the carrier from which I purchased the phone.

Trying it now.
The Network Setup app used to be for phones that weren't carrier locked in the first place. Glad to see it works for SIM unlocked phones.
Thanks!

This is why I'm glad I went with WP8 instead of waiting for 7.8. WP7 support has been terrible for a long time.

I just want 7.8 to migrate my damn SMS to SkyDrive from my old phone before I sell it!

ogamawab said,
just checked in Minnesota... Nokia 710 and 800 and no update...

Do you have a non-production device, or did you not read the article?

ogamawab said,
just checked in Minnesota... Nokia 710 and 800 and no update...

Could you link me a tutorial on how to do that?

erfanullah said,
I installed it on my Lumia 800 using NaviFirm and Nokia Care Suite.

I tried, but alas no updated version for my orange branded Lumia 800 (UK) available on NaviFirm just yet, unless I was doing something wrong that is)

"This early push is being done to test the deliver mechanism built into Windows Phone 8 for OTA updates."

I thought this has to do with Windows Phone 7.8, not WP8.

francescob said,
Weren't the OTA updates a WP8 exclusive?

WP7 was always able to do OTA updates, it was just not used (with the exception of very minor things that had no user interaction)...

Is there any decent way to migrate application/SMS&MMS/settings from WP7 to WP8 yet? I saw only Lumias have some sort of backup system but there doesn't seem to be anything else for other phones unless you waste several hours to interop-unlock, install the windows phone dev kit to load applications etc. Was anything added on WP7.8 to help with that or was it just rumors?

francescob said,
Is there any decent way to migrate application/SMS&MMS/settings from WP7 to WP8 yet? I saw only Lumias have some sort of backup system but there doesn't seem to be anything else for other phones unless you waste several hours to interop-unlock, install the windows phone dev kit to load applications etc. Was anything added on WP7.8 to help with that or was it just rumors?

I hope so. Not being able to easily transfer game saves is a major flaw I would say...