New Windows Phone 7.8 video leaks

Windows Phone 7.8 may be getting closer to its eventual launch but, as we have pointed out in the past, Microsoft has not been forthcoming about releasing any concrete information about its software update for many Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones. Today, a new video has been leaked to the Internet that appears to show Windows Phone 7.8 in action.

The video, posted on YouTube, appears to show the mobile OS running on the previously announced Nokia Lumia 510, but running with the Chinese language setting. Most of the video concentrates on the new Start screen, which will allow users to make the Live Tiles bigger or smaller just like owners of the new Windows Phone 8 smartphones can do.

The video also seems to show the Bing-based lockscreen wallpaper in action. We assume this wallpaper will change every day like the Bing.com homepage image does for the PC version.

Again, Microsoft continues to stay silent about when we can expect Windows Phone 7.8 to be made available to owners of older Windows Phone devices. Perhaps Microsoft wants to put most of its marketing energies behind the Windows Phone 8 launch, which only just started a few weeks ago. In any case, we would hope Microsoft will break its silence about Windows Phone 7.8 before the end of the year.

Via: WPCentral.com
Source: YouTube

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M_Lyons10 said,

I imagine that would require WP8 and all the other low level changes introduced...

You won't see the same Skype as on WP8 unfortunately. Might see some updates to the app that make it a little more useful (maybe at least for text/IM presence) but that's as far as I would go...

SharpGreen said,
That doesn't look as smooth as some of the other Windows Phone vids I've seen.

Looked perfectly smooth to me... Are you comparing this to WP8 videos running on dual core hardware?

Looks good, but I hope this isn't the final build. I saw the Zune tile, you'd expect Microsoft to at least rebrand it to Xbox Music, even if it is just to make fans happy.

But it also would be in their own best interest. Both Nokia and Huwai have expressed interest in continuing with WP7 on low-end phones for developing countries. These markets offer lots of opportunities. In a few years Windows Phone as well as Xbox Music could be popular brands in countries like China and Brazil. If they stick to Zune, they would miss a huge opportunity.

Ronnet said,
Looks good, but I hope this isn't the final build. I saw the Zune tile, you'd expect Microsoft to at least rebrand it to Xbox Music, even if it is just to make fans happy.

But it also would be in their own best interest. Both Nokia and Huwai have expressed interest in continuing with WP7 on low-end phones for developing countries. These markets offer lots of opportunities. In a few years Windows Phone as well as Xbox Music could be popular brands in countries like China and Brazil. If they stick to Zune, they would miss a huge opportunity.

You can still stream music with the old Zune app, you just can't do a few things like create synced playlists.

NateB1 said,

You can still stream music with the old Zune app, you just can't do a few things like create synced playlists.

But you can't really build up a new brand (Xbox as general entertainment) if the thing is called something else on some platforms.

Ronnet said,
I saw the Zune tile, you'd expect Microsoft to at least rebrand it to Xbox Music, even if it is just to make fans happy.

I think I read somewhere that they were going to keep it branded as Zune on WP7.8 (idk why).

But I mean, they updated the Store and Office logos so maybe we might be surprised

Matthew_Thepc said,

I think I read somewhere that they were going to keep it branded as Zune on WP7.8 (idk why).

But I mean, they updated the Store and Office logos so maybe we might be surprised

Yeah they're keeping the Zune brand for all pre-Win8/WP8 devices (WP7, Win7, etc) and going with Xbox Music for newer devices. That's Microsoft for you though. I don't get the reasoning behind it either...