Windows Phone 7 Tango update rolls out to Lumia 710/800 phones

Owners of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 smartphones from Nokia will soon be able to get the latest Windows Phone 7 update from Microsoft. In a post on the official Nokia blog, the company announced that the "Tango" update will be available for both phones. Owners will have to hook up their devices to their PC and use the Zune software to receive the Tango update; the update rollout should be completed by the end of July.

This is a relatively minor update for these phones but it does have one big new feature and that is being able to use the phones for Wi-Fi tethering. It also adds "flip-to-silence", which will cut out all sounds of incoming phone calls and alerts when the phone is placed face down.

Once the Tango update is in place, Lumia 610 and 800 owners will also be able to download and install the recently released Camera Extras app from Nokia. The app adds some new features to the phones' on board camera, including the Smart Group Shot mode, which takes several photos of a group of people. Users can then select the best facial shots from each person and then edit them into one image.

And what about owners of the Lumia 900? News.com reports that the Wi-Fi tethering feature is already available for owners of that smartphone. As far as the "flip-to-silence" feature, Nokia said it will be added to the Lumia 900 at some point but there is no definitive date yet.

Source: Official Nokia blog

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Okay guys, there is a bug in the Zune software that lets you download the update right away without carrier authorisation.

DISCLAIMER! DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

1. put your Lumia 800 or 710 into aeroplane mode.
2. Connect your phone to your PC and open the Zune software.
3. open Network and sharing Centre, click changer adapter settings and select your network connection. (this is to prime it ready to right click and disable your Internet connection)
4. Go to the phone section in the Zune software and click the settings button.
5. Position the adapter window so you can rapidly click it after this next step. ( make sure your network connection is still selected).
6. click the update button and let it connect for 2 seconds, Then rapidly right click your adapter and disable it.

You would have now got one of three messages.

1. There's an update available for your phone ( well done! )

2. There is not an update for your phone ( too much information was downloaded from the Microsoft servers, decrease the time slightly and try again).

3. cannot connect to the update servers right now ( not enough information was downloaded from the Microsoft servers. Increase the time slightly and try again).

The trick is to find the sweet spot where Zune manages to find the update, but is not given enough time to validate whether it is available on that carrier yet. It took me six attempts to get it right.

Edited by Ad Man Gamer, Jun 28 2012, 6:48pm :

Still no word on when or even whether the rest of the 1st & 2nd gen handsets will get this 7.5 refresh and since we've lost the 'where's my phone update?' webpage, we're not going to find out the easy way either.

Nokia kit seem to get all the love these days as HTC and Samsung have all but abandoned their 7.x userbase with no new innovation. I guess it's hardly surprising since Nokia is going to have a hard sell to get rid of its stockpile of 610s, 710s, 800s and 900s in the run-up to WP8. To think I was going to upgrade to a Lumia 900 from my HD7 but not now, I'll stick it out till October.

This is why I WISH Microsoft would be in charge of updates... like Windows PCs. Let the manufacturers and network providers provide apps, but let Microsoft do the OS updates...

chorpeac said,
This is why I WISH Microsoft would be in charge of updates... like Windows PCs. Let the manufacturers and network providers provide apps, but let Microsoft do the OS updates...

I couldn't agree more.

Atleast Nokia is going out of its way to supprot their phones. They have put a update status page, etc.

I have a Samsung Omnia W and I have no idea when I will get the tango update.

psreloaded said,
Atleast Nokia is going out of its way to supprot their phones. They have put a update status page, etc.

I have a Samsung Omnia W and I have no idea when I will get the tango update.

If the phone is "Unbranded" the update should be available as well as for the LG Optimus 7 and the Omnia 7 still only if unbranded, if not start checking with your carrier....... and good luck........

Fritzly said,

If the phone is "Unbranded" the update should be available as well as for the LG Optimus 7 and the Omnia 7 still only if unbranded, if not start checking with your carrier....... and good luck........


So an unbranded Omnia 7 can already get this update? My phone hasn't been been giving me a "you have an update" message. Might just have to try that method of forcing an update through Zune.

The Tango update is being pushed out by MS, no carrier involvement here, but you will not get any firmware update until your carrier pushes it out. This is strictly a global update done by MS for the tango OS update.

korupt_one said,
The Tango update is being pushed out by MS, no carrier involvement here, but you will not get any firmware update until your carrier pushes it out. This is strictly a global update done by MS for the tango OS update.

My Lumia 900 shipped with "Tango" :
OS: 7.10.8773.98
FW: 2175.1601.8773.12141

Fritzly said,

My Lumia 900 shipped with "Tango" :
OS: 7.10.8773.98
FW: 2175.1601.8773.12141

Ya, most Lumia 900s sold outside the initial US batch already come with tango while others come with build 8112 iirc.

I just went to the Nokia Australia website and it said that the updates were there BUT>>>>
When I connected to Zune "Your phone is up to date" ......... NO updates ???? What is going on ???

Caveman-ugh said,
I just went to the Nokia Australia website and it said that the updates were there BUT>>>>
When I connected to Zune "Your phone is up to date" ......... NO updates ???? What is going on ???

Every phone has its own firmware, some are carrier branded/locked while others are open. Open firmware will allow any network use but are also locate limited, atlantic etc. So you'll have to wait for what ever firmware your phone requires based on the carrier/location etc to be pushed.

Your phone should tell you its can update from the about settings page without the need to keep connecting it to your PC.

So, the dual release cycle with necessary low end devices receiving Tango at their launch with the update rolling out to other devices in June/July might have been fairly accurate. (Which Microsoft stated in November of last year.)

It is kind of sad that Neowin recently threw up an article about the 'updates' page for Windows Phone and brought into question the time-line of the Tango update. Especially when the article seemed to 'forget' the dual rollout time-line and the dates that seem to still be on track.

thenetavenger said,
So, the dual release cycle with necessary low end devices receiving Tango at their launch with the update rolling out to other devices in June/July might have been fairly accurate. (Which Microsoft stated in November of last year.)

It is kind of sad that Neowin recently threw up an article about the 'updates' page for Windows Phone and brought into question the time-line of the Tango update. Especially when the article seemed to 'forget' the dual rollout time-line and the dates that seem to still be on track.

Yeah, imagine that! LOL