Windows Phone 7 updates to be released for AT&T Samsung Focus v1.4 [Updated]

The update process for Windows Phone 7 hasn’t exactly been the buttery-smooth process that Microsoft promised when the new mobile OS made its debut last year. With approval for all updates on carrier-sold devices resting with the operators themselves, and many operators dragging their heels on approving those updates for deployment, what could have been a quick and easy process instead turned into a long and tedious one.

Owners of Samsung WP7 devices suffered more than most with some handsets being bricked by unsuccessful updates, while owners of some Samsung Focus handsets on AT&T still haven’t received a single update, despite three updates having been pushed out to other phones. The problems on the Focus stemmed from Samsung’s decision to ship more than one version of the handset’s firmware; version 1.4 of the firmware suffered unique issues in combination with the Windows Phone OS updates, resulting in the updates being held back from those handsets.

Eric Hautala, General Manager of “Customer Experience Engineering” at Microsoft, announced today on the Windows Phone Blog that AT&T has finally completed its internal testing of the updates; notifications will be pushed to owners of Focus v1.4 handsets in the next few days, letting them know when they’re able to download those updates and install them. There are three updates in total that will be installed in two batches: the first is 7008 (once somewhat optimistically referred to as “the February update”) that updates the phone to prepare it for more updates; the second batch combines both 7390 (aka NoDo, “the March update” or “the copy and paste update”); and 7392, which is essentially a small but important security patch.

With the deployment of these updates to the Focus, the first full wave of Windows Phone 7 updates will finally be complete. Given how long it’s taken Microsoft to deliver these relatively small improvements in the OS to end-users, one can only wonder how long it will take to deploy the much larger and more complex Mango update with its 500 new features, later this year.

 

Update: Eric Hautala has confirmed that these updates are now being delivered to devices, so if you've got a v1.4 Samsung Focus, look out for an update notification on your phone, and remember that you'll need to connect your handset to your computer in order to download and install those updates.

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Wait, there are still Samsung Focus users without NoDo? I find that hard to believe, because my Focus was updated the day I got it to NoDo. Is the writer confusing this with the two security updates? Just wondering...

Maybe I'm different, lol. Contrary to some reports of the so-called easiness of a Samsung Focus being "bricked," I must say that my Focus has gone through all sorts of updates and unauthorized modifications without even a simple void of warranty. I'm even running Mango beta 1 on my phone--the unregistered version...

PlogCF said,
Wait, there are still Samsung Focus users without NoDo? I find that hard to believe, because my Focus was updated the day I got it to NoDo. Is the writer confusing this with the two security updates? Just wondering...

Maybe I'm different, lol. Contrary to some reports of the so-called easiness of a Samsung Focus being "bricked," I must say that my Focus has gone through all sorts of updates and unauthorized modifications without even a simple void of warranty. I'm even running Mango beta 1 on my phone--the unregistered version...

There were 3 updates, 7008, which was an update to allow for later updates to be smoother. NoDo (7390 for most devices), and 7392 which was the Security update.

Some of the Focus devices (version 1.4) have not been able to update due to some issues with the devices caused by Samsung.

You likely have a 1.2 or 1.3 device.

"Given how long it's taken Microsoft to deliver these relatively small improvements in the OS to end-users?"

Hmmm... I got them on release date. Your point?

It is Samsung's fault for providing a dozen different firmwares for no good reason.

Kind of a shame considering most people consider the Focus to be the best phone hardware-wise with its Super AMOLED screen. I just got one yesterday and went ahead and loaded the Mango beta on it. Works rather well.

"With the deployment of these updates to the Focus, the first full wave of Windows Phone 7 updates will finally be complete. Given how long it's taken Microsoft to deliver these relatively small improvements in the OS to end-users, one can only wonder how long it will take to deploy the much larger and more complex Mango update with its 500 new features, later this year."

My thoughts exactly. You might be better off just getting a new Windows Phone 7 with Mango already installed on it.

I am hoping, for the sake of Focus users on AT&T that part of this roll out has a fix for whatever was causing the issue so that later updates come faster for that phone

Sraf said,
I am hoping, for the sake of Focus users on AT&T that part of this roll out has a fix for whatever was causing the issue so that later updates come faster for that phone
It sounds like they have, they identified differences between 1.3 and 1.4 of the Focus. Differences that appeared to be undocumented (to an outsider looking at the timeline) are now known and documented.