Earlier this week, Nokia announced that it has begun the process of updating its Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900 smartphones to the new Windows Phone 7.8 OS. Today, Microsoft added the official patch notes for Windows Phone 7.8 on its Update History page.
The page shows that the actual version number for the update is 7.10.8858.136, but Microsoft calls it Windows Phone 7.8 for short. The specific patch notes are:
- Start. Provides resizable small, medium, and large Live Tiles so you can customize your Start experience in new ways.
- Accent colors. Expands the number of available accent colors to 20.
- Lock screen. Improves the lock screen experience with accidental wipe protection features and the Bing image of the day wallpaper.
- Marketplace and Xbox. Expands Windows Phone Marketplace and Xbox support to new countries and regions.
- Fonts. Enhances the Chinese font and improves the appearance of Arabic and other languages.
- Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.
The update has just started to be put in place on various wireless carriers so it may be some time before your device gets the software; Nokia's new Lumia 510 smartphone will already have Windows Phone 7.8 installed out of the box. Samsung has indicated that all of its Windows Phone 7 devices will also get the 7.8 upgrade.