Windows Phone 7.8 update may be rolling out

In November, Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 7.8, the next major software update for Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones, would be released in "early 2013". Now there are unconfirmed reports that the update may have already started to roll out to some owners of at least one smartphone model.

WPCentral.com reports they have received reports from a few of their readers that the Nokia Lumia 800 now has an available update that comes from both Nokia and Microsoft. There are actually three separate updates for Windows Phone in this release with the final one bringing the official build number to 7.10. 8858.136.

So far, this update appears to be limited to the Lumia 800. People who have other Windows Phone 7.5 devices may have to wait until their specific wireless carrier decides to launch the update on their network.

Just a reminder: Windows Phone 7.8 will add a new Start screen with resizable Live tiles, similar to the one that's a part of Windows Phone 8. It will also have a new Bing wallpaper lock screen, a new lock screen feature for security and more. Older Lumia smartphones from Nokia will also get some new features as part of this update, including the Cinemagraph photo add-on, sharing DRM-free media files via Bluetooth and more.

We must admit that this behavior is a bit odd, you would think Microsoft would shout from the rooftops if it was releasing WP7.8 as WP7.5 users have been waiting for the update since June.

Source: WPCentral.com

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I have a Lumia 800 on Orange with the latest official update installed, Navifirm lists the latest version (7.8) and Ive tried a few variants now but none show up in Nokia care Suite, it simply lists the same version that is installed (this is after downloading the new version via Navifirm and dropping it into the C:\ProgramData\Nokia\Packages\Products\RM-801 folder.

I think the specific device I have needs a specific variant which is not yet listed (Orange are not quick).

For the Lumia 800 most European variants work fine on the north American variant of the phone. The European variants of the 900 with not work on the north American 900 due to it be lte. North Americans should be able to flash the European variants onto the phone other than the 900.

The link above is for Nokia Suite. Nokia Care Suite is the application used by Nokia Care Points to flash your device and is not available to the 'general public'. As such I do not think the mods here would appreciate a link to it. Google is you best friend in these matters.

HTC Titan on AT&T has had a grand total of zero updates pushed to it since launch (I CAB'd the one with the keyboard fix), so I don't expect to get this update anytime soon.

Most European variants of the Lumia can be downloaded and flashed to your device via Nokia Care Suite Product support tool, different from the link above. Please be aware that doing the update this way will wipe your phone clean. No North American variants are available yet via this method.

korupt_one said,
Most European variants of the Lumia can be downloaded and flashed to your device via Nokia Care Suite Product support tool, different from the link above. Please be aware that doing the update this way will wipe your phone clean. No North American variants are available yet via this method.

Hi,

I have installed the suite but cant find info on updating via the suite, the software will not 'see' my phone when connected via USB but I'm assuming I have to reboot into some kind of support mode, is this true and how?


Update: Nokia Lumia 800 here in UK on Orange

duddit2 said,

Hi,

I have installed the suite but cant find info on updating via the suite, the software will not 'see' my phone when connected via USB but I'm assuming I have to reboot into some kind of support mode, is this true and how?


Update: Nokia Lumia 800 here in UK on Orange

You need to navigate to {install directory}/Nokia Care Suite/Drivers, and then install either the x64 or x86 WinUSB driver package.

I can confirm that you can install the 7.8 upgrade for your Lumia via the Nokia Care Suite (and it's rather straightforward to do so!)

WingZero said,
I can confirm that you can install the 7.8 upgrade for your Lumia via the Nokia Care Suite (and it's rather straightforward to do so!)

Just shows the difference between Nokia and the other OEMs. If only HTC and Samsung went to this extant with their own WP devices.

WingZero said,
I can confirm that you can install the 7.8 upgrade for your Lumia via the Nokia Care Suite (and it's rather straightforward to do so!)

What is this Nokia care suite and where do I get it?

duddit2 said,

Thanks, downloading now. Do you know if this works ok on Windows 8 (cant see why it wouldn't but thought I'd ask).

It does, but there appears to be a fault in the Product Support tool that generate unhandled exceptions. You'll probably want to launch the binary directly, as opposed to going through the application launcher.

Does anyone have the 7.8 CAB file yet? If so, please post it on XDA developers ASAP, so we can update our non Nokia phones!

I'm on the same boat... I get an upgrade in nearly 5 months, but still, MS needs to get that silly 7.8 update out the gates!

I had an update today for my HTC Mozart.. was very excited, but then subsequently disappointed to realise after a restart that Windows Phone 7.8 HADN'T been downloaded to my phone!

Vlad Dudau said,
Got the same update, it was just some firmware crap from HTC

It could be a setup for the 7.8 update coming later on.