Windows Phone 7.8 update release imminent?

The first sign of Windows Phone 7.8, back in June

Windows Phone 8 might be off to a decent start but there are still quite a few Windows Phone 7.5 users out there who are anxiously waiting for their 7.8 update.

Microsoft first announced this update last summer trying to make up for the fact that older devices would not be upgradable to the new WP 8 OS. The 7.8 upgrade brings a few new features most important of which is the new start screen with resizable tiles.

After being silent for many months, Microsoft finally announced late last year that the 7.8 update would hit markets in early 2013, and some suggest it might be sooner than you think.

As of now, the only indication for that is the fact that there are some Nokia apps which require the 7.8 update. This is the case with both Ringtone Maker and Bluetooth Share. These apps were created by Nokia to bring some extra functionality to WP 7.5 users. However Ringtone Maker has always demanded version 7.8 ever since it launched in mid-December.

Bluetooth Share on the other hand was working perfectly until it received a pretty major update in the last couple of days. The update bumps its version number from 1.0 to and it now prompts users to update their devices to Windows Phone 7.8 via Zune.

The major increase in version numbers as well as the timing of this update has led some to speculate that the release of Windows Phone 7.8 might be imminent and Nokia is simply getting their apps ready for it. While that is indeed a real possibility, it’s one we don’t find very likely. Another explanation for the app error might simply be that the wrong update was submitted to the Store.

In either case we’ll keep you folks updated in case the story develops further.

Source: WPCentral

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Will the update include my US Cellular HTC HD7 Pro? I feel like I'm sitting on pins and needles just waiting for the update to come out!!!

While there's no oficial updates on what 7.8 will include, don't expect it to be much more than the new start screen, some lock screen improvements and a couple things here and there. We should be so lucky to get IE10 and other improvements...

I had a fault with my Lumia 800 (USB port) 2 weeks ago, sent it off to Nokia under warranty and it came back a few days ago flashed to 7.8

They had to replace the main board but I didn't expect them to flash the firmware to 7.8, thanks Nokia!

I'm soooooooooooooo tired of waiting for this... I should just flash my Focus to a homebrew 7.8... There's no justifiable reason why this MINOR update is taking so long.

I really can't wait for this update. I probably have a few months at least before I can upgrade to 8...

Though I am puzzled as to why Neowin would find Nokia updating their apps in preparation for an OS update unlikely... That seems perfectly reasonable to me...

That wasn't what I was saying. Updating their apps makes perfect sense, however this is only ONE app. I find it more likely there's a mistake somewhere than to trust that this is the absolute sign of an imminent update.

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, I think people have waited long enough... lol

More than long enough. Jesus, if it was going to take this long, Microsoft should be communicating what they are doing, and why it's taking this long.

Yeah, I find it ironic that my girlfriend is running 7.8 on her 3 years old HD2 I gave her, while I'm still waiting for an upgrade on my Titan..