When it was announced that Windows Phone 8 would not be available as an update, or piece of software at all, to first and second generation Windows Phone 7 hardware, there was a collective frown from users, especially ones who had just invested in a Nokia Lumia 800 or 900. But that frown was turned upside down when Windows Phone 7.8 was announced for the forsaken hardware.
But if you’re an LG Optimus 7 owner, eagerly awaiting the update, if just to get more real estate on the start screen, you’re going to be very, very disappointed. The handset isn’t getting the Windows Phone 7.8 update.
Although it’s not clear how many Optimus 7 owners are still out there, for the ones that are out there, they’re getting a swift kick in the teeth for their loyalty. Although the device is two years old, handsets like the HTC HD7 and the Samsung Omnia 7 are slated to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update. Could this be LG’s way of distancing themselves from the Windows Phone OS in general? They did recently partner with Google to release the Nexus 4. There are reports that LG have withdrawn support for the Windows Phone hardware they produced (link needs translation).
IT was LG Electronics in Poland that confirmed the news, following an inquisitive Optimus 7 owner’s queries around Windows Phone 7.8. They replied:
Please note that it is not expected to introduce software update for your version of the E900 to 7.8. If you have additional questions, please contact us again.
It was recently announced that Windows Phone 7.8 might not be the final update for the Window Phone 7 range of devices and that both 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 would co-exist for "quite some time".
Do you have an Optimus 7 and do you still use it? It would be nice to know if you were considering sticking with the Windows Phone platform, or has this decision by LG forced your hand to jump ship to another Windows Phone 8 OEM, Android device or other.
Source: news.softpedia.com | Image courtesy of lgblog.co.uk