Nokia has announced that the Windows Phone 7.8 update will be hitting all of its Windows Phone 7.5 devices soon — including the Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800, and 900 — with rollouts beginning today and continuing throughout February.
The update, which provides Windows Phone 7 users with certain features from Windows Phone 8, is “operator dependent” meaning that carriers must approve the update (though users with unlocked phones will automatically receive an update notification “in the coming weeks.”). While Nokia failed to provide a timeframe any more specific than “February” for the arrival of the update on its handsets, the company did notes that users who do not receive an update notification within the next three weeks should contact their operators for more information.
Once prompted by an update message, users need only to connect their phone to their PC or Mac and perform the upgrade their device via the Zune desktop software. Nokia also encourages customers to ensure that notifications are enabled on their phone via the settings menu so they won’t miss out on the update once it’s available.
The Windows Phone 7.8 update acts as a stopgap version of Microsoft’s mobile OS for those users who are still using last-gen software (Windows Phone 7). Though not all features of Windows Phone 8 could be made available in Windows Phone 7.8 due to hardware restrictions, certain aspects made the cut, like a new tile size for Start menu customization, new lock screen options (including “improved pocket and child lock screen security”) and increased language support.
Source: Conversations by Nokia