Nokia Lumia 900 seen running Windows Phone 7.8
The unit in question was showcased at the new "Lumia Experience Store" located at Raffles City in Shanghai, China. The Nokia Lumia 900 had Windows Phone 7.8 installed, as users are reporting on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo, and was on display alongside the Lumia 510 and the Microsoft Surface tablet.
Interestingly, one of the folks that got to try out the smartphone first hand says that except for the new interface, he didn't notice a whole lot of changes. The native screenshot capability was missing and the camera interface was the same, he claims. However, it is believed that the interface tweaks won't be the single new feature in Windows Phone 7.8. Several days ago, Windows Phone Italy revealed some of the new version's advantages, incuding a calendar sharing function of some kind and access to various Micorosft services such as the Xbox Music store. The post was subsequently taken down.
So in case you are holding on to a Nokia Lumia 900, or any kind of smartphone still on Windows Phone 7.5 for that matter, an update for your device might be right around the corner. Rest assured that we'll let you know as soon as the new software starts rolling out!
source: Sina Weibo via WMPoweruser
3. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Duh, Who cares about Win 7.8? If they are really want to do something good to their customers, they should update those devices to Win 8
4. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
They are changing the kernel so that upgrade would be impossible
5. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Not sure about "impossible". Most of the apps written for WP8 would not have worked, like the "Live lock screen" option. Of course NFC and dual core operations would not have worked. But Skype intergration? The Kids Corner? There are a ton of WP8 upgrades that would have worked. I will wait and see what comes with WP 7.8.
7. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)
True, not "impossible" but difficult enough that it's not worth it for anyone involved. So much work would have needed to go into it that would just not be worth it. It's not like Android that's been built on that Linux kernel.
The can add all the things like Kid's Corner and Skype integration, and it looks more likely considering WP 7.5s are still being released around the world. That being said we know nearly nothing of 7.8 and this is very likely due to how crunched they were with the WP 8 release getting out on time.
12. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Yeah of Instagram wrote an app for wp8 people running 7.8 will not be able to use them . I want Instagram on Windows phone !
8. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
No one cares, cause people no buying and getting WP will lead you to fragmentation. There are no Dev support nor Roms so you can enjoy WP8. My sisters L900 is left in the dust.
13. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
There are actually roms for windows phone . Although very little . Besides , why you need all the dev support or rom just to use the phone properly . Even though its an outdated version of WP it's still beautiful , looks like the new one and still works !
Some of the android custom roms have a lot of glitches or bugs . Btw , now I know why you are such a Samsung fanboy , DEV SUPPORT AND ROMS !
6. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Will take whatever. Still enjoy my Focus S, and while I do feel a little unloved, I don't feel hated. I will most likely buy a WP8 out of pocket at some point, but like that my current phone will at least get some love. Will help it's resale value a little when I push it on Ebay.
11. yowanvista (Posts: 331; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
To me it looks like that custom ROM, the Internet Explorer icon is too small and Office has the previous logo