Windows Phone 7.8 update to start rolling out on January 31st

Windows Phone 7.8 update to start rolling out on January 31st
Windows Phone Colombia is another source of information that is repeating that the long-awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update will start rolling out on January 31st. At the same time, Telstra has prepared a table that shows an update schedule for its Windows Phone lineup which shows the Nokia Lumia 800 receiving the update beginning January 31st. Add to that a tweet from O2 that the update will be out at the end of January, and by the preponderance of the evidence we can say that January 31st will be the start date for the update.

The update will bring resizeable Live Tiles, the Bing daily lock screen wallpaper, twenty new themes, and various small enhancements. The idea is to make those Windows Phone 7.5 users feel like their handset is new and fresh. This might keep current Windows Phone users from jumping to another OS once their current contract expires.

source: Telstra, O2, WindowsPhoneColombia (translated) via WPCentral


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42 Comments

41. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

you can simply update the phones with the "force" method in about 30 minutes (worked for me): 1. start zune 2. turn off wi-fi and cellular data on the phone and connect it to your PC 3. click on update 4. after about 2-3 seconds disconnect your PC from the internet (either unplug the cable or disable the network card/wi-fi adapter) 5. zune finds prior update 7.10.8779.8 6. after update is installed, repeat the above process, zune will find prior update 7.10.8783.12 7. after update is installed, repeat again, zune will find the 7.8 update 7.10.8858.136 8. be happy with your 7.8 phone. :) ps.: you might need to try a few times in order for zune to catch the updates.

42. ripko

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

You are genius :) thanks, that trick is really work for me :) wait about 4 sec and disable network adapter.

43. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

you are very welcome, glad to have helped :)

40. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It's about time they did something cause with all this talk and nothing happening it's become the biggest loud of bulls**t I've ever heard in my life and I know at least 3 people who trashed there WP7.5 devices to go over to Android cause it was beginning to look like a lot of lies and the "Updates" would never be released and I won't believe these Updates are coming out until I get some kind of Notification about it cause this has been talked about for month and for now it all talk and rumors to make people who have WP7.5 Devices stick with there out ass useless devices.

39. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Any news on the Dell Venue Pro updates..? We are stuck, as T-mobile never sold them they don't feel obligated to support them and Dell quit selling phones.. I know once I get 7.8 I may not upgrade for a while.

32. sallu

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

All the Lumia User plz say that why you all are waiting,for update?? Go to Nokia Care update is there from last One Month. I had updated my Lumia 710 to 7.8 and is working fine with Bluetooth also working.

26. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

If I buy HTC 7 pro, will I be able to update it to wp 7.8?

20. davidtb

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

But will it win over Android users?

21. nwright94 unregistered

As far as I know they're not selling many windows phone 7 phones right now, I really doubt this update would make someone jump ship from a galaxy s2/3 or any higher end android phone to get this. If its a budget android 2.3 phone, then maybe but there's no point to jump to a 7.8 phone over an 8.

23. papss unregistered

I don't think that's the reason they did the update anyways... It was for the customers

31. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

true this was to control the anger that wp7 devices couldnt be updated to wp8. and to stop the complaints from some saying they drop customers just wish nokia would have the same attitude the the 808 as they only really gave 6 months support with updates

25. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

There's some folks on a tighter budget who can't get the 8s yet, so the 7.5/7.8 suffice. I've seen a few Lumia 900's sell, and the Lumia 510 (or 505?) only comes with 7.8, but it is only for Mexico

38. davidtb

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

thx nw: I can't help but feel that MS is trying to lock down their apps in a completely pay as you go sorta way.

19. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Was about bloody time...

17. cse.vicky unregistered

Is this update coming to Samsung Omnia W also ?

18. Alan01

Posts: 668; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

10. papss unregistered

Yeah the bar would bug me as it always did. I like having my tiles on the full screen. Also love resizing so that will be nice for 7.5 owners

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

These current WP7.5 users will be jumbling to iOS or OS, after realising that WP8 is better....! ™ ® ©

11. papss unregistered

What? why would they jump to IOS? Also what do you mean OS? Which OS?

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Android= OS ™

22. papss unregistered

OS could be any of them bro, that's why I asked

37. jdep1

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Haha TF=troll fails. OS=Operating System AOSP=Android Open Source Project. Get it together troll! I personally don't think I could go back to Android because in order to have it working the way I wanted to I had to install ROMs, root, over clock/under clock & so on.. I rather spend that time being productive in life. WP=productivity because it works straight out of the box. Can't wait for the update!

6. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I certainly don't see many WP users switching to another OS, simply because their older hardware doesn't support the new WP8 OS. The older WP 7.x phones are still perfectly useable; besides, nothing lasts forever, especially home electronics (grin). By the time most of these owners are ready to switch to a newer device, WP8 will have at least 200,000+ apps available, and there will be a large variety of smartphone vendors to choose from (including LG, huawei, Asus, and others). Nokia is still the king of the WP8 world, and probably will remain so. However, more selection means better value for the consumer... Android will be around, and so will iOS, and maybe even BB-10 too. However, WP is now the fastest growing mobile OS in the world, and there's no question Microsoft is going to be a big player for mobility, just like they are in the PC and gaming console markets.

5. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Still a very mediocre update. Luckily Nokia still cares for us, can't say the same for MS.

4. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

just in time for me to get used to the new stuff a bit, and after that switch to the lumia820.

7. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Why settle for mediocrity? Get the 920!

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Or get the N9 ™

12. papss unregistered

Stop living in the past. L920 is the new flagship for them

13. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

it's a bit too pricy here that is why i considered the 820 (things might change in the future however). i still have most of the coolness (like wireless charging, 1080p vidrec, !microsd!, but not the camera, the screenres, plus sacrificing a bit of battery life), but the 820 felt more comfortable to me in many aspects than the 920. not everything is specs guys... i still don't get the two thumbsdowns, but i hope those trolls are feeling better now. :)

14. papss unregistered

Lol with troll here if you mention WP or Nokia you get thumbs down.. He's a d**k like that

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