Windows Phone 7.8 is Rolling Out to Older Lumia’s!

Windows Phone 7.8 update for Lumia

Microsoft promised the update would be out in early 2013. Lo and behold, here it is! Nokia says that the Lumia 510 has been shipping with the update pre-installed, along with the rest of the Lumia range recently. Well now, if you have been waiting for the update, here it is… Sort of…

All devices in the Lumia range will be receiving the update as the picture above indicates. Although, not everyone will get it immediately. Nokia says the update is ‘beginning to roll out’ and because ‘your operator’ has to approve it first, it will be rolling out to smartphones ‘through February’. Nothing new there considering all updates have to be approved by operators and so are available at different times.

To guarantee you get the update as soon as possible make sure your phone will tell you when it is available. Do this by going to Settings > Phone Update > “Notify me when new updates are found”. Usually the box is ticked anyway, but just to be sure look to see if it is.

I haven’t got it available for my phone yet, but I will amend this article as soon as I do, and I might make a video on the update process and the changes that it brings.

For now here is a list on what you can get by updating:

  • New start screen from Windows Phone 8
  • New lock screen with the ability to set the Bing image of the day as your wallpaper, and with accidental swipe protection features
  • New theme colours from Windows Phone 8
  • New start-up from Windows Phone 8
  • Increased language support
  • Improved fonts for Chinese and better appearance of Arabic and others
  • Improved stability with software fixes
  • Improved security
  • Smoother scrolling
  • Internet Explorer enhancements, with the ability to change your search engine
  • Marketplace enhancements, with a newly optimized download process
  • API enhancements for developers
  • Expands Marketplace and Xbox to more countries
  • Xbox Live rebranded with new icon
  • Office rebranded with new icon
  • Nokia app for Bluetooth transfers
  • Nokia app for making your own ringtones

For more information about the update head over to Nokia Conversations: Source

You can also look at this article on Windowsphone.com

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