Windows Phone 7.8
With Windows Phone 7.8 nowhere in sight, Microsoft is giving more and more attention to Windows Phone 8 users. In a recent tweet
Microsoft announced that Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry? will be FREE for one day …
There was concerns that the Windows Phone 7.8 update was going to be on a slow roll out for the lumia family of devices. A new firmware build of Windows Phone 7.8 ( build 8858 ) has been spotted over at NaviFirm for a number of Lumia devices like the 510, 610, 710, 800, and 900. This can only mean that the official roll out is going to happen very soon, perhaps they want to give us this update for Christmas ? In any case if you want to jump the queue and put WP7.8 on your phone right now , we got a video that will run you through the process. ( WARNING : as always you are on you own if you decide to go down this path , any issues that may arise out of this is all on you and you are likely going to void any warranty in the process )
After all the hoopla around the WP8 platform, one wonders where the older update is…
Isn’t it strange that though WP8 has been released, there is no talk of the famed WP7.8 update for the older handsets that was supposed to give users a taste of WP8? The product department at Microsoft sure needs to look into this one.
With the upgrades that WP7.8 promised, it would have been a good launch platform to convert potentials to the WP8 scheme of things. Apparently, the update will be out only a few weeks after the first batch of WP8 phones hit the street.
Microsoft asks what new features we want to update in Windows Phone 7.8 for all current Windows Phone 7.5 devices.
Windows Phone 8 is the latest version of the platform and is a major step forward in its development. According to Microsoft older smartphones with Windows Phone 7.5 is not allowing to get WP8 update. For them however is set an update to version 7.8 which brings some improvements and new features. Now on the forums on Microsoft happens something interesting – one of the administrators offer fans to share their ideas and desires for specific functions who want to get in Windows Phone 7.8. You can also share your opinion or vote for the submitted proposal. Look below how to submit or vote for a new feature in WP 7.8.
The guys on WPXAP got their hands on Windows Phone 8 SDK according to WMPU. It will be a goldmine of information regarding new features coming to Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8. I will try and collect the list of new features in this post. If I have missed any thing please drop a comment below and I will update the post accordingly . Plz note some of these might just be rumors or false predictions. If you have dissected the leaked SDK and think one of the features mentioned here is not correct , please do let us know about it
- Peer to Peer Bluetooth connectivity – via WMPU
- Ability for 3rd party apps to add notification to lock screen – via andrewtechhelp
- 3rd Party Apps will be able to Change The Lock Screen Background ( kinda like how the artist background changes while zune is running ) – via andrewtechhelp
- new camera capability that provide additional effects and filters for cameras – via Verge
- 3D mode for Nokia Maps
- hardware-accelerated rendering support
- Direct3D is also being added to Windows Phone 8
- HTML-based phone apps are “not a supported app model in Windows Phone 8 Developer Preview
More info below
As fantastic a design as the Lumia 900 is, it would be an understatement to say I was disappointed that it didn’t feature the curved glass of the 800. When holding it in your hands it was amazing how much more ‘pop’ it gave the screen, like it was coming out at you (which I guess it does).
Eagle eyed Adam Z. Lein from Pocketnow recently ran an article which talked about how the re-sizable tiles on Windows Phone 8 ( which is also coming to windows phone 7.8 ) might case some issue for users with how the Status Bar displays the content.
If you are wondering what the status bar is , it’s the top area of the pone which shows you the current time and when you tap on it it drops down for a limited time and shows you various other info including network connectivity, battery strength, signal strength and more. On current Windows Phone build as you can see from the image below , the time is always visible on the top right , even when you scroll down and the icons come up. If the app icons in that area are white the status bar is not clearly visible but the time still shows up.
By now we all know that current Windows Phones will be getting 7.8 whilst only new hardware will be getting WP8. By now we have almost certainly all read a ceaseless slew of blogs and posts and articles criticising Microsoft for abandoning its loyal user base, its early adopters. That user base has taken to comments sections in their droves to either side with the many writers taking shots at Microsoft, whilst the camp splits in two and others defend the Redmond-based company.
The question is: is it so bad? The commonest examples provided by supporters of the move are Android and the iPhone 3GS. With the former, buying into that ecosystem with a brand new phone does not even guarantee the latest version of the OS, let alone future upgrades – Sony is shipping its line of new Xperias mostly running Gingerbread, version 2.3 as opposed to 4 (admittedly they are getting updates out as I write this, but the point stands). That puts us Windows Phone users in a better position, with a guaranteed 18 months of updates. As for Apple’s now-archaic (by modern standards) hardware that is the iPhone 3GS, that will be getting iOS 6 it seems. However, that will not be the same iOS 6 running on the iPhone 4S or even the iPhone 5 (or “new iPhone” to follow their iPad naming convention); it will be a stripped down version, applying only what the hardware supports and presumably will make the device even slower. In effect, it is more of a 5.6 than a 6 – but then it did not even have the full 5.0 either. With Windows Phone, we will get the features our phones can support without slowing down our phones – a consistently great experience has preceded any need to just hurriedly bolt on the latest features until now, and should continue to do so.
After Windows Phone 8 was announced , Microsoft talked about its plans for Windows Phone 7.8 for some of the current hardware. Now Ben Rudulph from Microsoft has put this build of Windows Phone on a lumia 900. The main focus is on the re sizable tiles on the home screen and talk about some of the upcoming apps and games. The real question which Microsoft will likely not answer right now is What features from Windows Phone 8 will be available on Windows Phone 7.8 ?
Seems like some of the earlier rumors about the upgrade path for existing WP7 devices turned out to be true. Microsoft just now announced that the existing WP7 devices will not get updated to Windows Phone 8. They will instead get Windows Phone 7.8 update featuring the same new start screen screen with customizable live tiles an other new features.