Windows Phone 7.8 shows up on Nokia Lumia 900 in China [Updated]

By damaster | Posted November 5, 2012 46 comments

Windows Phone 8Microsoft has officially unveiled Windows Phone 8 last week, however, the company did not mention a single word about the upcoming update to existing Windows Phone devices – Windows Phone 7.8. To this date, nothing is known about the update except for an upgraded Start screen similar to Windows Phone 8’s, and Microsoft refuses to confirm nor deny whether there’s anything else more than the Start screen.

Today, Nokia China put up a “Lumia Experience Store” at Raffles City, Shanghai, allowing shoppers to try out the Nokia Lumia phones as well as the Microsoft Surface. The Nokia Lumia 510 was available as one of the demo devices, but perhaps more interestingly a Nokia Lumia 900 running Windows Phone 7.8 was shown. A few users on Sina Weibo had posted up pictures of the device, check them out below:

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According to the Sina Weibo user Kevin Liu, unfortunately he did not find too much new features besides the new Start screen. The OS did not feature native screenshot capabilities, nor had there been any changes to the camera interface. Other details were not known, including whether or not there would be new or improved APIs in the new OS update. Last week, Microsoft Italy via their Facebook page revealed some details about WP7.8, however this was shortly pulled afterwards. Below is a translated version of Microsoft Italy’s post:

The upgrade to 7.8 will be available for versions 7.0 and 7.5 shortly after the marketing of the devices Windows Phone 8. Among the features there is the new Start screen, the sharing of the calendar using the Rooms function and access to key services and content Microsoft, including Xbox Music Store library that can be enjoyed by Zune and Xbox SmartGlass.

What are your thoughts about the Windows Phone 7.8 update? Are you expecting anything more than the new Start screen? Let us know in the comments below!

Update: A video demo of Windows Phone 7.8 on the Nokia Lumia 900 was posted by the Sina Weibo user Kevin Liu. The OS version seems to be 7.10.8847.619. Check it out below:

Posted November 5th, 2012 at 1:52 am
  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Is it possible that what was on display there wasn’t a final build? It’s weird that the Xbox icon was updated but the Office logo wasn’t.

    • http://suomiwp.com/ Jesse Leskinen

      It’s not weird, because the Office is still 2010, not 2013 and that’s the Office 2010 logo.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      That’s possible. However, for the Office logo, note that it is the logo for “Office 2010″ which is what comes with Windows Phone 7.x. This probably means that the Office apps on WP7.8 won’t get upgraded to Office Mobile 2013.

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        true true. Just thought that if they’re trying to make 7.8 devices LOOK as much like Windows Phone 8 devices as they can, that they’d update that logo too. You’re probably right though.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      The word has it that it is an early build of WP7.8, and is incomplete.

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        okey (good guess by me then)! This is good news though, I really hope they add the backup & restore functionality to it, so that moving from WP7.8 to WP8 is as smooth as possible!

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Is it possible that what was on display there wasn’t a final build? It’s weird that the Xbox icon was updated but the Office logo wasn’t.

    • http://suomiwp.com/ Jesse Leskinen

      It’s not weird, because the Office is still 2010, not 2013 and that’s the Office 2010 logo.

    • damaster

      That’s possible. However, for the Office logo, note that it is the logo for “Office 2010″ which is what comes with Windows Phone 7.x. This probably means that the Office apps on WP7.8 won’t get upgraded to Office Mobile 2013.

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        true true. Just thought that if they’re trying to make 7.8 devices LOOK as much like Windows Phone 8 devices as they can, that they’d update that logo too. You’re probably right though.

    • damaster

      The word has it that it is an early build of WP7.8, and is incomplete.

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        okey (good guess by me then)! This is good news though, I really hope they add the backup & restore functionality to it, so that moving from WP7.8 to WP8 is as smooth as possible!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

    I am waiting for this upgrade eagerly. First and for all, I expect Skype integration!

    • http://twitter.com/Rafagoes3D Rafael Vicente

      Not gonna happen though…Unfortunately…

      • chewbie

        I will forever hate microsoft if they fail to do this. No viber, no proper skype and others are some of my biggest qualms with the platform so far

        • deepblue.2000

          Viber has been on WinPho7.5 since quite some time. I’ve been happily using since a few months

          • http://twitter.com/dbucar Damir Bucar

            yeah but no voice calls, plus shitty “multitasking” – no proper background work/notifications (at least on my omnia7)

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    I am waiting for this upgrade eagerly. First and for all, I expect Skype integration!

    • http://twitter.com/Rafagoes3D Rafael Vicente

      Not gonna happen though…Unfortunately…

      • chewbie

        I will forever hate microsoft if they fail to do this. No viber, no proper skype and others are some of my biggest qualms with the platform so far

        • deepblue.2000

          Viber has been on WinPho7.5 since quite some time. I’ve been happily using since a few months

          • http://twitter.com/dbucar Damir Bucar

            yeah but no voice calls, plus shitty “multitasking” – no proper background work/notifications (at least on my omnia7)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003635518214 Gustav Christensson

    I’m just so furious with Microsoft. I bought my Nokia Lumia 900 2 days before they announced it wasn’t getting WP8. What I will miss is Skype Integration, Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride (COME ON MICROSOFT, The iPhone 4 with Single Core Processor can do that, why can’t my Nokia Lumia 900 run that?

    They Say Upgrade? I say Tough! I bought that phone unlocked in Italy for €500 ($640), so I’ll live with this for at least 5 years before they will make me upgrade!

    • Simon Johnny

      What! no jetpack joyride!? send in the cavalry!
      Honestly though, sucks that you go in on the windows phone game at such as late date. Hopefully there won’t be too many other apps/games that are Windows 8 only as it is mostly missing hardware from 7.5 devices that is the limiting factor, and lets be honest, there isn’t all that much difference between them.
      I’m hoping that retailers will do trade in on existing 7.x handsets as a promotion. We’re already windows phone users, it’d make sense to keep us happy rather then keeping us pissed off and having us buy android or whatever.

  • Gustav Christensson

    I’m just so furious with Microsoft. I bought my Nokia Lumia 900 2 days before they announced it wasn’t getting WP8. What I will miss is Skype Integration, Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride (COME ON MICROSOFT, The iPhone 4 with Single Core Processor can do that, why can’t my Nokia Lumia 900 run that?

    They Say Upgrade? I say Tough! I bought that phone unlocked in Italy for €500 ($640), so I’ll live with this for at least 5 years before they will make me upgrade!

    • Simon Johnny

      What! no jetpack joyride!? send in the cavalry!
      Honestly though, sucks that you go in on the windows phone game at such as late date. Hopefully there won’t be too many other apps/games that are Windows 8 only as it is mostly missing hardware from 7.5 devices that is the limiting factor, and lets be honest, there isn’t all that much difference between them.
      I’m hoping that retailers will do trade in on existing 7.x handsets as a promotion. We’re already windows phone users, it’d make sense to keep us happy rather then keeping us pissed off and having us buy android or whatever.

  • Simen Mangseth

    The icons in the medium tiles look so tiny!

    • http://www.facebook.com/cristi.trohin Cristian Trohin

      The icons have the exact same size, but the tiles are larger. To show the icobs larger would mean to resize them and they won’t look good. A WP app has 2 icons, one for the tile and one for the menu, and both have fixed size.

      • Mighty CoCo

        When developers are uploading their app to the new store, they have to provide bigger icons (300×300 instead of 172×172) – saying this, as soon as a WP7.x app gets a new updated, the dev is forced to update the Tile images. So app Tiles are getting more WP8ish in future…

  • Simen Mangseth

    The icons in the medium tiles look so tiny!

    • http://nokianews.eu/ Cristian Trohin

      The icons have the exact same size, but the tiles are larger. To show the icobs larger would mean to resize them and they won’t look good. A WP app has 2 icons, one for the tile and one for the menu, and both have fixed size.

      • Mighty CoCo

        When developers are uploading their app to the new store, they have to provide bigger icons (300×300 instead of 172×172) – saying this, as soon as a WP7.x app gets a new updated, the dev is forced to update the Tile images. So app Tiles are getting more WP8ish in future…

  • ppp

    it looks tacky. the tiles are huge but the icons on them remain so tiny. if the only change is the new start screen, it means MS mocks at us, WP 7.5 users

  • ppp

    it looks tacky. the tiles are huge but the icons on them remain so tiny. if the only change is the new start screen, it means MS mocks at us, WP 7.5 users

  • http://twitter.com/ToraReaper Tora McGruff

    This is probably just a custom rom. I had a 7.8 custom rom on my lumia for a while, it was also unfinished and buggy, I wouldn’t doubt that this is using the same rom.

  • http://twitter.com/ToraReaper Tora McGruff

    This is probably just a custom rom. I had a 7.8 custom rom on my lumia for a while, it was also unfinished and buggy, I wouldn’t doubt that this is using the same rom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    LOL everything is in chinees or japanees, but internet explorer is still written in english (on start screen).

    • Simon Johnny

      Internet explorer, Office etc. are brand names. They’re trademarked and registered. It wouldn’t make sense to try and write them in their native language because they’d have to speak it as such.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    LOL everything is in chinees or japanees, but internet explorer is still written in english (on start screen).

    • Simon Johnny

      Internet explorer, Office etc. are brand names. They’re trademarked and registered. It wouldn’t make sense to try and write them in their native language because they’d have to speak it as such.

  • Arnolds

    Haw to update nokia Lumia 800 ti wundows phone 7.8 ???/

  • Arnolds

    Haw to update nokia Lumia 800 ti wundows phone 7.8 ???/

  • Simon Johnny

    As long as it syncs with the Windows Phone 8 app from the Windows 8 store I’ll be happy. It’d be nice to finally get of the Zune software. I really love my windows phone but the Zune software that is required is really poor.

  • Simon Johnny

    As long as it syncs with the Windows Phone 8 app from the Windows 8 store I’ll be happy. It’d be nice to finally get of the Zune software. I really love my windows phone but the Zune software that is required is really poor.

  • chetan

    i am sick of zune,
    and bluetooth unavailability(file sharing)

    if these 2 features are killed ,,,then i am happiest on earth

  • chetan

    i am sick of zune,
    and bluetooth unavailability(file sharing)

    if these 2 features are killed ,,,then i am happiest on earth