Features of Windows Phone 7.8 detailed in leaked Nokia sales training slides

By LiveSide | In Mobile | Posted November 14, 2012 28 comments

Windows Phone 8Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7.8 during the Windows Phone Summit held back in June, however the company had since been quiet about the update, which is coming for all existing Windows Phone 7.5 devices. Details had been scarce about the update, and to this date nothing is known about the update except for an upgraded Start screen similar to Windows Phone 8. However, today an image from some sales training slides from Nokia China was leaked by Chinese forum it168.com. Below is the leaked image of the slide:

Windows Phone 7.8

According to the slide, Windows Phone 7.8 is supposed to bring the following new features to existing phones:

  • Different sized Live Tiles
  • Bing wallpapers on the lock screen
  • New feature to prevent accidental touches to the screen
  • Choice of 20 accent colors
  • Internet Explorer security upgrades
  • Ability to convert MP3 as ringtones

In addition, Nokia Lumia devices will also receive the following new features:

  • Sharing of media via Bluetooth
  • Ringtone creation app
  • Upgraded contacts transfer app
  • Upgraded contacts sharing app

From the listing above, it appears the update won’t bring too many new features found in Windows Phone 8 to existing devices, although there may be additional APIs (such as the Live Apps which allow developers to update user’s wallpapers from their apps) that are not detailed in the slides. Interestingly, Nokia is training its sales staff to market Windows Phone 7.8 as “having the same user interface and experience as Windows Phone 8”, and existing Lumia products will continue to receive updates from Nokia.

In terms of availability, WPCentral reported that the official Windows Phone Brazil Twitter account recently posted that the Windows Phone 7.8 update will be coming in Q1 2013:

[blackbirdpie url=https://twitter.com/windowsphonebr/status/268097361195196416]

Of course, like other updates for existing Windows Phone 7.x devices, the update’s availability will probably be subject to different release schedules from OEM and carriers.

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 2:24 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Windows Phone 7.8
  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    Yeah, while on Wikipedia it says:

    ver. 7.8 October 29, 2012; OTA planned 4-6 weeks after this date

    • HeWhoShallNotBeNot

      dude. stop reading wikipedia lol

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

        maybe, but the wp brazil isn’t even sure either.

        Wpcentral: We’re going to take a guess that such an announcement is not actually official and that tweet may even be deleted. What’s more, it could vary with regions and of course carriers too. In other words, there is still plenty of mystery and did anyone really expect this before Christmas?

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

    Yeah, while on Wikipedia it says: 4-6 weeks after Windows Phone Update….

    • http://www.facebook.com/nikita.annenkov Nikita Annenkov

      dude. stop reading wikipedia lol

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

        maybe, but the wp brazil isn’t even sure either.

        Wpcentral: We’re going to take a guess that such an announcement is not actually official and that tweet may even be deleted. What’s more, it could vary with regions and of course carriers too. In other words, there is still plenty of mystery and did anyone really expect this before Christmas?

  • Mitchell Sheehan

    I have lost my zeal about this update. What’s the point??? I want games like Angry Birds Star Wars, Space and Temple Run.. . . .This is not fair at all. IM NOT HAPPY

    • MS 31684

      those were anyway not coming in 7.8 bcos it doesnt support native code…someone must have fooled u by saying those r coming..though i was expecting temple run to come on 7.5 but not becos of 7.8 upgrade..

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

      Angry Birds Star Wars will come to WP7.5

    • M Kieffer

      I agree, even if games come, it is after the hype/excitement phase. It is like everyone else gets to see the new cool movie, then WP users get it months later on… DVD only. These are features I want: Mainstream coding scripts so app developers don’t have to re-create an app/game. The ability to manually enter MMS proxies, because I got screwed when I switched to an MVNO (LG never made a network app update like Nokia). Being able to print to my network would be nice. Not having to use Zune, and actually being able to see a file structure would be awesome. A sleep-standby mode, so all the background services don’t drain my battery in my sleep, but I can receive calls, alarms, etc. OH… and how about being able to turn my Xbox on from my phone? Maybe that requires a new device to plug into the xbox, but my remote can power it up, so why not? I might want to use it as file storage, make people think I am home by blasting music, etc.

  • Mitchell Sheehan

    I have lost my zeal about this update. What’s the point??? I want games like Angry Birds Star Wars, Space and Temple Run.. . . .This is not fair at all. IM NOT HAPPY

    • MS 31684

      those were anyway not coming in 7.8 bcos it doesnt support native code…someone must have fooled u by saying those r coming..though i was expecting temple run to come on 7.5 but not becos of 7.8 upgrade..

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

      Angry Birds Star Wars will come to WP7.5

    • M Kieffer

      I agree, even if games come, it is after the hype/excitement phase. It is like everyone else gets to see the new cool movie, then WP users get it months later on… DVD only. These are features I want: Mainstream coding scripts so app developers don’t have to re-create an app/game. The ability to manually enter MMS proxies, because I got screwed when I switched to an MVNO (LG never made a network app update like Nokia). Being able to print to my network would be nice. Not having to use Zune, and actually being able to see a file structure would be awesome. A sleep-standby mode, so all the background services don’t drain my battery in my sleep, but I can receive calls, alarms, etc. OH… and how about being able to turn my Xbox on from my phone? Maybe that requires a new device to plug into the xbox, but my remote can power it up, so why not? I might want to use it as file storage, make people think I am home by blasting music, etc.

  • w1ngnut

    Great additions to the WP platform! Quite please with the news if it becomes reality.

  • w1ngnut

    Great additions to the WP platform! Quite please with the news if it becomes reality.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Hah! That’s the best you can do Microsoft? Just admit it, you have screwed over all your customers who supported you with Windows Phone 7.5. You have practically thrown away a whole platform again like Windows Mobile 6.5. While you are going to have a few fans that will settle for breadcrumbs, I refuse not to. This is a major FAIL! At this point, Android will get my money for now on.

    BTW! Good luck to those people who just brought Windows Phone 8 and can’t even receive emails on their new phone. Reminds me of the disappearing keyboard that was never solved for Windows Phone 7.5 customers on At&t. Hopefully you will not have to rely on them to deliver an update that Microsoft may release to fix the issue if they can’t fix it on their side. Maybe it will come through a security fix or another OS 8.5 (Banana) update.

    Oh Sorry! Microsoft says that there is no pathway for an upgrade from Windows Phone 8 to 8.5. You all will have to buy another Windows Phone to get 8.5. They are also closing down the Windows Phone 8 platform as well.

    • Calum James

      Your last paragraph is completely made up and is ridiculous speculation. Microsoft have stated that from now on (Windows Phone 8 onward), they will support users with upgrades for *at least* 18 months.

      Now that Windows Phone 8 uses the same core as Windows 8, this problem of Microsoft not being able to support older devices and upgrades to them should no longer be an issue.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Hah! That’s the best you can do Microsoft? Just admit it, you have screwed over all your customers who supported you with Windows Phone 7.5. You have practically thrown away a whole platform again like Windows Mobile 6.5. While you are going to have a few fans that will settle for breadcrumbs, I refuse not to. This is a major FAIL! At this point, Android will get my money for now on.

    BTW! Good luck to those people who just brought Windows Phone 8 and can’t even receive emails on their new phone. Reminds me of the disappearing keyboard that was never solved for Windows Phone 7.5 customers on At&t. Hopefully you will not have to rely on them to deliver an update that Microsoft may release to fix the issue if they can’t fix it on their side. Maybe it will come through a security fix or another OS 8.5 (Banana) update.

    Oh Sorry! Microsoft says that there is no pathway for an upgrade from Windows Phone 8 to 8.5. You all will have to buy another Windows Phone to get 8.5. They are also closing down the Windows Phone 8 platform as well.

    • Calum James

      Your last paragraph is completely made up and is ridiculous speculation. Microsoft have stated that from now on (Windows Phone 8 onward), they will support users with upgrades for *at least* 18 months.

      Now that Windows Phone 8 uses the same core as Windows 8, this problem of Microsoft not being able to support older devices and upgrades to them should no longer be an issue.

  • saurabh

    m nt waiting for so long ,, probably i will throw my lumia till December,, it was a money wastage ,, Microsoft sucks ,, wp 7.5 ,8 windows 8 all sucks

  • http://www.facebook.com/saurabhisvirus Maxzz Saurabh Detonator

    m nt waiting for so long ,, probably i will throw my lumia till December,, it was a money wastage ,, Microsoft sucks ,, wp 7.5 ,8 windows 8 all sucks

  • disqus_5WNzR6XWBG

    lolnope.

    I’m seriously done with this platform and there’s no way in hell I’d be moving to WP8 after all of this shit. Come Christmas, Nexus 4.

  • http://twitter.com/hurrdedurp123 s

    lolnope.

    I’m seriously done with this platform and there’s no way in hell I’d be moving to WP8 after all of this shit. Come Christmas, Nexus 4.

  • http://twitter.com/dkirkd david kirkdorffer

    As a lumia 900 owner, I’m pleased. Thank you

  • http://twitter.com/dkirkd david kirkdorffer

    As a lumia 900 owner, I’m pleased. Thank you

  • Spencer

    What a debacle.

  • Spencer

    What a debacle.