Nokia Lumia 900 Tango update now available, press conference with Microsoft on 5 September

Summary:Nokia continues to actively support the Lumia 900 and you can now connect to your Windows or Mac computer and get your device updated. Microsoft and Nokia are also holding a press conference in a few weeks.

Nokia Lumia 900 Tango update now available, press conference with Microsoft on 5 September

I read about the Nokia Lumia 900 Tango update and immediately connected my 900 to my PC to get the process started. It took three updates and about 45 minutes to complete the backup and upgrade process, but I can already tell that my Lumia 900 is an improved device. The folks at WPCentral updated a couple of days ago and posted some initial impressions as well as some thoughts on the improved camera. In related Nokia news, we also learned that Nokia and Microsoft will be holding a press event in New York city on 5 September.

The Tango update (should bring you to OS version 7.10.8779.8) provides the following for US customers:

  • Camera performance improvements
  • Flip to silence feature: Don't look anywhere for a setting since it is on by default. HTC has always had this and more slick phone utilities that I wish Microsoft would adopt for all WP devices.
  • Screen brightness performance improvement
  • Improved proximity sensor
  • Multiple photos and voice notes in MMS
  • Battery performance improvements
  • Capacitive buttons that stay lit as long as the display is on

Flip to silence is great as long as it performs reliably. I am pleased by the camera improvements and look forward to testing it out soon. It's always great to see quick updates from vendors and unlike HTC, Nokia looks to be doing it right here with Windows Phone.

This update also brings the following updates to Canadian Lumia 900 owners:

  • Flip-to-silence feature
  • Support for Contacts Share app, to send and receive business cards as text messages
  • Proximity sensor performance enhancements
  • Removes purple hue which affected some phones in low-light conditions (this was fixed previously for US owners)
  • Startup sequence performance enhancements
  • Camera performance enhancements

Speculation regarding the 5 September press event, I haven't received an invite yet, is that Nokia will show off Windows Phone 8 device plans and maybe even reveal some launch details. In the past Nokia wasn't known for quick launches, but under Stephen Elop they actually were quick to get devices out to consumers so we can only hope for the best. We may also see some Windows Phone 8 details without any hardware announcement and just a Windows Phone 7.8 release. I am still excited about this since I find my Lumia 900 to be a great device and the improved Start screen would be a great addition.

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Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Nokia

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