Nokia restarts Windows Phone 7.8 update for AT&T Lumia 900

Nokia restarts Windows Phone 7.8 update for AT&T Lumia 900

Summary: No sign yet on Windows 7.8 for Nokia's Windows Phone 7 devices besides the Lumia 900.

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Some Lumia 900 owners that had been stuck on Windows Phone 7 after Nokia paused the deployment of Windows Phone 7.8 are now starting once again to get the update.

Nokia began rolling out Windows Phone 7.8 in January, yet many Nokia Lumia 800, 900 and 610 owners were left waiting for the update.

Nokia paused its 7.8 update in March citing a glitch with the software, but yesterday announced via its US Nokia Care Twitter account that the AT&T Lumia 900 will begin getting the update again.

Software build number 2175.2307.8862.13100 is available via the Zune PC App for Windows. According to Nokia's support page for the Lumia 900, updates include

  • New start screen experience with resizable tiles: to change the size, tap and hold the live tile
  • Theme colors added Lock screen improvements: Bing photo of the day as wallpaper, and accidental input protection for the security code
  • Operating system version 7.10.8862.144
  • Fix for functionality issues with Live Tiles, such as Live Tiles not updating
  • After the update, check out Nokia Collection in Marketplace for new or updated Nokia apps

A Nokia spokesperson told ZDNet it had resumed the 7.8 update for all models on Windows Phone 7.5 "over a month ago" and Nokia's global 7.8 support page indicates that should have been completed in batches by the end of April. Delivery of the update however depends on the customer's mobile carrier.

Topics: Windows Phone, Nokia

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  • finally

    My 900 finally got updated last night, wife is still waiting for her update.
    tocool37
  • Update

    Finally updated my friends Lumia 900...looks pretty cool.
    Dreyer Smit
  • Resizing the Live Tiles - Whoopee!

    I got my update last night, and now I can resize the tiles on my home screen. Yay! I've been REALLY REALLY needing to do that ever since I got my 900 just a year ago now. So the first thing I did was to add some often-used contacts to my home screen and shrink the tiles so I could fit several in a small space. BUT THE FONT DOESN'T RESIZE, TOO! So I'm only able to see a few letters of the first and last name. I guess I'll have to wait until 2014 until they add that feature, too.

    By then I'll have abandoned WP and gone with something else. What a disappointment. Couldn't they have used the ENTIRE screen for an updated and enlarged virtual keyboard, to improve the typing experience?

    A future Nexus or the HTC One is in my future, or maybe the Q10.
    Ira Seigel
  • update hangs in download mode

    Nokia Lumia 900; 7.10.8779.8, Phone says update available, but update, while connected to latest Zune Software hangs in download mode (#6/10). Microsoft support site says to remove the battery and restart, which, of course, you can't do with the 900. Need some assistance here.
    brupub@...