Windows Phone 7.8 rollout to start on January 31: Report

Microsoft has been extremely coy about the Windows Phone 7.8 launch for the current Windows Phone 7.5 hardware. Ever since the launch of the Nokia Lumia 510, we’ve known pretty much everything about the OS as it has been powering some of the newer lower-end Windows Phones. The features per say don’t dazzle the users of the current Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices, but honestly something is better than nothing. It looks like someone from Windows Phone Columbia has jumped the gun on Facebook and announced that the update roll out for existing devices will begin on January 31.

Microsoft had early said that it will launch the OS in Q1 and it looks like the company is making good on its promise. The big deal with Windows Phone 7.8 is the resizable ‘Live Tiles’ that brings in a user interface commonality between the Windows Phone 7.8 and the Windows Phone 8 hardware. Microsoft has stated that many devices running Windows Phone 7.8 will be launched this year, as the OS will power a number of lower-end smartphones

The entire feature set of Windows Phone 7.8 is as follows:

  • Resizable Live Tiles
  • Bluetooth File transfer
  • Bing Picture for Lockscreen wallpaper
  • New theme colors
  • Wi-Fi tethering
  • You can set Google as default search provider in Internet Explorer
  • New boot screen
  • Office 14.5
  • Updated system and Nokia exclusive apps
  • Ringtone maker (also available in the Marketplace)
  • Counters app (also available in the Marketplace)


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