Nokia has just pushed the Bluetooth Share app to the Marketplace. The app allows you to exchange files between your device and other devices capable of Bluetooth transfers, but only works for Windows Phone 7.8 – trying to download it in Windows Phone 7.5 will not work.
Microsoft has announced that the 7.8 update won’t be available until early next year, but if you can’t wait until then, you can head over to your local Nokia Care store and get it there. I personally had success with a Lumia 800 and there are reports for Lumia 710 and 610 devices getting the updates as well.
Even if you have the 7.8 update, it may not work on non-Nokia Windows Phone devices, such as those from HTC or Samsung.
Via : Nokiablog
As the Windows Phone 7.8 release is edging closer, leaks are starting to intensify. Beta builds, Windows Phone 7.8-running Nokia Lumia 510 and promotional materials for the latter – there are plenty sources to feed us with spicy rumors.
The Lumia 510 brochure is the most interesting piece, though it’s in Finnish. It does say the Lumia 510 will have a new Start screen with more available color themes, though. It also confirms the Windows Phone 7.8 won’t be the last firmware update you’ll get, probably to reassure the people who intend to buy the phone that it’s getting long-term support.
The guys over at Winp.ch managed to get their hands on a Windows Phone 7.8-running Lumia 510 and confirmed a few details as well. In addition to the resizable Live Tiles, re-designed system apps (Office, Xbox Games, Store, etc.), 10 new theme colors, we’ll also get a new boot screen matching Windows Phone 8 style and Live Lock Screen Wallpaper, which was previously introduced within Windows Phone 8. There is no info if that one will work with third-party apps though.
In case you are interested the build number of Windows Phone 7.8 is 7.10.8858.136. As the rumor has it, the update is already released to the manufacturers and it shouldn’t be long before it starts seeding to the end users.
While the latest rumors point to a deployment of updated Windows Phone 7.8 in early 2013, it seems that some manufacturers will not play the game, starting with LG. Despite Microsoft’s efforts to make the deployment of updates beyond the control of operators, manufacturers will always have their say and that is precisely the case of the Optimus 7 from the Korean manufacturer.
Polish is a user and sent directly to LG to know when the terminal has the right to update expected by some to taste the joys of Windows Phone 8. By return mail, the Polish division of LG Electronics told him that there were currently no plans to update the Windows Phone devices currently available on the market by the manufacturer.
However, it remains an option for users: self-install the cab file in Windows Phone 7.8. It is where we geek is not.
Nokia doesn’t want to keep Windows Phone 7.8 info under wraps – new info coming from the “head of Nokia Asia Pacific Developer” suggests we will see the update much sooner than the previously rumored Q1 2013 timeframe.
Microsoft never really announced a solid launch date for the update, which caused all this guessing.
Anyway, the WP7.8 update was reportedly RTMed and it should start rolling out in a few days to weeks. This comes soon after the leaked Nokia materials that detailed what changes the update will bring (Microsoft was vague on this one too).
Windows Phone 7.8 will not be the end of it though – another rumor (this one coming from Nokia Germany) suggests there will be another update for the first generation of Windows Phone handsets (the ones not getting WP8).
The rumor doesn’t offer any more info, but that there might be an update at all is quite interesting in itself. Microsoft made a commitment of supporting WP8 devices for at least 18 months after they’re released, but it would be nice to see it hasn’t forgotten about the users it attracted with WP7.
Current Windows Phone 7 owners might have to wait until Q1 of next year to get their 7.8 update, but at least now we have some idea of what the update will bring. Microsoft officially promised a WP8-like start screen with resizable tiles, but leaked in-house training materials from Nokia give more details.
The lock screen will be customizable – users can pick an app to update the lockscreen periodically, something that sounds a lot like WP8’s Live Apps service.
Internet Explorer will be updated with enhanced security, but it seems like Windows Phone 7.8 will keep using IE9 and won’t get IE10. Another perk of the updated OS will be the MP3 editor that can be used to create ringtones out of songs. There will be more system colors available too, for a total of 20.
Phone makers will be adding their own touches to the 7.8 update. Nokia, for example, will add support for sharing media files over Bluetooth (for non-DRM protected files), update the Contacts Transfer app and enhance the ringtone editor.
Windows Phone Italy’s Facebook page also promised support for Rooms (a new feature in WP8), SmartGlass and Xbox Music.
We shouldn’t have to remind you that neither leaked training materials nor Facebook posts are particularly solid information, but until Microsoft officially spills the beans on the Windows Phone 7.8 changelog, it’s all we have to go on.