Nokia finally updates AT&T's Lumia 900 to Windows Phone 7.8

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Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is rolling out Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) stopgap Windows Phone 7.8 mobile operating system update to AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) Lumia 900 smartphone. Subscribers can download the update via the Zune for PC application or the Windows Phone Connector app for Mac.

Nokia Lumia 900

Windows Phone 7.8 highlights include a new start screen featuring resizable Live Tiles enabling more efficient access to apps, photos and contacts, as well as new theme colors, the Bing Image of the Day lock screen wallpaper option, improved accidental wipe protection and other quality and security enhancements.

Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 7.8 in June 2012. Because features and applications optimized for Windows Phone 8 smartphones are not backwards compatible with devices running Windows Phone 7.5, version 7.8 was built to bring WP 8-like experiences to older handsets. Earlier this year, Microsoft Senior Marketing Manager Greg Sullivan told PCMag.com that Windows Phone 8 smartphone owners will be able to update their devices to future versions of the OS, avoiding the fate that befell previous Windows Phone users.

Windows Phone fueled 5.6 percent of smartphones sold in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2013, up from 3.7 percent in the year-ago quarter, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported late last month. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android remains the top-selling smartphone OS in the U.S. market, powering 49.3 percent of all devices sold nationwide during the first quarter, followed by Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS at 43.7 percent.

For more:
- read this CNet article

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