Nokia rolls out Windows Phone 7.8 update to Lumia devices

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Nokia (NYSE:NOK) has begun rolling out Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) stopgap Windows Phone 7.8 mobile operating system update to Lumia smartphones currently running Windows Phone 7.5.

Nokia said update notifications will appear to Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900 owners with an unlocked phone or operator-approved software throughout February. "Starting today and rolling out over the coming weeks, a message will appear on the phone encouraging users to get the update," Nokia deputy editor Boc Ly writes on the Nokia Conversations blog. "Simply connect your phone to your computer via Zune for PC, or the Windows Phone app for Mac--and follow the onscreen instructions."

Nokia adds its operator partners--including AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA--will determine precisely when Windows Phone 7.8 reaches subscribers. "If you don't receive the update notification within the next three weeks, please contact your operator for more information," Ly said.

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.

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

For more:
- read this Nokia Conversations blog entry

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