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A few days ago Lumia 800 owners got some exciting news. There were several reports of devices receiving the long awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update.

As it turns out though, this was merely a test run, rather than the real deal. While a limited group of users did indeed get the update, the Windows Phone 7.8 rollout for the general public will happen in early 2013 as planned.

Those who received the update actually own a pre-production units of Lumia 800, so they were eligible for the test version of WP 7.8. All this was confirmed by a Nokia official.

So, the update is not out, folks. Stop mashing that check for updates button, because you won’t have any luck with it. Not for now, at least.

There are surely ways to force the test update into your Lumia 800, but we’d advise against it. You can brick your device, void your warranty or be permanently banned from getting new software updates via the official channels.


Nokia Lumia 800 users have a good reason to smile today. The Finnish company’s first Windows Phone flagship has begun receiving the much anticipated update to Windows Phone 7.8 Tango.

The upgrade includes four separate updates and can be accessed via the Zune desktop software. It brings a number of improvements, including new boot screens and resizable live tiles.

In case you are a Nokia Lumia 800 owner, go ahead and hook up your smartphone to the Zune desktop to see if the update is available in your region. Feel free to share your experience by dropping us a line in the comments section.

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The Mexican retailer Guerrero Móvil teased an upcoming Nokia smartphone, called Nokia Lumia 505. It will be exclusive (at least initially) to the network of local carrier Telcel and should become the cheapest Nokia WP device to date.

The Lumia 505 specs are mostly unknown for now – all the carrier’s Facebook account gave us was the 8 megapixel camera. We can also see that there’s not going to be a flash of any kind alongside the camera.

However, the Windows key at the front features the old WP logo, so it’s all but certain that the smartphone will be running some Windows Phone 7 version.

Now a closer look at its homescreen shows the support for resizable live tiles, so it’s obvious that the smartphone will be running Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box.

There are also rumors of a 4″ WVGA display, 800MHz CPU, 4GB of storage and 256MB of RAM, which make sense, but are yet to be confirmed. It would be a strange if Nokia invested too much effort in the design of a smartphone that is going to be exclusive to a Mexican carrier, so the Lumia 505 is most probably little more than a redesigned Lumia 510.

Guerrero Movil promised to reveal more information on the Nokia Lumia 505 in a week, so we won’t have to wait long to find out.

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The Nokia Lumia 920T is, reportedly, the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to reach China and that’s a thing to take pride in. But with a customer base of over 700 million, China Mobile is also the world’s biggest carrier so the launch of the Lumia 920T there may also be a life-saver for the ailing Nokia.

Specs-wise, the Nokia 920T is identical to the international version, but it’s specifically made to work on China’s TD-CDMA network and comes with a handful of software customizations for the Chinese market.

The Chinese Windows Marketplace has some 50K apps on tap, but customers will also have access to the Mobile Market, China Mobile’s own app store.

Also Lumia 920T customers will get access to special deals from the location-based service Jiepang by tapping the NFC-enabled device on tags, available in multiple outlets in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Air China will also offer wireless charging pads in their VIP lounges.

In the same time Apple is yet to make the iPhone 5 available for the carrier’s customers.

“Technology [the TD-SCDMA network] is a problem, but that’s not all, there is also the business model and the revenue sharing.” – commented the delayed iPhone 5 launch Li Yue, CEO of China Mobile Communications Corporation, in response to a recent press inquiry. Apple and China Mobile are yet to settle the terms of their iPhone 5 deal, but it will be happening sooner or later.

Unfortunately, the Nokia Lumia 920T won’t be coming out in the all-popular cyan color. It will only be available in black, white, yellow and red. The smartphone should launch by the end of the year.


Microsoft has confirmed that it will be rolling out the Windows Phone 7.8 update early in 2013. Owners of the Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 will need to wait until then to get their hands on a host of new features and a faster user experience.

Microsoft has updated its official blog to confirm that work on the Windows Phone 7.8 update is coming together and is expected to start rolling out early in 2013. At this stage there is no more detailed information as to when it will appear.

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However, Microsoft has highlighted a number of new features that are already a part of Windows Phone 8 that will be making an appearance on Windows Phone 7.8.

We already knew the update would be following the styling of Windows Phone 8 to offer a Start screen that spans the full width of the display. It’s also now been confirmed users will be able to resize Live Tiles. You’ll also be able to choose from 20 accent colours, as we already can with Windows Phone 8.

There are also new Lock screen features that Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 users can look forward to, such as choosing different wallpapers, such as Bing ‘picture of the day’ and improved password security.

The blog post also mentions that Windows Phone 7.8 will be faster and more responsive, effectively giving your Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 610 a new lease of life.

While we were hoping to see the Windows Phone 7.8 update appear in 2012, it seems the wait is almost over and should bring with it a host of enhanced features.

If you curious as to what Windows Phone 7.8 will bring to your Nokia Lumia, check out Windows Phone 7.8 versus Windows Phone 8: What can we expect?

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Nokia’s Scalado acquisition continues to pay off as the company just announced the PhotoBeamer app. The software is exclusive app to the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 and allows you to stream photos quite easily.

You can stream your gallery to any device with a web browser and internet connection. What you need to do is open the PhotoBeamer website on the target device, scan a QR code with your phone’s PhotoBeamer app and your gallery will be shared immediately.

As you can see it’s quite simple and does not limit the gadgets you can stream on. Whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, PC or Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or even a smart TV – you can show off your awesome pictures everywhere.

If you own a Lumia 920 or 820, just head over to the Windows Store and download the PhotoBeamer. It’s free and works both via Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connection.

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The Nokia Lumia 920 features optical image stabilization (OIS) for its 8MP camera and while Nokia dropped the ball when it was discovered its promo video was not shot with the 920 at all, fans took it on themselves to reshoot the sample. But riding a bike is too mellow, driving a four by four through the desert puts lot more stress on the OIS and is much cooler too.

UK Mobile Review has a series of posts on how its team did the test, culminating in a 8 minute long video of them driving across sand dunes in the desert near Dubai.

You can read about how they came up with the idea, what protection they used (against the sand), how they hooked the Nokia Lumia 920 up to the grill of a Toyota truck and floored it.

Here’s the fun bit, the drive through the desert:

The Lumia 920 handles the rough ride quite well, though I wish they tied up another phone at the front front so that we can compare proper optical stabilization with the digital tricks that other smartphones use.


Sohu Digital News has obtained a red Lumia 920T and made some photos of it. The Lumia 920T is destined for China Mobile and the unit in the photos is a prototype. There’s no word when the device will actually launch on China Mobile’s network.

The smartphone sports a glossy red polycarbonate unibody and has TD-SCDMA support. The other (still not officially confirmed) difference between it and the global Lumia 920 is the Adreno 320 GPU inside, in place of the regular 225 that comes with the dual-core Krait chip.

The rest of specs should be identical – the gorgeous 4.5″ PureMotion display at the front, the PureView-branded 8.7 MP camera at the back and the Windows Phone 8 OS inside .

As if the poor market performance as of late wasn’t enough, Nokia just took another hit. Damian Dinning has decided to leave the company effective November 30.

Dinning started working at Nokia in April 2004 and took the role as the company’s lead program manager for Imaging Experience and worked closely on devices like the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 920. Reportedly, the news of his leaving came as a shock to Nokia’s execs.

Here’s what Nokia UK have responded to AmateurPhotographer’s request for additional information.

Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made a personal decision to leave the company effective 30 November 2012.
During the past nine years, [Damian] has made many innovative and valuable contributions to Nokia, most recently as a lead program manager in our Smart Devices business.
We thank him for his service to the company and certainly wish him the best.

Dinning hasn’t revealed what path he’ll take and whether he already has an offer to join another company. However, here’s his tweet from couple of days ago giving some clues.