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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.

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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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HTC just revealed its November revenues numbers, which show the company has halted its 4 month decline. That’s hardly surprising, though, as HTC released its first two the Windows Phone 8-running smartphones that month – HTC 8X and HTC 8S.

HTC also released its refreshed flagship, the One X+, but the availability of that one has been relatively limited, so we don’t know how much of an impact that one made.

The HTC DNA is another droid which could have also contributed to the positive result, but its November 21 release and Verizon-only availability have probably limited its influence.

These figures bode well for Windows Phone 8 and for Microsoft, who hope to get a significant return on the newest version of their mobile OS.

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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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Nokia has just introduced a new member of its Lumia family of WP8 smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 620 runs on the latest edition of the Microsoft mobile platform and hopes to impress you with a distinct youthful design, S4 Snapdragon chipset and an attractive price tag.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a 3.8″ ClearBlack LCD display of WVGA resolution and is powered by a two Krait CPU cores clocked at 1GHz, the Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The internal storage is 8GB, and is expandable though the microSD card slot.

The Nokia Lumia 620 offers a 5 megapixel primary camera with LED flash at the back and a VGA front-facing shooter for video-chats. Video recording maxes out at 720p@30fps.

   
Nokia Lumia 620 official photos

Being a part of the Nokia Lumia lineup, the 620 has access to the exclusive Nokia Drive app, which provides free lifetime voice-guided navigation and offline access. The Nokia Music no log-in streaming service is also available. The smartphone will be relying heavily on those to help it in its battle with theHTC Windows Phone 8S, which has very similar hardware.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with the usual for WP8 smartphones set of connectivity options – Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, 2G and 3G with HSDPA support. There’s no LTE here, but given the handset’s mid-range status, that was to be expected.

The Nokia Lumia 620 will be available in a range of colors including, lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. It’s estimated to cost $249, excluding taxes and subsidies and will begin selling in January 2013 in Asia, followed closely by Europe and the Middle East before expanding further.

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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.

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The marketing intelligence and analysis company IDC has revisited its smartphone market predictions for the following four years. It’s become quite a tradition for IDC to post different numbers in each report, which serves to show just how impossible task it is trying to achieve, predicting a market as dynamic as this one.

Nevertheless, the company suggests that Anrdoid will lose some of its market share and will slip from this year’s 68.3% to 63.8% in 2016. IDC believes that despite the slide, Google’s mobile OS will continue to be the market leader thanks to various low-end and mid-range offerings from LG, Sony, and Samsung.

IDC’s previous predictions that Windows Phone will overtake iOS by 2016 have been altered and now Microsoft’s smartphone OS is predicted to take just 11.4% of the market (as opposed to 19.1% from six months ago). HTC and Nokia are going to drive the OS forward, but Samsung, ZTE and Huawei will also help grow Microsoft’s share.

iOS on the other hand will continue to take second place in the heated mobile OS battle. The Apple platform held 18.8% of the market share in 2012 and according to IDC its share will remain relatively stable – 19.1% in 2016.

RIM will continue to fight for its survival and is betting all in on the soon-to-come BlackBerry 10 OS. IDC reckons RIM will be dependent on “channel advocacy” and “sales associates who can effectively tell the BlackBerry story”. As a result, the company’s 2016 market share is expected to stand at 4.1% from 4.7% in 2012.

Rather unsurprisingly, platforms with suspended development like MeeGo, Bada OS and Symbian will го virtually еxtinct by 2016 with an aggregated market share of 0.1%. However, up and rising mobile OSes like Samsung’s Tizen and Jolla’s SailFish which are based on Linux will still struggle to break ground. IDC predicts they’ll manage to get 1.5% of the market share combined.

Ultimately, these predictions are bothering on pure speculations as seen before. An industry like the smartphone market is developing at fast rates and it’s next to impossible to make such long term predictions accurately.

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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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Early adopters of Windows Phone 8 devices have been complaining about their devices randomly rebooting repeatedly. Fortunately, a fix is on the way.

Microsoft has confirmed that they have identified the cause of the problem and will be delivering an over-the-air update in December that will fix the problem.

Here is the full statement that Microsoft provided:

We’re continuing to investigate some reports of phones rebooting and have identified a cause with our partners. We are working to get an over-the-air update out in December.

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Hot on the heels of the leaked Windows Phone 7.8 features from a few days back, a short clip of the update has emerged online, running on Nokia Lumia 900. See it below.

The short clip surely doesn’t reveal much, save for the resizable tiles, a la Windows Phone 8. In any case, Windows Phone 7.8 is scheduled to arrive in early 2013, so the wait for the Apollo treatment of your first-generation Lumia shouldn’t be too long.

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