If you own Nokia’s previous Lumia models, we have news for you. The Finnish firm’s Windows Phone 7-powered handsets are not yet due to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update, but according to Nokiapoweruser, an unofficial firmware update is now available.
The unofficial update is for the Nokia Lumia 510 (unavailable in the UK), the Lumia 610, the Lumia 710, the Lumia 800, and the Lumia 900.
This is an unofficial update, which means that you’ll have to flash your handset. We advise that only the seasoned users go through the process. If you’re a novice user, it might be a better idea to just wait for the official update. According to Microsoft, the Windows Phone 7.8 update will be rolling out in a matter of weeks.
Last month, Microsoft said that it is “working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013.
If you can’t wait for the official update, you first have to download Navifirm from Symbian Toys. This is needed to get Firmware build 8858 running on your phone.
Microsoft dealt a huge blow to Windows Phone users when it announced that the Windows Phone 8 would not be rolling out to current handsets. Their only consolation is Windows Phone 7.8, which brings Windows Phone 8 features to Windows Phone 7 devices. These features include a new Start screen, resizable Live Tiles, new theme colours, different Xbox icons, Store, and Office. Also included are Bluetooth sharing, 24 backgrounds for the lock screen, and an option that allows users to set Google Search as the default Internet Explorer search engine.
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