Legacy Lumias to get some Nokia-only features in Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade

Daniel Bader

December 14, 2012 10:23am

We know that the Windows Phone 7.8 update is coming to legacy devices in early 2013, but Nokia has divulged some information explaining that its Lumia collection, including the 610, 710, 800 and 900, will receive some unique features.

Along with a new homescreen experience such as resizeable tiles and the ability to allow Bing to set your background image on the lockscreen, Nokia will be bringing Bluetooth sharing to the table. The company is also, thankfully, planning to port over some of their lenses such as Smart Shoot and Cinemagraph, to Windows Phone 7.8, though they won’t be accessible from within the camera app via the Lenses hook as they are in WP8. Instead, they’ll be standalone applications that will hopefully round out the already-great camera experience.

Nokia will also update its Contacts Transfer and Contact Share apps, and include a Ringtone Maker in the mix.

There are a number of legacy Lumia users who, I’m sure, are itching to get their hands on this new update. Be patient, folks, it’s coming soon.

Via: WMPowerUser

  • P

    Yesssss! Can’t wait. 🙂

  • Francis

    Would be nice if while they add that Bluetooth feature that they fix the underlying issues with Bluetooth. TellMe and several other Bluetooth features simply do not work and can’t even use voice to text, it just crashes.

  • Eduardo

    It’s nice that they are not completely disregarding “old” devices.

    I really hope Nokia can make a comeback, eventhough I am not really into Windows phones.

  • phreezerburn

    Be nice if it came out before the BB10 handset. If at the same time, I’ll be giving the BB10 a go for a personal device and flip MS the bird in my rear view mirror. From Surface RT/Pro pricing/features(written in dev forums but missing from actual product) to the postponed 7.8 upgrade and shanking the start bar in Windows 8, they’ve been a real disappointment.

  • Andrey

    Nokia’s legacy device support is fantastic.

    They have made numerous updates to the nokia 5800 express music well into 2010 & 2011