AT&T to release Windows Phone 7.8 update next week, starting with the Nokia Lumia 900 (Video)

Earlier this week, some of the more tech-savvy Lumia owners spotted AT&T’s long-awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update for the Lumia 900 on Nokia’s servers, just waiting to be pushed out. It was a good sign that a roll out was close, and now sources are saying AT&T will begin sending out the update as early as next week.

According to a leaked internal AT&T email ascertained by WPCentral, the carrier plans to begin its Windows Phone 7.8 roll out by pushing the update to its former hero device the Nokia Lumia 900 on January 30th. Like previous software updates, WP 7.8 will be delivered via the Zune desktop software and will be roughly 100 MB. Unfortunately, this email only sheds light on the Lumia 900′s update situation and we have yet to hear about the rest of AT&T’s large Windows Phone 7.x lineup.

The leaked email included a comprehensive changelog of what this highly-anticipated update will bring. For the most part we already knew the big highlights — new Start screen, Bing Picture of the Day wallpaper, new theme colors — but there are also a few new tidbits:

  • Quality and Security Enhancements – Customers will experience greater device stability with the implementation of multiple software fixes and enhancements. Improved security fixes and enhancements have been made to protect customer information on their device.
  • Marketplace Enhancements – Customers will experience an enhanced marketplace experience and a newly optimized download process.
  • API Enhancements – Customers ability to experience the benefit of these new API enhancements will depend on OEM implementation or third party applications that utilize these new APIs. A customer should check the download store after completing the upgrade for new OEM and third party applications. For example: Bluetooth DRM free file transfer API, User data migration API, Convert a local DRM free MP3 file to a ringtone API

Finally for a glimpse at what is to come, WPCentral managed to get their hands on the early flash-able version of the Windows Phone 7.8 update for their AT&T Nokia Lumia 900. Thus, they created a quick hands-on video demonstrating all of the new bells and whistles they could find.

January 30th is just five days away. Are you still excited for Windows Phone 7.8?

Source: WPCentral

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