Nokia Details the Lumia 800 Firmware Update

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Nokia has finally gotten around to posting more details on the new firmware update for the Lumia 800 on their Connections blog.

As promised in December, a second software update for the Nokia Lumia 800 starts to roll out today.

The update will bring the software on your phone to version 1600.2483.8106.11500 and delivers two key benefits:

  • Battery performance enhancements;
  • Wi-Fi connectivity enhancements.

The update will not be delivered to every Lumia 800 simultaneously, but rather will be staggered over the next two weeks through Microsoft’s standard update process. This helps each owner gets the update without any hitches. Around half of owners will get the update in the next seven days, with the remainder over the following seven days.

Your Nokia Lumia smartphone will automatically check for updates from time to time, and you’ll get a message on the phone when it is ready.

As previously, the update will be delivered using the Microsoft Zune software (or Windows Phone 7 Connector if you have a Mac).

Once you’ve received the update message, attach your phone to your computer using the USB cable. In Zune, from the Applications section, go to phone settings->Phone update to install the new software. On a Mac, click on the device name in the left-hand pane and then on ‘Install update’. There are more detailed instructions on the product support pages, if you need them.

The fact that Nokia seems to be controlling these updates instead of individual carriers spells good news for the Windows Phone environment, as there are still some disgruntled Android users who are stuck on Froyo with no one to blame but the carriers who refuse to release updates in a timely manner.

Leaving people out and dropping support for handsets is never the way to build brand satisfaction and customer loyalty, so I’m glad to see that Nokia is taking the high road here. I have high hopes for when the company officially launches their high end (sorry Lumia 710) devices in the United States.

[via WMPowerUser]


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