Even though Microsoft initially announced the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade will be available to all smartphones, we’ve received several reports that the company is in fact letting manufacturers decide if they want to update their old Windows Phone handsets or not.
Except Nokia, which is likely to offer the Windows Phone 7.8 update for all Lumia phones, none of the companies that launched devices powered by Microsoft’s mobile platform confirmed their products will get the highly-anticipated upgrade.
With Microsoft releasing Windows Phone 7.8 SDK, we expect the official rollout of the update will begin by the end of the month, possibly on January 31.
However, Windows Phone 7.8 will not be pushed to all smartphones initially. Obviously, those who own the Lumia 900 or 800 will probably be among the first to receive it, but Windows Phone fans that purchased an HTC, Samsung or LG smartphone will probably have to wait a bit longer.
In this regard, WMPoweruser reports Polish site Windows-Phone has been able to confirm that HTC 7 Mozart will be among the smartphones to receive the long-awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update.
Still, according to an HTC rep, the update will be available in late February / March for older models, while newer Windows Phone handsets will receive the upgrade much sooner.
Aside from the HTC 7 Mozart, none of the older Windows Phone devices, such as HTC HD7 and HTC Titan, has been mentioned as being eligible for the upcoming update. Stay tuned for more info on the matter.
“Updating HTC devices with Windows Phone 7 to version 7.8 will take place at the end of February / March. In the case of mobile newer update sooner. As of today, the HTC 7 Mozart smartphone is the only one for which it was confirmed by providing updated Windows Phone 7.8.” [translated]