Nokia has already unveiled to the world its first smartphones running under Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform, and it is currently preparing them for launch.At the same time, the company is working on providing existing Lumia users with a new OS upgrade, none other than the Windows Phone 7.8 platform that Microsoft has announced back in June.
According to Nokia, existing devices will benefit not only from an updated interface, just as Microsoft promised, but also from a series of other enhancements, such as new features and applications.
“In short, there is everything that you currently love about your Lumia, plus new developments coming in the future to help ensure that your Lumia experience will remain the envy of your friends,” a recent post on Nokia Conversations reads.
Following the release of Nokia City Lens for the Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 devices, as well as that of Nokia Counters, the Finnish handset vendor will bring Cinemagraph to its existing Lumia users, along with updates to Smart Group Shot.
According to the company, the upcoming upgrades are meant to provide users with better photo shooting and sharing capabilities, and will be accompanied by some other improvements as well.
Among these, Nokia counts:
- A new Start screen look and feel, familiar from Windows Phone 8, giving you a whole new look the moment you unlock your phone
- Ringtone maker app to selected markets to create a personal ringtone
- Contact share app updated to support sharing over Bluetooth in addition to SMS and email
- Bluetooth file transfer to send media files via Bluetooth from your Lumia device to any other phone
With Windows Phone 8 expected to become officially available at the end of October, more info on when this OS upgrade will be pushed out should become available in the not too distant future.
For the time being, all that Nokia shared on the matter was that “these updates for the Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 smartphones will be phased.”