It has already been pre-loaded on newly produced units
Nokia’s Lumia handsets running under the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system version might not have too long to wait until the Windows Phone 7.8 platform upgrade is being delivered to them, it seems.The company has already started to load the new operating system release on the latest produced units, which started shipping to various markets around the world, and existing devices are expected to receive it sooner rather than later.
However, it seems that the update rollout schedule is set by Microsoft, and that Nokia does not have specific info to share at the moment regarding its availability for users.
In fact, the company has said the same to PocketGamer.biz, confirming that it has already started to manufacture new devices with Windows Phone 7.8 loaded on them.
"With Windows Phone 7.8 beginning to ship pre-loaded on Nokia Lumia smartphones, we will naturally be deploying the software to our factories for product rollout," Nokia reportedly said in a statement.
"At present we have no more information we can give about wider availability of the update for phones running Windows Phone 7.5."
The update is expected to provide users with a series of Windows Phone 8 features on their older devices, just as Microsoft announced not too long ago.
However, it seems that the Redmond-based company is looking to make the new OS flavor available for as many existing Windows Phone devices as possible, and that this might delay the release timeframe.
"Microsoft announced that it is working closely with hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013," Nokia said.
One thing that is certain, however, is that the release of Windows Phone 7.8 is imminent, at least from Nokia’s perspective. Nevertheless, we should still wait for an official word on the availability date to learn more on when users will start upgrading their phones.