Leaked Nokia documents reveal more Windows Phone 7.8 features

News Paul Briden 09:53, 16 Nov 2012

More info on Windows Phone 7.8's features has been revealed, courtesy of leaked Nokia documents

Internal Nokia documents have leaked online revealing a bit more information about Windows Phone 7.8’s features.

Windows Phone 7.8 will be the update for Windows Phone 7 devices and will bring a limited selection of new features designed for Windows Phone 8 to the older models.

This will include devices such as Nokia’s Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, which currently run Windows Phone 7.5.

The new leak reveals that the Windows Phone 8 customisable lock screen will make its way onto version 7.8, so users can select apps to push notification and photo content to the lock screen.

Internet Explorer 9 will be tweaked but a full update to Internet Explorer 10 won’t be happening, at least not at the moment.

Another feature will be an MP3 editor designed to let you make your own ringtones. The leak also confirms previous reports that a greater range of theme colours will be available.

The news adds to information from a previous leak from Microsoft’s own Italian Facebook presence, where it was revealed Windows Phone 7.8 would support customisable Live Tiles, Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Music + Video, as well as the People Hub’s new ‘Rooms’ feature.

Nokia’s documents also show that Windows Phone 7.8 will allow manufacturers to put their own spin on things. Nokia will add support for multimedia sharing over Bluetooth, while there are plans to tweak both the Contacts Transfer feature and the ringtone editor.

It’s not known exactly when Windows Phone 7.8 will arrive, previous rumours, including some information we heard directly from Nokia, suggests it’ll be here by Christmas and could land any day now.

However, other rumours imply there’ll be a wait until the beginning of the new year. Certainly it’s plausible, but it would be a very bad move in our view for Microsoft to delay things further.

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