If you either own a smartphone that runs on Windows Phone 7.5 right now, or currently in the market for Nokia’s current crop of Lumias, then you likely already heard about the Windows Phone 8 mobile OS that Microsoft introduced last week. If you already own a WP 7.5 device, then you’re probably a bit bummed that you won’t be getting the update to Microsoft’s latest. But look on the bright side: at least they’re going to offer one last update to get you up to WP 7.8, which is basically a go-between that gives you a taste of ‘The Ocho’ without actually allowing you to update to it.
So what can the Windows Phone 7.8 update do for you? Apparently not that much. Or at least not much if you salivated on the fact that WP8 is going to feature the same Windows bits that’s going into the upcoming Windows 8 OS for the PC (among other things). At least it gets a few more camera functions. But probably the biggest (only?) change can be seen on the home screen. Basically, giving WP 7.5/7.8 owners the ability to configure the start screen a little bit better, with the ability to resize and change the colors of the live tiles. Here’s Windows Phone product evangelist Ben Rudolph showing how to resize the tiles:
For everyone who bought a new WP 7.5 device that’s about to get stuck on 7.8, Microsoft created a new page that highlights the new features you can still get. The page mentions the new start screen, the mentioned camera enhancements, a growing number of available apps, and a new way to share contacts and track data usage.