Microsoft promised to deliver Windows Phone 7.8 to all handsets via an Over the Air update which would not need carrier intervention.
It seems however that OEMs will still be involved, or in LGâ€™s case uninvolved. The company did not release any follow-ups to their first generation Windows Phones, and it seems have now washed their hands off them.
A WP7.com.pl reader asked them if they will be releasing the 7.8 update, and received the following response:
—- Reply to Customer Enquiry —-
Thank you for contacting our customer support.
We wish to kindly inform you that it is not expected to introduce software update for your version of the E900 to 7.8.
If you have additional questions, please contact us again.
M ********* **
LG Electronics Poland.
——– —- Customer Details
It seems likely the answer will be the same when it comes to the LG Quantum, leaving a (small) percentage of Windows Phone users that will not getting the WP 7.8 update after all.
It seems for some Windows Phone 7 users the Mango honeymoon has come to an abrupt end, with many LG E 900 Optimus 7 users complaining that they can not complete the upgrade to Windows Phone 7.5 due to Error Code 8018001E .
When I conect to the laptop.
The phone signs me I can update.
I start updating (Without Sim).
There is a first round 9 step.
The Zune always did every step.
The Next Round there is 2 step.
First step is the phone restarting. (Done)
Second Step: When He finishingÂ (Finalizing) The Zune write me out that Code:
Major south Indian retailer Univercell have listed LG Optimus 7 E900 for 25000 INR( Approx. 560 USD). As previously mentioned by us, LG will be one of the key launch partners for Microsoft in India. Still there is no word on time of availability,but I guess it will be sooner than expected. According to some insiders at Microsoft India,I got to know that January-2011 will be the time frame of the launch. Does this indicate that Windows Phone 7 will be launched in other Asian countries soon?
Update: Flipkart.com ,an Indian online retailer is taking orders for HTC HD7 with the price of 29999 INR (approx. 667 USD) and it states that it will deliver the device within 5-7 days, but according to some sources I found that the device will be shipped only after the official launch of Windows Phone 7 in India.
They report the handset will feature speech to text, allowing one to write emails and text messages just by speaking, and will also feature an automatic panorama mode which allows one to take panoramas simply by sweeping the camera across an arc.
On the specs side, the screen is now said to be 3.8 inches, the battery 1500 mAh, storage is confirmed at 16 GB and of course the phone is revealed to be only 11.5 mm thick (which makes it slightly thicker than the HTC HD7).
Is the LG Optimus 7 zooming up the charts of desirability for anyone? Let us know below.
The last time we saw the LG E900, it consisted of a blurry video of the device. Well, Mobilnania got their hands on with the device and produced a 20 minute video. It is in Czech and demos most of the stuff we already know about the OS. It is not a bad looking device as I had previously thought but, Iâ€™m still holding out for a phone with actual buttonsÂ (front three)Correction:Looking at the pictures closely, it seems that at least the home button is in deed a physical button, keyboard and a bigger screen. The site has more pictures which can be found here.
A Danish Site TV2 has recently had hands on with LG E900 which boasts 3.7 inch screen with standard 1GHz processor.They have posted some photos of it,check for it below.Here is some of their views on WP7.
The graphics are nice, the animations and transitions are liquid and cheeky, and it seems that there is “contemplating things.” It gave the kinds of butterflies in the stomach, as we saw for the first time since we did play with the iPhone or Windows 7. Wow, it’s delicious it here!
The site confirms unfortunately that the device will only support European 3G frequencies (900 and 2100 MHz), meaning unless LG makes a US specific version the smartphone should only be available in Europe and Asia.
the::unwired also states that the gap between certification and release is usually very short, meaning the device is likely to hit the market pretty soon.
Above we have another video of the LG E900 carrier test phone being shot on what sounds like a train.Â The video from Bulgaria by LittleAllRoad goes through much of the user interface, and passes, unfortunately without opening, the now familiar media sharing and ScanSearch apps which differentiate it from base Â Windows Phone 7 builds.
Of note is that the System Information, which disappointingly does not state the RAM and Processor speed, does show VDF-UK, which suggests the device is coming to Vodafone UK.
Nothing much more to say here, except I cant wait to get my hands on this phone myself.
The picture also reveals some additional tiles, including a Panorma shot, media sharing and most tellingly a Vodafone 360 tile, although Microsoft did indicate in a follow-up tweet that the presence of the tile does not necessarily mean the phone will come to Vodafone, as it may just be a â€œtest environmentâ€.
The picture also confirms the device does not have the same odd button placement of the LG C900, with all the keys more or less on the same level.
Having had a closer and clearer look at the handset, the device does appear pretty impressive, especially if its as thin as shown in the video.
Its nice to see code names transition into real names, and if the leaks can be believed, this is happening with LGâ€™s two latest leaked devices.
According the the BGR the LG C900, coming to AT&T will be branded the LG Pacific.Â Much higher on the manly stakes however is the keyboard-less LG E900, which according to MobileCowboys (via allaboutphones.nl) will be called the LG Optimus 7.