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:
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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.
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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.
Seemingly the effort to give Microsoft something besides Windows Phone 8 to announce on the 20th June at the Windows Phone Summit, Telus Canada has updated their Device OS Upgrade schedule to reflect the due date of the Tango MRC3 update for the LG Optimus 7 for the 20th June.
Bucking the trend however is the Nokia Lumia 800, which will only receive the update 3 weeks later on the 13th July.
Ignoring the Lumia 800 however, it is pretty clear Microsoft intends to push a range of Tango updates on multiple carriers this week, which does raise the question â€“ what if Windows Phone 8 is all a rumour and Windows Phone Tango is all there is to announce on the 20th June?!?
Less we forget about the LG Optimus 7, that handset is still going very strong in many hands around the world and has been relatively well supported inn terms of updates.
From a Telus PDF available on their site we can see the handset was due an update yesterday, but it appears their prediction of expected change did come true. The device already has the 7.10.8107.79 available, suggesting that it may be Tango set to roll out soon.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is also awaiting an update on Telus, which is only expected to arrive in July or later, seemingly awaiting Nokiaâ€™s delivery of the prerequisite software.
There have been rumours of a coordinated Tango roll-out worldwide after the Windows Phone Summit on the 20th June. This may very well be what LG Optimus 7 handsets are waiting for.
Adding another data point to the rumour mill, in response to a question on twitter whether the LG Optimus 7, a moderately popular first generation Windows Phone handset, will get a Windows Phone 8 upgrade, LG Italy responded, saying:
Hello, no, no upgraded to Windows 8 as confirmed by Microsoft.
Of course this conversation is far from confirming anything, but it is helpful to dial back expectations with so many sources denying an upgrade will be coming.
Update: Well, that did not take long. Â LG Italy has now recanted their statement, saying:
We apologize for the erroneous information. We are still investigating the possibility of upgrading the Optimus 7
Anyone get the feeling Microsoft wants to keep us in the dark?
No, this is not an article dredged up from the archives. Swedish retailer El Giganten is getting rid of some old stock of LG Optimus 7 handsets by offering a great deal.
They are offering a free Xbox 360 Slim when you purchase a fully unlocked LG Optimus 7 for 2390 Swedish kronor, which is about 269 Euro.
The LG Optimus 7 is of course a fairly competent first generation Windows Phone with the Mango update, 16 GB of storage and a reasonable 5 megapixel camera, so this may be a good deal if you are planning to get an Xbox 360 in any case and want to dabble in Windows Phone.
LG Germany has announced on their Facebook page that they have now made new firmware available for unlocked LG Optimus 7 handsets which enable Internet Sharing. Many uses from numerous devices have been complaining the 8107 update does not enable this feature on their current handsets.
The firmware in version V11h (220.127.116.11), with the current version being V11g (means: 18.104.22.168) .
Hopefully we will see this update roll out to carrier devices soon also.
Microsoft promised a series of firmware upgrades this week that would provide fixes for some devices on soma carriers.
In Italy an update for the LG Optimus 7 has been pushed out which takes the firmware from 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199 , and updates the radio from 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206.
The update brings two welcome changes. The first is the addition of WIFI internet sharing and the second the ability to connect to hidden WIFI networks. Both updates are dependent on the WIFI chipset present on the handset, the BRCM 4329 chip. All Windows Phones except the Dell Venue Pro appear to have it, but only a few have WIFI tethering enabled at present.
MonWindowsPhone reports that the LG Optimus 7 appears to be suffering a battery indicator issue.
LoÃ¯c, who is aÂ phone retailers in French PolynesiaÂ testedÂ more than 30 LG Optimus 7 handsets and discovered the battery indicator does not move while the device is being used ie. if it reads full charge at the start of a session the battery indicator will not beÂ refreshedÂ until the device is suspended.
In most cases, with phone use being intermittent, this will not be an issue, but if you are low on battery and using the phone, e.g. for GPS navigation, the LG Optimus 7 will not give a low battery warning Â and may in fact just die unexpectedly.
To see if your phone is affected simply note your current battery life in settings> energy saving, use the device non-stop for say 15 minutes and check it again. There should be some drop, unless you are using a LG Optimus 7 of course.
Is this problem isolated to that batch, or do any of our readers have this issue also? Let us know in comments below.