There is one major country in the Western World where Windows Phones are outselling iPhones, which likely explains why the bishop in the above picture, who is taking his own picture of the canonization of John Paul II & John XXIII today,is using a Nokia Lumia rather than the ubiquitous iPhone.
The handset appears to be a Nokia Lumia 900, a sign of the early popularity of Windows Phones in Italy even before Windows Phone 8.
Given that the current Pope, Pope Francis, is from South America, another area where Windows Phone is doing better than the iPhone, it does make us wonder what handset his holiness is sporting…
We know the US Government has some amazing powers, and it seems this also includes being able to get a Windows Phone to run iOS when needed.
In the video above we have a Nokia Lumia 920 suddenly reveal itself to be running iOS when it receives a tornado warning from FEMA.
The video has obviously been edited from what the video agency originally produced, and UK readers will know unlabelled Windows Phones show up in ads numerous times running what appears to be Android (e.g. this Betvictor ad) and it probably means Nokia’s hardware is just so photogenic produces are unable to resist using them, despite the unfamiliar OS.
Less than 12 months ago the Nokia Lumia 900 was the flagship Windows Phone, and while a lot happened in the last year the handset remains a pretty good Windows Phone.
The device is now on sale at 1saleaday.com for only $219.99 unlocked. The special deal only has around 7 hours still to run, so if you want to grab this icon for cheap see the offer at 1saleaday.com here.
WinPhoneViet reports that hackers have defeated Nokia’s Bootloader security, and just like with the Nokia Lumia 800, has now enabled custom ROMs for the handset, as can be seen in the screen shot right.
The process is currently not for the fainthearted, requiring the phone to be taken apart and the use of an ATF Box, but may eventually result in a simpler software-only method.
The Windows Phone 7.8 for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 has recently popped up on Navifirm. WPCentral has given the update a twirl and uploaded the video tour above.
The video shows that there is not too much to be excited about, with the update featuring the new Start screen and Lock screen, with Bing Wallpapers, new Accent colours, some updated logos and not much else.
Nokia WP 7.8 users will of course be able to download Nokiaâ€™s Bluetooth file and contact transfer apps and ring tone maker, so there is a bit more than the video coming. No date for the roll-out has been announced yet, but with the Nokia Lumia 800 getting the update at the end of the month it cant be too long now.
Jeffrey wrote to tell us that his local Nokia Care service centre in Lebanon has flashed his Nokia Lumia 900 with Windows Phone 7.8.
The Care centres have apparently been offering the service for the last 2 weeks, presumably using the ROMs from Navifirm, and Jeffrey reports his handset is working pretty well afterwards.
Unfortunately Nokiaâ€™s special Bluetooth Sharing and Ringtone maker apps for Windows Phone 7.8 are not available yet, but this should only be a question of time.
We have heard similar stories from India already, so the practice may be quite widespread. If you want the latest OS on your phone and don’t mind losing your SMS messages and other content, check your local Nokia Care centre and stop waiting for your carrier.
The Christmas rush is over, but that does not mean people have stopped buying phones. And if its an AT&T phone you are after, it seems on Amazon that phone is a Black Nokia Lumia 920.
The handset has been hovering around the top of the AT&T Best Sellers chart, and at the time of writing is occupying the first slot.
Of course that position unfortunately somewhat transient, but what is not is that the device in all its variants remains AT&Tâ€™s top-rated handset on Amazon, in fact with the Lumia 900 taking 7 out of the top 10 spots.
Hopefully all this will translate into a decent quarter for Nokia, who certainly deserves some holiday cheer.
If you don’t care about the data on your device you can now find Windows Phone 7.8 ROMs on Navifirm for Nokiaâ€™s full range of Windows Phone 7.5 handsets, including the Nokia Lumia Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900.
The firmware is available for most European countries and APAC variants. It includes Microsoftâ€™s Windows Phone 8 updates, but none of Nokiaâ€™s exclusive features.
If you are brave and reckless, here is a guide for flashing the firmware. Everyone else should hang on, as the arrival of the software for all devices is a clear sign the software will be pushed out to devices pretty soon.
Demonstrating something which Nokia themselves have alluded to, it seems the the Nokia Lumia 920 is benefiting from the groundwork laid by the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 before it, and has exceeded the peaks of interest in both handsets, if search volume as measured by Google Trends is any indication.
Of course the search volume is still only a small percentage of that for the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, but if Nokia ever manage to sort out their supply problems there is little doubt the handset will sell better than either of its predecessors.
LiveSide.net reports that a Nokia Lumia 900 running preusmably an official version of Windows Phone 7.8 was spotted at the â€œLumia Experience Storeâ€ at Raffles City, Shanghai.
Pictures of the handset was posted onÂ Sina WeiboÂ and according to the Sina Weibo userÂ Kevin Liu, besides the new start screen not much else new was spotted.
We have heard via Nokia Italy that besides the start screen also Xbox Smartglass and the Rooms feature will be available, and we will have to wait for a more detailed hands-on to see if those are indeed in place.