BBC iPlayer finally coming to Windows Phone. Sort of…

The BBC has just announced that iPlayer support will finally be coming to Windows Phone 7.X and Windows Phone 8 in the coming weeks. But there’s a catch: this isn’t going to be a full blown app but simply a link/shortcut (similar to the “official” Youtube one) to a modified website compatible with IE9/IE10Mobile.

We will be releasing a shortcut to BBC iPlayer in the near future which will be available in the Windows Phone Store, enabling the BBC iPlayer website to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 via a live tile.

This shortcut will wrap the BBC iPlayer mobile website together with our media player. Hopefully these and other developments will help to expand our online reach further. Our latest figures show that over 650 different device types can access BBC iPlayer.

Better than nothing I guess….and obviously only applies to UK users.

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Windows Phone 7.8 update rollout started for Nokia handsets but others can also update now manually

Nokia has just started its Windows Phone 7.8 update roll out today for the Lumia 900, Lumia 800, 710, 610 and 510. Other manufacturers have yet to announced any date but as it’s usually the case you can already update your trusty Samsung, HTC, LG E900 or even Dell Venue Pro right now if you aren’t afraid to do it all by yourself. To do so simply follow the instructions below and grab the correct packages after the break:

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Windows Phone 7.8 roll out started for Nokia Lumia 800 handsets

Nokia has apparently started to roll out Windows Phone 7.8 for the Nokia Lumia 800 in select regions today with more to come. As with all previous Windows Phone 7.X updates the update availability will depend on your region, hardware number and carrier and the full roll-out should probably take several weeks. As you can see in the pictures my Nokia Lumia 800 is already running Windows Phone 7.8 which I have manually flashed a few days ago. Those of you following on Twitter probably already know that because this particular handset tenured into a brick during the flashing process.

But a miracle happened last night when I decided to plug the charger into it one more time just in case… Boom it came back to life!. Don’t ask me how or why because I frankly can’t answer you. Suffice to say that I quite happy to have it back on its feet though.

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Windows Phone 7.8 to finally be released in Early 2013

Microsoft has finally decided to communicate around Windows Phone 7.8 today and officially announced that the much anticipated update to Windows Phone 7.5 will be pushed out to existing devices in early 2013. This is obviously a bit of a downer given that everybody was expecting WP7.8 to come out before the end of the year mainly because the official wording during the June announcement was that it would simply be released after Windows Phone 8 (so we all assumed that it would be a matter of weeks not months).

As previously discussed the Windows Phone 7.8 update will include the WP8 start screen with resizable Live Tiles, updated icons, more market and language support,double the number of accent color themes, the option to automatically display the Bing Picture of the Day plus the ‘A1B2C3’ PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on phones connected to Exchange accounts and minor bug fixes.

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Windows Phone 8 Apollo Plus update to be released early next year. Windows Phone 7.8 coming real soon

Microsoft’s first update to Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo is apparently codenamed Apollo Plus (or Apollo +) as set to be unveiled / released OTA during Mobile World Congress at the end of February 2012. This definitely isn’t a shocker given that windows Phone 8 still has some rough edges and that Microsoft will have to announce/show at least something slightly new in Barcelona (alongside brand new hardware from Nokia?). This Apollo Plus update will finally ad VPN support to Windows Phone (missing since Windows Mobile 6.X has been ditched) and several other fixes and additional tweaks. If all goes as planned I should be present in Barcelona this year to over MWC.

After months of silence on the subject Microsoft has finally stated that news about Windows Phone 7.8 should be coming in the coming weeks. There’s obviously still no official datefor the roll out but devices in China are already sporting the latest OS update. From the looks of it (see video below) the overall appearance has been made has closely similar to WP8 as possible (Office Tile, Windows Phone boot screen) with some minor WP8 features ported back to the CE version (like using the Bing daily image as a lock-screen background)

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Nokia to support current Lumia handsets with new features: Bluetooth file sharing and more

The Nokia Lumia 920 may be the best thing since sliced bread but there are already millions of Lumia 800, 900, 710, 610 handsets in the hands of users who won’t be able to get the full Windows Phone 8 experience. This is Nokia we are talking about here and so far they have shown some awesome end user support in terms of exclusive software and hardware fixes. The company has just announced that in addition to the Windows Phone 7.8 update which will bring the new WP8 UI to current WP7 handsets, all Nokia Lumia owners will also get the following additional features:

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Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset launching on Verizon this year

According to sources close to Bloomberg, Verizon is set to start selling a Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset later this year. The particular device will most probably be unveiled on September 5 in NYC during the Nokia / Microsoft press event which will be live streamed on the web. What is not yet known is if this device will be the higher end model or something less exciting (with AT&T retaining the exclusivity on the top end Nokia SKU).

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Nokia to announce it’s Windows Phone 8 handsets on September 5th

Nokia has just started to sent invitations to the US press for a September 5th launch event in New York City for what is expected to be the company’s unveiling of its Windows Phone 8 handsets (notice the WP8 start screen above..). Given that the event will start at 9:30 AM in NYC it’s safe to assume and similar launch events will take place in other regions at the same time (in the afternoon here in Europe). I will try to ping Nokia EU to see if there’s anything scheduled not far from me as I’m sure that you ‘ll can’t wait to see what the Finnish company has planned for WP8.

UPDATE: Nokia just told me that the there’s currently no other press event scheduled in other regions but that the NYC event will be streamed live on the web. Don’t forget to set your alarms and calendars.

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7 Million Lumia phones sold since launch and only 600 000 in the US. Call Windows Phone 8 to the rescue

Windows Phone 8 can’t come soon enough for Nokia given that the company has announced today in its Q2 2012 earnings financial earnings that only 4 Million Lumia handsets have been sold world in the last 3 months in addition to the 3 millions already sold since November. What’s more worrying though is that only 600 000 have been sold in the US despite the gigantic marketing campaign that helped launch the Lumia 900.

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No Windows Phone 8 upgrade to current Windows Phone 7 handsets: Windows Phone 7.8 unveiled

Microsoft has unfortunately just announced that none of the Windows Phone 7.X handset currently available will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8. Nope, never, nada, zip… Instead Microsoft is announcing Windows Phone 7.8 which will be a free update that will be pushed ALL Windows Phone handsets bypassing carriers (and downloadable via WiFi) that will will simply add the new Windows Phone 8 start screen to all “legacy” WP7 handsets. Other WP8 features which are not hardware dependent may or may not be part of WP7.8 (Nothing has been officially announced yet). That’s it folks there’s nothing else to say here. That shiny Nokia Lumia 900 you got last week will be stuck forever with the Windows CE based WP7.X platform. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts (or anger..).

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