Updating one's smartphone to a newer software version is always fun, and so some Nokia Lumia users have a reason to be happy today. Nokia is in the process of rolling out a WP 7.8 update for Lumia users who are running Windows Phone 7.5. For those with the Lumia models slated for the update, you'll be seeing a notification soon if you haven't already received it.
The update is being pushed out to Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800, and 900 handsets running operator-approved software or that are unlocked. The roll out is said to be taking place over the next few weeks, so if you aren't seeing the update yet, you might have to be patient for awhile. The update is said to have gone through extensive testing before being released.
Improvements from 7.5 to 7.8 include the ability to share via Internet and Bluetooth, additional apps, including Nokia City Lens, and Camera Extras, which is meant to greatly increase the functionality of your handset's camera. With Camera Extras, users will be able to take Smart Group Shots and action shots, as well as utilize a self-timer and create panorama images via stitching.
In addition, the start screen has been revamped in 7.8, offering re-sizable tiles (they can be made smaller or larger, depending on preference), as well as new lock screen options. Bing's daily wallpaper feature, which has been available to desktop users for awhile now, is also provided in 7.8, changing the background image automatically every day to one of Bing's image backgrounds.
Other extra features are less obvious, such as additional language support. When you'll receive your update depends on the carrier you're under. To ensure you don't miss the update, enable notifications under "Settings" > "Phone Update" so that you're pinged when the software update rolls your way. Nokia says to contact your carrier if you don't get the update within three weeks.