Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday that it is now distributing the Windows Phone NoDo update to Samsung Focus 1.4 owners.
Some AT&T Samsung Focus were waiting for update deliveries of NoDo to resume to their devices. The company claims Samsung has been sourcing two separate flash memory components for its Focus devices. Most focus owners have revision 1.3 of the device and are receiving updates, those with revision 1.4 aren’t. “We have been working to expedite the scheduling of the AT&T Samsung Focus v.1.4 update,” said Microsoft’s Eric Hautala in a blog posting on Tuesday. “I am happy to report updates are being delivered now for this phone,” he added.
Hautala also revealed that Microsoft is planning to deliver a number of hardware update packages for certain devices. The updates will improve battery life, call clarity and touch responsiveness etc. The updates are device specific and will improve certain functions of devices. “Not every phone around the world needs the same package of improvements,” said Hautala. “In some cases no update at all is needed.” Hautala explained that Windows Phone owners will start to see the update soon. “It’s all part of keeping your Windows Phone in tip-top shape,” he added.
Microsoft originally delivered its pre-NoDo update on February 21, followed by the full NoDo update on March 22. Telefonica and others have stalled on carrier testing to allow the update to be pushed to their devices. AT&T was one particular carrier that took a long time to test Microsoft’s updates. Microsoft’s NoDo distribution to Samsung Focus 1.4 owners will include two back-to-back notifications. The first is for the 7008 “pre-NoDo” update. Once this update is installed, Focus owners can then update to 7392 (which includes the NoDo copy and paste update).
Microsoft is now rumored to be preparing a “Tango” update following the “Mango” update due later this year. Microsoft has codenamed Windows Phone 8 as “Apollo”, scheduled for release in late 2012. Recent reports suggest that Tango will land in-between Mango and Apollo. Microsoft’s Mango update will introduce 500 new features to the platform including true multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 and integrated Facebook and Windows Live Messenger chat.