Nokia revealed this week that it plans to issue two Windows Phone updates to address battery issues on the Lumia 800.
The first update is expected to be made available in early December. The update, that WinRumors reported on last week, will bump the Windows Phone version to 7740. The Nokia 7740 has been made available to some carriers overseas but the vast majority will start to see the update in early December. The update will improve battery life in some circumstances according to the company. Nokia flashed our Lumia 800 review device to the latest firmware last week and we can confirm that the British Airways, eBay, Ministry of Sound, Sky News and TripAdvisor applications are all baked into the ROM. The Windows Phone version is updated to 7.10.7740.16. The initial update will not include Nokia’s Internet Sharing update, due later.
Nokia’s second Windows Phone update will address further battery issues. A Nokia spokesperson revealed the second update in a forum posting earlier this week. “We understand that some people have expressed concerns about battery life on the Nokia Lumia 800,” said Nokia spokesperson Michael Spillett. “A software update in early December will include improvements to power efficiency, while a second update in early January introduces further enhancements to battery life and battery charging.” Both updates will be made available via Microsoft’s Zune software.
The Nokia Lumia 800 went on sale across the UK and some European markets earlier this month. Nokia representatives handed out free chocolate and coffee to potential customers on London’s Oxford Street on launch day. British operator Orange revealed on launch day that the Lumia 800 is the most popular Nokia preorder device to date for the firm. Despite early signs of positive sales, some analysts believe the firm will only ship between 500,000 and 1 million devices by the end of the year.