Microsoft started distributing the Windows Phone “NoDo” update to AT&T devices on Tuesday.
AT&T’s Samsung Focus and LG Quantum devices started to receive update notifications on Tuesday morning. WinRumors exclusively revealed on Friday that Microsoft will push the update to both devices starting April 19. AT&T’s HTC Surround device is still undergoing testing and AT&T expects to deliver the NoDo update in mid-May. “We know we still have plenty of work to do,” explained Microsoft’s Eric Hautala in a blog posting on Friday. ”The HTC Surround, for example, won’t be joining the update party just yet. One of these third-party software “packages” earmarked for the HTC Surround needs additional testing by both Microsoft and AT&T. I apologize for the delay. As soon as I have more news, I’ll let you know.”
AT&T customers will also get access to two special features as part of the NoDo update. The first is “WISPr” protocol support, which makes it possible for Windows Phone to automatically switch over to AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots when in range. The update also includes support for AT&T Address Book, a wireless sync tool between your phone and online address book.
In related Windows Phone news, AT&T has started to sell 8GB Windows Phone 7 certified microSD cards. The cards are designed especially for AT&T’s Samsung Focus device. Microsoft also hit the news this week for offering a free Windows Phone to Barack Obama. The U.S. president was reportedly disappointed with the lack of cool phones at the white house. Microsoft stepped in over Twitter to cheekily offer him a free Windows Phone.
Thanks to WinRumors reader Bryan Gilomen for the news tip.