Windows Phone 7.8 update to be released this week

Windows Phone 7.8, an update that brings several Windows Phone 8 features to users of Windows Phone 7, will launch this week, latest rumours have suggested.

Citing sources “near the subject”, the Tonis Tech Blog has claimed its insiders have revealed that the update will bring a new Start screen to Windows Phone 7, along with more colour themes, the ability to transfer files via Bluetooth and an option to keep Wi-Fi open on Nokia phones.

We have previously heard that the update will add the Rooms calendar function, as well as Xbox SmartGlass and the Xbox Music Store.

Elsewhere, it has also been suggested that the first major update for Windows Mobile 8 will arrive in early 2013. Apparently dubbed “Apollo Plus”, it will be the first over the air (OTA) update for Windows Phone 8 and will add a number of features that were left out of the initial WP8 launch due to time constraints, namely VPN support, and an always-on Wi-Fi connection.

There will also reportedly be some audio improvements, as well as a number of smaller tweaks. It has been claimed that Apollo Plus will be officially announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 in February, so we can expect it to go live shortly thereafter.

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