Nokia has announced on its official Conversations blog that the long-promised roll out of WindowsPhone 7.5 Tango OS updates for its Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 handsets has begun, bringing with it improved camera features and apps, as well as finally adding sought after features such as tethering support.
The mobile OS update will bring Wi-Fi tethering with support for up to five devices all using the phone's internet connection at once. Also announced is a new flip to silence feature, which as the name suggests will silence incoming calls and alerts if you place the device on its face.
Several new features have been included for the camera as well, such as a self-timer and panorama mode, as well as Group Shot, which takes five photots and then determines the best faces from the selection taken. Action Shots serves as the handsets new "burst mode" and enables the phone's user to select the best picture from a handful taken.
Play To functionality will enable those with the device to stream video, music and pictures to other DNLA compatible devices, although Nokia pointed out this app was already available for Lumia users. Contact Share will also let you send and receive digital business cards using SMS.
The update will begin rolling out across both devices worldwide between now and the end of July, with access granted to the new apps once the upgrade is complete. Handset owners will be required to connect to a computer with Zune installed in order to download and install the update.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display. It sports a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, and a loud and clear external speaker. Like most Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Lumia 710 does not support microSD cards. The Nokia Lumia 710 is powered with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. The Windows Phone interface gets out of your way easily, and apps are quick to open more often than not.
The Nokia Lumia 800 measures a fairly compact 116.8mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm (4.6in x 2.4in x .5in), it features 16GB of internal storage, but lacks a microSD memory card slot. The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on a single-core processor (1.4GHz). The Lumia 800 is capable of HSPA 14.4 3G data connections on the 900, 1900, and 2100MHz bands and also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is 11.4mm thickness and weight 159g, in the front you can find the 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and in the back the 8 megapixel camera and its LED flash. Since there are no seams or doors there is no way to access the 1830mAh battery or increase the phone's 16GB internal storage with a microSD card.
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