Microsoft has unintentionally revealed that it will release Windows Phone 7.8, its consolation prize for those users whose handsets are not eligible for Windows Phone 8, on 31 January.
The news came via a slip-up from Windows Phone Colombia, which confirmed earlier reports on its Facebook page this weekend. “As of January 31 and the first quarter of 2013 some handsets with Windows Phone 7.5 will be receiving the update 7.8 ... Happy weekend,” read a status update published on 19 January in Spanish.
The post also indicated that some operators and manufacturers, including Nokia, will “control the distribution of the update,” meaning that some handsets can expect to receive Windows Phone 7.8 before others.
The software is intended to bring devices, such as Nokia’s Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, closer to Windows Phone 8. Among other things, the update will introduce Microsoft’s new live tile interface, which is a flagship feature of Windows Phone 8. It’s also due to bring new apps and new features such as a new lock screen function.
Microsoft has yet to issue an official comment, but it’s likely that we’ll be hearing something soon.