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Software update boosts battery life for Nokia Lumia 800

The latest software update for the Nokia Lumia 800 promises to ‘significantly’ enhance the battery life of the Windows 7 smartphone. According to Nokia, that’s the key thing most users are looking for.

“We’ve heard your feedback and comments: better battery performance is what you really want. And that’s exactly what you’ll get. We put the software through rigorous tests, and what came out was an update that shows significant improvements in battery life, whether it’s for talk time in 3G networks, browsing over WiFi, music playback, or simply, the overall usage time,” said a statement on Nokia Conversations.

Nokia said it has been focused on delivering continuous enhancements since the Lumia 800 was launched late last year and – true to its word – this is the third software update in only four months.

“This software version for the Lumia 800 (1600.2487.8107.12070) brings significant improvements in battery performance and power management. Originally scheduled for 18 April, we’ve now managed to bring the schedule forward,” the statement continued.

However, that early release date isn’t happening everywhere at the same time. The updates are available now for some users in certain countries, with further territories and operators being added on 4, 11 and 18 April. Users can check their status here

Updates are already available in the UK for handsets from Vodafone and Nokia, whereas users on O2, Orange and T-Mobile need to wait a while as the update is “waiting for approval”.  

Other enhancements in the latest update include improved bass in the audio (for better voice quality and music) and soft key illumination at all brightness level settings.

Still no sign of WiFi tethering, although it’s definitely on Nokia’s to-do list: “Rest assured it is on its way.”

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