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Samsung Omnia W updated to Windows Phone 7.8 via Zune

While it’s not a new news that Windows Phone 7.8 is being rolled out globally today, and that the Nokia Lumias are the first to get it, I managed to upgrade my trusty Samsung Omnia W (known as Samsung Focus Flash in some countries, GT-i8350) too. Though I was able to update via Zune, it wasn’t an easy job.

UPDATE: Windows Phone 7.8 bumped up to address battery drain and live tile issues

The update process:

  1. First minor update to 7.10.8779.8
  2. Second update bumps it up to 7.10.8783.12
  3. The third and final one updates the phone to 7.10.8858.136
  4. The firmware didn’t change at all; it’s 2424.12.04.3 (I believe the battery issues that came along with the Tango update would stay forever!)

It’s not like you connect the phone to the computer, start Zune, check for updates and update. You need to have a lot of patience if you want to see the 7.8 update get started on your phone. I followed the most famous forced update method detailed here, and it seemed to work today too, just like it did for the Tango update in July 2012.

The following screenshots will give you some hope that you too can accomplish this with a bit of patience and persistence:

windows-phone-update-2 Samsung Omnia W updated to Windows Phone 7.8 via Zunewindows-phone-update-3 Samsung Omnia W updated to Windows Phone 7.8 via Zunewindows-phone-7.8-changelog Samsung Omnia W updated to Windows Phone 7.8 via Zune

So, happy upgrading your Samsung Omnia W Windows Phone! Let me know if you have questions.