While owners of Nokia’s Lumia line of handsets are eagerly waiting for the release of the Windows Phone 7.8 update, Nokia has released a minor update that improves the general performance of the Lumia 610. According to the announcement on Nokia’s developer blog, the update delivers improved system performance, camera performance, and usability.

Those who recently purchased a Lumia 610 already have the update, but for others, the update will be rolled out to different countries at different times. Users will be able to update either over-the-air, or by using the Zune software on their computers.

Nokia Lumia 610 now official!

The Lumia 610 now has better performance thanks to the update

Recently, Nokia had released the beta version for its Nokia Xpress app for Lumia devices. The app enables you to view web-based content the way you would read a magazine. The Nokia Xpress Beta app enables you to set up feeds for your most-visited sites. It also automatically places livetiles to sites you frequent on the home screen. Another major feature is one-click language translations for viewing websites that are normally in a foreign language.

The Nokia Xpress app compresses the data you download while you are using it, thus greatly reducing data usage. This is especially useful for those who have caps on their data plans. The app also allows you to store any page you have viewed and view it later when you don’t have access to a data connection. Another feature is SkyDrive integration. The app enables you to save to SkyDrive, videos and other forms of content that you view in the app, without downloading it separately for SkyDrive. The videos can then be downloaded on to any device with SkyDrive.

Recently, the technical specifications, price and a photo of the Nokia Lumia 510 were leaked. According to a report by GSMArena, the website that received the leaked photo of the Lumia 510, “We first heard about the Lumia 510 last month, in a leak that revealed that the low-end smartphone would sport a 4-inch display, have 4 GB of internal memory, and run on just 256 MB of RAM. Those specs have just been confirmed by our own source, who also sent us the picture above and hinted that the initial price will be $150. The Lumia 510 is aimed at targeting the entry-level smartphone market, and will likely start in China where smartphone ownership has nearly tripled since 2010.” The website mentions that the handset could be launched across the globe by early 2013.

There is no word yet on the operating system the Lumia 510 handset will run on, but given its previous track record, Microsoft has managed to run Windows Phone 7.5 on handsets featuring 256MB of RAM. So this could be the OS used on this yet unannounced entry level smartphone.

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, the company also announced Windows Phone 7.8 which is a sort of ‘value pack’ for existing Windows Phone devices and not Windows Phone 8. All handsets running WP 7.5 or Mango will be upgradeable to WP 7.8, and one of the new features that the update brings with it is the new customisable home screen from WP 8.

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