Well it has finally happened. NODO has moved out of the “testing” phase for the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum and into the “scheduling” phase. Scheduling means the update should be delivered in approximately 10 business days or less. You’ll notice the HTC surround, another AT&T Windows Phone, has not yet changed status. Apparently that device requires further testing on a “third party package” included with the update.
What are third party packages? Well they can be a variety of things including firmware and extra software and for the first time that I’m aware of we have insight to what those are for the AT&T devices. Eric Hautala updated his blog post and mentioned that the NODO update, “includes support for two special AT&T features. The first is “WISPr” protocol support, which makes it possible for your phone’s data connection to automatically switch over to AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots when in range. The update also includes support for AT&T Address Book.”
I had posted previously that I conjectured there had to be extra software included in the updates that explained the additional time required for the AT&T devices. Turns out that was true. I have never heard of or used the AT&T Address Book, but it appears to be a free AT&T hosted contact backup and synchronization feature with integration with other AT&T offered services. For someone who uses Hotmail/Windows Live as their primary email this seems unnecessary as Windows Phone easily synchronizes contacts through Hotmail/Windows Live. I know that is not the case with some other email services. For those individuals it may be worth looking into. On the other hand the WISPr protocol support sounds pretty cool. I do know there are many AT&T Wireless hotspots near me but I never think to connect to them. Assuming this happens automatically it could make for a much faster and smoother data connection when out and about. I will post details when I get the update on my Focus and have a chance to try this out for myself.