While most Windows Phone 7 software updates have gone through smoothly, there were reports that some Samsung mobile devices had been rendered useless in the process.
Taking note of this, Microsoft has decided to take down the WP7 update for Samsung phones:
“In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.”
A small percentage of Samsung Windows Phone users, using certain firmware versions, did have a problem with the 7008 WP7 update.
Microsoft has now come out with a clarification on this issue:
Contrary to some of the gloomy headlines out there, our preliminary internal data paints a very different picture about update progress. 90 percent of people who’ve received an update notification have installed the new software patch successfully. Of the 10 percent who did experience a problem, nearly half failed for two basic reasons—a bad Internet connection or insufficient computer storage space. Luckily, both are easy to fix.
We’ve identified a technical issue with the Windows Phone update process that impacts a small number of Samsung phones. We’re working to correct the problem as quickly as possible. But as a precaution, we’ve briefly suspended updates to Samsung phones. We are continuing to update other Windows Phone models as scheduled.
If you were one of the few unlucky one’s who have ended up with a brick in your hand, post the update, you might want to see this WP7 Upgrade Troubleshooter post.
If you wish, you need not install this update. Even if you skip this update, you’ll still eventually receive it. The patch will simply be bundled together with the next WP7 NoDo next update.