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Apollo Update - Not Coming to Current Windows Phones?

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The next major version of the Windows Phone OS, known as Apollo or Windows 8, may not come to current Windows Phone devices. Is the mobile version of Windows 8 just too much for a single-core processor to take?

According to an insider source talking to The Verge, phones running the current Mango 7.5 version of Windows Phone will not be able to take the leap to Apollo. This next major version of the software is expected to be the mobile side of Windows 8, already available as a PC desktop beta.

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"If your name's not down..."

Unless Microsoft plans to continue a separate stream of Windows 7.x software updates, this could prove a massive blow for Windows phones, effectively cutting-short the shelf life of mobiles like the Nokia Lumia 900. Until this news hit, Windows phones have enjoyed a very streamlined update process. Unlike Android, with its fragmented approach to updates, most Windows devices boarded the Mango 7.5 express pretty swiftly.

What will current Windows Phone acolytes miss out on? It seems likely that Microsoft will merge the smartphone part of Windows with the Metro UI of the tablet/PC edition of Windows 8. It is based on the Live tile interface of Windows Phone 7, which has its roots in the look of the old Zune media player software.

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It crams more information into the central tile home-page page, though, suggesting that Apollo phones may support much higher-resolution screens than the 480 x 800 pixels of current Windows mobile devices. Are you a Lumia 800 owner? Is this news enough to blast away any goodwill Microsoft has built up for its mobile OS?

via The Verge

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Rupert Hollom

April 19, 2012, 3:15 pm

<p>Microsoft need to clarify this ASAP otherwise it will have an impact on handset sales. Be madness if the current range of handsets aren't upgradable, Apple manage it on the older handsets, even if some of the functionality is not available.</p>

Nik Bates

April 19, 2012, 9:52 pm

<p>This a just put me off the new Nokia lumia 900 really was looking forward to getting my hands on this beauty. I own the lg Optimus7 and love it, always pushing WP too my friends and family as a great Os but i'l be damed if i'm going to spend money of what effectively will become a dead OS.</p>

Well Spoken Waffle

April 20, 2012, 12:48 am

<p>it was mentioned somewhere the two os's had completely different kernels - windows phone 8 used a new custom one, windows phone 7 (.5) had one based off of the older windows mobile kernel. something like that is a major update, in my eyes, and isn't even something i can see being pushed via a computer.</p><p>it's a shame - i do like my nokia lumia 800, but, well, news like this is just disappointing.</p>


April 20, 2012, 1:48 am

<p>This could jut be someone trying to force Microsoft's hand. Spread this rumour and try to force Microsoft to refute it by saying that phones *will* get Windows Phone 8.</p><p>But then again my HD2 wasn't allowed to have Windows Phone 7 because it had the wrong buttons...perhaps Windows Phone 8 has an extra button, or fewer buttons...</p>


April 20, 2012, 5:05 pm

<p>WP8 will use the same kernel as Windows 8, not a custom kernel. This will allow commonality across the entire windows range.</p><p>There is nothing technically preventing such a major change in kernel being pushed to the existing phones. It's just a case of :<br>a) Are the current phones able to meet the minimum H/W requirements<br>b) Are the phone manufacturers and telecos willing to support the new OS version on old phones, when they would prefer to sell new phones instead<br>c) Will Microsoft put enough pressure on phone manufacturers and telecos to make them support WP8 on old phones</p>

Nik Bates

April 20, 2012, 11:15 pm

<p>If this story is true what the hell were Nokia thinking releasing the 900 so late to the party.</p>

Mason Bogert

May 11, 2012, 1:12 am

<p>That's such bullshit! I just got a Windows Phone with a 2 year contract, looking forward to developing on 7.5 and even more on 8, and now I'll have to pay hundreds of dollars to cancel my contract. So will everyone else with a 2 year commitment. I won't. And neither will most others. So we'll be stuck with a dead OS, and M$ won't get any sales until Apollo is released. Might as well have just bought a Mac and an iPhone.</p>

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