The man charged with putting Windows Phone 7 handsets on the map has said that support for faster dual-core processors and 4G networks is on the way.
Ever since WP7 launched at the end of 2010, we’ve seen various manufacturers produce handsets for the platform but those manufacturers have been restricted with what they could do with the hardware due to very strict specifications by Microsoft.
One of these specifications is the lack of support from WP7 for dual-core processors, which are very popular on high-end Android smartphones and now on the iPhone as well with the presence of the A5 chip inside the new iPhone 4S.
Windows Phone unit boss, Andy Lees, has confirmed that support for dual-core processors is coming but in the mean time WP7 handsets will still be able to stand up to the competition.
“They’re all single core, but I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it, and that’s the point,” Lees told AllThingsD. He added that Microsoft would support dual-core chips only when the software had caught up with the current hardware and can take advantage of that extra processing grunt – a point we rather agree with.
In terms of LTE 4G technology, Microsoft has a similar philosophy saying it wants to wait until the networks speed up and become less power-hungry before it supports the system.
“The first LTE phones were big and big [users] of the battery, and I think it’s possible to do it in a way that is far more efficient, and that’s what we will be doing,” Lees said.
Lees also spoke of the various partnerships Microsoft has forged with manufacturers, claiming that Samsung is set to boost its support for Windows Phone which will become evident next year, though it’s the Nokia agreement which is still the most anticipated new development:
“I think that the agreement that we have with Nokia, it’s obviously a particularly special one, they’re exclusive to us, and we have a very, very deep partnership, and I think that Samsung is not quite as deep a dependence as the Nokia one, but it’s certainly in that vein,” Lees said.