Apollo Update – Not Coming to Current Windows Phones?

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.

Metro UI
“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.
Windows 8 Metro
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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