Rumor: More and more evidence suggests today’s Windows Phones will not be upgraded to Apollo

Windows Phone fragmentation, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t exist. If you bought the first Windows Phones to roll off an assembly line back in 2010, then chances are you’re running the latest version of the OS. This will change by the time we reach the fourth quarter of this year. Let’s start with Tango, the next version of Windows Phone. There are actually two versions, Tango I and Tango II. One of them, we think the first one, was developed for companies who want to build lower cost devices, hence why the Nokia Lumia 610 was announced last week. Whereas every Windows Phone on the market has a processor that’s clocked to at least 1 GHz and also has 512 MB of RAM, devices running Tango I have an 800 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM. It’s too early to say if OS performance is negatively impacted, but we were certainly impressed with what we saw at the show. Microsoft says 95% of applications in the Windows Phone Marketplace will run just fine on Tango I devices, and the ones that don’t obviously need to be modified to use less memory. As for Tango II, it’s a software update for Windows Phones currently on the market, so we’re talking bug fixes, several new features, etc.

Things get a bit messy when we start looking at the next big update to Windows Phone, codenamed Apollo. Eventually it’ll be called Windows Phone 8, but for the sake of this article let’s call it Apollo. Now Apollo is supposed to be based off of the same kernel that powers the desktop version of Windows 8. Rumors suggest it’ll support high resolution screens, dual core processors, NFC, the works. The question on everyone’s mind is: “Will I be able to upgrade my current Windows Phone to Apollo?”

According to Mary-Jo Foley from All About Microsoft, she’s increasingly hearing that the answer is no. At Mobile World Congress last week, Terry Myerson, the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone, said in an interview that application compatibility is the goal of Apollo. That pretty much confirms that Apollo is going to be an entirely new beast.

We’ve been saying it all along, that you should avoid Windows Phone until Apollo, not just because Mango feels so incomplete, but because Nokia themselves have said that they’re not going to be able to their best work until Apollo. So if you’re thinking about a Lumia 900 or Lumia 800, then stop.

  • Anonymous

    So WP7 was just the trojan horse to keep MS in the race.

    WP8 will be the real deal.

    Let’s hope it delivers.

    • Anonymous

       After the last five years’ products in this field, how can you hold out hope for that?

    • quintus murray

      true so true WP7 was simply a bluff buying time till the real product gets finished BUT they did NOT need to be so restrictive with the hardware that made em fall behind

  • Anonymous

    I see only possible misinterpretation from the Author, assumptions based on… nothing.

    Also there is an aggressive tone in the article, bad journalism!

    • Journalism? Do you see me running around Syria taking photos and videos, trying to make China and Russia jump onboard with the UN Security Council?

      This is a Windows Phone rumor, I took it, put my own spin on it, and that’s it.

  • Even if the current phones do not get the Apollo update, I am still going to get the Nokia Lumia 900. Even though I would like to see it upgraded to Apollo, I am impressed by the phone and Mango looks really cool. My thinking is that by the time my contract is up, Apollo will be well situated (and stabilized), and there will be a number of cool phones that run it. So I win now…and then. 

    • I’m with ya on that, I have been itching to get my Lumia 900.  I’ll just have to get it from Best Buy and get their buy back so I can get around $300 for it when I sell it back to them for the “apollo” Lumia phone 🙂  Can’t wait for the 900!!!

  • Greg99

    THis conflicts with other reports.

    I wrote a c++ program in 1998 on windows 95!. guess what is is 2012 , I am running windows 7 64 bit and my 32 bit app still runs like it did 14 years ago only faster. Am busy porting it to C# and thank god for the old version that still runs!

    On Linux I could not even get stability for 2 weeks..without needing to recompile and pray it compiled which it often did not..that was then and why I moved away from Linux.  I guess now Android and IOS etc. offer what maybe 24 months compatibility .I dont know, but beat 14 years!

    I will support microsoft for quite some time until somebody else can show me true platform stability on anything else!!

    So my guess is that if Ms cannot make win 8 work on Appollo, they will try their hardest to make it vwork and if they cannot all  the apps will still work!


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