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"Full of win!"
Update remedies early shortcomings, including copy/cut/paste and multitasking deficiencies

Windows Phone 7 is finally here.  The good is that there's lots of hardware varieties to choose from, much like Android.  Also in the good news category is the slick and easy to used polished user interface that comes standard with WP7.  The bad news is that many features are notably missing -- hot swappable SD memory, copy/cut/paste, and true third-party multitasking.

But there's hope yet for those who have purchased Windows Phone 7 handsets, or are thinking about it.  Microsoft is rumored to be planning a massive update to the young operating system according to wpcentral.

The news was leaked by overexcited Windows Phone 7 developer Chris Walsh, who couldn't keep quiet about the update's inclusion of copy/cut/paste, free voice-guided Bing navigation, custom ringtone support, a third-party multitasking solution, and more.

The update is rumored to land as early as January, in time to go head to head with Google's Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and Apple's iOS 4.3.

If indeed all those rumored features make it to the finished product, Microsoft would unleash a wicked competitor on the market.  As one Twitter poster put it, "MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years."

Another poster comments, "Let's just say, they could have called it Windows Phone 8."

Let's just say Google and Apple are doubtless watching closely how this one plays out.

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By Exodite on 11/29/2010 6:07:11 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe I'm blind but from where I'm looking is seems WP7 is currently supporting exactly one hardware platform, namely the QSD8250.

Sure, other things differ somewhat but while WP7 has a lot of potential I wouldn't say it's offering much in the way of variety ATM.

RE: Variety?
By Pirks on 11/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Variety?
By reader1 on 11/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Variety?
By Pirks on 11/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: Variety?
By omnicronx on 11/29/2010 7:05:51 PM , Rating: 3
I think they are all QSD8250s... Its still an arm7 Cortex A8 at heart though, just like pretty much every other smartphone on the market right now.

It makes sense for MS to go that route though, optimize for a particular line of chips and then branch out from there if needs be.. It also will help serve as quality control, especially in the beginning while they want to gain traction. There won't be nearly as many cases as with Android in which certain apps don't work with certain phones.

RE: Variety?
By Exodite on 11/29/2010 7:08:46 PM , Rating: 2
Certainly, I totally understand why they did it as optimizing for one platform is a lot easier.

It did come at the cost of variety and options though, which I feel the article kinda glossed over.

RE: Variety?
By omnicronx on 11/29/2010 7:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Variety in terms of what though? Yes they will all support the same frequencies, camera's, sd cards etc, but in terms of form factor (which I would assume is what most people talk about in terms of variety), there are plenty of options. (especially for a release)..

I will tend to agree though, its not mentioned in very many places that the underlying platform is the same.

RE: Variety?
By Spivonious on 11/30/2010 10:10:08 AM , Rating: 2
That's just a coincidence. All MS has mandated is hardware specs.

Personally I like that idea. It lets developers know exactly what's available to use. It's the difference between developing for the Xbox and developing for Windows.

RE: Variety?
By Exodite on 11/30/2010 10:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
That's just a coincidence. All MS has mandated is hardware specs.

^I don't know, that seems like an oxymoron to me.

Since they've mandated the hardware specs it hardly seems like a coincidence that all current WP7 handsets use the same SoC.

Of course I haven't seen it stated outright anywhere but it's not unreasonable to assume that WP7 only, currently, supports this one SoC. Meaning that things such as hardware acceleration wouldn't work on a TI OMAP or Samsung Hummingbird, for example.

Granted it's not a major hurdle at this point, assuming Microsoft is already preparing support for other SoCs. If they were to be late for the migration to dual-core Cortex A9 SoCs in the beginning of next year, due to lacking hardware support, that would be bad though.

RE: Variety?
By Spivonious on 11/30/2010 3:48:57 PM , Rating: 2
From what I understand, it is simple specs, and the SoC that the current handsets use was the only one that met all of the requirements (1GHz+ CPU, hardware graphics acceleration, etc.).

Future support would only require the proper drivers, not any built-in support in the OS. When I buy a new video card that Windows doesn't have drivers for, I download them from the video card maker, not from Microsoft.

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