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Leaked roadmap shows two major Windows Phone releases coming shortly

It looks like 2012 will be an interesting year for Windows Phone.  A leaked slide deck offers the first tidbits about Microsoft Corp's (MSFT) launch plans for 2012 -- a year some are billing as a make it or break it year for Microsoft.

Windows Phone (WP) 7.5 Mango is still relatively new on the market, but Microsoft is already cooking up its successor (or perhaps counterpart) dubbed Tango.  Set to launch in Q2 2011, Tango will bring the Mango experience to lower-priced budget smartphones.  

Microsoft has been pretty strict thus far about its hardware specifications (e.g. requiring a 1 GHz CPU), so it should be interesting to see if lower end hardware can keep pace.  Windows Phone is perhaps the most fluid operating system on the market today, in terms of animations, when navigating the core menus interface.  If the budget hardware indeed makes the WP experience clunkier, it should be interesting how much that cripples the UI experience.

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Tango is likely heavily crafted with Microsoft's premium partner Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) in mind.  While Nokia has struggled in the U.S., it has flourished with budget handsets in other very large markets like China.  Nokia has promised to transition all of its smartphone lineup to the Windows Phone platform.  In order to get its budget handsets onboard with that plan, WP Tango will be necessary.

For WP fans, the more exciting launch will likely be the Q4 2012 "Apollo".  Perhaps the rumored Windows Phone 8, Apollo will bring support for "super phones" (think LTE, large HD screens, dual-core CPUs, and more).  While some Windows Phones (think the HTC Titan) have offered more of a premium hardware experience, they still trail Android models in CPU speed (less noticeable) and screen resolution (more noticeable).

Samsung Galaxy S II
Next year Windows Phone will finally get the kind of gorgeous HD, super-smartphones that Android users have long enjoyed.

The slide also indicates it will improve the business experience.

Microsoft's slide also indicates that a key objective of Apollo is to "increase overall volume".  Well, duh -- even the typically enthusiastic Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that Windows Phone sales have been "very low".  With Nokia's transition to WP, Microsoft will instantly gain a large international market share, but it will need to push hard to win over the U.S. market, which is currently being dominated by a Google Inc. (GOOG) Android and Apple, Inc. (AAPL) iPhone duopoly.

While its success is uncertain, Microsoft continues to pour money into the mobile space and cook up novel product -- from an operating system perspective, if not yet from a hardware perspective.  Thus it seems inevitable that sooner or later its effort will see at least modest success.  2012 will verily be an exciting year for WP fans.

Source: WMPoweruser

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RE: Hardware
By JasonMick on 12/28/2011 8:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know where you got that from but
both Samsung Galaxy s2 (Android) and Samsung focus S (WP7) have same screen resolution. As for processors i don't care if u have dual core or quad core , the point is WP7 runs way smoother than android and the upside of having a single core is much better battery life than android.

The original Galaxy S II does, but the new premium Galaxy S II HD (the flagship model) packs an HD display, as does the repackaged Galaxy Nexus.

The old standard is 480x800, but Samsung's and HTC's flagship phones have moved to 720x1280 for Android. (Motorola's high res ones are 540x960, if I recall correctly...)

There is quite a noticeable difference between the HD screens and WP7's lower res ones....

RE: Hardware
By Mitch101 on 12/28/2011 10:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
Does the USB port finally work? Everyone I know with a Android Samsung device almost every model has a horror story about the USB port and trying to sync using Kies they all have given up trying to use the USB sync and every month they have to pull the battery because of the black screen issue.

Tried posting the links but filter says spam.

I'm speaking from personal experience too any Samsung Android phone is problematic. Great specs but epic fail on sync and stability.

RE: Hardware
By sprockkets on 12/28/2011 10:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you need to sync via USB anyhow???

RE: Hardware
By Mitch101 on 12/28/2011 10:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
Contacts, Pictures, Podcasts, Music, etc because not everyone wants to pull the cover and memory card when there is a USB port. Wifi sync is no fun either on the Samsung devices.

RE: Hardware
By sprockkets on 12/29/2011 12:11:56 AM , Rating: 1
Oh, well that isn't sync I guess, just moving over info, and yeah, that helps.

RE: Hardware
By Samus on 12/29/2011 12:15:32 AM , Rating: 2
I have a HP Veer (no USB, no headphone jack, no plugs at all) which charges from a Touchstone and sync's via Wifi. Being 802.11n, like most modern smartphones, it syncs at 2-3MB/second. Conservatively, that's 5 seconds/song, or an entire album in under a minute.

So really, what's the advantage of a USB cable? It might be 50% faster, but it takes 500% longer to connect. You have a wireless phone, get rid of the damn wires already.

RE: Hardware
By Mitch101 on 12/29/2011 12:27:22 AM , Rating: 2
Google Samsung Galaxy USB problems and youll know what I mean. Helps if the computer can find the device on the USB.

RE: Hardware
By arnold123 on 12/29/2011 12:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
I totally agree man. But I am comparing SG2 to with focus S.. Of course its not a fair comparison when u compare a newer phone with something 3 months old. You know how fast things move today. I agree though Android gets the latest and greatest hardware before WP does and that's because they sell 1000x more than WP phone , but then they take the same hardware minus one core and some ram with WP7 on it to sell to WP fans.

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