Reports: No Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" Upgrade for Nokia Lumia 900?
April 23, 2012 11:12 AM
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Lack of upgrade path gives cause to pause, but may not affect the average buyer significantly
While the official party line from Microsoft Corp. (
) is that it has not announced whether there will be an upgrade path for
Windows Phone 7.5 (
handsets, such as the
Lumia 900 LTE
by Nokia Oyj. (
), to future operating system versions, the rumor-mill is abuzz that the answer is "no".
I. No Upgrade Path for Windows Phone Mango
No one knows precisely when the next version of Windows Phone will land. But
leaked slides from 2011
point to a Q2 launch of a lightweight variant (
) and a Q4 (likely October
alongside Windows 8
) launch of the next high-end release --- Windows Phone 8 (code-name:
devices like the Lumia 900 finally
starting to appeal from an aesthetics and hardware perspective
, the question on the minds of many is whether these second-generation Windows Phones will be compatible with the third-generation
Again, there's been no official word from Microsoft, but signs pointing to "no" began when blog
interviewed Microsoft developer-cum-WP promoter Nuno Silva, who claimed that the devices would be eligible for upgrade:
That possibility was cast into serious doubt, when Mr. Silva posted a blog followup retracting his claim and apologizing. In
I recently participated in an interview with the Portuguese website Zwame, where I made some comments on the future of Windows Phone that created confusion. Rumors are swirling, so I feel the need to clarify my statements.
The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone. This is the same guidance that Microsoft shared late last year.
I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday. I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability.
While there has been no official word, that denial coupled with reports from top reporters with ties to Microsoft --
SuperSite for Windows
' Paul Thurrott [
-veteran Mary Jo Foley [
's Dieter Bohn [
] -- indicates that it’s unlikely that any
device will receive an
Paul Thurrott offers perhaps the most insight, writing:
First, there’s no economic imperative; Microsoft’s partners have sold very few Windows Phones, and supporting a new platform on legacy hardware would be expensive. Second, the experience would be terrible; Windows Phone 8 is based on Windows 8, not Windows Phone 7.x, and requires headier, higher-end hardware with two or more core processors. Third, handset makers and wireless carriers would never support this upgrade; they want to sell new phones. And finally, wireless carriers would never, ever, ever, ever deliver this update to users.
Of course Microsoft has already made it absolutely clear that
will continue to received patches and updates -- including bug-fixes, performance enhancements, and security-updates -- until end-of-life (EOL). So, no upgrade does not mean "no update", by anyone's estimation.
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No guarantee of OS upgradability.
4/24/2012 2:31:43 AM
People are concerned about OS updatability because other competing platforms guarantee at least 2 years of OS upgradeable before the hardware is not longer supported in a new version of the OS.
So it seems, was clear from the message. Apps yes, fully compatibility but OS not sure. (Means possibility of not being able to upgrade). That is the message people wanted and they got that. It is fair enough but unfortunate for MS.
Because they could say: We guarantee upgradability of specific handsets to WP8.0 but will not do so for WP9, which would be reasonable.
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