Windows Phone peeps are patiently awaiting the Tango update, but the next proper biggie – coming later in the year – is Windows Phone Apollo. It’ll be packed full of improvements, so much so that it’ll be called Windows Phone 8.
Pocketnow has intercepted a Microsoft video intended for Windows Phone Nokia chaps, and it tells us exactly what to expect from Apollo.
In terms of hardware, Windows Phone Apollo will introduce multicore processors, four screen resolutions (not revealed at this early stage), removable microSD storage and NFC action for contactless payments and stuff.
Lots of integration with Windows 8 is promised, with simple app porting from desktop to phone. Oh, and don’t forget Windows 8 tablets; we’re quite looking forward to them.
Microsoft expects 100,000 apps to be available from the Windows Phone Marketplace by the time Apollo drops. That’s still a fair bit behind the Android Market and App Store, but quantity and quality are two very different things.
It sounds like Microsoft will push its existing Skydrive goodness as an alternative to iCloud. Makes sense. Skype – recently acquired by Microsoft – will also feature heavily.
Sounds pretty good, eh? If only Microsoft wasn’t so freakin’ slow. Hurry up!