No Windows Phone Apollo upgrade for existing Mango handsets?

No Windows Phone Apollo upgrade for existing Mango handsets?Yesterday, Microsoft Portugal Developer Evangelist, Nuno Silva, gave an interview claiming that the current range of Mango handsets would be upgradable to the “next major version of Windows Phone” – presumably Apollo.

However, the offending interview has since disappeared, and a source of The Verge claims that he was talking nonsense.

The official response from Microsoft was simply: "We have stated publicly that all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases."

Er, that’s probably not the news Nokia Lumia owners were hoping to hear, particularly our transatlantic friends who’ve just picked up the Lumia 900.

On the plus side, I guess that means Apollo must have some pretty meaty improvements that the current Windows Phone range is simply incapable of handling.

Now all we need is a range of apps specifically developed for Apollo, and the Windows Phone fragmentation game can really get started. We’ve already heard that some apps won’t be compatible with Tango's 256MB low end.

And before you Windows Phone peeps claim that I'm biased, I reckon the Ice Cream Sandwich situation is laughable. I love and hate all things equally.

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SpeedyG  Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:20

Tango, Mango and Apollo.

O eck! oO

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:41

Why not just put a DON'T BUY sticker on the Lumia 900? Over-priced, bug-ridden and no hope on the next major update... Yep, my next uberphone, fo'sure.

SpeedyG  Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:58

Could Apollo attract you Jan, if it's seamless with Windows 8 on desktop/tablet?

bilbob  Apr. 18, 2012 at 13:12

Have I missed something? Where exactly does it say that it ISN'T coming to older handsets?

It doesn't say it is, but nowhere I can see does it say it isn't... slightly misleading headline, dontcha think?

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 13:15

Actually Jan that does sound like it'd fit in well with your phone lineup

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 13:20

Have I missed something? Where exactly does it say that it ISN'T coming to older handsets?

It doesn't say it is, but nowhere I can see does it say it isn't... slightly misleading headline, dontcha think?


Good point, sir. I've thrown in a '?' ;)

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 13:24

Have I missed something? Where exactly does it say that it ISN'T coming to older handsets?

It doesn't say it is, but nowhere I can see does it say it isn't... slightly misleading headline, dontcha think?


True but when you remove articles that say it will I think it's wise to start lowering expectations of it.
Tbh for how they are trying to make wp so similar hardware wise it wouldn't fit to make them upgradeable to an os that is built for superior hardware. Assuming that jump in hardware is significant it's be like trying to upgrade original xbox hardware with an xbox 360 firmware.

equ  Apr. 18, 2012 at 13:25

Unless Nokia's sales pickup very soon there wont be a company to do updates. A Baa3 (With Negative outlook) as credit rating is very bad indeed!

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 13:31

Well it isn't just nokia making Mango phones.

equ  Apr. 18, 2012 at 13:46

True. Sales have been a disaster for all WP7 handsets it's not just Nokia. Just Nokia is most effected as they "Burnt" their old platform before jumping.

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 14:18

And even the burnt one is selling more.

krogothnx  Apr. 18, 2012 at 14:23

I don't think they can afford to do something like that.

They only just started a new app ecosystem, if they have to do it all over again after just a couple of years they'll be committing business suicide. who's going to buy into an ecosystem that'll be gone in two years?

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 14:27

Well they say the apps will still work, like the 360 could run (most) xbox games.
Besides as no one has bought into it yet it's not really an issue ;)

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 15:21

Did someone ask me if the next next update could attract me because it integrates with Windows 8???
RoFL with coffee out my nose...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 16:34

Did someone ask me if the next next update could attract me because it integrates with Windows 8???
RoFL with coffee out my nose...

Windows 8 is actually a good OS. I use it everyday, it's far faster than W7 and comparable to Ubuntu on the same PC. It also doesn't force you to restart after every update any more, which is nice.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 16:39

Did someone ask me if the next next update could attract me because it integrates with Windows 8???
RoFL with coffee out my nose...

Windows 8 is actually a good OS. I use it everyday, it's far faster than W7 and comparable to Ubuntu on the same PC. It also doesn't force you to restart after every update any more, which is nice.
You mustn't start a paragraph with "Windows", co-worker ;)
:p

No, why pretend? I hate MicroSoft. They stand for me in one dirty line-up with Monsanto, Fox News, Nestle and whoever invented blood sausage...

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 16:44

Also, Microsoft added a feature whereby OEMs will be able to lock the bootloader of machines shipping with Win 8 - they call it a bonus for added security, but the linux foundation calls it $@*&(^%$£^*(

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 16:46

Nestle? What do you have against a chocolate company? Don't they make Maltesers...hmmmm...Maltesers *dribble*...?

Oh, I'm not denying M$ are a scumbag company, but their revenue is based on you buying their products... ;).

Co-worker...pah, I don't get paid :p.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 16:49

You don't get paid and I don't work :p There's co-ness.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 16:51

You don't get paid and I don't work :p There's co-ness.
Why do I feel you got the better end of the deal here haha :p.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:06

You don't get paid and I don't work :p There's co-ness.
Why do I feel you got the better end of the deal here haha :p.

oh you pedantic legalists :p

Treab  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:34

Nestle? What do you have against a chocolate company? Don't they make Maltesers...hmmmm...Maltesers *dribble*...?

Oh, I'm not denying M$ are a scumbag company, but their revenue is based on you buying their products... ;).

Co-worker...pah, I don't get paid :p.


they also produced a milk substitute for africa which led to deaths... lets not forget that :p due to them needing to be mixed with water... not that i expect you to know ;)

SpeedyG  Apr. 18, 2012 at 18:04

It was me who asked about you might be interested in Apollo/Win8 Jan, no need to laugh. :(

I'm presuming your a Apple fanboy then? :p

Treab  Apr. 18, 2012 at 18:31

It was me who asked about you might be interested in Apollo/Win8 Jan, no need to laugh. :(

I'm presuming your a Apple fanboy then? :p


No hes got symbian working on his pc ;) hes a symbian fanboy... along with meego... basically if it failed... he wants one ;)

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 18, 2012 at 18:35

It was me who asked about you might be interested in Apollo/Win8 Jan, no need to laugh. :(

I'm presuming your a Apple fanboy then? :p


My laugh was faked :p

No, I'm not fan-anything. I'm the resident hater :D

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