With two big announcements last week, Microsoft attempted to dominate the smartphone market by launching Windows Phone 8, the newest version of Windows Phone OS and expanding its range of hardware products with tablet PCs named Microsoft Surface.
With lot of new exciting features in Windows Phone 8, the most apparent change is the New UI also called Start Screen with more customization options. There are better hardware specifications from multi-core processors support to a new Wallet Hub that support NFC Payments. Essentially, Windows Phone 8 share transitions to core components from Windows 8 including NT Kernel. Also, there are new preloaded apps like Internet Explorer 10, Skype and VOIP Integration, and Nokia Drive, much advanced mapping solution that uses NAVTEQ maps.
Certainly, Microsoft has taken an impressive move with Windows Phone 8 but an unpleasant suspicion which is reality now has sadden lot of Windows Phone users.
And that is existing Windows Phone devices are not upgradable to Windows Phone 8 including Nokia Lumia 900. Although, Microsoft stated good reason for this saying Windows Phone 8 require some essential hardware specifications which can only be possible in devices coming after this fall. Microsoft has promised a Windows Phone 7.8 update for current phones with at least new UI.
Microsoft’s latest move would majorly affect Nokia as it’s slowly losing its smartphone market to Apple and Android despite of launching the flagship smartphone range, the Lumia series. Surprisingly, Microsoft considered Nokia Lumia 900 as an epitome of its mobile OS, Windows Phone and just after 6 months of its launch, Microsoft announces an OS which is neither available to Nokia Lumia nor to HTC Titan II. Many financial analysts believe that Nokia Lumia’s incompatibility with Windows Phone 8 can create serious problems for the Finnish manufacturer and probably Nokia anticipating these future problems, posted a statement in its U.S. Twitter Account saying: “We will bring the elements of Windows Phone 8 to Lumia 900 that aren’t tied to the new hardware”.
In technical terms, this is called fragmentation. It is a concern for software developers that whether their existing applications will run successfully on latest devices or not. For Android users, developers and manufacturers, fragmentation is considered as one of the biggest challenges since large number of custom versions of Android platform are introduced rapidly. Now, the same problem is coming up with Windows Phone.
As Windows Phone 8 is also arriving this fall alike iOS 6, Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei will manufacture the first set of phones that will run Windows Phone 8 with Qualcomm’s new processor, Snapdragon S4 Plus. Well, users can expect much more to Windows Phone 8 than Microsoft unveiled at the Windows Phone Summit 2012 as it was just a sneak-peek.