The future of Windows Phone to be Mango, Tango and then Apollo
The handwriting, while pretty illegible, confirmed the codename of an upcoming Windows Phone update, Apollo, which is speculated to be Windows Phone 8, coming next year. We hear about another one now, when it was reported that Compal, which will produce the first batch of Nokia Windows Phones, got a deal with Microsoft for licensing an update after Mango, called... er, Tango, apparently scheduled before Apollo.
500+ new ones Steve Ballmer promised for Mango. Cool stuff comes with Apollo too - localization, something called Inspiration Engine, and also one handed input with next gen soft keyboard. Voice Typing was another feature written on the board, and Context Engine is obviously considered for "beyond Apollo", whatever that gets named.
Microsoft is obviously trying to inundate its Windows Phone mobile operating system with features to differentiate it from the competition, so it is not just resting on its laurels of hammering out a cool and sleek innovative interface with WP7. Those Nokia Windows Phones can't come soon enough to leverage the new mobile OS platform beyond the critical mass of 10 million devices sold, which seems to be the threshold for developing houses to pay serious attention towards a platform.
source: MobileCrunch & DigiTimes
1. jtech (unregistered)
Wow that sound cool. Voice typing on a new gen of soft keybords sounds like it could be promising
2. PhoneLuver (Posts: 474; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
Wow! Definitely a great way to generate interest and differentiate itself from other OS'.
But it needs to be released soon before it becomes a white elephant.