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Windows Phone 7.7 might come to current WP handsets instead of Apollo

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Windows Phone 7.7 might come to current WP handsets instead of Apollo
Oh boy, here we go again! Right when the scales started tipping in favor of current Windows Phone devices potentially getting an update to WP8, we have the German subsidiary of Business Week suggesting that Microsoft's plans are a bit different. According to the media's source, an update is indeed coming to these smartphones, but Windows Phone 8 is not it. Instead, current WP handsets will supposedly get Windows Phone version 7.7 or 7.6, which is going to be more of a "feature update" that will only introduce certain WP8 features. The source claims that it was a senior Microsoft manager and a Nokia insider who spilled the beans on this.

"An update is not technically possible because Windows [Phone] 8 uses different chip sets", the tipster explains. Nevertheless, if Microsoft is really going to bring as many of Apollo's features to current WP smartphones with the aforementioned Windows Phone 7.7 update, the scenario that the rumor projects might not be as bad as it seems. After all, the exact version number does not matter as long as the platform can do anything that the more advanced iteration is capable of.

In any case, don't forget that this is just a rumor, so it might end up being quite off track. Official information about Windows Phone 8 will likely be unveiled later this month, during the Windows Phone Developer Summit.

source: Wirtschafts Woche (translated) via WMPoweruser

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posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:11 3

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

oh my!!!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:12 5

2. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

doesnt that confirm the rumor that current phones WILL update but not have the full experience?

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:13 11

3. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)

windows fanboy just got trolled

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:13 4

4. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)

It's like announcing "We now present iPhone 4(s)" and everyone is like FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:16 5

5. rsiders (Posts: 1092; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

If this MIGHT be true, I wouldn't be so disappointed as a second generation Windows Phone owner. Getting as many great features in an update as opposed to getting none at all is more than fair. Still hoping for Apollo though. Anticipation!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:18 5

6. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

I'm done with the rumors of "it will" or "it won't" especially from sources like a subsidiary of Business Week.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:01 2

15. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)

totally agreed. it's getting kinda ridiculous and annoying that every other day some kind of nonsense rumor is getting pumped up by tech sites. can't they just wait for official confirmations instead of starting to speculate... credibility!!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:23 1

7. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

:( :( :(

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:24 7

8. nwright94 (unregistered)

As long as we're getting more features, it doesn't matter if we don't get all of Apollo. Just as long as current devices aren't being left out in the cold.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:47 2

9. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I will wait for the announcement, and then see what features come. Like a couple of the other posters on here (nwright94, rsiders, tigermcm), I am fine with an update that brings as much Apollo goodness to my Focus S as my device can handle and still gives me the performance I am used to.

It does mystify me as to why manufacturers didn't include dual core processors for second Gen WP's, though. Remember: there were minimum standards imposed by Microsoft, not all encompassing standards. Hopefully, that will be another trend with WP 8 devices. Pushing the limit on the hardware and truly providing a two year safe device.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:16 3

10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

I could live with this.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:38

11. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

See, i told you...

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:47 6

12. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

why do i find this funny? this IS fragmentation

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:52 5

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

oh the iRONY can I say welcome to fragmentation now? I mean its not the first time a phone does not get updates.... Its just a bad thing when its android powered

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:35 2

20. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

aah Poetic Justice ;)

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 14:52 1

27. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

People LOVE to toss the word fragmentation around, don't they?

If EVERY 2nd generation WP gets EVERY Apollo feature that the build and processor can handle, how is that the horrible "F" word? If every 1st generation WP got 2 complete updates, and maybe a third with this one, how is that the horrible "F" word? More importantly, why do Android owners want WP owners to not get these updates, or belittle them if they are given????

The short history of WP is very good, certainly not perfect but very good, in support across the board and with all their devices. This will be too. I have very little doubt that 90% or greater of the WP8 upgrade will make their way to the vast majority of WP owners. That will be a knock it out of the park success, and something Microsoft can rightly brag about.

And Android owners will still have a ton of great things to hang their hats on, and still have some problems. Nothing to do with MS, so relax.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:53

14. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Yo Rocky!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:02

16. edrich (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

I see what you did there ;)

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:13 2

17. edrich (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

If this turns out to be what happens, I don't mind this - as long as some missing features from 7.5 are included and the nice features from Apollo filters down it's all good. I don't need a dual core if the single core does the job as well as it does now. If Bluetooth file transfer can be accomodated, maybe a couple of tweaks to the task manager, a few call history improvements, maybe easy to use tone profiles and a camera setting update and I'll be happy. Getting a Lumia 900 end of the month either way

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:17 3

18. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)

At least we have new features unlike the fragmentated Android that might not even get any update at all.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:33 2

19. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

aah that's where you're wrong... see WinTrolls bashing the OG sgs for not getting ICS, but we got the feature pack update. SOOO.... once again... FRAGMENTATION!!!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:45

21. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)

Where's the update for Samsung galaxy w, Samsung jet, HTC desire, many many other LG/Lenovo/ Huawei/ZTE update? No? Haha fail

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 12:23 2

23. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

Where's the WP7.5 (Mango) for Nokia 610? that was just released recently *gasp*
oh, and not to mention others like HD2, older Omnias etc... where's their update?

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 12:48 1

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)

He's more obsessed with Android than his beloved WP. He couldn't help mentioning Android, even on WP articles.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 14:03 1

25. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)

dude, don't be ridiculously stupid. lumia 610 comes with 7.5 out of the box, all omnias were updated to it waaay back in summer 2011.
and the HD2 is NOT a WP device. pls, if you want to act like a total moron, do it OFF the internet, between the four walls of your room. kthxbye. :)

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 15:12 1

28. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

How is it not a WP device?, it is a windows mobile device, which preceded WP7, in the same way that Gingerbread preceded ICS, so if the older OMNIA (those on WM), and HD2 didn't get WP7, he has no right to bash on phones that did not get ICS.
also, 610 comes with Tango, which is not Mango.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:54

22. Shinobi77 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)

Lmao serious u guys with your fragmentation is really getting anoying. Yes Android does have the most fragmentation i know that cause i develop for android. So yes it does Sux. thats why i am leaving android development. Who know WP might even also get fragmentation cause there is yet again alot of diffrent phone makers that uses WP so all the apps must be developed accordingly to the phone maker and WP. The only Os that doesnt have some much fragmentation is IOS from apple cause they find away to keep it standerd for their phones as much as what they can. So if u guys wanna go on about fragmentation flame wars i sugest u throw ur pc, ur laptop, ur tablet and ur Smart Phone away cause all of them has fragmentation. Stop using the development side as a excuse none of out developers have millions of bucks to buy every phone and to develop for each make of phone. If u guys think u can do better go ahead and make a OS for the smart phones and see how far u can get.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 14:46 1

26. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

wow what a bummer however if it is true it does make sense because Windows Phone 8 will use dual core CPU's and high def screens which by themselves must have special chipsets to run them which requires different programming code to control them , Windows 7.5 mango smartphones are all Single core and do not use high def screens thus the computer code to run them is different less complex.but I still think a single core CPU set up can run windows 8 because Windows 8 release preview for desktop computers runs my single core Pentium 4 desktop computer without any hick ups. I like it better then windows 7 because I have an extra computer screen the metro start screen plus I have my trusty old desktop screen to use non metro apps. I have learned to work with both screens without a worry.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 17:00

29. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

yesss, this is good news, better then nothing, all of those features in wp 7.?? :)

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 22:06

30. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

This just like with windows mobile 6.1 before, they only updated it till 6.5 but not with windows phone 7 anymore. Microsoft, if you keep this up, I will be more discouraged to get a windows phone. For once, think about what the consumers want(an update for their newly bought phone)

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