Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" shown tested on a Nokia Lumia 900

Windows Phone 8
We received a rather murky shot of what is claimed to be a Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" developer build being tested on a cyan Nokia Lumia 900. Microsoft's upcoming version of the Windows Phone mobile OS is supposed to be the one to usher the platform in the era of multicore chipsets and HD screens, among many other improvements.

Thus a lot of hopes are pinned on Apollo to really leverage the Windows Phone platform and cement its position as the third horse in what is now essentially an iOS-SamsungAndroid race.

References to Windows Phone 8 started already appearing in apps and analytics too, so hopefully things are progressing nicely towards Microsoft's Windows Phone Developer Summit on 20/21 next month, where Apollo is rumored to be previewed. 

A close launch with Win 8, on which kernel the new WP version might be built, would further enhance the appeal of Apollo as there will be a whole new ecosystem out there to connect to.

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44 Comments

1. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Bring it on!!!

13. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

But its way to restrictead even than ios.....

44. ioamnesia

Posts: 1; Member since: May 17, 2012

Learn to type, then learn to read. Apollo will be opening up interop access which means alot of the restrictions that made Windows Phone 7 so secure, at the expense of the consumer, will be lifted. I just hope they have a good plan to keep security high.

2. Cosmo

Posts: 32; Member since: May 03, 2012

iOS, RIM, and WinMo FTW! enough of Android puh-leease!

6. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Seriously. I like what im seeing with the windows handsets, and I have a feeling Apple's going to introduce something awesome this year. HTC's ONE series is the only Android thing impressing me right now.

9. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Yeah, I agree. The SGS3 got impressive benchmarks and probably is the fastest droid out there, but it didn't capture my heart like how the SGS2 did. I'll probably get the OneX (RGB screen) or the Xperia S (8MP). I was hoping the SGS3 would obliterate them in my list, but I now I feel like thinking about a Note too.

30. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

so when you wrote this I'm assuming you didn't see the videos showing what phone could do aka way more than any lame HTC that wioo need an update the day you pull it out of the box

35. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Phones are constructed weeks or months in advance of their sale date (as are most consumer products!), yet software is typically a constantly updating thing. Every smartphone I've purchased in the last 3 years has had a software update out of the box to get it to the latest version, since the manufacturer can't put the software on the phone while it's in its box

40. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

i get they need updates but htc has always left something out with in their builds the evo horrible batter and glitchy couldnt mirror like it was supposed to evo 3d updated 5 times 3 weeks after release and still ended up being a horrible device htc sensation i loved it but htc boot up screen shot when hitting home too much lag with sense htc mytouch slide 3g horrible memory capacity mostly for all these battery life has been poor selling phones for the past 5 years for just about every company has shown me this

42. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

@Lboogey6 No no no. I'm not saying the HTC One X and Xperia S are better phones than the SGS3. What I'm saying is the SGS3 isn't too far ahead compared to other flagships. When the SGS2 was released, it was the undisputed king of the Android realm, only to be dethroned by it's bigger brother, the Note. Now, the SGS3 is not too far ahead of its competitors.

43. Archan_Pe

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

probably because it was kinda, ugly xD

3. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

i can no longer wait for this OS !! it will bring many improvements !! right nog Windows Phone 7.5 Mango feels like a Beta to me, really !! but it is already good! Looking out for WP8 !!

15. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I just got the lumia 900!!! :)

38. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

good ! i'm gonna buy it too cyan :) but like always nokia is so slow in releasing their devices, the benelux is always the last :)))))

4. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Only real threat to Android from WP is eco-system Microsoft has...feature wise...android nails every other mobile platform.

5. HugeTroller

Posts: 80; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

oh really? No rather, Android nails Windows Phone on fragmentation and lagginess.

12. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Truee

11. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Truee

7. Saad073

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

That might not be a Nokia Lumia 900. There's no buttons on the bottom of the phone and there's not FF cam either. If it's a real photo, this might be a prototype or a refreshed Lumia 900 with WP8. Still very exciting! :)

8. joeymk

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

orgasm

10. philj21

Posts: 4; Member since: May 02, 2012

I'm excited for windows 8

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

But im not...... its closed ecosystem like ios .....

16. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

closed equals no fragmentation, more stability, more quality in apps

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

But its still not like android free open ..... lack ov hardware lack ov multitask gpu cpu etc.... theres no gain root no kernels no roms explain?!!!!!!

29. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

What do you care about "free" since you still pay for the device, not the Android itself? There are custom ROM's for Windows Phone too, and Homebrew apps. I wouldn't say "lack of hardware" since the phones are doing really well for themselves, you're just looking at a really optimized OS (Windows Phone) and comparing it to a Really unoptimized OS (Android) which more often than not need all that horse power to function smoothly. And I do actually believe I've seen a CPU and GPU in there somewhere. And the multitasking is there, not just the same way as in Android :-) But hey, instead no force-closing of apps, freezes or surprising reboots comes out of it. Windows Phone is just really, Really stable.

31. HugeTroller

Posts: 80; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

He's a well known Windows Phone jealous guy here.

18. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Geez...the person holding the device was so disappointed by the GSIII reveal, that they decided to try to stir up some buzz by photoshopping a non existent screen on a 'device' with no volume or screen lock keys, capacitive buttons, or the Nokia and/or ATT branding, and then claim it's Apollo. It's gonna be a long summer.

19. fruitlewps

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2012

Looks fishy to me..http://i.imgur.com/NRXMP.png

20. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think Nokia world is in October folks that is when we will see what is up with Nokia and windows 8 until then you 'll see all kinds of false Alarms

21. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Seriously, what´s wrong with the TROLL guy????

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