Last week, an unconfirmed report was made public saying that Windows Phone 8 would not be available as an upgrade on any current phones. Now, a second source claims that the previous report was false and that all Windows Phones will, in fact, receive the next version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, (code-named Apollo).
A user on Reddit.com, MSnerd, has been spot-on with early information of previous Microsoft plans, despite not being an employee of that company. This person created a thread asking for other users to ask him questions about Microsoft’s plans. Questions were asked concerning Microsoft Zune, Silverlight, and most importantly Windows Phone 8. The question being asked was if this upcoming version would be available for first- and second-gen Windows Phones. MSnerd confirmed that these devices will receive the upcoming upgrade:
“Yes, all current Windows Phones will receive a subset of Apollo. The carriers are the primary obstacle in the US. I hear Microsoft is pushing hard for a Mango-like delivery schedule, as are Nokia & HTC.
Some Apollo features will be exclusive to the 3rd-gen devices expected to be released this fall on the MSM8960 platform.”
The rumor reported on last week stated that Windows Phone 8 would not be available for current phones due to hardware requirements that phones on the market today could not match. It stated that Apollo will require a dual-core processor and a higher resolution screen in order for it to receive the upgrade. According to the newer report, this is not true.