NO WP8 Apollo upgrade for current Windows 7 phones due to hardware restrictions?
OK, This is the last time I am going to write about anything that has to do with WP8 Apollo update.
Last week, I was unwittingly informed by a Microsoft insider that existing WP7 (Nokia Lumia’s family) will NOT get the WP8 upgrade mainly due to hardware differences, now before you (a recent Lumia 900 owner) get all upset, WP7 phones will however get updates, just like the Tango (aka Windows Phone refresh update) that is due later this week, updates that have nothing to do with this related hardware.
Now what exactly is this hardware component that’s restricting existing WP7 phones from getting the update? well, that’s the million dollar question. Is it dual core processors? more RAM? or something as simple as NFC?
I will place my bet on NFC, since the Lumia 610 with NFC will be released in August (around the same time WP8 is supposed to debut).
So look at it this way, this whole upgrade debacle can be likened to how Nokia 603 700 and 701 were upgraded to Symbian Carla while the lesser Symbian^3 devices will get a FP1 lite update, same as carla update but LITE!
So while, there will be new WP8 devices with higher hardware specs that do support WP8, existing WP7 devices will get sort of a LITE version of the WP8.
OK, that’s it. Until Microsoft or Nokia do release an official statement regarding the update, I’m done here!