Windows Phone 8, aka Apollo, is coming sometime this year, and the big question on everyone’s mind was whether first- and second-generation devices would receive the upgrade. According to Portuguese Windows Phone evangelist Nuno Silva, Microsoft will bring the Windows Phone 8 to all current devices, from the early Samsung Focus to the modern Lumia 900 and everything in between. Whether the schedule will be done like Mango remains to be seen, as since its release carriers have been given more power over updates.
Microsoft, in response to the Nuno’s claim, has stated that besides current Windows Phone apps being compatible with Apollo, they are not making any promises: “We have stated publicly that all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases.” We’re worried that only new phones, with more powerful processors and greater amounts of RAM, will be capable of running Windows Phone 8.
Apollo is expected to introduce HD screen resolutions and multi-core processors to the Windows Phone mix, though there is much speculation over what will actually change in the OS aesthetically. Further rumours point to a merging of the Windows RT kernel with Windows Phone, allowing for a more robust “PC-like” experience on your phone.
The fun, and the rumours, will likely begin soon as more high-profile Windows Phones get released into the market.