Windows Phone 7.8 To Get Another Upgrade?
If the leaks are genuine then there might be something between Windows Phone 7.8 and 8. So your Windows Phone 7 handset might get some more updates before it walks on its path to becoming obsolete. There’s a leaked Nokia slide doing the rounds of the Internet that shows a Windows Phone 7.x that comes in after Windows Phone 7.8 refresh. Sent to Phone Arena by an anonymous tipster, there’s absolutely no available information on what this new update might actually bring to the table.
The Windows Phone 7.8 update was already announced earlier this year. It will carry the new home screen improvements to the Windows Phone 7 handsets. However, no Windows Phone 7 handset can be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 because of basic hardware incompatibility. Microsoft has developed Windows Phone 8 to have a very different core inside and this is what prevents it from having a straight upgrade path from Windows Phone 7.
The new homescreen improvements on Windows Phone 7 bring about the capability to have various different sizes of tiles just like Windows Phone 8 does from the get go. This allows users to have better customizability on their phones.
The inability upgrade to Windows Phone 8 outraged a lot of new users of Windows Phone and it was also seen as a blow to the slow progress of the platform by analysts. However, Microsoft has made it clear that rebooting the entire Windows platform required everything to be rebuilt from scratch. And this is what prevented them from allowing older handsets to upgrade. But if there’s something more to look forward to after WP7.8, then it might still be worthwhile for users who bought Windows Phones recently.