Rumor: Windows Phone 8 Details Emerge (Apollo)January 25, 2012 3 Comments
The following so far is just a rumor that we thought we would share. In no way has the following even close to being a fact yet but its interesting to see and hear what people are saying about Windows Phone 8 so far.
A few weeks ago on the XDA forums, Mamaich,a well known member wrote:
Some information on Win8 “Apollo” is available. Apollo – is a name for a new “windows phone” OS from MS.
- Apollo is based on the same “desktop” code as Windows 8. No Windows CE at last!
- Apollo would provide the same user experience as old Windows Phone 7.x – Metro UI, People hub, builtin office apps, etc. Seems that software compatibility with WinPhone 7.x apps would be preserved, but this is just my own guess.
- All applications on Apollo are required to be signed, similar to Windows Phone 7.
- Device drivers can be written only by IHVs, MS and OEMs, not by ISVs. This would be a problem for antivirus vendors or tools like daemon-tools.
- There would be a “built-in” eMMC card with OS and vendor partitions, and maximum one SD card. eMMC supports NTFS, SD-card supports only FAT/exFAT.
Build-in eMMC would have C:\ drive letter, SD-card would be D:\ if present.
eMMC contains several partitions. Some of them would be made readonly during boot.
- Near Field Communication is built in.
- The same list of sensors as in WP7 Mango is supported.
- There would be BSOD like in a desktop OS
- Unproven, but it seems that only .NET (“Splash UI framework” and “Silverlight”) APIs would be available to independent developers. So no native code again.
- Seems that x86 architecture is supported for Apollo too.
Recently, XDe11x a member of the 4PDA.ru team tweeted the following:
Friends, Windows Phone 8 x86 is a bomb in my opinion:)
mango chasis – cortex a8/512 ram/800-480/windows CE7/front face camera
Tango Chasis – cortex a8/512 ram/480×320 / windows CE7/LTE
Apollo chasis – DUAL CORE Qualcomm Krait/1280-720/Windows NT kernel (shared source with tablet)
@ khamitimur 4pda, as the past. Of course, nothing is confirmed, but rumors partly confirm each other:)
Only time will tell if all of this will hold up as Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) starts showing its face later in the year.