Windows Phone 8, also known as Apollo or the new version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, will integrate with Windows 8 , according to a leaked video that shows some of the novelties of this software. In addition, devices using Apollo may have multicore processors.
According to a roadmap which was also was leaked at the end of 2011, Microsoft expects to release Windows Phone Apollo in the last quarter of 2012. This operating system will be aimed at ‘competitive smart phones’ and the company hopes to help increase their overall sales volume.
Now, thanks to a video that the senior vice president of Windows Phone (Joe Belfiore) wanted to send to their shareholders of Nokia, which was obtained by PocketNow , we have known more about Apollo.
This operating system will integrate with the Windows version for PCs and tablets, which will be an advantage for developers, they will be able to reuse some parts of the programming code to create applications for both Windows 8 and Apollo.
In fact, the company expects that when Windows Phone 8 will be released to the public, Microsoft will have about 100,000 applications available in its app store, Windows Phone Marketplace, currently having over 50,000 apps.
The timing will occupy an important place in the next generation of Windows Phone. It seems that Microsoft wants to connect the Zune desktop application with the mobile in the same way as Apple uses iTunes. Presumably, the Redmond company might return to life the ActiveSync program after leaving it almost abandoned. The Xbox app will also be connected to desktops using Windows 8.
On the hardware side, the above mentioned operation system will support four different resolutions on the screens of these devices that use it (although, for now, we do not know which exactly) and the user might have the possibility to extend the smartphone’s memory via an additional MicroSD card. Also there seems to be a possibility that Windows Phone 8 could support dual core processors.
On the other hand, there will be support for NFC (which may also be used by the Windows 8 tablets). Apparently, Belfiore placed special emphasis on the use of NFC as payment method. NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and tablets that enables radio communication by touching the devices together or putting them into close proximity, no more than a few centimetres.