Rating: Nokia Lumia range not fully upgradeable from W7 Mango
The much-anticipated Windows Phone 8 (WP8 Apollo) is finally here and its features were shown yesterday [June 20th 2012] at the Microsoft Phone Developer Summit. This news platform is equipped with the right tools to satisfy the market’s appetite for innovation, according to Malik Saadi, principal analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media. It presents a challenge to rivals like the ageing Apple iOS. Although the existing Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will be upgraded to include some high-level features of WP8, the true capabilities of this platform will only sparkle when new enabled devices are launched.However, because WP7 is not truly upgradeable to WP8, this could have a negative impact on sales of existing WP7 smartphones, Nokia’s Lumia devices in particular.
“Operators and users will hold on until the new devices are in the market this coming Autumn,” Saadi argued.
He added, “This will have a serious impact on Nokia’s financial performance this quarter as the company relies strongly on Windows Phones as the main platform for its smartphones.”
Although OEMs and developers were very enthusiastic about Windows Phone 7 (W7 Mango), they never considered it as a ‘wow’ platform that would enable them to bring innovation and a unique ecosystem experience to the market place.
Although it is true that some OEMs have voiced their concern about Microsoft’s close partnership with Nokia, this has not been the only factor that pushed them to limit or discontinue their support to Windows Phone.
Smartphones running WP7 have been missing some of the most innovative features and functionalities in the market.
These are necessary to win the heart of advanced users – the super-smartphone’ owners in particular.
WP8 addresses the majority of these issues and could be a game changer. A number of vendors and developers have said they were holding off until WP8 is ready.
The introduction of WP8 is very likely to attract back key OEMs including HTC, Samsung and LG as well as, most importantly, mobile operators that want to see another thoroughbred in this three-horse race.
Challengers including Huawei and ZTE have also said they would not seriously engage with Microsoft until Windows Phone 8 was ready as this could potentially take the focus away from the Android platform.