Last month, Microsoft has announced the next generation of its mobile operating system Windows Phone 8 at Windows Phone Summit event. The Windows Phone 8 is a whole new approach where it shares the core of Windows 8.
Windows Phone 8 is having the higher hardware requirements and the current generations Windows Phone are not capable of handling the new OS. So, Microsoft confirmed that the Windows Phone devices running 7.5 Mango or lower won’t be upgradable to Windows Phone 8.
But Microsoft also announced at Windows Phone Developer Summit in San Francisco, was that the new Start Screen, with a new smaller tile size and a 4 across layout would be made available to these older phones, included in a Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade.
The new Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade will bring the feel of Windows Phone 8 to the older devices but it’s not the full package. The current generations Windows Phone are not hardware capable to support the functions of Windows Phone 8 which requires NFC, high screen resolution and dual core processors etc.
In the official blog post at Windows Phone team blog, they only shared information about including the new Start Screen in Windows Phone 7.8 update. But there will be more to come along with the Start Screen.
The OTA update capability, enhanced tiles, and new battery optimization features will also be pushed in Windows Phone 7.8 update. And the other rumored features like Data Usage application, the Wallet and Skype integration will work on WP7.x devices but will need a lot of work, time and money to be made to work on the CE kernel.
Even ”Project Hawaii”, a set of cloud resources for Windows Phone including “path prediction”, a translator service, OCR and speech-to-text, and more, at Microsoft Research may also be made available for Windows Phone 7.x devices as well by Microsoft.
As of now, Windows Phone 7 users will have to please themselves with the WP 7.8 update and its belongings only.