Windows Phone 8 has been the subject of a lot of chatter in recent weeks, before and after Mobile World Congress 2012. One topic in particular has drawn a lot of attention: Windows Phone 8's backwards compatibility with older hardware.
WP7App.de attempted to find an answer to that vital question when they recently visited CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. Speaking to a Windows Phone representative at the show, here's what they learned:
- Windows Phone 8 has no official release date, but the aim is late 2012
- Second-gen devices (like the Nokia Lumia 800 or HTC Titan) will receive the update
- First-gen devices (like the Samsung Focus or HTC HD7) will receive the update but new features may not be compatible with the old hardware
This is not really a new rumor per se, as the rumormonger MS nerd recently said the same thing about the future update. It's not too surprising either: first-generation devices already face some limitations with the lack of any front-facing camera support. Plus as Windows Phone evolves to support multicore chipsets that are faster, stronger, and have better graphics it's reasonable to assume most first-generation owners will update anyway sooner rather than later.