Microsoft has announced that the next major update to its Windows Phone platform is due out this spring. A major focus of the new software is support for a wider range of hardware including phones with on-screen buttons instead of physical buttons and hardware with less powerful specs.

But Microsoft says all existing Windows Phone 8 devices will also be able to run the new software… assuming phone makers and wireless carriers implement the update.

Nokia Windows Phones
Nokia’s Windows Phone family

Here are a few highlights:

  • Support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 400 processors
  • Ability to install apps on a microSD card (which allows Windows Phone to run on devices with as little as 512MB of memory and 4GB of storage)
  • Support for dual-SIM phones

The company is also now supporting Qualcomm’s smartphone reference design program, which means that manufacturers could basically use the same design to build an Android or a Windows Phone handset featuring Qualcomm chips.

Microsoft has also announced a number of hardware companies committed to building Windows Phone devices, including Lenovo, a company which is new to the Windows Phone space — but which is working to expand its smartphone business.

via Engadget and The Verge

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One reply on “Windows Phone update coming this spring, will support new hardware”

  1. That is great WP will work with lower requirements. I hope the low end experience is still good. I hope they replace the Asha line with Windows Phone instead of the forked Android phone that’s been going around lately.

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