Techradar have posted the result of an extensive telephone interview with Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman,Â director of Microsoft’s Mobile Communication Business in which he promised to deliver hardware and software innovation faster, if it made sense.
New features like NFC and wireless charging and other advancements will come faster now that the operating system is more mature, says Woodman. “Even a year ago when we first brought the product to market we still had some key gaps that we had to cover to get competitive and that’s taken a lot of time. I feel like we’re there now, so that frees up resources to look at those innovative pieces.”
“We’ve decided to focus our energy on hardware optimisation. On a single core, I feel like we have better performance than a great deal of the dual core devices out there without having to sacrifice or balance things like battery life.”
“If you look at Android, you see the greatest time to market advantage, just because there’s greater flexibility in some of what the OEMs can do, but it doesn’t always execute as great quality. The first several dual core devices actually didn’t even use the second core.
“They didn’t really expose that second core to ISVs and even today not a lot of ISVs actually optimise for dual core systems. But they sure as heck put it on the back of every box and on the placard and consumers make choices [based on that].
He promised NFC when the software to support it is complete.
“…Â the question will be what we do in software to bring that to life. That will be a highly curated design and it will be high quality and it will be consistent with the user experience,” he said.
He did not however think 3D screens were that useful.
“You can expect us to do great innovation at the hardware level and at the software level and at a faster pace but we will still come back to prioritising something that’s meaningful to end users and not just shoot for the new. I saw an Android phone that has a ’3D without glasses’ screen. Well, that’s definitely cool!” he said.
“There’s no doubt about it. I’m not sure how useful that is especially in a model where you still have to touch the device and now you have a 3D thing and that makes it difficult to build a user interface – but it’s really neat. So we’re focused on trying to find the centre of those pieces.”
It seems Nokia will both drive and enable the faster implementation of hardware features.
“And Nokia has now said ‘all of my innovations that I can think of that will differentiate me at the hardware level will be focused on this platform’; that’s going to bring a great amount of innovation.”
“It’s going to push us to start to prioritise some of those innovations with hardware that we might have deprioritised because we weren’t sure whether we would see a hardware partner take advantage of it in that time frame.”
Regarding the recent Update brouhaha he insisted nothing has changed for the negative.
“Folks got a little alarmed by the blog post but there is no change in policy. We have always worked with carriers to test updates.
“There’s no change in how we’re doing it â€“ and our track record is pretty darn good. The fact that there are multiple packages coming, some of which are firmware specific to a given device and we’re having all these more popsâ€¦ For the maintenance releases that we’ve got coming it didn’t make sense for us to continue to maintain this big table.”
“We solved that underlying problem in the Mango timeframe and now, especially because we’re going to these maintenance releases – some of which apply to your phone and some of which don’t – it doesn’t make any sense to keep updating the table.”
Read a lot more at TechRadar here.
ST-Ericsson has announced that Nokia has chosen them as a chipset supplier for their Windows Phone line.
“We are pleased to have been selected by Nokia as a key partner for Windows smartphones, in line with our goal to be present in all segments and major operating systems,” said Gilles Delfassy, president and CEO of ST-Ericsson in a press release on Marketwatch. Â ”Our NovaThor platforms continue to gain traction as they enable customers to bring great smartphones to the market.”
The NovaThor platformÂ (U9500, U8500 and U5500) are all dual-core chipsets, according to the MyNokiablog and the top 2 featureÂ 1080p recording with 20MP stills, and the high end U9500 capable of dual WXGA (1280X768 â€“ at the same time).
It is likely we will only see dual-core support coming with a new kernel in Windows Phone 8 towards the end of 2012, which according to rumours will also support HD displays and many other enhancements.
Via the MyNokiablog.com
Fudzilla cornered Qualcomm to ask them about their relationship with Microsoft, and why all Windows Phones so far only have single cores.
Qualcomm said that Microsoft designed Windows Phone 7 to be very fast and fluid on single-core processors.
â€œWindows Phone devices are built around specific hardware requirements that drive consistent and high-quality end user experiences. Qualcommâ€™s Snapdragon mobile processor and chip system software, which today ships in every Windows Phone device, is redefining mobility for consumers around the world by offering an unprecedented combination of mobile processing performance, rich multimedia, GPS, high-performance graphics, wireless connectivity and power efficiency,â€ claims Qualcomm.
The dual-core brigade of course started with Android, and provides an interesting counterpoint to any Android user bragging about their dual core monster – that the only reason they need a dual core phone is that otherwise it would be ungodly slow if running on a single core.
Fudzilla still expects Windows Phone 7 to go dual core eventually, if only for marketing purposes.
Perennial leaker MS_Nerd is spreading some rumours this morning about the upcoming versions of Windows Phone.
According to his tweets Tango will not just add support for low-end handsets with HVGA screens, but also for high end features like LTE which is in high demand by carriers.
For the next version of Windows Phone code named Apollo things will go even more high-end, with support for HD screens with 1280×720 resolution and also dual core processors.
Of course the iPhone 5 is rumoured to be sporting a quadcore processor, so Windows Phone will still likely be seen to be behind then, but surely at some point this spec-hunting madness will end.
Of note, looking back in our archives, in January 2010 we reported on a Windows Mobile 7 device with a HD screen and 10 megapixel camera, named the LG Apollo. Â Maybe things had been brewing for a few years after all.