Rumors by Dan Seifert on Wednesday December 28, 2011.
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A roadmap that describes Microsoft's plans for Windows Phone updates over the next year or so has made its way to the internet. The roadmap says that the company plans to release two major updates to the operating system in 2012, following up on the Mango update that arrived this past fall.
The first update for 2012 is the "Tango" upgrade, which has been bandied around in rumors for the past few months. Tango will reportedly bring compatibility with lower-end hardware, which should allow Microsoft and partners like Nokia to bring the platform to emerging markets on low-cost, entry-level devices. The roadmap does not state whether the platform will gain any other new features with Tango, which is expected to arrive in Q2.
The second update is code-named "Apollo," and will likely be the more interesting of the updates from a user standpoint. Apollo is expected to herald the arrival of "competitive superphones" running Windows Phone. Many expect it to offer compatibility with higher-resolution displays and dual-core processors, which Windows Phone does not currently support. It is also expected to better support the business segment of the market, and bring more volume to Windows Phone sales. Apollo is due to arrive in Q4 of next year.
The roadmap does not specify 4G LTE compatibility with either update, but many expect that to arrive sooner rather than later, so we might see it arrive with Tango. Carriers, especially Verizon Wireless in the U.S., have stated that in order for them to put their marketing and promotional weight behind Windows Phone devices, the phones need to have 4G LTE support. Rumors have recently come up claiming that Nokia is already testing an LTE version of its Lumia 800 smartphone for AT&T and Verizon Wireless, so we will likely see LTE Windows Phone devices in the near future. [WM Power User via The Verge]