Microsoft Windows Phone Apollo Update to Land Mid-2012

October 28, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We have heard about the Apollo, we know what it is, and now we may even know when it is due. Okay, let’s tell you, the Windows Phone update might be on way for the middle of next year.

Microsoft, it seems, is looking to have an update roll out during the June-July months of 2012. The voice of Nokia Executive Vice President for Location and Commerce, Michael Halbherr, matches up to the rumor.

According to him, the Windows Phone Apollo is “a very different game” compared to the ongoing Mango build. The Windows Phone update will, reportedly, be introducing a positioning framework for GPS and an integrated near-field communications solution.

The Vice President said that he’s been pushing the software giant to make the Apollo more “Nokia-fied”, so as to make Nokia’s mobile OS behave smoothly with the Finnish company’s Navteq mapping platform, and as a result, provide new location-based services.

If Halbherr’s wishes come true, we could be looking at a more Nokia-friendly Windows OS, but it does seem a little off the track for Microsoft to not include Samsung, LG, HTC and other Windows Phone partners in the game.

From what we have seen, it doesn’t seem surprising to note that the Windows Phone Apollo might be what Microsoft has been casing in as the Windows 8. The software giant hasn’t helped in confirming the release timeframe, nor on the Windows 8 rumor.

So, let’s wait and see what time will tell us.

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