PocketNow are at it again. Apparently they found a video featuring Joe Belfiore, that was made for Nokia, as a way to inform them of the updates that were coming in the Apollo update. I say apparently as every site discussing the video links to PocketNow, but I can’t find it. There is to be major changes not just in software, but also the hardware compatible with the devices that run the OS.
It is rumoured that Apollo will allow WP to be deployed to devices running “multi-core processors”. This would help on the spec sheet for Nokia, if they can deliver a quad-core superphone. Despite the fact WP is fluid on single cores, people see the ghz numbers and how many cores, and assume the bigger the better. (I know I did until I really got into the geeky tech side of it all.)
NFC is to be added in the next update, and according to PocketNow, it will have the “wallet experience” as well as allowing for content sharing across “laptop, desktop, tablets and phones”. A total of four new screen resolutions have also been said to be revealed, which may see Nokia bring us some varied form factors. QWERTY anyone? There is also added support for MicroSD cards, which in my opinion is a relief as 8gb was nowhere near enough to effectively compete.
Apollo is said to be based upon Windows 8 and not Windows CE, which will allow for desktop app developers, to easily port their code to run on the mobile platform. (Sounds a lot like the QT strategy from Nokia to me.) However, there has been efforts made to ensure that current Mango apps will work despite the kernel change.
The camera is also believed to be changing, to “allow OEMs and Third Party Apps” to customise the interface. This would be a huge boost for Nokia, seeing they did really well with the N9′s UI, and the current WP camera UI is pretty weak. ( I like swipe to see gallery, but utilise more screen.)
Better Skydrive integration is coming, that will work seamlessly with your desktop as well. I guess it is going to be the answer to iCloud. Skype integration is also finally coming. Reported as being able to make VoIP calls the same way you do on the N9, through the telephony app. Zune for syncing is apparently being removed, as well as implementing a smarter way for data consumption management.
There is a lot more coming, but I posted what I thought would be of most interest to Nokia fans. If you are curiosu about what else there is coming, there are detailed reports on PocketNow, WinSuperSite and TheNextWeb.