Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Dec 2012 23:09 UTC
Windows So, last night, Windows Phone 8 got its first update - specifically for the HTC 8X. In this day and age, where iOS is the gold standard and shows the industry how it ought to be done, and Android is the exact opposite, Windows Phone 7 was a bit of an in-between - every phone got every update, but the staggered rollout was slow and frustrating, often due to carrier meddling. How will Windows Phone 8 fare?
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RE[3]: Nexus Line
by Nelson on Wed 12th Dec 2012 09:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nexus Line"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

Except Windows Phone 7 handsets are getting an update in the form of Windows Phone 7.8.

So, what exactly were you saying again?

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RE[4]: Nexus Line
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 09:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Nexus Line"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Except Windows Phone 7 handsets are getting an update in the form of Windows Phone 7.8.

So, what exactly were you saying again?


Fcuk 7.8. It's a pointless update. It's like saying that silly feature pack for Gingerbread Samsung pushed out is the same as ICS.

Nobody knows when 7.8 is coming out, and on top of that, it adds virtually nothing to 7.5 except for smaller tiles. Big whoop. I know you have a thing for promoting Microsoft, but this is really unpromotable.

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RE[5]: Nexus Line
by Nelson on Wed 12th Dec 2012 09:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Nexus Line"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


Fcuk 7.8. It's a pointless update. It's like saying that silly feature pack for Gingerbread Samsung pushed out is the same as ICS.


That's your opinion, but the fact remains that it is incorrect to say that there are no post Tango updates for Windows Phone 7. It is simply not true.


Nobody knows when 7.8 is coming out, and on top of that, it adds virtually nothing to 7.5 except for smaller tiles. Big whoop. I know you have a thing for promoting Microsoft, but this is really unpromotable.


And APIs for Lock Screen access for apps, and APIs for controlling the new Start screen via apps.

Plus, if you own a Lumia, Nokia is adding a bunch of their own value-add to 7.8 . Other OEMs can do the same, if they have not, then that's unfortunate.

Besides, they are still selling Windows Phone 7 devices. The Lumia 510 went on sale, which comes with Windows Phone 7.8.

Leaked Nokia roadmaps show future updates to the WP7 in the pipeline.

The difference between WP8 and WP7, when it comes down to apps is almost nothing. Most apps maintain WP7 and WP8 versions, with near feature parity. The main reason to recompile for WP8 is to remove the letterboxing on 720p devices.

In fact, on WP8, WP7 apps merely run in a "Quirks mode". Its largely the same.

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RE[4]: Nexus Line
by pos3 on Wed 12th Dec 2012 13:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Nexus Line"
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2010-06-25

Are you so into MS that you cannot differentiate between 7.8 and 8?

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RE[5]: Nexus Line
by Nelson on Wed 12th Dec 2012 16:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Nexus Line"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Can you differentiate between them? Or point out concrete differences in their API subsets that would make maintaining two versions difficult?

Hint: I maintain a shared codebase between WP7, WP8, and Windows 8. All without a hitch, which is my entire point in that the fact that WP7 devices won't get WP8 has mitigating factors.

Of course, it's much easier to brush it off as me being a shill, as if what I did was much more than just correcting a few people on their facts.

I'm sorry that me telling people to actually speak truthfully is me shilling for MS.

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