Nokia’s ST-Ericsson chipset deal is designed for Windows Phone 8.
ST-Ericsson announced on Wednesday that Nokia has selected it as a supplier for future Windows Phone devices. The deal will see Nokia use ST-Ericsson in future Windows Phone devices. ST-Ericsson’s CEO, Gilles Delfassy, revealed on Wednesday that the deal is designed for Windows Phone 8 devices. Speaking to Dow Jones Newswires, Delfassy revealed the deal “isn’t an immediate undertaking.” He also revealed that the deal is not exclusive but that ST-Ericsson plans to supply chipsets to the Finnish handset maker “as early as possible in as many devices as possible.”
The confirmation of dual-core chips for Windows Phone 8 follows a statement by a Nokia executive at Nokia World last week. Michael Halbherr, a senior Nokia executive, revealed that Microsoft’s Windows Phone Apollo (Windows Phone 8 ) will be a “very different game” and will include support for NFC and a better “positioning framework” for Windows Phone. Little is known about Apollo at this stage but industry insiders believe the codename will eventually become known as Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft is already working on its next versions of Windows Phone. Tango is believed to be an interim release between Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” and the next-generation of Windows Phone, currently codenamed “Apollo.” There is reportedly two versions of Tango scheduled for release before Windows Phone “Apollo” is ready. Tango is allegedly designed with Nokia in mind and focused on lowering the price point for entry Windows Phone handsets. Windows Phone build 7.10.8200 was recently discovered in server side logs of a Windows Phone application. A screenshot, believed to be a Tango build, also leaked last month and demonstrated a new device search feature for Windows Phones.
Microsoft has already started seeking customer feedback for its Windows Phone future releases. The software giant is curating feedback from end users to record the most requested features for future versions of Windows Phone. The feedback is recorded and publicly viewable for others to rate and comment on over at Microsoft’s suggestions forum. Top requests include enable all (bing)features for non US-countries, Device Backup and Turn-by-turn GPS.