Winrumors is reporting, according to those close with the companies plans, that Microsoft may be readying specs that give manufacturers much more variety in building Windows Phones, specifically Nokia. Currently, Microsoft requires a minimum spec (see below) in order to run the Windows Phone OS. This was thought to be a smart move for Microsoft because it would bring a stability in devices that platforms like Android seem to lack.
|Minimum Windows Phone 7 device requirements|
|Capacitive, 4-point multi-touch screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution|
|1 GHz ARM v7 “Cortex/Scorpion” or better processor|
|DirectX9 rendering-capable GPU|
|256 MB of RAM with at least 8 GB of Flash memory|
|Accelerometer with compass, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and Assisted GPS|
|5-megapixel camera with an LED flash|
|FM radio tuner|
|7 dedicated hardware buttons – back, Start, search, 2-stage camera, power/sleep and Volume Up and Down.|
Minimum requirements mean that any app or game would/should run just as smoothly between each device without the fear of performance loss or freezing. This is one of the things which makes Windows Phone a promising platform.
The change comes months after Microsoft and Nokia announced a deal that would make Nokia the premiere manufacturer for Windows Phones. Nokia is already known for providing devices known by many to be in between a feature phone and smartphone. This is where Nokia’s market is and this appears to be what Microsoft is trying target if they do implement new, “flexible” Windows Phone specs.
Let’s just hope this doesn’t lead to the fragmentation that can occur when there is no standard baseline that devices must meet. Is it worth losing platform stability to gain market share? MIX begins tomorrow, so it’s possible we could hear more about this rumor during Joe Belfiore’s keynote address.