Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to have the same kernel ? Tango 1 and Tango 2 updates in the works

S. Chapman did some detective work lately and found a handful of Employee Resumes and job ads that hint at the possibility that Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo will be based on the same Kernel as Windows 8. A few months ago I stumbled up a Windows Phone Division job ad that definitely made it sound like both OSes were closely related and today’s findings are even clearer. Here’s one example:

The responsibilities included program managing software update features to provide device update technology that enables end-users to update Windows Phone OS with a new set of phone features including bug fixes. In this role, I delivered a set of functional requirements specifications for the major update components to enable image updates for the next generation Windows Phone OS (aka Apollo). They are Packaging System, Imaging System, Flashing System, Update OS, Update Validator and Update Application. Also drove and tracked early investigations for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 OS convergence to create Mobile SKUs.

Here’s another one from an HTC Senior Product planner:

Owned the advanced planning relationship with Microsoft; drove Microsoft “Apollo” product planning discussion and led HTC cross-division feedback. Identified high potential partners and technologies; initiated/participated in new partnership discussions; ensured the relevant technology integrations and strategic alignment.Restructured communication channel between the planning and field communication team; greatly increased the sell-in material accuracy and increased the overall update rate by 50+% Spearheaded the 2012 Windows mobile phone product roadmap.

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Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash announced alongside AT&T Windows Phone 7.5 Mango line up

The time has finally come! Samsung has just announced its new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handsets today alongside AT&T. The first one is the high-end Samsung Focus S (SGH-i937) which Features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.4GHz MSM8255 processor, 4G-capable speeds and a thin profile at 8.55 millimeters. It also includes front facing 1.3-megapixel and a rear facing 8-megapixel cameras. There’s also the Samsung Focus Flash which seems to be the I8350 and has the same MSM8255 clocked at 1.4 GHZ but a smaller 3.7″ Super AMOLED screen and 5MP camera and a Front facing camera.

AT&T is also going to offer the HTC Titan alongside all the other first generation Windows Phone 7 handsets already on the market (see my HTC Titan hands on preview here). I will update this post once we have the first official pictures/renders of theses new phones. Hopefully the European version of the Focus S is going to look better than the US (similar to the Focus VS Omnia 7).. So stay tuned.


full press release after the break:

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NVIDIA unveils upcoming Tegra Roadmap. Hopes to power all platforms even Windows Phone

Nvidia‘s CEO Jen Hsun Huang discussed and partially unveiled his company’s Tegra roadmap last week during the Citi Global Technology Conference and the Kaufman Brothers, L.P. Investor Conference. As of right now Nvidia’s Tegra SoC are principally powering several high-end Android smartphones and the vast majority of Android 3.0 tablets but things are bound to change in 2012 with the launch of Windows 8 (the ARM version in this case). NVIDIA along with Qualcomm and Texas Instrument are all working on getting their upcoming SoC to work with Windows 8 and it is also expected that Microsoft is going to start handing out free Win8 prototype tablets powered by NVIDIA’s new Quad-Core Cortex A9 Kal-el Chipset this week to all developers at the Build conference in LA.

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