When Nokia released its flagship Lumia 900 smartphone, which currently runs Windows Phone 7 software, it was highly speculated that it could be the device that finally tops the iPhone in the smartphone industry. And while the Lumia 900 has undoubtedly been a success for Nokia — and Microsoft, too — the iPhone still leads the pack in the smartphone market in unprecedented fashion.
Even worse, there could be some trouble brewing for Nokia in the near future. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its brand new Windows Phone 8 platform that is set to launch in the Fall; however, the new mobile operating system is not backwards compatible with existing smartphones that run Windows Phone 7 software, like the Lumia 900 handset. Find out what that means ahead.
Microsoft does have plans to release Windows Phone 7.8, a software update that will bring some Windows Phone 8 features to older smartphones like the Lumia 900, but it remains rather disappointing that a handset released in April 2012 will be incompatible with the upcoming Windows Phone software update this Fall.
For comparative purposes, Apple has decided to include the iPhone 3GS — released over three years ago — as an eligible device for the iOS 6 software update, despite the fact that it will not have some of the new features such as turn-by-turn navigation, Flyover maps and offline reading in Safari.
Information Telecoms & Media analyst Malik Saadi warns that consumers will likely opt to hold off until the Fall for Windows Phone 8 devices instead of purchasing the Lumia 900. That’s bad news for Nokia, a once longtime leader in the mobile phone industry that has suffered tremendously since Apple and Google entered the market with the iPhone and Android-powered smartphones respectively.
Nokia has recently announced that it will be cutting over 10,000 jobs by the end of 2013 in an effort to cut costs and hopefully get the business headed in the right direction. But the fact that the Lumia 900 won’t be able to run the latest Windows Phone 8 software just six months or so after its release is rather shocking and a huge disappointment for the Finnish handset maker.