As the announcement date for the next major version of Windows Phone rapidly approaches, the Windows Phone Apollo boat is getting more and more leaky.
We mentioned a few days ago a reference to Windows Phone 8 in the agenda for a developer conference and today we have another, from the WP DevCon, that is even more explicit.
The description of the session reads as follows:
Develop for Windows Phone Apollo
This session will guide you on how to develop for Windows Phone Apollo, the new version of Windows Phone due out by the end of this year. You will learn the new resolutions needed to support and target Windows Phone Apollo, the new hardware you will program against, the changes coming to the Windows Phone Marketplace, and much more. There will be some code shown, which will help you migrate your Windows Phone Mango apps to target Windows Phone Apollo. The session will also help you understand the marketing aspects of apps targeting Windows Phone Apollo in order to help you get your apps approved the first time. You will also learn about the new emulator as well as new reporting features available in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
At the end of the session, you will be ready to write and upload apps to the new Windows Phone Marketplace. Please note: Knowledge of the Windows Phone Developer ecosystem is required. In order to appreciate the difference between Mango and Apollo, it is also preferable that you have developed at least one app currently in the Marketplace.
Level: Advanced Topic Area: WP Essentials, WP Marketing
The item of interest is of course the â€œnew resolutionsâ€ and apps will need to be tweaked to fully support Windows Phone 8 (although we expect WP7 apps to still work fine).
Early signs have indicated windows phone 8 will support 480×800 and 768 x probably 1280 and will be using Windows 8-style XAML apps rather than pure Silverlight like Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft is expecting to unveil Windows Phone 8 in all its glory at a Developer Summit in June 21st 2012. At this rate there will not be anything left to reveal very soon 😉