Windows Phone Hardware
MobilityDigest have noticed this page of hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 on Microsoftâ€™s MSDN site which are very much at odds with what we have believed before are the minimum hardware set for Windows Phone 7.
The page, which dates from the 23rd September 2011 now makes both the front and rear-facing camera optional, and also makes the compass, an under-used minimum feature of Windows Phone 7 up to now, also an optional feature.
If widely adopted by OEMs this mean a whole class of apps, Augmented Reality Apps, will not work reliably over the Windows Phone 7 ecosystem, and GPS navigation apps will likely not bother including compass support.
Of course the lack of camera support will likely enable enterprise scenarios where cameras on phones are not welcome, but overall the changes represent a relaxation of the minimum requirements that means cheaper devices with lower specs can be produced.
Do we detect a whiff of Nokiaâ€™s influence?
At the time when many of us are asking for the minimum specs to be increased, what do our readers think of these changes? Let us know below.