Windows Phone OS can now run on phones which don’t have a camera. This move purportedly will help Windows run on the so-called low-end phones. Nice move right? Wrong.
It doesn’t have a camera and you call that a smartphone?
In today’s world the hardware prices are dropping like a a pack of cards and there is no such thing called as low-end. We have a new breed of phones called smarter phones, which is nothing but a low-cost phone which can access Internet, has Facebook and yes a camera too.
I cannot imagine a world where there will not be a phone without a camera and especially a smartphone. Everyone wants a camera on the phone, albeit a VGA camera. The cheapest phone I could find with a camera costs Rs. 1500 or $30.
Are you saying that Microsoft wants to run on phones which cost less than $30? Not really and that’s where the irony is.
Here’s the irony with the Microsoft’s new loosened hardware requirements. WP7 needs these following things as a minimum requirement
- 4 inch capacitive touch screen
- A minimum of 256 MB RAM
- WiFi connectivity
- 8 GB memory
Did you see the 4-inch capacitive touch screen? Yeah that’s where the cost goes. Not to a camera. Of course, adding a camera compounds the cost but who wants a 4-inch touch screen smartphone without a camera? I sure don’t.
Here’s a challenge I would like to throw at Microsoft. If you really want to run on low-end phones, try running the OS and the apps with just 128 MB RAM.
PS : Now enabling the OS to run on camera less devices is a good option. More than an option, it is a bug. See in the software world we iterate forward and not backward. If you are working backward, it either is an afterthought or a bug. Either way, it really doesn’t matter.
Via WP Central