But the world of smart phones is different from the desktop/laptop world. For reasons of network compatibility, wireless carriers control the timing and distribution of smart phone OS upgrades. Unlike the world of personal computers, end users can’t download upgrades themselves.
So when Microsoft Corp. announced Windows Phone 8, owners of handsets using WinPhone 7x wondered if they were going to be left a generation behind – just as those with older versions of Android on their handsets worry about getting the latest version of that mobile OS.
Microsoft says WinPhone 7.5 don’t have the power to run WinPhone 8, but the company has said there will be a v7.8 update with a few of the capabilities of WP8 – it just hasn’t said when.