First announced in the beginning of 2012, low-end smartphones with Windows Phone and 256MB of RAM seem to come with the advantage of price and the lack of restricted functionality.
Even during the launch of the first smartphones with 256MB of RAM, including the Nokia Lumia 610, Microsoft was mentioning the fact that 5% of applications from the online store will be compatible, but no one expected the surprise it has brought to consumers.
Low-end Windows Phone devices like the Nokia Lumia 610 cannot install several extremely popular applications due to the aforementioned issue. The problems come from the amount of RAM preinstalled, which affects some of the most popular applications in the Marketplace – Tango, Angry Birds, Skype or PES 2012 are just some of them.
Although the obvious solution is the acquisition of a new Windows Phone – an option not affordable for many, we can only hope developers will launch in the near future applications that will work on phones with limited specs.
On the other hand, such a problem, although it leads to platform fragmentation, ensures its compatibility with all applications installed in optimal conditions. Then again, compatibility issues and hardware limitations should disappear on handsets ever since the first iPhone.
If there will appear other compatibility issues, as in the example above, Microsoft will lose terribly on both sides – users and developers. No developer wants to create an application that is unable to run on all hardware levels with the same operating system. No user wants to buy a phone that, although it has the latest firmware, cannot run applications on the company’s own online store.