Even if you are blindly in love with iPhone or Android phone, Windows Phone 8 is something you can’t miss or neglect. The new generation operating system by Microsoft has codename as “Apollo” and is expected to be released later this month i.e. October 2012. In its pre-release few months back it promised many new and advanced features to look up on. Well, no doubt you can’t skip this one as the OS looks impressive on several fronts mentioned below:
Multicore chipset support
The previous version of WP8 (Windows Phone 8) doesn’t support even dual core processors. This limitation has been overcome by WP8 fantastically by supporting multicore processors (even up to 64 cores). It will help apps with greater functionality to be used smoothly when loaded on WP8 devices.
Camera App enhancements and Screenshots capability
Plugin called “lenses” has been added which allows third parties to skin and add features to camera interface. For example, it gives your photos Instagram-like style with various filters. Lots of single images can be clubbed together to form one image by using panoramic lens. Some lens applications like Smart Shoot can analyse moving objects and allow you to tap and remove them so that when you are taking picture of a monument you can simply remove people wandering in-front of it. Now native screen can be captured by pressing home and power simultaneously.
New Screen and Better resolution
Now tiles on the screen are customizable. WP8 offers 3 resolutions: 800 x 480, 1280 x 768 and 1280 x 720 and hence display is more refined and clear.
Background Multitasking and Enhanced Storage
WP8 supports background multitasking. For example, now music streaming will be possible when you are clicking a picture. It Supports Micro SD card so storage can be any time increased.
NFC, Wallet hub, VOIP and Video chat support
WP8 supports near field communication. Wallet hub and NFC support allows you to use your device as digital wallet. With this version the VOIP calls will be felt like ordinary calls. Chat app Integration is done into the phone dialer, people hub.
Maps and deeper SkyDrive Integration
Uses Nokia map technology (Navteq maps with offline mode) and supports detailed visual navigation which provides turn-by-turn directions. This can be very handy when you are visiting any location for the first time. The cloud solution for Windows i.e. SkyDrive allows you to automatically sync your photos, videos, music collection across devices.
- Supports simplified porting from platforms such as Android, Symbian, and iOS.
- Secure boot – Native 128-bit Bitlocker encryption is used.
- Updates – Minimum 18 month support of Windows Phone updates to Windows Phone 8 devices.
- Smartphones to use Windows Phone 8 – There are five Windows Phone 8 smartphones; Nokia (Lumia 920 and 820), HTC (Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S) and Samsung (ATIV S).
The Windows Phone 8 will be unveiled soon, and it is good to revisit some of its fantastic features summarised above, before you make a call for your buy. Research properly before you take a buy or upgrade decision.