Microsoft has officially unveiled its new Mobile OS Windows phone 8. Microsoft held a special Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco on October 29 to launch this latest version of its Mobile OS. The New OS is tasked to dominate the iOS and Android platforms, and become the stand-out third choice mobile OS. Though Blackberry is hoping to achieve this place with its BlackBerry 10 launch.
At the keynote event, Joe Belfiore (vice president of Microsoft) said: Many smartphone interfaces are just based upon a static row of icons, he asserted. Microsoft brought live tiles to Windows Phone previously and now live tiles are taken further in WP8. In WP8 you have more sizing and positioning options to make the phone start screen even more customized for you.
Needless to say, The whole Windows Phone 8 experience is redesigned and reinvented. This includes live tiles and Start menu customization (new home screen). Apart from redesigned User interface, Microsoft has added few new features like: Data Sense, Rooms, Kids Corner, Live Lock Screen, Productivity on the go, Live Apps and ofcourse New apps.
Improvements in Windows phone 8
- The shared Windows core, helping cross development
- Multiple resolution support (800×480, 1280×768, and 1280×720)
- Better hardware support (multi-core CPU support and removable storage support).
- Better multitasking.
- Photos hub, camera, music and videos hub improvements.
- Wallet for NFC payments.
- Internet Explorer 10 is installed as standard.
- Better text and word completion and prediction.
- More voice interactivity.
Windows Phone 8 New Features:
Kids Corner – a corner just for kids!
Kids Corner lets you lock down parts of the phone when you hand the device over to your kid dying to play Games on your mobile. In simple words Windows phone 8 lets you assign whatever apps, games, music, videos, or other content you want your kids to be able to access to a special home-screen.
What this does is, it creates a separate controlled environment on the phone which can be filled only with certain services and apps so that the kiddies will stay away from the stuff they shouldn’t be seeing. This one is a life saving feature for people who are always worried about losing data or private information being seen, when you hand over your mobile to your young ones.
DataSense – keeps track on Data Usage!
Data Sense keeps track of how much data you and every app uses. It also lets you set a data limit for the day/month and will warn you as you pass through the set data cap. Better, you can dig into exactly what apps are sucking up all of your data. Data Sense also uses data compression via remote servers that crunch down web pages and content and deliver the smallest bits to your mobile so that the least amount of data is used.
The feature also helps you find nearby Wi-Fi hotspots so you can switch off of the mobile network. This new feature is being focused on saving you money and will surely help you cut down on your data charges.
Rooms – Gives Contact groups its private space!
Rooms are basically a collection or group of certain contacts whom you can share media and data with. For example, you can create a room only for your family or friends and anything sent in to that room is visible only to those in it. This includes photos, videos, localized messaging and even shared notes.
Rooms are kind of exclusive. When you add a person to your dedicated group, they have to first approve you, but once you’re all connected, you can share content pretty easily and privately. You can even share calendar with Non-windows phone(iphone/android) via a Web link. This is really a great way to stay in touch with your loved ones and friends.
Live lock screens – live updating lock screens to refresh you!
Till now we just had boring static lock screens. The Live Lock Screens in Windows Phone 8 includes live updating lock screen that can be dynamically linked to any app. For example you can set your Facebook photos and updates to surface on the lock screen OR you can set news headlines from your favorite website to flash on your lock screen.
With this feature you can see something new every time you check your phone, Without even unlocking it, It will automatically surface photos, notifications, content from your favorite apps.
Most devices should hit the stores by the end of November. But it all depends on carriers that are promising to come with Windows phone 8 as early as in the month of November itself. Right now just 3 manufacturers (HTC, Nokia and Samsung) have announced their first Windows Phone 8 device.
The HTC has set its UK release date for “Windows Phone 8X” to 2 November, while the rest of the phone manufacturers have set the date to just November. In US Windows Phone 8X by HTC will be escorted by AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon. While Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will be available on AT&T. In UK the Windows Phone 8X by HTC will be available on 3, O2 (UK), Orange and Vodafone. While Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will be available on almost all carriers.
In INDIA Nokia’s Lumia 920 & Lumia 820, Samsung ATIV S are scheduled to enter the market later this month. While HTC’s 8X and 8S will be launched in India next week.
Handsets Running on Windows phone 8
We’ve already seen three manufacturers announce their first Windows Phone 8 device, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S and the Samsung Galaxy Ativ S.
Now lets have a glance over the specifications of these phones:
Nokia Lumia 920
The Nokia Lumia 920 features a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display. It also features Wireless charging support and 2000 mAh battery. The device Sports 8.7MP Pureview rear camera and 1.2MP front camera. It is poered by Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU and 1GB of RAM. It has 32GB of on board storage with out any expandable slot.
8X features an ultra-wide-angle front camera lens that fits in every face in the group and the surrounding scenery. The HTC 8X comes with 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display. The device sports an 8MP CMOS sensor with backside-illumination (BSI) for improved low-light performance, along with the front camera of 2.1MP which also allows for high-definition video capture. 8X is also the first Windows Phone with Beats Audio technology and an audio amplifier. and 8X has 16GB of on-board storage and there is no expandable storage. 8X is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB RAM.
Nokia Lumia 820
Nokia Lumia 820 on the other hand is a mid-range Windows Phone 8 smartphone. It has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Clearblack display, 8GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera.
HTC 8S comes with a 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) super LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 512MB RAM, 5MP auto focus camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording. It has 4GB internal memory with expandable microSD slot and a 1,700 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Ativ S
Samsung Ativ S has an aluminum beauty with a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor running at 1.5GHz. Just like the Galaxy S3, the Ativ S has a big, beautiful 4.8-inch AMOLED screen and an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. There’s 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage with the option for MicroSD expansion and a removable 2300 mAh battery.