Still fresh from their Surface announcement, Microsoft this time around introduces Windows Phone 8 or will surely know known as WP8. Using a prototype that was developed by Nokia.
Here are the notable features that was announced at the keynote:
- Windows Phone 8 is based on Windows NT kernel
- Multi-core support (from single-core up to dual-core) – even though most smartphone are already shifting to quad-core.
- Support for multiple screen resolution (WVGA, WXGA and 720p) where WVGA can be think as “720p Plus” it’s 1280×768 with 15:9 aspect ratio.
- microSD Support
- built-in IE 10
- Native Code support for “killer” games meaning WP8 and Windows 8 will share game drivers – Cross platform anyone?
- NFC Support including WP8 Wallet – mobile payments (on the SIM), loyalty and membership cards, saved deals, and NFC ‘tap to pay’ rolled into one.
- Nokia Maps; offline map support, map control for developers, turn-by-turn and NAVTEQ map data. – Sorry guys No 3D View
- WP8 for business; support for encryption and secure boot using Bitlocker technology.
- New Start screen with resizeable Tiles
- In App purchase feature
- WP8 will be available in 50 languages and more than 180 countries – Apple’s iOS 6 is 155 Countries
- Upgrade path via OTA; devices released within the last 18 months but the catch is that legacy device can only upgrade up to Windows 7.8 – iOS 6 will still support iPhone 3GS which was released June 2009.
- Windows Phone Platform now has more than 100,000 apps via Market place – I’m sure the number will still grow come this fall!
On the Developers side
- Graphics and Media; built on top of Direct3D core
- Offers .NET Engine
- Bluetooth and NFC
- IPV6 supported
- C and C++ native support
- Hardware acceleration through Direct3D – which means graphics intensive games.
- Win8 and WP8 shared native API set – meaning apps developed for Windows 8 can easily be ported to Windows Phone 8.
- Supports VoIP
- Car integration
- Speech recognition (will be available to WP7.5 and up) partnering with Audible
- Multi-tasking (background apps)
- Visual Studio 2012 will support Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 (Tango) Apps – Good news for app developers.
- WP 8 will support the following dev. languages; XAML with C# and Visual Basic, Native C++ code and HTML5.
- WP8 SDK will be available this Summer - iOS 6 beta software and SDK are available immediately!!
These are the things that Microsoft discussed in their WP8 keynote. It’s been a Microsoft week, where they announced the Windows 8 powered Surface last Tuesday and now Window Phone 8. Microsoft partnered with Nokia, Huawei, Samsung and HTC to create the devices using the System on Chips by Qualcomm. Windows Phone 8 powered devices will start shipping this fall. Again the further they delay this thing the closer the inevitable.
Photo from TC