Today, Microsoft finally unveils the whole new Windows Phone 8 that will be going to be release this Fall. Windows Phone 8 is truly a big game changer and here’s why:
New Start Screen:
This video isn’t closed caption but it shows the new Windows Phone 8 Start Screen in the middle of the video.
Microsoft will officially support NFC directly within the Windows Phone for the first time. They also introduced a new Wallet hub app, similar to iPhone’s new Passbook and Google’s Wallet. Another feature called ‘Tap + Send” that takes advantage of Windows Phone’s NFC support to communicate with Windows 8 tablet, similar concept as Android’s Beam.
Here is little more information about the new Wallet:
Here is an example video of Android Beam so you can get the idea of what’s NFC is going to be like on the new Windows Phone 8:
The new Windows Phone 8 will be supporting the dual-core, quad-core, octo-core, or as many as 64 cores. Windows Phone 8 will work just fine with mutli-core support. I can’t imagine Windows Phone 8 running on 6 ores, it’s going to be an overkill.
HD Screen Support:
The new Windows Phone 8 will support three resolutions: WVGA, WXGA, and 720p. ”A developer doesn’t need to do anything to take advantage of the new screen resolutions,” says Lieberman. “We will automatically scale all of the assets of the application appropriately.” That’s pretty awesome feature.
VoIP/Video Chat Support:
We have been waiting for Windows Phone to support Skype but it is still currently beta. Now, Microsoft is bringing a new APIs and infrastructure to support any VoIP in Windows Phone. Microsoft wanted to make sure Skype is fully integrate with the Windows Phone. Here’s the example of new Skype app:
Internet Explorer 10:
Microsoft also unveils Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone, it has similar look and feel to the desktop on Windows 8 OS.
I would be honest with you guys, there are lot of new changes about the new Windows Phone 8. We are very exciting to see what’s more to come this Fall. Windows Phone 8 will be also using Nokia map data with built-in turn by turn navigation! It looks like Windows Phone 8 is finally catching on with the new iOS 6 and Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich!
I bet some of you are wondering how could you upgrade all this neat features on your Windows Phone? You don’t. Microsoft confirms that there will be NO upgrade path to Windows Phone 8, however some Windows Phone will be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 and get the new Start Screen. If you have Nokia Lumia 900, this is your lucky day because you will be able to upgrade to the new Windows Phone 7.8, but not the 8.
What do you think of the new Windows Phone 8? Will you be ditching your iPhone and Android for this? I think I might.