The Windows Phone 7.5 by Microsoft was released in late 2011, although the mobile OS debate is mostly about iOS and Android the relatively new Windows Phone 7.5 was awarded the best mobile OS of 2011 at the 2011 Know Your Mobile Awards, with “the most potential, with a unique interface and a rapidly growing apps selection.”
Windows Phone 7 along with Nokia is poised to challenge the dominance of iOS and Android market and create a better user experience with the Metro UI. Earlier Microsoft had also released the alpha version of the Windows 8 to end customers, developers and users alike. The latest Windows Operating System along with Metro UI has also many additional features like faster boot time, strong compatibility with its Xbox games infrastructure as well as mobile devices.
With Windows 8 which will be released in mid 2012 the mobile counterpart Windows Mobile 8 codenamed “Apollo” will be presumably released in 2012 end. Recently in a video presented by Microsoft giving a demo about Windows Phone 8 some features and specifications were leaked and if we will get what we see than WP8 can be a game changer.
Some Features Of Windows Phone 8 :
- Support for multi-core processors. It will support both ARM and Intel IA-32 architecture.
- Support for four new screen resolutions. While the actual pixels has not been divulged.
- NFC Radios for contact-less payments and what Microsoft calls as “Wallet experience”.
- Support for extended MicroSD slot.
- Native integration to Skype.
- The Xbox Companion app, which was released in 2011 for Windows Phone devices compatible with Windows 8.
- Integration to SkyDrive for data sharing between Windows devices PC’s and smartphones alike.
- Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8 will launch with 100,000 apps in Martketplace.
- Native code support will pave the way for more powerful apps.
- A new feature called DataSmart will aid the tracking and consumption of data usage.
Senior VP and Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore, mentioned that the NFC Radio will either be Carrier branded controlled by secure element on the SIM card or by using additional hardware within the device. With Microsoft acquiring Skype it was a pretty no brainer to guess that Skype will be highly integrated within future Windows Phone OS’s.
Support for SkyDrive can be to total Cloud based data handling solution. Data integration within Windows PC’s and smartphone’s will be so convenient that your entire music collection,images and data in your PC will be instantly available on your Windows Phone device without any PC sync required.
It is a very known fact that the progress of any mobile operating system depends on a healthy developer community and supply of new and efficient apps on a regular basis. With Windows Phone 8 being launched with 100,000 apps already it will be very interesting to see how it affects iOS and Android.
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