Microsoft released its much hyped mobile OS Windows Phone 8 .WP8 was developed under the code name Apollo. Aimed to be the alternative to already very successful Google’s Android and Apple iOS , Windows Phone 8 (WP8) is elegant, personable, and different. By Different we mean its features that it has that were previously unavailable in any Windows Phone.
More Power: Now supports Multi Core Processors:
One thing that is quite common these days is to bundle high end smartphones with a multi-core processors. Quad core and Dual core processors are quite common these days, with a couple of GB’s of RAM, that were not seen a few years ago even on a simple PC.Android and iOS both have a good support for multi-core processors.Brands have already announced smartphones running Windows Phone 8 on a multi-core machine. Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, Samsung ATIV S and HTC’s 8X and 8S are just to name a few.
Better Screen resolution : Now supports 720p
Smartphones are no more devices with small screens and 4″ screen is already a de facto standard for many smartphone manufacturers.Windows Phone 8 will support following display formats: 15:9 WVGA 800 x 480, 15:9 WXGA 1,280 x 769 and 16:9 720p 1,280 x 720.Thus enabling users to get a better picture quality.Windows Phone 7 could only be run on 800 x 480 resolution displays.Thus now WP8 would be able to target low end , Mid range, and high end devices all at the same time. And it would also make WP8 devices compete with Android devices in terms of Screen resolution.
Updated Code : Based on Windows 8
Windows Phone 8 is based on Windows 8 contrary to it’s older sibling Windows Phone 7 which was based on Windows CE. Although Windows CE code was good for low end devices Windows 8 code is far more optimized devices that we these days.Windows CE was launched in 1996.The code base of WP8 shares with windows 8,the shared code relates to the Kernel, networking, file system, multimedia and graphics support.
Another benefit of this is that manufacturers will have to only work on one set of drivers for different devices, tablets, smartphones.
More Games and Apps:
One thing that Windows eco-system still lacks is the presence on Quality and Quantity of Apps. Both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS have a rich collection of Apps and games available to their users. Microsoft has Microsoft’s Build Windows conference for app developers similar to Google’s I/O conference and Apple’s WWDC to attract developers to develop apps for windows eco-system.However top game apps like Temple Run, Angry Birds, Cut the Rope etc. are already available for WP8.
The apps built for Windows phone 7 and later would also work on windows phone 8.The app store for Windows Phone 8 will support app downloads in over 180 countries.
Now pay securely : NFC and Digital Wallet :
Microsoft has added NFC, Near Field communication technology support for Windows Phone 8 devices, which is becoming common in high end devices.Seen as Microsofts answer to Google’s Wallet and Apple’s Passbook it plans to store important user information like debit/credit cards, coupons, boarding passes and other important information. It can also be used to pay for mobile purchases.
Now add more Storage: Supports micro SD cards
Windows phone 7 came with a minimum internal storage requirement as 8GB with just no support in any device for micro-SD card to expand storage. But now with Windows phone 8 you are freed from this restriction as now the WP8 devices would support micro-SD cards.
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Windows Phone 8 System Requirements
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
- Minimum 512MB RAM for WVGA phones; minimum 1GB RAM for 720p / WXGA
- Minimum 4GB flash memory
- GPS and A-GNSS; GLONASS is supported if OEMs decide to include it
- Support for micro-USB 2.0
- 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with three-button detection support
- Rear-facing AF camera with LED or Xenon flash, optional front-facing camera (both need to be VGA or better) and dedicated camera button
- Accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors, as well as vibration motor (magnetometer and gyroscope are optional)
- 802.11b/g and Bluetooth (802.11n is optional)
- DirectX graphics hardware support with hardware acceleration for Direct3D using programmable GPU
- Multi-touch capacitive touch screen with minimum of four simultaneous points