Video of Skype for Windows Phone 8 demoed on HTC 8X
The formal release of Windows 8 on October 26th will certainly allow us to see the computing and tablet integration. What about Windows Phone 8? Well, we get to look at a brief, semi-in-depth look at how Microsoft has developed a native app for the all-new mobile platform and it is, by and large, looking great.
The app will run in the background for starters. Naturally, it is integrated with your PIM (people hub) and will even ring with the Skype ringtone so you know it is not a normal cellular call. Group chat is available and calls can be initiated from contact profiles. About the only option we did not see was the ability to integrate the Skype messaging into the Messages feature (like for SMS, MMS, Live and Facebook), but that may have been overlooked in this short demonstration.
It is a significant improvement over the app that is currently available to Windows Phone 7.5 users and is certainly something we are looking forward to seeing. Right at the end, we get a peek at the wide-field front-facing camera of the HTC Windows Phone 8X being used in the demo. That is another feature we are also eager to try out.
1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
With Skype running in the background a bigger battery should be added. And i really think M$, has taken Nokia for a ride (sorta like the mafia did back in the olden days), just to get a hold on that camera. I feel sorry for Nokia, but then again, HTCs phone does look nice.
2. xtroid2k (Posts: 359; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
I will be comparing the two when they both launch. I love music so I am leaning towards HTC with the beats audio solution.
3. nobelset (Posts: 269; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
Beats audio doesn't really change anything, I've tested it and even the galaxy s3performs better than the HTC one X. I don't really know about the windows phone version though.
5. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
The WP version has a dedicated amp on each output. This should really make for a great musical experience. Its something not alot of phones have. I looking forward to this.
4. StreetNerd (Posts: 705; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Beats on androids is software only... the 8X has 2 amps build in
6. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Get back to me when they make something thats not a simple rectangle.. somethign with a QWERTY keyboard maybe.
8. mrmooresince19xx (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
@cdgoin I'm waiting on a pentaband Nokia e7 style windows 8 phone with a nice QWERTY, autofocus, dual-core, and I'm good...
10. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 748; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I remember my HTC Touch Pro 2 having kick azz sound (not even for its time, it still out performs MANY MODERN smartphones - based on sound alone).
HTC has differentiated their Windows Phone 8X from other "Beats" Android phones with software AND added amplifier.