Windows Phone 8 SDK offers an in-depth look at what we may expect soon
In the video below, we are guided menu item by menu item in the settings of Windows Phone 8, as well as other areas of the OS. There has been some conjecture that not all features have been unlocked or made available by Microsoft, even in this supposed “final” SDK release.
Some of the features have not changed. The themes and settings for the tile colors are essentially the same. Such is the case with email accounts and Twitter integration.
The lock screen has a few new features including being able to designate what apps may provide a preview (calendar, text message, etc.) of activity as well as a row of notifications which would appear on the screen. It looks like third party apps will be able to take advantage of that feature as well. NFC functions are on board and some advanced features for battery saver have been tweaked.
Back-up features have been deeply integrated to allow cloud storage of apps and phone settings. Text messaging has several options as well including back-up. What is interesting is the photo and video settings, premium quality photos and video must be done over Wi-Fi, so those of us that are in 4G coverage areas might be disappointed. Wallet is Windows Phone 8’s version of Passbook on the iPhone. It also has location based services to find deals near you.
Other than that, the user experience is familiar to those that know Windows Phone. We are looking forward to seeing if any other features are being kept locked down by Microsoft in order to make a big splash at the official announcement, expected in late October.
1. Luuthian (Posts: 224; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
No Xbox features shown. I actually wonder how they will tie the next generation of Xbox into the WP8 ecosystem. Will they reboot achivements? Will WP8 connect with the next Xbox?
2. Maxwell.R (Posts: 202; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
At about 7:30 into the video, there is a reference to XBox Music Pass, music store, etc. There will certainly be XBox integration, as some of that branding will be replacing the "Zune" name.
5. Luuthian (Posts: 224; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Yeah, sorry, I saw that. I meant the pure gaming portion. I know it'll have the functionality... I just wish they showed some of it off. I gues they're either not ready too or they don't want to reveal any games. It is just the emulator, but you'd think the bare menu would have been in it...
Ah well. We'll have to wait and see. Xbox connectivity was the only reason I bought a WP in the first place. having moved onto Android... It'll take more than WP7 offered to bring me back.
3. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
am i the only one thinking that BB10 and WP8 have similarities?