Windows Phone 8: the new features
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Windows Phone 8: the new features
1. Dual-core processors!
2. 720p high-res displays
3. Expandable storage
4. Siri-like voice features
6. New Start Screen
7. Deep Skype integration
8. Offline turn-by-turn navigation, maps powered by Nokia
9. Better multitasking
10. Better games coming, better DirectX support
11. Wallet Hub
12. Shared Windows NT kernel, code with Windows 8
13. Internet Explorer 10 smokes Safari, Android in SunSpider
14. Improved camera with Panorama and Burst Shot
15. Ready for enterprise
16. Future updates to Windows Phone 8 coming over the air
17. 18 month support cycle
18. WP Marketplace has over 100,000 apps
19. Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei will first ship Windows Phone 8 devices
20. Existing devices won’t get Windows Phone 8 :(
5. kanagadeepan (Posts: 589; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
When they don't support they say Dual and QuadCores are UNNECESSARY and BATTERY HOG...
But now Dual, Quad and 64Core support looks essential, isn't it?
39. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)
how you know maybe windows 8 needs more horsepower than 7.5
19. RoyalTroll (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2012)
It still sucks, even android is better coming from an ifan
2. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Samsung will make the S3 of the Windows Phone 8.
22. good2great (Posts: 1033; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
i think HTC and nokia will do it better... BUT heres why i agree with you...
"SAMSUNG GALAXY S3"
that phone is making average users "like" the SAMSUNG brand...
lets be real tho...
all samsung made windows phone 7 devices SUCK...haha
55. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
i disagree… the origional focus was the best wp7 phone until almost a year and a half later when the next focus/lumia/titan came out… wp7 looked amazing on that samoled and the phone was beautiful… but at the moment nokia certainly has the nicest
24. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I don't know, man. Nokia and HTC have made some pretty badass WP phones so far.
But maybe once Sammy sees how nice WP8 is, they'll ramp it up.
40. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)
but willingfully samsung only has more luck in android
18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I agree! I am a HUGE Android fan but this WP8 update is just plain bonkers. I really think that the WP8 OS looks beautiful & is 100 times more functional than iOS6.
All WP fans should be stoked, this indeed is a very sweet upgrade. WP8 is now in the same league as the big boys & with 100,000+ apps in their market it may prove that they are here to stay.
I can't wait to see some flashy Nokia, Samsung & HTC phones running WP8.
My brother is already sending me text after text about WP8. As you already guessed it he is the ultimate WP fan! lol
Just between you and me I am going to piss him off & say the WP8 announcement is wack. I like to ruffle his feathers on the subject from time to time. (Even though I have to take WP8 seriously from now on.) lol
I am VERY impressed!
31. SleepingOz (Posts: 2464; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
iOS6 is such a joke, seriously!
Never like WP, but I gotta admit that I'm also very impressed by this update!
Indeed, MS just step up their game with WP8 but they still have a lot to catch up on Android. Hopefully in the near future.
47. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Very TRUE actually they should call it IOS 5s.
And to make point these are normally hardware and new features shown for developers to take advantage in apps.
MS hadn't shown the software improvements yet so expecting a summit on user experience improvements soon.
53. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Mee too.. Love the new Micro SD Support!! and brilliant Start Screen...
4. kanagadeepan (Posts: 589; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
So who said LUMIA800 and Lumia900 will get WP8???????
So M$ has fooled all those early adopters....
9. bragzter (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
7.8 is 8 minus the hardware IMO. Some of the features that demands multicore functionality and graphics (like the games) will be absent. But am sure majority of the core features will be present.
And all devices, both current and next gen will get Nokia Maps with turn by turn and more, unlike Apple's attempt to not need Google, won't work on anything before the 4s
11. Credo (Posts: 677; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
its going to get just like all Lumia 610 users, some things require higher specs, so does some Windows Phone 8 options ...
52. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2842; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
iOS 6 > WP8 > Blackberyy OS >x10000 Android
8. CellularNinja (Posts: 264; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
I have a windows phone now. And I like it alot. But I was thinking about switching to iPhone with my upcoming upgrade in a few months. But now I really am not so sure. The home screen looks so awesome! Good job, Microsoft.
This is a surprise Microsoft is really innovating!
10. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Now that its officially out lets see some actual hardware. Personally I'd love a One X with WP8.
12. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
Now lets just bring some bad ass WP8!!!!
14. Penny (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Thank you to Victor and PhoneArena for compiling the major new features of WP8 with visuals and captions.
Although on point #20, difference sources are saying different things. We know for sure that WP7.5 will not be upgraded to WP8, but the question is what features are being included in the WP7.8 update, and if this upgrade will be coming to a select few Mango devices or all legacy devices. Most of what I have read elsewhere indicates that some of the major features will be included in the update and sources are split on whether or not it will make its way to legacy devices.
16. osanilevich (Posts: 228; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)
These sound like mostly hardware improvements
20. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
great set of hardware improvements...
can anyone tell me if the more 'soft' areas have been addressed, such as individual volumes for alarm / media / ringer.... ability to have your own MP3 as ringtone? what about drag / drop files instead of using Zune for everything? that kind of thing?
I'm worried that they've focused on hardware, but it's still almost as restrictive as iOS underneath...
48. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I am actually beyond impressed right now, did Win8 just leap frog iOS6 by a hundred miles with this update. (insert rainbow face here).
I have the same gripe with you, if those restrictions could somehow be toned down then there would be no reason not to dream of having one Win8 powered phone myself. The restrictions with bluetooth file sharing is still bothering me for I do most of the time share media files on the go. . .
21. rsiders (Posts: 199; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Wines Phone really sets itself apart from any other OS with its start screen. Absolutely gorgeous. With apps and hardware advancements and such, I really am all in for Windows Phone!
23. aahmed215 (Posts: 74; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
I have been an iOS user for the past 5 years, but I'm switching to the Galaxy S3. I loved iOS, but lately, Apple has been playing catch-up. Android has taken over as the best OS out there imo. I haven't been as excited about a phone as the S3. And now with this update, Windows phones are challenging iPhones. Apple need to stop worrying about suing companies and taking cheap digs at their competitors in their ads and keynotes. Instead, concentrate on bringing the best features to your consumers. I won't be going back to an iPhone until Apple steps up their game.
26. JigsterNL (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)
Oh wow , how stupid is microsoft(or PA). They featured the HTC Titan 1 in their Windows Phone 8 campaign...
35. JongLong206 (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)
but mostly die-hard iphone fanboys.. cant defend their iOS6 baby, so they rather thumb down every good comment for WP8 \o/
36. Penny (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I don't know man, I've seen more hate coming from the Android direction than anywhere else...
37. JongLong206 (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)
will WP8 be such a threat for android's open source community?
43. Penny (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I wouldn't call it a threat because I don't think it directly goes after Android's open source community. At the same time, changing Windows Phone to work on the Windows 8 base code will probably attract a lot of developer interest, so it might have an indirect impact on Android's open source community.
49. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I'm an Android fan, but who would hate an awesome update like this anyways? Looks like you're the one who is hating right now, sheeezzz kids these days . . .
29. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Is WP 7.5 phones will be update to WP 8 OS or never?
45. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 764; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
wp 7.8 to 7,5 devices which will bring most wp8 features to wp7
30. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 154; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
It kind of looks like a mix of the plain iOS app grid and the crazy live widgets of Android mixed into one awesome masterpiece... I like it.
33. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 787; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
What happened to native screenshot???? Is that too much to ask? I'm getting sick of this security BS excuse.
34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6606; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I must say... WP8 is a BIG improvement over WP 7.5. It looks really promising and looks like it would do really well.
People nowadays look for a easy to use smartphone. This easily takes the cake.
38. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
I am waiting..... Make that damn device MS...pronto :)
42. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
Covered here in non-timeline format. Easier to go through
44. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 483; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
The interface grid looks like the Partridge Family bus.
46. mas11 (Posts: 1014; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Apple could learn a thing or two from Microsoft about revamping a UI. WP8 is able to keep the distinct look of a WP and still look brand new. The only time Apple slightly altered the look of iOS was when iOS4 came out and that wasn't much of a change. For the most part, all they did was allow backgrounds and changed how the dock looks.
51. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Don't worry the iPhone 5 will have holographic UI, for us to behold. ^___^
54. frydaexiii (Posts: 1156; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I'll be honest, the new homescreen is hideous. I wasn't one who found the WP7 homescreen beautiful, but at least it was neat and uniform, now it just looks messy, like a poorly made website. I hate to say this but I actually find iOS's rows of icons nicer looking than that. Of cause other than that the features and support surpasses iOS 6.
56. jtech (Posts: 100; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
I'm so glad I had my bucket near by or there would have been a big mess. WP* looks absolutly amazing I can't wait and (fingers cross) that CDMA carriers start supporting the platform
57. RedEyedCoder (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
People have been very skeptical online about the future of Windows Phone. There has been article after article about Nokia's sales numbers and Windows Phone in all. Just the other day I think it was shown why the numbers have been down. Who wants to go out and buy a brand new phone if they don't have to right now when they can wait and purchase a new Windows Phone 8 at the end of the year?
This is my projection for the Windows Phone platform, by this time next year I believe the platform will be in double digits. (currently at 5.2%)