Windows Phone 8: the new features
0. phoneArena posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:18
The new Windows Phone 8 is finally official and quite frankly it beat our expectations - Microsoft definitely delivered with dual-core processors…
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5. kanagadeepan posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:04 16 7
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 00:40 0 0
how you know maybe windows 8 needs more horsepower than 7.5
19. RoyalTroll (banned) posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:10 7 24
It still sucks, even android is better coming from an ifan
2. SlimSoulja86 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:52 6 15
Samsung will make the S3 of the Windows Phone 8.
22. good2great posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:35 10 7
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 13:09 2 0
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 17:40 3 1
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 00:41 1 0
but willingfully samsung only has more luck in android
18. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:53 20 0
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 19:18 2 2
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 02:19 2 0
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 06:39 0 0
Mee too.. Love the new Micro SD Support!! and brilliant Start Screen...
4. kanagadeepan posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:03 5 10
So who said LUMIA800 and Lumia900 will get WP8???????
So M$ has fooled all those early adopters....
9. bragzter posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:12 6 6
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:15 0 5
its going to get just like all Lumia 610 users, some things require higher specs, so does some Windows Phone 8 options ...
8. CellularNinja posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:06 8 5
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:12 4 9
Now that its officially out lets see some actual hardware. Personally I'd love a One X with WP8.
14. Penny posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:33 2 3
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:45 0 5
These sound like mostly hardware improvements
20. fongy posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:18 5 0
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 02:24 0 0
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:21 0 0
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 17:11 6 0
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 17:49 1 1
Oh wow , how stupid is microsoft(or PA). They featured the HTC Titan 1 in their Windows Phone 8 campaign...
35. JongLong206 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 21:04 3 0
but mostly die-hard iphone fanboys.. cant defend their iOS6 baby, so they rather thumb down every good comment for WP8 \o/
36. Penny posted on 20 Jun 2012, 21:58 3 2
I don't know man, I've seen more hate coming from the Android direction than anywhere else...
37. JongLong206 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 22:38 4 0
will WP8 be such a threat for android's open source community?
43. Penny posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:09 1 2
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 02:28 1 0
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 . . .
45. microsoftnokiawin posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:28 0 1
wp 7.8 to 7,5 devices which will bring most wp8 features to wp7
30. zibbyzib2000 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 18:46 1 0
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 20:43 0 0
What happened to native screenshot???? Is that too much to ask? I'm getting sick of this security BS excuse.
34. PapaSmurf posted on 20 Jun 2012, 20:53 1 0
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 posted on 20 Jun 2012, 22:58 0 0
I am waiting..... Make that damn device MS...pronto :)
42. thunderising posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:01 0 0
Covered here in non-timeline format. Easier to go through
44. cornerofthemoon posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:20 0 0
The interface grid looks like the Partridge Family bus.
46. mas11 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:33 0 0
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 02:42 1 0
Don't worry the iPhone 5 will have holographic UI, for us to behold. ^___^
54. frydaexiii posted on 21 Jun 2012, 07:08 0 0
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 posted on 21 Jun 2012, 15:51 0 0
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 posted on 22 Jun 2012, 11:09 0 0
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%)