Windows Phone 8 screenshots leak out: Skype integration, new camera UI in tow

Windows Phone 8 screenshots leak out: Skype integration, new camera UI in tow
Windows Phone 8 is widely expected to get officially announced next week and come out in the next few months, but alleged screenshots of the updated operating system have already leaked out. The screen grabs show a deep Skype integration and a new camera UI will be among the new features, and while we can’t vouch for their veracity, those are certainly features that we expect to see in WP8.

One of the screenshots shows an incoming video call in what looks like the native phone app, and Skype seems to be integrated straight into the People hub.

The new camera user interface introduces a switch for toggling on the front and rear-facing cameras, and finally there’s a new DataSmart feature a la Android where you get to see a detailed report about your data usage.

Check the blurry images below and keep in mind that we could have a confirmation from Microsoft on June 20th at the Windows Phone Summit.


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24 Comments

1. scrabble111

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 25, 2011

Ugh finally can't wait for the OFFICIAL announcement of whether or not current handsets will get windows phone 8 or at least some features of it. But anyways im excited to see what windows phone 8 has to offer!

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

lol that is not a "switch" on the camera to chang from front facing to rear and its certainly not new its the "lenses" option

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

the ui is nice as usual, fluid too, but I hope it removes the 101 reasons I should not buy Windows Phone.

10. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

most of them are false

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

many of those 101 reasons are just fundamental differences between android/ios and wp... they will never be changed because it would defeat the purpose of wp

4. onggeo

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The feature I'm looking forward to the most is the data counter. I hope that my Trophy will be updated or at least get a feature pack containing the data counter. It helps a lot when you only have 300mb of data monthly.

5. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

I don't see much difference between this and WP7. Anyone?

18. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

You shouldn't see a huge difference for two reasons: 1.) WP7 was a huge redesign from Windows Mobile 6, and they made it with the understanding that they were going to continue building on it in the future. Therefore, it would be reasonable to assume that WP8 and W8 are building off of what WP7 started, so you shouldn't see a drastic change in UI. 2.) This is not a complete list of additional features in WP8. We don't know what will be included, what won't, or who will get the upgrade.

23. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

err the kernal is changed so the whole thing are changed from roots although they might look same

24. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, you're right, I should have clarified that I was talking about the UI/visual themes of the "Metro" interface. When they decided to implement it in WP7 (after using it in Zune), they decided to implement it across the board to push a unified theme.

6. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

I have no complain if WP8 phones comes up with........... Improve multitasking Support multi video format Support micro sd card Have mass storage mode Have filemanager Least restrictions on sharing apps and contents More customizations on ui like widgets etc Wifi hotspot Can save contacts to SIM card And have least restrictions to manufacture to built their phone ( screen resolution, internal memory storage, RAM, camera, processor, etc )

12. onggeo

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

If all those are important to you then get an Android. Btw WP7.5 has wifi hotspot, just saying. :)

13. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Yeah dude get an Android its that simple stop whining. Windows Phone is great the way it is and will only get better. It already has its own Widgets! The live tiles are awesome and they aren't resource hungry and they will get better with WP8. All the devs have slowed down their updates the closer the WP8 release comes. Anyway everyone knows the more widgets you have on the slower the system gets and the quicker the battery dies that's why Android is laggy and quicker to die unlike WP7. What is it with hot swapping SD cards... no need when you have 8+ Gb of room. You can now get phones with 16 or 32 gb of storage... its not 2007. Maybe if all you Android users try to to delete apps that you never use or not save so much porn on your phones. You wouldn't need to hot swap all the time. Why do you want to run apps of an SD card when its much quicker to run them off the internal memory. Also whats the deal with file managers. Thats what apps are for... Pic galery for pics Adobe PDF app for PDF. Office apps for office docs and music apps for music. If you these are phones, if you wanna create folders and move crap around get a bloody laptop. Also i know these things because I used to be on Android before WP7 and I will never look back.

16. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

Are you kidding me, all those features are good to have Lol, stop thinking like THAT!!!

7. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Lol Fandroid/iSheep disliking every comment here

8. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

the UI is nice! steve ballmer's face isn't!

9. ARSALAN123

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

windows logo in market place is old it is fake!!!

11. edrich

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

If the update gives current phones: Bluetooth file transfer, Mass storage mode, A decent file manager, Background task manager improvements (individual closing of apps for example), Keep wi-fi on until you turn it off, Use of two way USSD codes, Quick notifications profile switching (Silent, Meeting, Loud, Offline/Flight) & Improved default camera settings, I'd be very happy. There isn't much lacking in WP7.5 anyway, just a couple of usabilty tweaks would be welcome

14. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Bluetooth file transfer is slow with large files. Its much quicker to email files. No need for a BG task manager if the system handles multi-tasking well. No need to shut down apps when they aren't doing anything anyway... that's just more things for the user to worry about. When I had Android I spent to much time checking which apps were open when i felt my system running slow. With WP7 i have never worried. A phone should make it easier for the user. If not its not very smart for a smart phone. Don't even get me started on the file manager. Pointless more work for the user, once again not very smart. With mass storage just use a bloody usb like normal people. Its not that hard to carry around. I carry mine with my car keys. WP7 still has sme other features needed but its still new. When IOS and Android first came out they were crap. WP7 is the same but at least it has done more its first year than IOS or Android has.

15. edrich

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

All this I know, for convenience sake I would still like the abovementioned features. I still intend to get my Lumia 900 in about a week and a half's time, just saying what I'd like. Not slamming Windows Phone, not comparing it to anything else, not saying that it is lacking anything that would make me change phones, simply stating what I would deem a useful improvement on 7.5

20. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

NFC ftw

17. domspencer01

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Is it just how my screen is displaying it or do those screenshots look especially cramped? Probably just an issue on my end. I like the new look, lot's of new tweaks and I'm looking forward to the new metro and the features from that they can add to Launcher 7.

19. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I thought this was supposed to look like windows 8

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

These clowns always try their best to make Ballmar look like a clown while their "son god" Tim Cook is always shown with a loving, caring, smile. Here's what I say, don't judge a book by its cover. Maybe that's why Bill chose Steve.

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