Windows Phone 8: the new features

Windows Phone 8: the new features
The new Windows Phone 8 is finally official and quite frankly it beat our expectations - Microsoft definitely delivered with dual-core processors, high-res screens, deep Skype integration and expandable storage, but it actually surprised us with the new awesome Start Screen and the work it’s done with games. Also, it’s bringing some other new features in conjunction with carriers like the Wallet with NFC.

Add to that improvements to the very core of the system with better multitasking and shared core with Windows 8 that will allow easier porting of application not only from Windows 8, but also from Android and iOS.

Nokia added some of its own magic juice with Nokia Maps, offline maps with turn by turn navigation, and Microsoft is definitely looking more mature than ever in the mobile OS battle. 

And that’s not even half the new things! So don’t hesitate - check them all out below!

source: Microsoft

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57 Comments

1. lumialove

Posts: 75; Member since: May 16, 2012

WP 8 can support up to 64 cores

5. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1186; Member since: Jan 24, 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: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

how you know maybe windows 8 needs more horsepower than 7.5

19. RoyalTroll

Posts: 32; Member since: May 16, 2012

It still sucks, even android is better coming from an ifan

2. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Samsung will make the S3 of the Windows Phone 8.

22. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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: Mar 16, 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: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

but willingfully samsung only has more luck in android

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This actually looks pretty cool....

6. SleepingOz unregistered

HELL YEAH!

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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 unregistered

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: Oct 21, 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: Apr 10, 2012

Mee too.. Love the new Micro SD Support!! and brilliant Start Screen...

41. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Because it is cool XD

4. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1186; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

So who said LUMIA800 and Lumia900 will get WP8??????? So M$ has fooled all those early adopters....

9. bragzter

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 21, 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: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

its going to get just like all Lumia 610 users, some things require higher specs, so does some Windows Phone 8 options ...

7. bragzter

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

WP8 > iOS6

25. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Stating the obvious, are we sir? ^^

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iOS 6 > WP8 > Blackberyy OS >x10000 Android

8. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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: May 16, 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: Dec 20, 2010

Now lets just bring some bad ass WP8!!!!

13. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

lovely home screen i most say

14. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

15. harundk

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

this is so thick. Am ı wrong ?

16. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

These sound like mostly hardware improvements

17. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Color me impressed.

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