Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) at a glance

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Windows Phone 8


Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8 today. Here is a concise list of what’s new on the platform:

– shared core with Windows 8, bringing it a unified platform with the PC platform

– support for multi-core processors


– support for higher display resolutions: 1280×720 and 1280×768.

– support for removable storage e.g. MicroSD cards

– Internet Explorer 10, sharing features with IE 10 on desktop

– support for native code apps written in C and C++

– support for NFC plus Wallet

– Nokia Mapping replaces Bing


– variable Live tiles – sizes can be changed by user

– improved multitasking, allowing apps to run in the background, including VOIP and video chat apps

– voice assistant like Apple’s Siri

– Windows Phone 8 updates will be over-the-air (OTA) only


That’s the brief wrap-up. Windows Phone certainly becomes more versatile with version 8. What are your thoughts?

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  1. The problem I see here is that it is not backward compatible with WP 7 and 7.5 ie apps for WP 8 have to be written afresh. This will further sink Nokia Lumia sales because people will stop buying since they can’t upgrade when Apollo becomes available.

    1. Abimbola Sojimi,

      The problem I see here is that it is not backward compatible with WP 7 and 7.5 ie apps for WP 8 have to be written afresh.

      I believe that what you meant to say is that “New applications compiled specifically for Windows Phone 8 will not be made available for Windows Phone 7.x devices.”

  2. Windows Phone is finally coming of age. Yes, they are coming closer to it. You can’t beat Apple in their own game. When you offer exactly the same restrictive model as Apple that have the iSheep firmly in their snare, who do you really intend to impress with similar model without anything special coming from your platform. Most Android users love their freedom and would probably go with Apple but for that freedom.

    Now, some dissatisfied Android users will join the Windows Phone train, especially if Microsoft will also implement Bluetooth and Mass Storage features.Real competition is about kicking in in the mobile ecosystems.

    I will also like Microsoft to support sideloading of apps, even if it is disabled by default. Nokia might well live again and probably be among the big player. Elop’s decision to go the Windows Phone route is beginning to look positive after all.

  3. Microsoft are moving in the right direction, now I would love to see a strategy for gaining smart phone market share in emerging markets and for Nokia to reveal future plan’s (features) of the S40 Os, because I felt that meltemi would have revolutionised the low end market.


  4. What does Noni (and others who share her opinion) have to say to this. She so much believes (at least she posted as much) that the evolution of smartphone technology is towards the elimination of external storage.

  5. The problem is more with the fact that current windows phone users will not be able to upgrade to windows phone 8. Microsoft should have announced this close to the time of release with devices already running it.

    @Harry, you are absolutely right. When eyebeekay and co were taking turns bashing Elop, I tried to make them see the wisdom in Elop’s actions. Windows has come of age. Not only that, nokia has finally broken into the lucrative american market. Microsoft has made nokia their main OEM. All windows phone will use Nokia map. Nokia is the poster boy for windows phone. Lest I forget, windows now has the third largest app library behind only iOS and Android. For a young platform like windows phone, they have come a long way. Kudos to Elop and Microsoft.

  6. The WP8 will be backward compatible with WP7 apps, and the issue of WP7 phones running WP8 apps is a non-issue as microsoft spoke about cloud compiling and api compatibility across both versions.
    It’s definitely a step in the right direction but the only problem now is that they are essentially telling every would be buyer of WP7 to steer clear until WP8 devices become a reality . I think microsoft hasn’t got the execution thing right, Apple wouldn’t go this route, rather they would release new hardware running WP8 now and maybe offer upgrades to those that bought the previous generation devices


  7. Welcome, Windows 8, on board. This is what I like: competition in OS, ecosystem, hardware, etc. Let BlackBerry 10 hurry up too. Let people of the world have freedom to choose. No single OS or tech coy should hold the world to ransom with anti-competition devices.

  8. a step in d rit directn by windows nd truely versatile bt i hope d price is nt equivalent 2 dat of an aircraft.

  9. Looks like the mobile landscape is truly beginning to catch fire.

    For people talking about backward compatibility, it can not be helped in certain instances.

    You often need to completely break completely from the parr to forge ahead. And in so doing, some oxen would be gored!

    I am excited about the competition!

    Way2Go, Microsoft!


  10. For people talking about backward
    compatibility, it can not be helped in
    certain instances .
    You often need to completely break
    completely from the parr to forge
    ahead . And in so doing , some oxen
    would be gored!

    Did eyebeekay just say that? Someone pinch me, I think am dreaming

  11. why are you guys excited about devices that are not coming to Nigeria? We dont have WP7 devices here and we are excited about WP8??

    1. Olusheenor,

      Well, I’m excited about the Nissan GTR, a car that’s not likely to come to Nigeria. I might even never see it in real life either.

      Its just the way enthusiasts are.


  12. Windows Phone 8
    Windows 8
    XBox

    Samsung have their tv’s, phones and tablets and other devices. These guys are looking at a phone as part of an integrated experience, not just as a “phone”.

  13. The reason WP7 won’t upgrade to WP8 is mainly hardware. They did not rewrite WP8 in the manner try rewrote WP7, moving away from Windows Mobile.

    Olusheenor, Microsoft will sell Windows Phone 8 is 180 countilries, I bet you Nigeria is among. They’ve been preparing the Nigerian developers for this market. The phones may not be here in commercial quantities, but expect them.


  14. Wow! Windows Phone 8. The mobile industry is truly moving ahead in a fast pace. The release of quad core phones, 41 MP cameraphone, the upcoming iPhone – I am so excited for all of us my fellow mobile enthusiasts.

    Meanwhile, EyeBeeKay… Oh well…..

  15. But why does windows like playing catch up? They only introduce features their competitors have been brandishing years earlier.
    Good development with WP8. I am excited as well and hope they make their app market available to us here in naija. I was looking at trying out windows phone, I think with WP8,i am more compelled.

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    two. Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 to get updates! Windows Phone 8 will also come with a host of new features,
    such as new hardware requirements, support for various
    screen resolutions, dual-core chipset support, as well as NFC
    (Near Field Communications) and external storage. This will all be served through a new Start screen that isn’t exclusive to Windows Phone 8 but will be
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