Microsoft has formally unveiled their latest Windows Phone 8 platform which will be available for both the handset and the tablet.
Expected to be released sometime after September this year, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 will have a lot more new features that were sorely lacking in WP7.
Here’s a quick summary of the stuff to expect from WP8.
â— Will share native dev platform with Windows 8, support for DirectX so games for Windows 8 can be easily ported for WP8.
â— Support for higher screen resolutions — 720p (1280×720), WXGA (1280×768) and WVGA (800×480).
â— Support for dual-core processors and up to 64-cores in the future. The new handsets will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus (dual-core Krait).
â— HTC, Nokia, Samsung, Huawei will be the first ones to make the handsets running WP8.
â— WP8 will be using Nokia Maps technology, supports multi-tasking/background operation and will be accessible by 3rd party apps with offline mode.
â— Built-in Internet Explorer 10.
â— Support for microSD card (photos, music, videos, installing apps).
â— More comprehensive NFC Wallet and NFC Sharing.
â— Speech Platform will also be available to 3rd party apps.
Windows Phone 7.5 devices will not be supported but an incremental upgrade to 7.8 will be made available soon.