On June 20th Microsoft announced the new successor Windows Phone 8 for its Windows Phone 7 Os which was released in 2010. Windows Phone 8 is packed with some new exciting features compared to its predecessor and will be officially released by autumn this year. Some of the limitations seen in WP7 are solved in the newer version.
In general there if the Software is more complexly developed then it needs an equal complex hardware to handle it effectively. With the increasing features the versions keeps increasing and this indicates that there is an improvement in both the software and hardware. Let us see what features have been included in the Windows Phone 8 and what improvements it expects from the WP7 based hardware.
Smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 (codenamed Apollo) will be having the following features embedded in them:
- All the current smartphones running on Windows Phone are powered by Qualcomm’s single core Snapdragon chips which is quite old. But with Windows Phone 8 the smartphones will have a dual-core processor as a minimum requirement. The devices may even have a quad-core processor based on its features. Qualcomm continues to remain as the official chip vendor and the smartphones will be powered by its Krait architecture based 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S4 plus processor alongwith Adreno225/305 graphics processor. Hence all the Apollo phones will support multi-core ARM SoC’s with multitasking.
- Following display formats are supported in the WP8 version – 15:9 WVGA 800 x 480, 15:9 WXGA 1280 x 769 and 16:9 720p 1280 x 720. It means the smartphone manufacturers can produce low-end, mid-range and high-end handsets targeting all the segments in the market. With the support upto 720pixels the user can expect a higher resolution screen displays and can watch videos in HD resolution. WP7 devices could run not greater than 800 x 480 display formats.
- There is a change in the Kernel Architecture compared to the WP7. WP8 has the same kernel as that of the Windows 8 (desktop version) where as the WP7 had a Windows CE kernel. This is one of the reason why the current Windows Phone 7.5 based smartphones will not get the update to Windows Phone 8 (other reasons could be the hardware constraints). But the company has provided an option for upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 for the WP7 users. The user can upgrade using Wifi network but there is no actual date announced for the upgrade yet.
With the shared kernel architecture the apps developed for Windows 8 can be easily ported to Windows Phone 8 devices. And also the company has said that the apps running on WP7 will be available in WP8 also.
- WP8 devices will now support microSD cards. The user can expand the memory of the smartphone using the microSD card. The current Mango (WP7.5) version handsets are restricted to just Internal Memory capacity.
- The new OS will have enhanced security with Bitlocker encryption and better protection against hacking/malware. The phones will also be pre-loaded with Internet Explorer 10, Skype and Nokia Drive apps.
- The WP8 Smartphones will also support NFC with which one can transfer contacts, images, etc. Also in the home screen the tiles size can be adjusted according to the needs.
With the increase in features Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mobile Os is now gaining more capability to compete with Google’s Android Operating System. Currently Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Nokia are in the Windows Phone 8 manufacturers list. It is expected that Nokia will be the first company to come up with a smartphone running on Windows Phone 8 Platform. With the introduction of Windows Phone 8 one can expect affordable handsets alongwith the high-end handsets in the market.