Windows® Phone 8 – can it beat the iPhone®?
According to a recent leak about Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is going for the gold this time. The industry experts are expecting some major changes in the new version of the mobile operating system which is codenamed as Apollo.
In a leaked video that was intended for the partners at Nokia, Joe Belfiore revealed some features of Windows Phone 8. Belfiore is the corporate vice president for Windows Phone Program Management. If rumors are to be believed, the new Windows Phone will run on the same kernel as Windows 8. Now you may be thinking that how will this benefit you. If the Windows 8 kernel is used, the new Windows Phone will have the capability to offer more hardware choices. Let me not go deep into the technical details and confuse you. Here are some of the key features that are likely to be introduced in the new Windows Phone OS.
Meters for your broadband connections
Microsoft recently announced on a blog post that this feature would be included in Windows Phone 8. The blog post explains how you can avoid a bill shock. This is something new and a great feature for Windows Phone. A similar feature isn’t even available on the iPhone. Windows Phones would display the broadband utilized by the mobile. And it doesn’t stop at that – it also gives you a break-up about how much data each app used. Isn’t that a great feature to have on your phone?
Better hardware choices
Apollo will support multi-core processors and would also be able to offer a better screen resolution experience to users. Now that’s something that an iPhone doesn’t offer – different hardware choices. Apart from these, Windows Phone will also support NFC (Near Field Communication). And NFC will open a lot of new avenues and possibilities for the phones like contactless payments and synchronization of data between multiple platforms. Again, there’s a rumor that even Apple’s working on bringing NFC to the iPhone, but if Microsoft manages to beat them in the race, they’d have an advantage over them.
Applications for Windows Phone
Roughly around 100,000 apps are expected to be on the Windows Marketplace by the time Microsoft launches Apollo. Microsoft is also launching native code support which will make the job easier for the app developers to create different versions of apps which were originally developed for iOS and/or Android. This means all the best selling apps would be available for download for Windows Phone users too. This means Microsoft is closing on along with Android to compete with Apple for revenue from apps – another area where Microsoft was lagging behind.
All in all, with all these developments happening (?) on the Microsoft front, we think it’s time for them to feel good about the times ahead. Windows Phone 8 looks like it finally has the capability to give a tough competition to the Androids and iPhones in the market.