Windows Phone 8 will have a Shared Windows Core

At the Windows Phone Developer Summit 2012, Microsoft is laying out details about Windows Phone 8 codenamed Apollo.

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Some of the details:

  • Windows Phone 8 “this holiday” will ship with a “shared core” with Windows 8 (no surprise).
  • That means a bunch of stuff: kernel, networking, multimedia, driver support will be shared between the two platforms.
  • Hardware wise, this should mean a wider ranges of form factors, price points, and capabilities.
  • Manufacturers will be able to re-use the same hardware drivers they build for Windows 8 on Windows Phone 8.
  • Windows Phone 8 will support multi-core chipsets – Dual core and many more.
  • New Windows Phone 8 resolutions – 800 x 480 15:9, 1280×768 15:9, and 1280×720 16:9
New Windows Phone 8 resolutions

New Windows Phone 8 resolutions

  • All existing Windows Phone 7.5 apps will run on all of the resolutions without any changes – backward compatibility with apps.
  • Removable microSD supported.
  • IE 10 will be built in.
IE 10 Windows Phone 8

IE 10 Windows Phone 8

  • This will have a common platform with Windows 8: DirectX and graphics drivers.
  • Developers should be able to port games between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with minimal rewriting.
  • Windows Phone 8 will have a mobile wallet and support NFC.
Windows Phone 8 Wallet

Windows Phone 8 Wallet

  • Microsoft working closer with mobile operators are putting the secure NFC element on the SIM itself instead of the phone. This is a different approach from Google who put NFC in the device directly.
  • Every Windows Phone will include the wallet hub.
  • Orange France will be first with secure SIMs, but Microsoft is working with other carriers. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are working with ISIS. Microsoft has been working with ISIS
  • Windows Phone 8 will include Nokia’s mapping technology.
  • It will use NAVTEQ data, offline map support, map control for developers, and turn-by-turn directions.
  • Windows Phone 8 will support encryption (he mentions BitLocker), secure boot, LOB App deployment, Device Management, and Office.
Windows Phone 8 for business

Windows Phone 8 for business

  •  Enterprise IT managers can use the same tools they use to manage PCs to manage phones.
  • The Start Screen has changed. More information can fit on the screen.
  • Three sizes of tile – Large “double-wide,” standard medium, and small.
Windows Phone 8 home screen

Windows Phone 8 home screen

  • For graphics, it uses hardware-accelerated Direct3D.
  • For networking, WP8 will support IPV6, NFC, and “Improved Bluetooth” support.
  • “Developers can now share more code,” including native code and .NET code.
  • Windows Phone 8 will have shared components.
Windows Phone 8 shared components

Windows Phone 8 shared components

  • Shared APIs between Windows 8 and Windows PHone 8: graphics, audio, media, file system, networking, input, commerce, base types, and sensors.
  • A new SQL engine is now in play – SQLite
Windows Phone 8 SQLite

Windows Phone 8 SQLite

  • Skype calls feel just like a regular cell calls — Skype can be fully integrated and feel like a phone call.
  • Background Location is the next multitasking feature. Apps that use location can run in the background.
Windows Phone 8 Multitasking background location

Windows Phone 8 Multitasking background location

  • Visual Studio 7.5 will support developing for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 apps.
  • Developers can use XAML with C#/VB code, native C++/C, and HTML5 code — and they can mix and match any and all of the above however they wish.
  • Advice for developers who want to write for both Windows 8 and WP8: use XAML for apps, Direct3D with C++/C code for games.
  • Microsoft announces the Company Hub, which is a custom app each company can build for various stuff they want to distribute to employees.
Windows Phone 8 Company Hub

Windows Phone 8 Company Hub

Six major things to remember:

  1. Faster hardware
  2. Games
  3. Improved multitasking
  4. Talking with apps
  5. In-app purchasing
  6. Enterprise Integration

More..

  • All WP8 software updates will be over the air.
  • Every WP8 will get at least 18 months of software support after launch.
  • Microsoft will let “registered enthusiasts” get the updates early.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Current Windows Phone users will get some updates.

  • They will get a refreshed home screen with Windows Phone 7.8
  • They will get Nokia Music 3.0 – adds “gig enhancements, mix radio enhancements, and offline playback enhancements.”
  • They will get Counters, Play To, Camera Extension, Vcard
  • Camera Extras include new extensions with self-timer, action shot for burst mode, panorama, and group-shot.
  • Nokia Maps will get photo uploading, place reviews, and favorite sync. Nokia Transit will get location pinning on the start menu.
  • Nokia Drive will get “My Commute,”which starts with a Live Tile on the Start Screen showing your estimated time.

That’s all folks.

Windows Phone 8 wrap

Windows Phone 8 wrap

 

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