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Jun 22, 2012

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8
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Microsoft has unveiled an upgraded version of its Smartphone operating system – the Windows Phone 8 during the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco as it steps up its effort to catch up on Apple and Samsung in the smartphone industry.

Microsoft said that this will auger well for smartphone users as there would be more games for the handsets powered by the upgraded version. Together with Finnish phone maker Nokia, Microsoft has already unveiled several Windows Phone handsets in the market but sales still lagged far behind Android and iOS-powered devices.

The company also bared that Samsung, HTC, and Nokia would likewise unveil handsets running on Windows Phone 8. The upgraded operating system would bring support for multi-core chips. This feature would mean additional processing power on demand and the ability to turn off the cores to extend battery life.

Another highlight of the upgraded version is the integration of Near Field Communication as well as a “wallet” app allowing you to use your phone as a credit card. Support for a removable micro SD cards offers the capability to store media files or install apps.

In addition, the upgraded Windows Phone 8 would feature a more customizable start screen that gives users an option of three tile sizes for installed software and more color options. A choice between three different screen resolutions allow users the option to work in the HD (High Definition) 720 pixel format. For increased security, the upgrade would include a warning alert for websites that are deemed unsafe or contain a malware.

Aside from that, the new Windows Phone 8 will allow the users to make an online call using VoIP technology. This dispels the complaint that customers always had of not being able to make Skype calls on their Windows phone.

With over 100,000 apps released, users will have more games to play on their windows phone 8 enabled smartphones. While it still pales in comparison with Google Play and Apple App Store with 465,000 and 500,000 apps respectively, Microsoft is more concerned with getting quality or “marquee” titles. It announced that Gameloft’s Nova 3 and Zynga’s Draw Something would be among the games in Windows Phone.

Microsoft is upping the tempo on its drive to compete with Google and Apple. The Windows Phone Summit also highlighted the launching of the Surface tablets, Microsoft’s challenger to the highly popular iPad as well as the variety of Android-powered tablets on the market.

Melvin Magadia (Author of this post) is a content writer for Branders selling corporate logo gifts. He is a gadgets freak and spends his spare time with his family and in surfing the Internet and watching television. 

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