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Nokia likely to announce Windows Phone 8 handsets

Nokia likely to announce Windows Phone 8 handsets

There are rumours that Nokia is expected to hold a "World Event" to showcase the first two Windows Phone 8 handsets

New Delhi: There are rumours that the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia is expected to hold a "World Event" to showcase the first two Windows Phone 8 handsets. And if at all Nokia releases its Windows Phone 8 based devices- Lumia 910 and Lumia 920 – at this point of time, it will give Nokia an edge over its competitors, and a whole month of the privilege of being the single provider of smartphones that run Windows Phone 8.

"Windows Phone 8 should support a wide range of new features, particularly support for multi-core CPUs and new resizable versions of "live tiles," the operating system's iconic app and widgets", reports easternmorningherald.com.

Earlier this month, WPDang had revealed some information by way of a screenshot, which shows a list of some of the handsets that will be launched running the upcoming Windows Phone 8 OS.

Microsoft had officially raised the curtain on its latest mobile operating system at an event in San Francisco last month, and claimed that it is the most advanced mobile OS Microsoft has ever made. Here is a look at some of the highlighted features available on Windows Phone 8:

- Multi-core processor support: Windows Phone was a slick OS that ran smoothly on handsets with a single processor. The latest OS now features multi-core support with Belfoire claiming that they’re ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.

- Bigger, sharper screens: Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions -1280x768 and 1280x720, making it compatible with new handsets that will feature high-definition 720p displays.

- More flexible storage: Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so users can stuff their phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important and then easily move it all onto their PC.

- NFC wireless sharing: In Windows Phone 8, NFC helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier. One can achieve this by tapping their phone on another NFC-equipped device.

- Internet Explorer 10: The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. Microsoft claims that IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.

- Wallet: Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes and other important info right at one’s fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, users can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.

- Better maps and directions: Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. This partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.

- Improved apps and games: Microsoft states that basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games.

The Windows Phone 8 OS also comes with a flexible new Start screen. Microsoft stated, "We're making Windows Phone 8 even more personal, with a new palette of theme colors and three sizes of Live Tiles, all of which are under your control. We know Live Tiles are one of the things current owners really love about their Windows Phones, and we wanted to make them even more flexible and unique."

first published:July 29, 2012, 11:39 IST