Yesterday was a major day for the smartphone industry, as Microsoft and Nokia teamed up to reveal Windows Phone 8 and the newest Nokia Lumia devices running the platform. Missed out on all the buzz? We’ve got you covered!
The Windows Phone event was more about Nokia than about Microsoft, with key focus being on Nokia’s contribution to the Windows Phone platform. However, throughout the event, a lot of new features being introduced in Windows Phone 8 were revealed. So let’s begin with the platform first, and move on to the devices after.
The latest version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system boasts an impressive array of features, including:
As you can see, many of these features confirm what had planned for Windows Phone 8 earlier in January. Perhaps the most impressive announcement made about the Windows Phone platform is the availability of over 100,000 apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The rest of the Windows Phone 8 features are to be revealed over the course of the coming month.
Full, deep integration of Nokia’s location and mapping platform into Windows Phone 8 was announced. The features include:
It wasn’t made clear whether these features will be fully integrated across all Windows Phone 8 devices, or remain exclusive to Nokia’s WP8 devices.
As expected, two new Lumia series Windows Phone 8 devices were revealed. Let’s take a look at them:
The much-anticipated Lumia 920 is finally official, and here are the specs:
Several exclusive Lumia apps were also announced. These include:
The smaller sibling of the 920, the 820 is powered by the same processor and RAM as the 920, but differs in some others pecs
Lumia 820 will also receive Lumia exclusive apps, though it wasn’t made clear if all of those mentioned for the 920 would be made available for it. No launch dates or pricing were announced for either of the devices, though it was mentioned that they will be released in select markets in Q4 2012.
There were also several wireless charging accessories announced for the devices including a Fatboy pillow charger, JBL Speaker Stand with both charging and NFC, and wireless charger night stand. A few partners offering wireless charging facilities were also announced, including Virgin Atlantic, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the latter offering charging plates on tables at their outlets. The NFC enabled Nokia Music app is now available in Windows Phone Marketplace, though it isn’t clear if it is intended for Nokia devices only, or all Windows Phone devices.
The event’s full video can be found on Nokia’s website, although it seems to be undergoing technical difficulties at the moment._________