Among the popularity of the Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating system has also been able to mark its point in the market over the past few years. Although not fully developed yet and still trying to establish a sufficient amount of share of the user community, the platform has obviously experienced a lot of shift with its primary target changing from the enterprise market when it was Windows Mobile to the consumer market, as what it is now. After the collaboration between Microsoft and Nokia, the duo has released the Nokia Lumia series powered with Windows Phone as the operating platform.
All the phones that have been released since are as follows:
Nokia Lumia 610, an entry-level phone released in April 2012 based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and upgradable to the 7.8 version.
Nokia Lumia 710, another entry-level phone released November 2011 based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and upgradable to the 7.8 version.
Nokia Lumia 800, a midrange phone released in November 2011 based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and upgradable to the 7.8 version.
Nokia Lumia 900, a high-end phone released on April 8, 2012 based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and upgradable to the 7.8 version.
Nokia Lumia 820, a high-end phone announced in September 2012, expected to release in 2012, Q4 and based on Microsoft Windows Phone 8.
Nokia Lumia 920, a high-end phone announced in September 2012, expected to release in 2012, Q4 and based on Microsoft Windows Phone 8.
WINDOWS PHONE Versions Explained:
WINDOWS PHONE 7
Windows Phone 7 Series was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 15, 2010. It was the successor of its previous version, Windows. Also, any of the apps of the previous versions were not compatible with this one due to a new language being used called “Metro”. This new OS introduced a new user interface made up of “Live Tiles” which act as links to apps, features and updates. There were some smart features lacking in Messaging and the primary one was ‘threading’ i.e. conversations were held as single messages and would require you to search for your responses.
Web browsing was supported with Internet Explorer 7 with features including multi-touch gestures, a streamlined UI, smooth zoom in/out animations, the ability to save pictures that are on web pages and many more with regular updates. “People Hub” was the official name for the contacts store where you could also import your Facebook and Twitter contacts by syncing with your Windows Live account. Zune software was the multimedia player to transfer songs and videos between your PC and phone using a USB data cable. Web search was supported by Microsoft’s own Bing search engine.
There were also Bing Maps for navigation purposes. Multi-tasking was limited and Microsoft Office was an obvious home for your documents. Overall, it was a good attempt but needed to develop a lot in competition with other OS like Android and iOS.
WINDOWS PHONE 7.5
This updated version of Windows Phone was released on September 27, 2011 for United States and international markets under the codename “mango”. There were many new features added that were new and customizing as well. Dynamic Live tiles were a major update which were information blocks including all the updates and notifications. Group contacts and thread messaging for emails as well as text messaging enabled the users to interact easily and fast. Also, many social networking websites were integrated like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. for status updates and chatting. Bing has some new interesting features including Local Scout, music search, Bing Vision, and voice search that will help you to setup for dining services in restaurants around you, to find a record playing nearby with its title and cover and even find it on the Marketplace.
Other updates include Smart DJ for Zune, Internet Explorer 9, enhanced Voice-to-text app powered by Microsoft’s TellMe division and multi-tasking options to switch between apps running at the same time. Also, Windows Live Sky Drive has been introduced to enable you share documents from your Office hub. The Marketplace has also been upgraded with search suggestions and categorized search results.
WINDOWS PHONE 7.8
In August 2012, Microsoft announced the release of their next major version of Windows Phone 7.8 codenamed “Apollo”. The version is expected to be released in the last quarter of 2012 and is considered as a trailer of the Windows Phone 8. It’s because several of the features that one would find in WP8 are present in WP7.8 and the most popular of them is the interface. In the new operating system, the users will have the ability to resize the tiles to three different sizes according to their requirements. This is one of the features of the WP8 and will completely redefine the display.
Also, there are some unspecified features that the users of WP7.8 will share with those of WP8.All the current Windows devices will be delivered upgrades to WP7.8. It will be sold alongside WP8 in the future as a low spec version. That’s why, Nokia has decided to take out all its WP8 based devices one by one starting with the low spec devices first so that the current user community doesn’t feel to be cheated or pushed out.
The OS is yet to be released and we are hoping for some nice ‘good bye gifts’ for the current users.
WINDOWS PHONE 8
Windows Phone 8 is the next generation of Windows Phone yet to be released in the expected late October of year 2012. But with the announcement of its release, there was a huge disappointment among the current users of the Windows phones due to its immediate release with the last installment of the previous version, WP7.8. Some of the key features of WP8 are:
- Dynamic Live Tiles with customizable size.
- Transitions to core components from Windows 8, including kernel, file system, drivers, network stack, security components, media and graphics support.
- Support for 1280×720 and 1280×768 resolutions.
- Support for MicroSD cards.
- Nokia map technology.
- Internet Explorer 10 for web browsing.
- Background multi-tasking better than the WP7.8.
- NFC support for payment and content sharing.
- Support for “lenses” in camera app allowing third parties to skin and add features to camera interface.
As the OS is yet to be released, many of its features are still uncovered. Just looking at what we have right now, we can say that a large share of the market might be interested for their next devices. But still, a lot has to be unboxed. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!