Microsoft will be debuting its Windows Phone 8 this fall. And according to PCWorld online, this device will feature a slick new camera app, Internet Explorer 10, near-field communication, Nokia Maps, Direct X support for advanced gaming and multicore processor support.
That’s a lot to look forward too. But if you happen to be a Windows Phone 7 user who doesn’t plan to upgrade immediately –and especially if you own a Nokia Lumia 900 handset–you won’t be able to use most of these applications. What Microsoft will offer instead is a compromise in the form of an update called Windows Phone 7.8 that will give you a taste of some of the Windows Phone 8 capabilities.
Following are the main Windows Phone 7.8 system highlights:
Better use of existing space
The long black strip on the right of your Windows Phone 7 start screen will be gone. What you’ll find instead are tiles that will stretch out to create a full-screen view of the 7.8 system start screen.
The 7.8 system will give you 3 different tile sizes to choose from: a small square, a medium square and a large rectangle. This will give you the opportunity to personalize the size of every tile on your start screen to emphasize what’s most important to you.
App upgrades for Lumia
If you happen to be a Lumia user, you can expect some fun new upgrades including Camera Extras that offers features like a self-timer and a panorama mode. Another feature called Smart Group Shot takes several pictures in rapid succession and then creates a composite photo that uses the best elements of each individual shot.
Tech support for 18 months
While your Windows Phone 7 handset may only be getting a minor upgrade, Microsoft is providing 18 months of technical support. When you consider that the average carrier contract is 24 months, that means that you’ll only have to do without an up-to-date phone for just six months.
Technology changes in the blink of an eye. That’s why we at Austin Mobile Computer Repair make it our business to keep up with the latest trends in the digital world. When you need advice about or service for your electronic devices in Austin, Cedar Park and Georgetown, contact us. We’re the experts in the know!