Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the descendant of much popular Windows Mobile platform. With the launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft started concentrating on consumer market rather than the enterprise market which it was catering before. Windows Phone 7 has been revolutionary. The way it manages battery and other resources to deliver a fluidic user interface is just awesome, though Microsoft hardly has any shares in the mobile market as of now. Microsoft currently accounts for just 3% of the total smartphone market whereas Apple rules 34% with its iPhone. This is all set to change with the launch of Windows Phone 8.
All previous version of Windows Phone operating systems had Windows CE based architecture at the core, but with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will be moving on to Windows NT kernel and will have many of its components taken from Windows 8, thus allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms.
Microsoft has rebuilt the Windows ecosystem around Windows 8 and its new Metro UI. We can smell success of Windows 8 and recently showcased Windows Phone 8 OS, which is the next generation of Windows Phone family.
Nokia has been keen on pushing Windows Phone to its users, and since it has stopped its development effort on Maemo platform, and it’s also not going to use Android in near future, the only operating system they are left with for their smartphones is Windows Phone, and it is very good too. To make a note of Nokia’s success, the Finland headquartered mobile giant has shipped 10.9 million units of Lumia line of phones in the three quarters since it debuted, but things haven’t been good for Nokia lately. The sales of Lumia devices have taken a nose dive, thanks to Microsoft’s announcement that current Windows Phone devices won’t be seeing light of day as far as Windows Phone 8 is concerned. I would personally stay away from any device that would leave me between a rock and a hard place.
For those who are worried about their current Windows Phone devices getting obsolete once Windows Phone 8 is launched, fret not because Microsoft has promised that current Windows Phone 7.5 devices will be upgraded to Windows Phone 7.8. The update aims at bridging the generation gap and will be bringing selected features of Windows Phone 8 to older devices. We don’t know how many or what kind of features will make it to older devices, but the point is users won’t feel their device is obsolete.
For those who are interested in buying a Windows Phone, but afraid that it will become obsolete with the launch of Windows Phone 8, Nokia will be releasing devices loaded with Windows Phone 8 as early as September. If Nokia sticks to its plan, it will be way ahead of competitors. If you are a Windows Phone fan, this should be good news for you, and Nokia has been very popular for its recent Lumia device line up, and perhaps they are the best manufacturers of Windows Phone devices out there. A September launch will help Nokia take a strong stand as they can expect to see an increase in the sales due to upcoming holiday season. Besides, even Apple will be launching its much anticipated iPhone 5 loaded with the latest version of its proprietary operating system, the iOS 6.
The new Nokia devices that will be launching are Nokia Lumia 910 and 920. These new Lumia devices are anticipated to have multi-core processors and High Resolution displays. As far as Windows Phone 8’s hardware support capability is questioned, the operating system supports processors with as many as 64 cores and a 720p high res displays, thanks to its Windows NT kernel, the platform can have many of its components taken from Windows 8, besides having better hardware support too.
Nokia is best when it comes to imaging. Its flagship device, the Nokia 808 PureView, comes with PureView technology, which is basically a pixel oversampling technique that essentially decreases an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution image, achieving higher definition and light sensitivity in the process, and also enabling lossless zoom, which is a pretty nice feature to have on your handheld.
Nokia 808 PureView sports a monstrous 41MP camera. It is rumored that upcoming Nokia Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8 will also carry Nokia’s PureView technology, which when paired with Windows Phone 8 can prove to be a great contender in race of smartphone devices. This time, Nokia may get the traction in the smartphone market which they have been looking for a long time. Will Nokia be able to get its popularity back on track? Let us know your thoughts using the comment form below.