With new models from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, Microsoft debuted its latest smartphone operating system, promoting its “Live Tiles” interface as “the heart and soul of Windows Phone.”
On Windows Phone 8, “people can arrange the iconic Start screen however they want by pinning their favorite people, apps, music, games, photos and more,” the company says. “Three sizes of Live Tiles and 20 bright color choices including cobalt, crimson and lime mean you can personalize your Start screen to be unmistakably yours.” Also, the Live Apps deliver real-time information to the Start or Lock screens, showing deals of the day, flight information, or news headlines.
Windows Phone 8 can handle payments via near-field communications, and its Wallet stores debit, credit, loyalty and membership card information.
New photo features in the phones include:
The Nokia Lumia 920 “offers state-of-the-art photography that fits in your pocket,” Microsoft says, “and it is the world’s only smartphone to include Optical Image Stabilization.”
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC “also breaks new ground in optics with 1080p video recording, f2.0 aperture and a dedicated HTC ImageChip on the main 8-megapixel camera,” Microsoft says, “and an ultra wide-angle lens on the front camera that lets you fit up to four people in the frame for a premium Skype experience.” It’s $200 with a two-year Verizon contract.