Mobile operating systems and their upcoming new versions, the smartphone industry is on fire – Part 4

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 5:18:55 by

NFC capabilities are strengthened to transfer bigger files. In addition to URLs and contacts, users can now transfer audio and video content to other NFC-enabled handsets.

Windows Phone 8

The last official OS launch was by Microsoft. The new Windows Phone 8 is more than a mere upgrade, it has been revamped down to its kernel. Sharing the kernel with Windows 8, the PC and tablet OS, the new software provides longer array of options for developers to produce Windows-based applications.

The interface has been changed, starting with the home screen that utilizes the screen real-estate edge-to-edge for live tiles that are resizable. Social networking like Facebook has been integrated into the operating system.

The biggest upgrade is in the kernel that is now compatible to multi-core processors. It was tipped by Microsoft that the upcoming Windows-based handsets will have at least dual-core processors like Qualcomm chips. Moreover, the cell phones will have HD displays for the first time.

WP8 brings bad news to WP7 users. It will not be available as an upgrade but Microsoft has developed Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade that will have WP8 interface and other simple features like dialling module.

What to Expect?

The release of all the major operating systems in small intervals is a clear indication that the near future of the mobile technology industry is a fierce and cut-throat competition. Fall 2012 and first quarter of 2013 will certainly decide who remains in the market and who claims the top position. At the moment it is anybody’s game.

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