Reported by : Nicholas Mihailov
Devices powered by Android operating system are growing more in popularity in present days. After racing on to becoming the world’s leading smartphone platform as at end of 2010, the OS, that has given it a competitive edge is iOS from Apple.
However, Windows Phone 8, the new OS introduced by Microsoft, is expected to stand as a potential threat to both Android and iOS.
Microsoft has failed to gain the head start as their previous efforts with Windows Mobile operating system has not delivered the desired results. While Microsoft has tasted success in the computer market, it has not got a steady start in the mobile platform.
According to IDC analyst, “Windows Phone 8 brings the capabilities up to par with Android.” But, he doubts if Windows Phone 8 can match Android’s pace due to the “sheer velocity” with which Android is moving.
The Windows Phone 8 is coded much like the company’s PC platform. As quite many developers are already familiar with the Redmond-based firm’s PC system, it will be a piece of cake for the company to write programs for the upcoming devices.
The new Windows Phone 8 Start screen allows for the same level of customization as the tablet and desktop versions of Windows 8. Hardware for the new OS will reportedly will come from Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei. The new OS will run on phones with dual-core chips and high-definition screens. Qualcomm chips will power the upcoming devices.
Interestingly, the new software has support for near-field communication technology, which enables customers use phones to make payments. Also, the Digital Wallet support can help users store coupons frequent flier miles and pay for goods.