Microsoft Windows Phone 8 details leak
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 will support NFC and content sharing with computers and tablets, according to a leaked video.
The new version of Microsoft's mobile phone operating system will share a lot of components with Windows 8, the new operating system for computers and tablets, allowing developers to reuse much of their code when transferring apps.
The information comes from a leaked video featuring Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's Windows Phone manager, and apparently intended for staff at Nokia.
Windows Phone 8 is codenamed 'Apollo' and is due to be released after 'Tango', the next update to Windows Phone 7.
The new operating system will, according to Belfiore, support NFC - the Near Field Communication system that allows services including contactless payments. It will also support new screen resolutions for Windows handsets and removable microSD storage.
Improved data synchronisation means that music collections and Xbox gaming data will be shared seamlessly between computers and mobile handsets.
Current Windows Phone apps will work on Windows Phone 8 handsets, Belfiore said.
In a leaked "roadmap" for Windows Phone last year, Microsoft said it was preparing for the introduction of 'superphones' in late 2012. The 'Apollo' version of Windows Phone would be designed for these devices, the company said.
Although there is no firm definition for a superphone, they are generally expected to include very high definition screens, more powerful multi-core processors based on ARM’s forthcoming A15 architecture and connectivity over next generation mobile broadband.
The introduction of such handsets next year is expected to set the scene for the next major battle of the smartphone wars, with the iPhone 5 and more advanced Android devices also in the works.
The current version of Windows Mobile, “Mango”, released in October, was generally well-received by reviewers. Microsoft was late to properly join the smartphone wars, however, and sales have been slow so far, despite the introduction of Nokia's first flagship Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 800.
Figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech show Windows Phone has only around a 1.3 per cent share of the market.
Nokia committed to making only Windows Phone devices early in 2011, but has said it will only begin to fully exploit the partnership when Apollo is released.
“We made the decision to go to Windows Phone when Mango was pretty much done, so we were able to impact some elements of it but you'll really see the fruits of what we can do with Microsoft when the Apollo version of Windows Phone comes out,” spokesman Niklas Savander said in October.