New Windows Phone 8 Apollo Features Leak Out

Windows Phone 8 Apollo is going to be Microsoft’s next big Windows Phone update and today, new purported features of the company’s next big update have come to the surface.

WPCentral has leaked several new alleged features of Windows Phone 8, also known as Windows Phone Apollo, and it appears that the software is shaping up nicely.

The report comes shortly after Apple announced its next version of iOS, iOS 6, and shortly before Google is expected to announce its next version of Android, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Microsoft is said to be overhauling Windows Phone with Windows Phone 8, packing it with features, native development for games and improved development tools.

Here is a list of the Windows Phone 8 features that leaked to the surface today:

  • Nokia Maps will replace Bing Maps as the native map service in Windows Phone 8. It will feature 3D maps, possibly similar to those found in the new iOS Maps app and the new Google Maps, and it will supposedly feature hardware acceleration across the Windows Phone lineup of devices.
  • Skype will be baked into Windows Phone 8 directly and will be connected to contacts. It will include both messaging and VOIP and it will work when multi-tasking.
  • Windows Phone Wallet will be Microsoft’s mobile payment platform and it will be prominently featured in Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed any of this but it is slated to show off Windows Phone 8 Apollo this month so it might confirm these details at that event.

Also unclear is whether or not current Windows Phone devices will get the update. There has been quite a bit of back and forth with Microsoft rumored to not be updating current Windows Phones with the software, rumored to be updating some Windows Phones with the software and updating current Windows Phones with a stripped down version of Windows Phone 8 called Windows Phone 7.6 or Windows Phone 7.7.

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Hopefully, the company clears that up for consumers when it shows off Windows Phone 8 for the first time.

Comments

  1. symbolset says

    1. You can’t call it an update if it doesn’t run on current phones. The word is “refresh”.
    2. Microsoft’s other phone partners have to be THRILLED they have to carry Nokia brand apps on their own phones. Ecstatic. Euphoric. Orgasmic. This must be the boon they have always hoped for. /s
    3. We LIKE our Google and our Google apps. More than the phone.

    • John says

      So most of the Google updates are really called a “refresh”? Because there are so many of there phones that never see the updates, I know I have been there. Nokia maps does not need cell data to work just GPS! I can see you know nothing about what you try and act like you do.

  2. urbanlegend says

    If someone bought a Lumia 900 he won’t be happy because that’s what he was expecting/paying/waiting for and was probably certain of an update to WP8. On the other hand I can forgive this time that Apollo update won’t be coming to Mango phones (just a minor version bump) as WP7.5 was kind of a work in progress prototype. But from now on forward WP8 has to be fully updated without question next year.

  3. celebrity news says

    Im no professional, but I imagine you just made the best point. You obviously fully understand what youre talking about, and I can really get behind that. Thanks for being so upfront and so honest.

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