Microsoft today released its new Windows Phone 8 platform for smartphones, partnering with Nokia, Samsung and HTC to offer a lineup of flagship handsets powered by the tile-based operating system. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile will begin carrying Windows Phone 8 devices in November in the United States, the same time when numerous carriers and retailers will begin to sell the smartphones across the world.
Windows Phone 8 brings a number of features with it, most notably Live Tiles. Unlike traditional grid home screens, like the iPhone has, Live Tiles allows you to choose from different sized and colored tiles and organize them how you please. The home screen can be rearranged on Windows Phone 8, allowing you to pin favorite people, music, games, photos and more. And with live apps, information is brought right to the home screen.
The latest Windows Phone software includes Kid’s Corner, a specialized section that allows kids to watch videos and play games. This feature has a number of parental controls and prevents kids from performing other actions such as making phone calls, sending emails, making in-app purchases and deleting important information. Windows Phone 8 also includes Rooms, specialized chat groups, and Data Sense for conserving data usage.
“We can’t wait for the world to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is,” said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of the Windows Phone Division at Microsoft. “Windows Phone 8 comes on a range of phones that are stunning, colorful and unique.”
The official introduction of Windows Phone 8 follows the announcement of Android 4.2 and the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 just hours earlier, making today an important day in the mobile sector. Competition is always advantageous to consumers, as Apple, Google and Microsoft continue to duke it out for supremacy in the mobile market. Microsoft might be late to the game, but it brings a respectable product to the table with Windows Phone 8.