List of Windows Phone 8 Bluetooth profiles revealed

The Bluetooth SIG has finally posted the Bluetooth profile list supported by Windows Phone 8 and it looks like the number of profiles supported has improved quite a bit compared to Windows Phone 7. Addition of the OBEX (Object Exchange) profile means that the phone should theoretically be able to both send and receive objects though specifics around that remain to be revealed.

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Samsung working on Odyssey and Marco Windows Phone 8 devices

Samsung just showed a patent filing which reveals that they are working on two Windows Phone 8 devices to launch later this year. The higher end of the two, the Samsung Odyssey seems to be highly inspired by the Galaxy SIII which is Samsung’s flagship Android device.

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Windows Phone app store crosses 100,000 apps

At the Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft informed devs that the app store has crossed 100,000 apps. With the upcoming shared core between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, we should expect a much more exciting app scene for Windows Phone. Developers are now free to use native code for development making it easier to port apps to Windows Phone.

“Lumia customers can expect thousands more apps to be introduced across Windows Phone platform. The announcements underline the progress Nokia is making with the Lumia family of smartphones and in building a winning ecosystem with Microsoft. It shows how the Windows Phone experience continues to evolve at a faster pace than the competition and how Nokia’s continued investments in great location-based services benefit partners, developers and consumers.”

Microsoft is making a lot of under-the-hood changes to allow developers access to more features. Case in point, speech recognition will be available for each and every app to use. Easier development means more and better apps which in the end is great for consumers.

Video : Microsoft demos new Windows Phone 8 start screen

To better demonstrate the new start screen on Windows Phone 8 devices, Microsoft has uploaded a short video demo. While i was personally quite skeptical at first, the new layout definitely seems to be better in terms of displaying notifications.

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8, Details 8 major features

Microsoft just unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system. Called Windows Phone 8, it brings sweeping changes to the OS leaving current users out of the party for the most part. We’ll be detailing the features coming to existing phones in a separate post but for now lets take a look at the features to be a part of the next gen OS.

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Microsoft confirms WP7 app compatibility with Windows Phone 8

Via a blog post , Microsoft’s Larry Lieberman reassured developers around the world and confirmed that all current Windows Phone apps will continue working with future versions of the fledgling operating system. Backwards compatibility is a sign of “commitment to the developers” according to Lieberman.

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Windows Phone 8 detailed: multi-core processor, NFC and Skype Integration

The Windows Phone 8 OS codenamed Apollo would bring support for multicore (dual-core and quad-core processors , NFC and would have Skype Integration according to Pocketnow, who got hold of a video that explains details about the next major Windows Phone update. Continue reading “Windows Phone 8 detailed: multi-core processor, NFC and Skype Integration”