Lumia 920 hands-on video reveals new Windows Phone 8 improvements
Lumia 920 reveals Windows Phone 8 features
Windows Phone Central forum member Blackwood504 noticed some interesting potential improvements / features in a Lumia 920 hands-on video that could well be in Windows Phone 8, so he decided to take screenshots and publish his interpretations of what's being shown in our forums. French website Test-Mobile.fr got their hands on a yellow Lumia 920 and decided to take it for a spin.
We're able to see functionality and features in their video that aren't present in the latest builds of Windows Phone 7.5. So what do we believe has been revealed in the hands-on action?
Check out the above video for a full walkthrough of the device (in French) as well as the unveiling of features that are covered below.
On contact with the Nokia wireless charging stand, a notification was displayed on-screen that asked the user whether or not the Windows Phone should accept content from the dock. It would appear as though the stand sports NFC built-in and apps can be tied to supported accessories / hardware. It's reported on Nokia's website (opens in new tab) that the charging stand will open up a specified app that boosts the volume.
The next screen is showing the multitasking in Windows Phone 8, which sports an increase to what appears to be eight different apps held in the manager for quick and convenient access. This was originally set for the Tango update. As well as the increase in amount of apps supported, an "Accessories" app was spotted while the swiping animation was in effect.
- "Tap to open" - to configure connected hardware?
- "Open application by tapping the NFC tag on your phone against the stand."
- It would appear as though we could have a new area in the settings for "Accessories" where NFC-enabled hardware can be configured.
We're next visiting the Bing search page, which shows two notable differences compared to Windows Phone 7.5.
- A mysterious icon appears when search is loaded, but disappears shortly after. We're not aware of the icon's significance, nor what it actually represents.
- The microphone icon has been moved from the app bar to the search box.
Bing Search has been refreshed with a "media" pane now present in the results. This could well be Microsoft grouping images with possibly video and other media.
The text selectors have been revamped, which look much more appealing to the eye. Two hollow circles replace filled triangles and the selector itself appears to have been on an effective diet. This improvement will hopefully make it slightly easier to select text on congested web pages for those who struggle to control the selectors.
Windows Phone 8 will seemingly enable users to select multiple photos and videos at once for mass management. Options could include delete, move, copy and share functionality.
Finally, we've got new tiles within the Games hub - one for achievements and another for Avatar atire. This could illustrate Microsoft implementing features found in the Extras app into the hub itself, or these two tiles could be mere shortcuts.
So, are these some of the improvements / features we'll see in Windows Phone 8? It's a strong possibility. Another question would be: which of the above features will be included in Windows Phone 7.8 (if any)?
Source: YouTube, wpcentral forums; massive thanks to Blackwood504 for publishing the photos with attached ideas!
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And voila you would have your customized ringtone.... It does take a few tries but you will get the result you are looking for.
Have been using it on the Lumia 900.
I keep noticing this too, where is the dang 'close' option when multi-task windows is open? I'm getting tired of having to press the 'back' button several times to close everything. A simple circle with an X attached to the top right or left of each app in the multi-task window would have been perfect.
I really enjoy Windows Phone OS, but it's still lacking some pretty useful features that have been around for YEARS in other phones, such as the option for ringtone/profiles. My old Nokia phone of over 6 years ago could even be setup to change the ringtone and volume based on the time of day (so it would automatically switch to silent when at work, etc), change the type of vibrate pattern (long-short-long, short-short-short, etc, etc).
I'm still excited for WP8, but would like to see some of what I'd consider basic features added.
Instead, like suggested above, an option to 'lock' an app so it doesn't get removed from the list is more viable. Now that would be terrific, closing an app is sort of like killing apps on the iPhone - what's the point?
Opps should have read down a bit more!
With a flick up/downwards or with a "close button" in the corner of each app's thumbnail.
Otherwise we have to enter the app and press the back button thousands of times!
Ever tried closing your internet browser? If you've viewed a bunch of pages you have to hit 'back' through each page to finally get out of the app.
I can see why this would be neccessary on Symbian or Android because by nature, those OSes are designed to have apps running in real time - much like an actual desktop OS but on Windows Phone or iOS a close option is nothing but a gimmick and offers no noticable improvements and actually slows you down since you cannot resume as quickly as you would with the app saved in the background.
However, there is currently a way to do so without hitting the back button a million times. Just go into settings and swipe over to applications, then background tasks. Then just click on an app and then click 'turn off'. Just make sure you check the box to turn background ing back on for the next time you open it.
We just need to break the "habbit" of feeling the need to do so or they should just add it for the heck of it. I do like the idea of pinning a needed app though.
If we had an option to close apps then I would close most of them after use and leave the important ones open and this would prevent them from being forced off. The only way to prevent it at the moment is to keep going back to your important apps after using each less important app to bring them back to the front line.
This system is pretty pathetic if you ask me. It's pretty embarrassing that an OS with the Windows brand would have worse multitasking than all of its competitors. This is the main reason I want to switch to BB10 instead of WP8.
Heh, wishful thinking.
Even the iPhone has a faster way to close opened apps, and it would be easy to implement this in WP8.
I hope the guys at MS will figure something out :)
I can tell you right now the reason that is not a feature is to prevent people from accidentally deleting all of their SMS. The amount of people that would actually want to delete EVERYTHING is significantly less than the amount that would do it accidentally.
He's asking for a Blue Lumia920. Cyan is a feminine color. I too would love a deep blue... as strong in tone as the red lumia 920
Meh, guess I'll wait for the Lumia 950. or perhaps... the Surface phone. I for some reason see Microsoft offering a blue color...
I don't like the idea that I if my phone is unattended someone could read an incoming text message without having to unlock the phone.
IMHO Toasts should not appear above the lockscreen wallpaper. If they do appear, then they should not appear if the user has a PIN on their phone.
The simple OPTION would be nice wouldn't it! There's no toast OR screen light-up for email. Just the sound. I wish they would give us this option for texts. It's a privacy thing. ESPECIALLY if there is a PIN required. It just makes sense.
While some argue that the Start screen is in effect Windows Phone's notification center, it doesn't allow you to view notifications that unpinned apps (apps with no tiles on the Start screen) have displayed. As a design principle, there shouldn't be an important message that would disappear without any convenient, easy to access method; an unpinned app might not get a visit by the user in a week, while it might have something important to tell you. This principle has not been observed so far in Windows Phone.
*fais un petit effort! ;)
its the only feature that worth the IOS6 because its simply awsome
and both are still not worth it (in comparison to WP)