More Windows Phone 8 Devices Leak Online
Derek Walter for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
The latest flagship devices running Windows Phone 8 are coming into clearer view thanks to a series of online leaks. The Twitter account @evleaks posted several photos of Nokia devices running the new Windows mobile operating system. The images then rapidly spread across the Internet to several tech sites.
The images reveal ultra-bright phones that come with wireless charging accessories and an approximately 4.5-inch screen. According to a number of other sites the devices are the Lumia 920 PureView and Lumia 820. Images include very bright charging stations that match some of the phone colors.
Nokia is holding a press event September 5th, where it is expected to unveil Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8. Microsoft teased the newest version of its mobile OS at an event in San Francisco in June, showcasing devices that would include faster processors, higher-resolution screens and built-in integration with VOIP services like Skype. The latter feature means Skype and other VOIP calls will work just like regular voice calls.
Microsoft has been credited with creating an innovative and differentiated mobile operating system from Apple and Google. However, it has struggled to gain traction in the smartphone marketplace. According to comScore, which monitors mobile OS usage, Microsoft is in fourth place at four percent of devices. Android leads the pack, followed by iOS and then Research In Motion’s BlackBerry.
Because of the new hardware requirements, Windows Phone 8 will not be backwards compatible with existing Windows Phone devices, Microsoft representatives announced at this summer’s event. As a compromise, existing devices will soon get Windows Phone 7.8, which includes the new interface and many of the features in the forthcoming OS.
The Nokia event will be held in New York City, where we will likely learn more about the newest phones running Windows Phone 8.