Features on the new platform include new screen resolutions, multiple-core support and Nokia Maps software
Handset manufacturers HTC and Huawei have welcomed the announcement of Windows Phone 8 by Microsoft, which will initially be available on selected HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei handsets.
The new platform will support multiple-cores, two new screen resolutions – 1280×768 and 1280×720 – for higher definition displays, NFC wireless sharing, MicroSD card compatibility and will have Nokia Maps software built in.
However, due to the ‘generation shift in technology’ it will not be available as an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.5 users, who will instead be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 which will have the new starting screen but not the new features.
On the back of the announcement HTC CEO Peter Chou confirmed it is due to launch its Windows Phone 8 handset later this year, adding: “HTC is committed to Windows Phone more than ever and we are excited to be bringing new Windows Phone 8-enabled smartphones to customers.
“With the introduction of Windows Phone in 2010, Microsoft initiated a new powerful mobile ecosystem with a consumer experience that was both unique and user friendly.”
Huawei has also announced its first Windows phone, which will be due to hit Europe, China and the US by the end of the year.
Huawei Device chief marketing officer Shao Yang said: “2012 is building up to be a great year for Huawei. Now, we are poised to end the year with a big bang – with the introduction of our first smartphone running on the Windows Phone platform. We’re very excited about this relationship with Microsoft which will enable us to provide our customers with a bigger array of Huawei smartphone choices.”