Windows Phone 8 gets Irish release

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31 October 2012 | 0

Microsoft today debuted Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system.

Among the changes are a choice of three sizes of Live Tiles in a choice of 20 colours including cobalt, crimson and lime; Live Apps, bringing information right to the Start screen, such as daily deals, flight information and news headlines delivered in real-time to the lock screen with updated wallpaper; Kid’s Corner, a way of locking children out from sensitive functions like calls and e-mail; and Rooms a way to connect with many Windows Phone 8 users simulltaneously in a kind of ‘sub social network’ – not unlike the ‘hangout’ feature in Google+.

Windows Phone 8 also includes native Skydrive and Xbox Live integration along with native Skype integration.

US users will also get to try Data Sense, a way to manage your data limit by compressing Web images, deferring data tasks to free Wi-Fi and automatically adjusting your usage as you get closer to your plan limits. It also shows how much data is used per app.

 

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Nokia, Samsung and HTC have announced an array of handsets for Windows Phone 8, to be supported by Meteor, eMobile, O2, Vodafone and Three.

Nokia’s Lumia 920, 822, 820 and 810 will be joined on release by two models from HTC in the Windows Phone 8X and 8S. Samsung will also be represented by the 4.8" ATIV S.

Meteor and eMobile will be offering the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC now, with the Samsung ATIV S and the Nokia 820 in January 2013.

O2 will be offering its customers a selection of Samsung and HTC devices at launch. Vodafone customers will have to wait until the new year.

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