Windows Phone 8 shares much of its code with the firm’s PC system, making it easier for developers to write programs for different types of devices. The company said it should mean there would be some “amazing games” for handsets running its new release. A tie-up with Nokia has already brought several Windows Phone devices to market, but sales lag some way behind models running Android or Apple’s iOS. Microsoft said Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei would all be making devices powered by the system upgrade. High-def handsets Other new features announced at the Windows Phone Summit event in San Francisco included: Support for multi-core chips, allowing devices to turn on cores to access extra processing power when needed, and to switch off cores when not to preserve battery life The ability to work with different screen resolutions including the high definition 720p format Support for removable Micro SD cards allowing users to store more media files or install apps saved on the format A new “wallet” app allowing the phone to act as both credit and membership cards. It also supports NFC (near field communication) payments Built-in maps from Nokia’s Navteq division with turn-by-turn navigation A more customisable start screen allowing users the choice of three tile sizes to represent installed software and more colour options A warning alert if the software believes a website contains malware or is otherwise unsafe Background Skype The update also allows internet call software …
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