This Is What The Final Version Of Windows Phone 8 Looks Like (Video)

We've seen a few Windows 8 phones in the flesh, namely the HTC 8X and 8S, plus Nokia's Lumia 920 and 820, but no one has had a chance to thoroughly poke around Microsoft's latest and greatest yet — until now. Meet Windows Phone 8.

The folks over at WPCentral got their hands on the leaked SDK and put the WP8 emulator through its paces. It's a long video, about 10 minutes or so, but if you're interested in the inner workings of Windows Phone 8 and what you're likely to get on a shiny new Nokia or HTC, then its well worth a watch. [WPCentral]

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    fugly.

      No way! I love the new UI. The metro (or whatever they call it) stylings work so well from small deviced to big screen TVs. Maybe it's just my obsession with Typography, but I reckon it's a nice step away from other UIs.

        The typography works really well
        "Ringtones+Sou"
        "System+Aplica"
        I think your right it would look better on a bigger screen.
        Maybe its just my obsession with spotting shit.

          It indicates the ability to scroll:

          ie, go to the right, new list! And now its 'stem +Applications', so you know you can scroll left!

          Its not perfect, but its a consistent indicator, that takes no extra screen space, which is good.

    I love WP8 and I'm hoping T-mobile will get the 920. What really needs to be fixed is the alarm in WP7. The alarm sound should have a separate volume. I don't know how many times I've silenced my phone during a meeting and then almost been late for work the next day because the alarm was silenced also! Even flip phones from 5 years ago had this feature. In fact many would actually turn back on if the battery died in the night and sound the alarm. The snooze on my HD7 just stops after like 3 snoozes. The alarm is extremely important on phones these days. Not many people use alarm clocks anymore. I need a phone alarm that is perfect!

    generic

      ge·ner·ic   [juh-ner-ik]
      adjective Also, ge·ner·i·cal.
      1.
      of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind; general.

      So, it's generic how? As far as I can tell it is the most differentiated mobile OS.

    Still looks way better than the other 2 mobile OS's visually.

      Exactly.

      iOS? Windows mobile minus a start bar
      Android? Windows Mobile with WebOS widgets.

      Microsoft? Well they worked out Windows Mobile was outdated as hell and threw it away.

        And this move paid off, resulting in users and developers flocking to the platform!

        Oh wait...

          Dude, it hasn't even been released yet.

            Well, it didn't help WP7...

              wp7 didn't have a computer operating system + tablets to make its market as big.
              Also, do we really need like 100+ angry bird clones? As long as the nessecary apps are built in, who cares. I've heard/seen that the windows phone os has a lot of apps already built in, making 3rd party, badly made ones, unnecessary. I'm looking forward to checking out the wp8.

                ^ This guy.

                WP7 was a test. It reviewed well, most users like it, etc.

                Not much market space, but WP8, with the whole shared codebase with W8 will drive sales for the phone through the roof.

    Slightly off-topic: http://seekingalpha.com/article/889351-nokia-may-sue-htc-over-the-company-s-windows-8-phone

      The only similarities are in the bright colours, the phones themselves are fundamentally quite different looking. There is plenty of precedence for brightly coloured phones so I don't think Nokia would have a hope in hell. The articles says that the 8S looks like the Lumia 820, which is ridiculous. The 8S has a two-tone colour scheme and a removable cover at the top for the SD Card. And the Lumia820 is a big departure from it's predecessor so, unless HTC have spies in Nokia's design department, they would hardly have had time to copy it in the two or three weeks between each company's reveal. It is absolutely absurd.

      I doubt it, and personally I don't think they really have a case. The 8X and 820 are both new designs with no precedent released at roughly the same time. In fact I'd say HTC have more used that shape before in previous phones than Nokia has, just without the bright colours.

      If HTC had of copied the pillow shape of the N9/800/900 then it would be a different story. But Nokia can't patent "painting a phone a colour other than black/white/grey/metallic".

    It's a rectangular shape. You better get on with the suing apple.

    I'm keen - can't take my Android (work phone) seriously any more. Pretty much only use it for calls, when I have to. Use my WP all the time and am very keen for WP8. Especially what Wallet will bring to Aus.

    it looks amazing, ill just be getting 7.8 though

      Me too. I like the idea of smaller tiles but I am perfectly happy with most aspects of WP7.5 and I'm not seeing anything here to change that (although I only watched the first few minutes of the video, to be fair).

    I'm sick of the iOS/Android UI. Yes they are pretty much the same. Need something different.

    Ahh shit, I'm only with a real network though...

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