Though speculation about the release of Windows Phone 8 and the Nokia Lumia 910 has not yet subsided, new rumors about Lenovo coming out with a custom made Windows Phone 8 has begun to do the rounds of the tech grapevine. Is it true? Well your guess is as good as mine. In June 2012, Microsoft had announced that they would partner with Nokia, Huawei, Samsung and HTC for the hardware component of their Windows Phone 8. These are the companies making phones with Qualcomm chips. Then it was said that ASUS and Lenovo were both trying to grab a slice of the WP8 pie. Lenovo later confirmed that they were working on a prototype for windows phone 8.
Chinese tech magazine WPDang reported that a group of its Research execs to have a pw-wow with their Microsoft counterparts; supposedly, about having the freedom to customize the user interface. Of course it’s all very hush-hush right now, and nobody is officially confirming or denying anything.
Readers may recollect that Microsoft had announced that it was totally revamping the OS, including the user interface, start screen and so on; for those of you who like to play with colors, there’s good news, because Microsoft is introducing many new color themes too.
The start screen will have tiles that can be resized as per your preference:
b) Large (double the width and stretching over the whole screen), and
Third party app tiles will also make an appearance in WP8 as large live tiles for the first time.
The new user interface is named Metro and is touted to be highly improved and extremely user friendly.
The new OS will also have many improved features like NFC capability, high resolution screen support, highly improved camera functionality, added security and storage, multi core processors and will partner with Zynga for app downloads.
It is not surprising that Lenovo also wants a piece of the action, as Windows Phone 8 looks set to rock the mobile world with its bold new capabilities. They have hinted that they would like to move away from the typical WP8 interface, but have not confirmed if it’s really happening, or if it is, how much of a change they are looking to make.
Microsoft was equally cryptic, saying that they needed to be more realistic about customization.
So with both companies playing their cards close to their chests, it is not too clear whether the Lenovo phone will be customized or not; it could be either way.
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