Rumor: Windows Phone 8 to include TV audio recognition

Information released by a Russian Windows Phone site indicates Windows Phone 8 will include improved Bing Audio recognition, which will include TV audio recognition. Additionally, the information states that Windows Phone 7.8 will not receive Internet Explorer 10 or Skype integration, although the latter will continue to be updated in its current application form.

According to WP7Forum's sources, Windows Phone 7.8 will receive some of the new features coming to Windows Phone 8, although many will either be stripped down or entirely missing. DataSmart, for instance, will come to Windows Phone 7.8 in the form of an app, while it will be integrated in Windows Phone 8. DataSmart is a feature that allows users to easily monitor their bandwidth usage. 

An incomplete list of the new features the site's sources claim are coming to Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8 can be seen below.

Functionality Windows Phone 7.8 Windows Phone 8.0
Browser Internet Explorer 9 Internet Explorer 10
Skype Separate application Integrated
Voice commands Yes Yes, extended set
DataSmart Separate application Yes
Bing Audio Yes Yes, improved TV recognition
RCS-e Separate application Integrated
Cloud OneNote, Office 365 Synchronization of all content
An updated startup screen Yes Yes
OTA No, only notifications Yes
Visual Voicemail Only for some countries Yes


As pointed out by WPCentral, Microsoft purchased video searching service VideoSurf last year, which could lend credence to the rumor's improved Bing audio recognition aspect. When Microsoft announced the purchase of VideoSurf, it specifically cited the technology's use for its Xbox Live platform; at E3, the company showed off improved Bing voice search features powered by the technology.

Via: Windows Phone Daily
Source: WP7Forum, WPCentral

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efjay said,
Replace "Windows Phone 8" with "iphone 5" and the tone of comments would be decidedly more positive.....

TBH we do not know, not for sue at least, what we will see so....... I wait and see.... for now.

efjay said,
Replace "Windows Phone 8" with "iphone 5" and the tone of comments would be decidedly more positive.....

No they wouldn't. At least not on Neowin.

jimmyfal said,
Aren't you supposed to explain what Tv Audio Recognition does? I have no idea after reading this article.

Television.. A machine that plays TV shows/episodes/movies

Audio.. The sound accompanying the TV show/episode/movie emitted from that machine's speakers

Recognition... Being able to know from what TV show/episode/movie that sound comes from

Was it really that hard to understand?

Edited by PmRd, Jul 10 2012, 2:44pm :

PmRd said,

Television.. A machine that plays TV shows/episodes/movies

Audio.. The sound accompanying the TV show/episode/movie emitted from that machine's speakers

Recognition... Being able to know from what TV show/episode/movie that sound comes from

Was it really that hard to understand?

I guess to really understand you need to watch way too much TV.

jimmyfal said,

I guess to really understand you need to watch way too much TV.

No you just need a brain and reading skills

PmRd said,

No you just need a brain and reading skills

Tv Episode Audio Recognition
That makes sense.
Tv Audio Recognition does not make sense.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but you are one dumb meathead."

If you really know anything about tv, you will "recognize" that quote, or I guess your next phone will.

sexypepperoni said,
I heard there was an app for that in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

Welcome to 2010 Microsoft.

Someone is mad

sexypepperoni said,
I heard there was an app for that in the Apple App Store and Android Market

Shazam and SoundHound? They're in the WP7 app store too... is there a point to this?

Max Norris said,

Shazam and SoundHound? They're in the WP7 app store too... is there a point to this?

His point is he bought an iPhone and he's trying to convince himself it's not ****

It says that Skype will be integrated, but we already know that it won't be. It's still a separate app. Unless they're talking about the new APIs for letting VoIP apps run in the background and behave like the phone app when someone calls, but any app will be able to do this.

Meph said,
It says that Skype will be integrated, but we already know that it won't be. It's still a separate app. Unless they're talking about the new APIs for letting VoIP apps run in the background and behave like the phone app when someone calls, but any app will be able to do this.

I think that's what it means -- it could just be a translation issue since it was originally in Russian.

Meph said,
It says that Skype will be integrated, but we already know that it won't be. It's still a separate app. Unless they're talking about the new APIs for letting VoIP apps run in the background and behave like the phone app when someone calls, but any app will be able to do this.

Skype was a separate app in WP7.x but MS have already demonstrated how it will be integrated into WP8. Skype calls will be treated no differently to phone calls in the new version. The only downside is that there are rumours that carriers will have the option to block Skype which will no doubt lead to lots of complaints.

jakem1 said,

Skype was a separate app in WP7.x but MS have already demonstrated how it will be integrated into WP8. Skype calls will be treated no differently to phone calls in the new version. The only downside is that there are rumours that carriers will have the option to block Skype which will no doubt lead to lots of complaints.

As far as I am concern carriers can go to hell: I have always and only bought SIM free devices.

jakem1 said,

Skype was a separate app in WP7.x but MS have already demonstrated how it will be integrated into WP8. Skype calls will be treated no differently to phone calls in the new version.


It's still a separate app. The integration is made possible with the new VOIP APIs in WP8. These APIs will also be available to any other developer, so anyone could create an "integrated" VOIP app.

Luckily, Microsoft will have more meat than these somewhat useless features in stock for Windows Phone 8. The competition is moving forward pretty fast these days.

TheCyberKnight said,
Luckily, Microsoft will have more meat than these somewhat useless features in stock for Windows Phone 8. The competition is moving forward pretty fast these days.

I wouldn't say the full list is useless at all. I'm looking forward to the Skype integration and OTA. I also think the full cloud sync could work really well and complement the Skydrive integration in Windows 8. I'm sure people with download limits will appreciate DataSmart.

jakem1 said,

I wouldn't say the full list is useless at all. I'm looking forward to the Skype integration and OTA. I also think the full cloud sync could work really well and complement the Skydrive integration in Windows 8. I'm sure people with download limits will appreciate DataSmart.

What I hope is that Full Desktop Sync will be available...... again. I do not care for the Cloud as only choice.

Fritzly said,
What I hope is that Full Desktop Sync will be available...... again. I do not care for the Cloud as only choice.

I would say that you're in for a let down.

deadonthefloor said,

I would say that you're in for a let down.

Might be....... if so my money will go somewhere else. Will see...

the better twin said,
"Windows Phone 8 will include improved Bing Audio recognition which will support TV audio recognition"
For what purpose?

I'd imagine for finding videos online, recognizing the source of the audio (where the content is from), things of that nature.

Anthony Tosie said,

I'd imagine for finding videos online, recognizing the source of the audio (where the content is from), things of that nature.

My is guess is "Shazam" like feature for the Bing search page (just like it can do OCR/Visual Search) but also able to recognize TV sounds (ads and tv shows?)

Coolicer said,

My is guess is "Shazam" like feature for the Bing search page (just like it can do OCR/Visual Search) but also able to recognize TV sounds (ads and tv shows?)

There is already Bing Vision and Music by default, which recognizes tracks as you play and does so faster than Shazam

the better twin said,
"Windows Phone 8 will include improved Bing Audio recognition which will support TV audio recognition"
For what purpose?

I see very little use in this. Isn't everyone moving to DVR's which already do this instantly?

andrewbares said,

I see very little use in this. Isn't everyone moving to DVR's which already do this instantly?

Then don't use it.... So incredibly difficult isn't it?
I find this new feature useful.