Windows Phone 8 screenshots leak, show off new features

New screenshots showing off Windows Phone 8 have just hit the internet, thanks to Nokia Innovation. The site claims to have received the screenshots from an anonymous tipster, which are predictably not all that clear to make out what is going on; in fact the shots really are quite terrible. Nevertheless they do reveal some things about the upcoming mobile operating system.

  

The first of these images shows off an incoming video call provided by Skype, with the second showing the option to initiate a call straight from the contact page. The third of the shots shows a new data usage app (both the app itself and the live tile associated), which is known by the name of "DataSmart" if the information Joe Belfiore released back in February is correct. Unfortunately the screenshots provided are shocking quality so we can't really make out what this app is reporting.

 

The final two images here show off a new camera UI and the next version of Nokia's mapping app exclusive to the Lumia line: Nokia Drive 3.0. WPCentral is reporting that, in addition to the button for switching between cameras, the lower button is that for a new "Lenses" function that should be revealed at next week's developer conference.

It's a shame that the screenshots are such bad quality, but luckily more about Windows Phone 8 should be revealed at Microsoft's Developer Summit in San Francisco just one week from today.

Via: WPCentral
Source: Nokia Innovation

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the interface for wp7 is good the way it is, there is no need for ms to completely redesign it. Maybe in a few years they might but not now. but stay tuned for next week for a bit of wow though, you will be impressed. Some of those leaked shot are real but you will have to wait till next week.

Xbox, Windows 8, and Windows Phone have their own tailored versions of the Metro UI to suit the platform. Battery life on the phone is a balancing act, the black background saves power for SuperAMOLED screens. Also on a small screen, it is cleaner and easier to use if Colour is reduced to highlighting information, or accent colourising.

Xbox has a White, Grey, and Green interpretation (soon to be Black, Grey and Green).

Windows 8/RT is the most developer customisable version of Metro because Windows proper does have a history of being more open.

mdtaUK said,
Xbox, Windows 8, and Windows Phone have their own tailored versions of the Metro UI to suit the platform. Battery life on the phone is a balancing act, the black background saves power for SuperAMOLED screens. Also on a small screen, it is cleaner and easier to use if Colour is reduced to highlighting information, or accent colourising.

Xbox has a White, Grey, and Green interpretation (soon to be Black, Grey and Green).

Windows 8/RT is the most developer customisable version of Metro because Windows proper does have a history of being more open.

Absolutely. I see no reason why this needs to be Windows 8 on a phone (Or how that would be a good idea anyway). I'd much prefer Microsoft playing to each platforms strengths and weaknesses...

Fritzly said,
I hope MS will update the Calendar to be as flexible and complete as the one in Outlook or
WM 6.5.

I'm hoping for some calendar updates as well. I would LOVE for instance to be able to approve someone like my significant other to be able to look up my calendar from their phone... On an approval basis only of course, but it would be nice if this were sharable. It's all in Live anyway...

I had expected that the start screen would resemble more of Windows 8 (horizontal swiping, art backgrounds, Groups) but the screens show a minimal amount of progress. Looking forward to see more next week, but it seems like this won't be the major step forward as I had hoped for in (terms of UI.)

SekaiStory said,
I had expected that the start screen would resemble more of Windows 8 (horizontal swiping, art backgrounds, Groups) but the screens show a minimal amount of progress. Looking forward to see more next week, but it seems like this won't be the major step forward as I had hoped for in (terms of UI.)

I don't really see a reason to change up the UI that much. And horizontal swiping would be a pain in the butt when a phone is a more vertical device... PC screens are more horizontal, so it makes more sense to make it horizontal...

Being able to say: "Navigate to", and speak an address is something I was doing 5 years ago on Win Mobile, sooooo... jus sayin.. how about something more than just good enough.

For those interested in the text on the DATASMART screen, here is what I could make out:
DATASMART
overview
by app
October 25, 2014 - now
CELLULAR DATA - x% MB Remaining
Heart icon = Cullular Data Saver?
DAYS - x days remaining
CELLULAR VS. WIFI
21% - on cellular - X MB
79% - on wifi - X MB
see more data plans
Cellular?

~Nikhil~ said,
Whats RCSe?..its shown on contact profile screenshot

Rich Communication Suite enhanced by GSMA http://www.gsma.com/rcs/

If you read the fineprint it says "Chat share video transfer files and more"

From the website


RCS-e (Rich Communication Suite-enhanced) is the next wave in personal mobile communications. For consumers, it will deliver an experience beyond voice and SMS by providing them with instant messaging or chat, live video sharing and file transfer across any device, on any network, with anyone in their mobile address book. RCS-e taps into how your consumers are already sharing their life moments with each other.

Relax guys I'm using WP7 and like it but unicolor square tiles have to go. I think something more Windows 8 style or like the recent mockup here on neowin would be much more attractive

filicado said,
Relax guys I'm using WP7 and like it but unicolor square tiles have to go. I think something more Windows 8 style or like the recent mockup here on neowin would be much more attractive

I actually really like that Windows Phone has unicolor tiles, and that was what put me a bit off about Windows 8's start screen. I guess I'd get used to colorful ones though (Although there's already apps, that don't follow the global accent color-XBOX, Office, SkyDrive etc.)

XMac said,

I actually really like that Windows Phone has unicolor tiles, and that was what put me a bit off about Windows 8's start screen. I guess I'd get used to colorful ones though (Although there's already apps, that don't follow the global accent color-XBOX, Office, SkyDrive etc.)

Personally, I would prefer more apps following the accent color. What's the sense in being able to customize the accent color if nothing abides by it? And a screen with a ton of different colored tiles is going to be harder to glance and go at too. Not to mention some colors are easier to see in different lights, etc.

M_Lyons10 said,

Personally, I would prefer more apps following the accent color. What's the sense in being able to customize the accent color if nothing abides by it? And a screen with a ton of different colored tiles is going to be harder to glance and go at too. Not to mention some colors are easier to see in different lights, etc.

Absolutely, dealing with several colors in a small screen is not what I am looking for; being able to change the size of the tiles, something like the two we have plus a full length and double height one to show more appointments at a glance for example, could be useful though.

Fritzly said,

Absolutely, dealing with several colors in a small screen is not what I am looking for; being able to change the size of the tiles, something like the two we have plus a full length and double height one to show more appointments at a glance for example, could be useful though.

Yeah, that would be nice. Maybe expose the tile types to developers so that they could make better use of the space. Allow the user to choose in the options if it will be a square or wide tile, and then maybe more information would be able to be displayed or something. I'd like this if it were taken advantage of. If it's just a square tile made wider it's a waste of space.

No upgrade to the way tiles look and work? No improvement to the basic UI? It begins to look quite a bit dated. That would be a huge dissapointment.

filicado said,
No upgrade to the way tiles look and work? No improvement to the basic UI? It begins to look quite a bit dated. That would be a huge dissapointment.

cough, iOS6

filicado said,
No upgrade to the way tiles look and work? No improvement to the basic UI? It begins to look quite a bit dated. That would be a huge dissapointment.

Dated? No one uses it, so no one knows it looks dated......

But dated? How? Here is nothing like it on the market to compare it to. Windows 8 isn't released to show Metro to the rest of the world yet (outside of Phones and Xbox), so no, given Metro's real release is with Win 8, I would say it's before it's time.

Once people get used to Windows 8, Windows Phone is going to go nuts.


Disclaimer: I still hate Metro.

filicado said,
No upgrade to the way tiles look and work? No improvement to the basic UI? It begins to look quite a bit dated. That would be a huge dissapointment.

Dated?? You having a laugh?
It's the most refreshing UI I've used and it's also the fastest.
IOS6 is still the same as IOS1, so it's alright for Apple to use the same UI for this long but not anyone else?
I currently use the Lumia 800 and can't fault it for ease and fluidity.
I'm looking forward to seeing what extras WP8 brings with regards to functionality, but I really hope they do not do a total UI revamp.

filicado said,
No upgrade to the way tiles look and work? No improvement to the basic UI? It begins to look quite a bit dated. That would be a huge dissapointment.

Windows Phone is what, about 2 years old now.. iOS has been the same dull UI for years and still lacks any informative functions..

filicado said,
No upgrade to the way tiles look and work? No improvement to the basic UI? It begins to look quite a bit dated. That would be a huge dissapointment.

Consistency of the UI is important, just look at iOS6; personally i find iOS extremely boring - that's why i tried out then sold my iPhone4 last year, but i know now that i'm not the one it's for. But if i LIKE an interface i want advancement without reengineering and continuous "updating" because i don't want to lose the thing i love about it. If a UI changes around almost every single major update i wouldn't buy a phone with that OS 'cause who has the crystall ball to tell me if i'm gonna like the next version? And if not all i have is an outdated version (maybe features or services becoming unavailable, too)...

FoxieFoxie said,

cough, iOS6

Do you have a device using iOS6? I do not, I do have a Lumia 800 and I care about what MS is planning for my device and the OS I chose; I do not care what Apple does for its users! If I did I would have bought an iPhone.. If my house is on fire, the fact that my neighbor one is on fire too does not bring me any relief.
This idea to always compare what the competition does to justify anything is just asinine.
Note that I do not have a problem with the tiles concept itself or the way MS implemented it; I t is just the nonsense to compare with others that does not make sense.

Fritzly said,

Do you have a device using iOS6? I do not, I do have a Lumia 800 and I care about what MS is planning for my device and the OS I chose; I do not care what Apple does for its users! If I did I would have bought an iPhone.. If my house is on fire, the fact that my neighbor one is on fire too does not bring me any relief.
This idea to always compare what the competition does to justify anything is just asinine.
Note that I do not have a problem with the tiles concept itself or the way MS implemented it; I t is just the nonsense to compare with others that does not make sense.


MS just spent a whole tone of time, money, and probably research staff, to upgrade most of their properties to the Metro interface. This means Windows 8 tiles that look like Windows Phone 8, and tile behaviour that is the same as WP8. Xbox is starting to merge too!

And then you're expecting them to fundamentally change the tile UI? After all that? Ridiculous. If you find that the interface looks dated, WP is not for you, because WP has one consistent interface and you eventually get bored of it if you need something new all the time. You should try Android, where you can change the ROM as often as you want.

paulheu said,

Windows Phone is what, about 2 years old now..


Well, technically Windows Mobile has been around for years, but considering Windows Phone is what Windows Mobile is now & Windows Phone, not Windows Mobile, had Metro, I guess I see what you mean, but, whatever...

billyea said,

MS just spent a whole tone of time, money, and probably research staff, to upgrade most of their properties to the Metro interface. This means Windows 8 tiles that look like Windows Phone 8, and tile behaviour that is the same as WP8. Xbox is starting to merge too!

And then you're expecting them to fundamentally change the tile UI? After all that? Ridiculous. If you find that the interface looks dated, WP is not for you, because WP has one consistent interface and you eventually get bored of it if you need something new all the time. You should try Android, where you can change the ROM as often as you want.


Have you learnt to read or only to write?
Where did I say that Wp7 UI is dated?
My comment was about a completely different aspect of the post I replayed to.

"Warning: before jumping to the keyboard double check that the brain is connected".................

Yak said,

Dated?? You having a laugh?
It's the most refreshing UI I've used and it's also the fastest.
IOS6 is still the same as IOS1, so it's alright for Apple to use the same UI for this long but not anyone else?
I currently use the Lumia 800 and can't fault it for ease and fluidity.
I'm looking forward to seeing what extras WP8 brings with regards to functionality, but I really hope they do not do a total UI revamp.

Exactly. At least it was good for a laugh... lol Why would you change the UI all around after one revision? That would make absolutely no sense...

MASTER260 said,

Well, technically Windows Mobile has been around for years, but considering Windows Phone is what Windows Mobile is now & Windows Phone, not Windows Mobile, had Metro, I guess I see what you mean, but, whatever...

Windows Phone is a completely different product from Windows Mobile. They are not the same in any way...

paulheu said,

Is only playing catchup right now ..

IOS6 is really starting to be behind in most areas and are infact playing catchup to the rest.

I hope they make the tiles a bit more customisable like with Windows 8, such as reducing the pictures tile to a square and such.

Anthonyd said,

It's fake, so who cares?

these are the first pictures i can actually believe it's really wp8
while the datasmart screen does not come as a big surprise, it's no secret Nokia is in the process of developing an app for that - maybe it's built-in, maybe it's the ecaxt Nokia app we'll get

FoxieFoxie said,
All WP leaks are so far from Nokia, MS must not be very happy.
I wouldn't be surprised if this was a controlled leak

gawicks said,
Why? Looks authentic to me.
According to previous rumours, the home screen picture is clearly a fake. I dunno about the others.

Anthonyd said,
According to previous rumours, the home screen picture is clearly a fake. I dunno about the others.

Why? What rumor does this home screen disagree with? Not to mention that that as well would be a rumor and one or the other or neither could be true... LOL I don't really understand denying one rumor because another rumor that has not been confirmed say differently...