Windows Phone 8 SDK leak reveals new features

Today's leak of an early build of Microsoft's official Windows Phone 8 SDK has revealed a number of previously unannounced features. Some people have been going over the leaked SDK files to discover these upcoming additions for the mobile OS.

WPCentral.com reports that the SDK will allow developers to put in voice command features in their Windows Phone 8 apps. The SDK states:

For example, a user using the Contoso Widgets app could press the Start button and say "Contoso Widgets, show best sellers" to both launch the Contoso Widgets app and navigate to a 'best sellers' page, or some other action that the developer specifies.

Windows Phone 8 is also supposed to allow apps to auto upload content in the background, which should be a very convenient feature for photo and video apps. Speaking of photo apps, the SDK leak also shows that Windows Phone 8 will allow for the addition of what Microsoft is calling Lenses. The SDK says Lenses are "special camera apps that can provide enhanced camera functionality such as effects, filters, and computational photography."

Peer-to-peer file sharing is also coming for Windows Phone 8 devices, along with improved Bluetooth features. There's also some new Map features coming, including the ability to download maps for offline use.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via WPCentral.com

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If you read all the documents that come with the sdk you probably will notice that there is quite a bit of new stuff in there and it goes into detail about the various api's and various other aspects of the WP8 developer preview.

If you guys want new, then the full bluetooth push support is new while it was a rumor before. Now it seems you can use it for P2P transfers and so on. Also the info about SD cards is interesting, apps only have read access to the content on the SD card which means they'll still have to use local storage for their own app data. Unless there's something the user can ok so it can write to the card that I missed.

GP007 said,
If you guys want new, then the full bluetooth push support is new while it was a rumor before. Now it seems you can use it for P2P transfers and so on. Also the info about SD cards is interesting, apps only have read access to the content on the SD card which means they'll still have to use local storage for their own app data. Unless there's something the user can ok so it can write to the card that I missed.

Joe said multiple times at the developer summit "for example, you could load apps on your storage card". He loved saying that as the use for expandable storage. So I'm sure you can.

You can't have full write access since if you could, you could overwrite data from other apps is my guess. Write access is still isolated like it was in WP7.

Everything apart from the auto content uploaded has been announced before, including the voice SDK for developers.

Not bad, nothing earth shattering just yet. I'm really hoping for SSL VPN support still... If we get that I'll be a very happy person...

Enron said,
That is a must for me as well! Need it for work.

Ssme here. If this were in WP I would be able to move the whole company over...

M_Lyons10 said,

Ssme here. If this were in WP I would be able to move the whole company over...

Well if it's not in Apollo it'll definitely be in Mutombo (WP9).

Nothing here is new. At most it's simply opening up API's that were OEM only to the general developer community, and at worst it's a simple re-hash of the WP8 announcement.

Speaking of photo apps, the SDK leak also shows that Windows Phone 8 will allow for the addition of what Microsoft is calling Lenses. The SDK says Lenses are "special camera apps that can provide enhanced camera functionality such as effects, filters, and computational photography."

Already exists in Windows Phone 7, most of the OEMs have special filters and such for their phones.

The only difference is that its probably easier to do it now.

-Razorfold said,

Already exists in Windows Phone 7, most of the OEMs have special filters and such for their phones.

The only difference is that its probably easier to do it now.

That's the point.

-Razorfold said,

Already exists in Windows Phone 7, most of the OEMs have special filters and such for their phones.

The only difference is that its probably easier to do it now.

What can be done now is not what we can do here (from what it looks like)

The current system is to take a photo, then feed it into an app and do whatever you want there. This system seems to be such that you choose an effect from an app, then take the picture

ctrl_alt_delete said,
damn, they killing all the excitement and announcements. taking all the wind off the sales.

Agreed. This won't stir up excitement as much as keeping it quiet until revealed would.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
damn, they killing all the excitement and announcements. taking all the wind off the sales.

Well this SDK was going to be released anyway, supposedly at the end of Summer so these features would have been revealed then. Dont think a few weeks will make that much difference, and there probably is a lot still not revealed since this is only a preview of the SDK.

efjay said,

Well this SDK was going to be released anyway, supposedly at the end of Summer so these features would have been revealed then. Dont think a few weeks will make that much difference, and there probably is a lot still not revealed since this is only a preview of the SDK.

That is a good point, it does say "preview" in the SDK name.