Windows Phone in 2012: Predictions and wishes

Time for me to share with you my 2012 Windows Phone predictions and wishes now that you are all probably enjoying your new Mango handsets (or 1st Gen phones running Mango..). Keep in mind that what I’m going to post bellow is nothing more than speculations on my part so don’t quote me on that (well unless it turns out to be true later down the road…). So let’s start with what I wish Microsoft fixes, adds in the coming months in Tango:

- Universal search (this one is most probably coming..)
- Fix the frame dropping video playback issue that I seem to be the only person on earth who has noticed it (was present on my HTC Titan sample and both my Lumia 800 which makes me believe that’s it’s a OS issue with the MSM8255)
- Release Skype and Photosynth for Windows Phone: The silence surrounding both apps is intriguing. I wouldn’t be surprised if both where directly integrated into the OS instead of released as third-party apps (wishful thinking..I know).
- Ability to delete more than one picture or video at a time in the pictures hub
- Basic photo editing (crop, rotate, re-size)
- Basic video editing functionality (this one will have to wait for Windows Phone 8 I guess)
- SMS / MMS Backup (looks like this one is in the works “Come join the Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team. Our goal is to ensure that no matter if someone loses their phone, drops their phone in a lake, buys a new windows phone, or just has their toddler wipe their phone by entering the wrong PIN over and over, a user can quickly and seamlessly get their phone back to a good state. The features we are producing will be new for the next version of Windows Phone and will help ensure Microsoft stays ahead of the competition when it comes to disaster recovery.” )
- MMS videos!
- Ability to assign different ring tones to groups or individual contacts Totally forgot that this was already made available in Mango. sorry for that.

Now let’s talk about Windows Phone 8. It will be announced in 2012 but I’m not really confident that MWC is going to be the venue used by Microsoft to unveil it. As you have probably already heard Microsoft is no longer going to keynote at CES after 2012 and will instead have it’s own events to unveiled announce new products similar to what Apple has been doing lately after it dropped from the MacWorld Expo. This is why I’m thinking that Microsoft may only announce Tango during MWC this February and simple tease WP8 for a further announcement closer to the middle of the year. Here’s what I’m hoping for Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo:

- Based on the same (or modified) Kernel as Windows 8
- At least compatible with most of the 2nd generation devices (MSM8255 SoC)
- Support for a new higher resolution (1280×720) while maintaining WVGA (800×480) as the based resolution for the low-end products
- Mutli-core CPU support: This is obviously coming..
- NFC support
- FM transmitter support
- File transfer support via Bluetooth (this is already possible in WP7 as seen with the Nokia Contacts app but MS should open it to 3rd party devs)
- HLSL support for game developers
- WinRT APIs support and compatibility
- Native code access for 3rd party developers only for specific cases
- More stuff that I can’t really think off right now
- New updated Tellme speech recognition service

I’ll let you add what I’ve missed in the comments section below and I will add more features to the wishlist later on.

  • Hombaca05

    Good thoughts for Tango. As for Windows Phone 8, I predict a may announcement. I would love it to be backwards compatible but I won’t hold my breathe. I would like to see fully functional Live multiplayer, as well.

  • Luisbi11

    ummmm, some sort of a notification centre someone????

  • @tMozzis

    The  ability to assign different ring tones to groups or individual contacts is already there. Select Contact Page > Edit > (+) ringtone button is there.

  • dotCARBON

    Isnt that what the “Me” tile is for?

  • MobileTechWorld

    You are right. It was a brain fart on my part. Feature was introduced in Mango.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see the ability to put the phone into “airplane mode” on a schedule, so that you can keep the phone turned on but the antennas would be turned off for a period of time.  My BlackBerry Curve could do this.  This allows you to sleep without being awaken by calls or notifications and conserves the battery at night, assuming you aren’t urgently awaiting some call, text, or email.  As it is, I need to either turn the phone to “airplane” manually, or mute the ringer and vibrate manually, or just turn the phone off until I wake up.  Disclaimer: I haven’t check to see if WP7 will still wake you with an alarm at a set volume when the phone is off, because that might work for me as a temporary solution.

  • Jibberish18

    You’re not the only one who noticed the Frame Stuttering Issue. My Focus S behaves this way too. It’s only for the first portion of the video though. Once it plays a bit, it goes away. I also noticed that Netflix for example, doesn’t buffer and give you good video quality until at least a few seconds later so maybe this is the same cause?

  • Anonymous

    Need direct USB sync to Outlook on the desktop for those of us that will never touch a cloud.  Joe Belfiore said it was coming soon….needs to be in Apollo etc.

  • Michael Mason Jr

    First of all, I would like the update to be compatible with all phones that are Windows Phone 7.5 compatible.  Second I would like for Skype integration, more API’s available to devs so we can get even more great games and applications. 

    Streaming application to stream music or videos to Xbox or Windows PC natively built in.

    Actually making visual voicemail available.

    Improved multitasking.

    Improved Voice Commands.

    Options to turn off transitions (or speed up transitions) between entering and exiting apps.

    Improve app load times by making a little more memory available to devs to make apps load more instantly.

    Better IE Browser (Improve Webkit support).  Some mobile sites do not launch properly and obviously, website creators are not adjusting for the mobile IE browser at the moment.  Implement HTML 5 better.

    Not sure if this available yet, but on device file management (deleteing of music files specifically).

    Give users the option to change the layout of the list of applications (into just icons) or give users the options to create sub-lists/folders to organize applications better.  In addition to that, allow users to arrange the list in any order that htey please instead of alphabetically.  Or make a most recent used or favorites at the top of the list.

  • Michael Mason Jr

    and there is more…but that should do for now.

  • Chris Sandiford

    For the love of God, please introduce separate volume controls for ringer/music player/notifications/alerts/sounds! One overall control does not work. Lower the volume at night for the alarm, remember to raise it in the morning for calls.. Crazy.