Smartphone OS showdown: Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM gear up for battle

Every major smartphone platform iis getting an overhaul with lots of features, and, presumably, hardware to go along with it

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, Android, Apple

Apple's iOS 6 launches in the fall. The company has not yet announced a new iPhone; since 2007 Apple has produced a new device to accompany a refreshed version of iOS.

Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has taken the wraps off Windows Phone 8, the next iteration of the company's new mobile platform. Windows Phone 8 will feature an improved start screen with resizable and full-screen live tiles. Internet Explorer 10 will be coming to the platform including features such as an anti-phishing filter and improved HTML 5 support.

There will be an improved camera app with a panoramic mode, self-timer, and Smart Group Shot that takes a burst of photos and automatically creates the best composite image possible out of the different shots.

All Windows Phone 8 devices will use Nokia mapping technology including features such as turn-by-turn navigation, public transportation schedules, and support for offline maps. The new Windows Phone 8 Wallet Hub puts your credit card information in one place to let you pay via NFC. And just like Apple's Passbook, the Wallet Hub stores your loyalty cards, boarding passes and coupons.

[RELATED: Windows Phone 8 Will Be Deeply Integrated With Windows 8 OS]

The biggest jump forward for Windows Phone 8 is improved hardware features including support for Near Field Communication, multicore chipsets, new graphics processor, two new screen resolutions (1280-by-768 and 1280-by-720), and removable SD storage (Windows Phone 7 had integrated, non-removable SD storage).

Windows Phone 8 will also support in-app purchases and enterprise-ready features.

Windows Phone 8 will launch in the fall with new devices expected from four smartphone manufacturers including Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei.

BlackBerry 10


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