Windows Phone 8 Software Development Kit (SDK) leaked this week on the web revealed some more feature and it also contains a emulator that provides basic access to some of the new functionality in Windows Phone 8 alongwith several help files and documentations.
The SDK at 1.35 GB requires Windows 8 Release Preview, and is labeled as "Windows Phone SDK 8.0 (LKG25)" for Windows Phone 8 OS version 8511.9744.20120716-1509, with a release date of July 19, 2012.
The Windows Phone 8.0 SDK will be made available for developers late summer.
Here are some new feautres uncovered:
- New Start Screen, and the option to change tile sizes appears works well for customization, and Microsoft will offer 20 colors to choose via a picker in the settings menu.
- A new called "Data Sense," allows you to monitor data usage on Windows Phone 8. At first launch it will ask you to configure a single-use, monthly, or unlimited data allowance and the date it resets. From this information, Data Sense is able to monitor how much data allowance is used. You can track this using a live tile on the Start Screen and the app will warn you when you're close to your limit.
- WP8 also now has built-in backup options, offering users the ability to store SMS data in the cloud alongside app lists and settings.
- The auto-upload to SkyDrive feature for pictures now offers greater control over video and picture backups now too.
- Most hubs have been updated with functionality. The built-in Maps app is now powered by Nokia and offer offline map viewing.
- Internet Explorer now includes settings to allow you to change the functionality of the address bar button from fresh to favorites and tabs.
- The Xbox and Music / Video hubs have a fresh user interface that closely matches Microsoft's SmartGlass theme, and there's even access to the Xbox Music store which is designed to replace Zune.
- Photos and Camera functionality has also been updated and now lets you select multiple pictures for sharing or deletion, and there's also an edit option to crop, rotate, or fix pictures.
- On the Camera side, Microsoft is building in a Lenses functionality that pulls in apps that use the camera into one single UI. At present we could only test the Bing Vision feature, but there's a link to fetch more Lenses so it's clear this will be expanded somewhat.
Windows Phone 8 SDK screenshots: (Click to enlarge)
Here are the screenshots that WP7.hu has posted:
You can check out more screenshots at WPMU.
Here is a video that via Verge showcasing all the new features in Windows Phone 8:
"Supported operating systems
Windows 8 Release Preview 64-bit (x64) client versions
4 GB of free disk space
8 GB of RAM (recommended)
64-bit (x64) motherboard
Windows Phone Emulator
Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). See the Installation prerequisites section for more information about SLAT," according to report.
To try the new Windows Phone 8 SDK, just follow the instructions here.