At the Windows Phone Summit, it was revealed that Windows Phone 8 would offer greater accent color selection in lieu of an actual color selector. Now, thanks to the leaked Windows Phone 8 SDK -- folks over at 1800PocketPC created a nice palate of 20 accents colors presumably available in WP8 this fall.
It will also be 20+1 for OEMs or carriers, who are allowed to add one custom color e.g HTC Green or Nokia Blue.
Also, digging around the WP8 SDK emulator, revealed many yet-to-be announced features including "the ability to backup SMS and MMS, to the cloud and the text messages being backed up will be accessible via Outlook.com," Verge repots. As, the Messaging hub on Windows Phone is tightly integrated with SMS, Messenger and Facebook Chat.
Furthermore, it is reported that WP8 will also sync settings such as themes, accounts, Internet Explorer favorites to the cloud, as well as app lists and individual app settings, as shown in the screenshot below:
While Windows Mobile 6.x users had a companion service called "My Phone" (codenamed SkyBox) which provided the ability to automatically backup messages to the cloud, accessible only via the "My Phone" portal which had since been discontinued. However, the highly requested feature was missing in Windows Phone 7.
Also, Microsoft is making a number of under the hood changes to secure WP8 OS that include device encryption including the OS and its apps that is based of Bitlocker that introduces non-manageable encryption keys on WP.
"Two exceptions will be present with Windows Phone 8 encryptions. If you live in a location that does not allow the importation of encryption technology the device encryption will be disabled. The other exception is with the SD card due to unknown issues with the performance of swappable SD cards," reports Mobilejaw.
Another security feature coming to WP8 is the "SafeBoot," that makes it difficult for anything lacking correct digital signature to be loaded on Window Phone.
"Each device will get a unique key burned into a chip along with a number of common keys from Microsoft and the OEM. When you power up the Windows Phone the firmware will start a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. The UEFI will only validate and launch elements that have the correct digital signature from Microsoft," explained.
SafeBoot will also not allow making custom ROMs because the developers won't have access to the correct digital signatures.
Lastly, Microsoft has also reduced the base footprint of the Windows Phone OS, now requiring all applications to run in the same sandbox as third party Marketplace apps.
Finally, Windows Phone 8 OS is also reported to include a parental control feature called "Kid's Corner", previously known as Kid's Zone, will be a separate Start screen environment designed for children to access apps, videos, games, and music that is shared by a parent. As, Microsoft will allow user to setup a Start screen with the specially controlled apps on, and a child will access the feature by swiping from the left on the lock screen. Parents can also control the accent color and name of the Kid's Corner through a customization menu in the setup routine.
"Once activated, children can then obtain full access to any games, music, videos, and apps that are enabled -- including game scores and app passwords," reports the Verge. Kid's Corner can be deactivated by simply pressing the power button on the phone.