The oft-forgotten player in the highly competitive smartphone market, Windows, is stepping its game up with its next generation.
The Windows Phone 8 will have near field communications (NFC) capabilities. According to the Windows Phone Network website, “An NFC enabled device will enable users to share photos and other media by just touching other handsets, make payments in stores with MasterCard PayPass, use the Windows Phone as a travel ticket.”
The post goes on to say that the new Windows Phone has already been made compatible with MasterCard’s PayPass and Visa’s payWave.
A post on iotechie.com highlights some of the other changes being made to the next Windows Phone. “NFC, dual- and quad-core support are all set, and Microsoft has shifted over to the NT kernel for Windows Phone 8 to make it even easier for developers to code for its mobile and desktop ecosystems. There’s a new Wallet hub, deeper integration of Skype, and an updated Start Screen interface with support for small tiles.”