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Nokia Windows Phone 8 Sneak Peek: New Camera UI, Skype, Turn-By-Turn Navigation

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Leaks Reveal Skype Integration and an Apollo UI for the Windows Phone 8

The tech blog Nokia Innovation has apparently got hold of some leaked screengrabs of Microsoft’s anticipated Windows Phone 8 OS. These screenshots, “donated” anonymously, seem to show off the WP8 UI for the camera app, Nokia Drive 3.0 and Skype. These images give the impression that they were taken from one of the four Nokia Windows Phone handsets that are rumored to be in the pipeline.

The shots showcase the much-vaunted native Skype integration for WP8. Users can choose between video and audio Skype calls, and they can start a Skype chat from a user profile.

These screens also reveal a simple UI for the camera app. It consists of a zoom slider on one side and three menu choices on the other side. It’s possible that this UI is particular to Nokia phones. In the past, Nokia has hinted and then confirmed that its PureView tech would be used in WP8, and as a result Nokia might have been given some room to manoeuvre in terms of UI features.

The screengrabs show Nokia’s turn-by-turn navigation app, Nokia Drive. It seems that Nokia Drive will give users updated traffic reports and automatic re-routing. The leak also reveals a Windows Phone 8 native feature that lets users keep an eye on their data usage. There’s an image of a screen with a life-tile access to a screen with bar graphs and pie charts of used and remaining data, and also a link that lets users look at other data plans.

There has been some confusion around device compatibility, but Microsoft’s latest mobile OS is expected to be revealed later this summer, for an autumn release. As well as the Apollo UI, the OS brings with it dual-core processor support, more display resolution support and a wealth of other features that are likely to be unveiled at Microsoft’s Developer Summit on June 20 and 21.

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