By Prarthito Maity | Dec 12, 2012 09:41 AM EST
Windows Phone 8 may be the latest OS to be delivered by Microsoft for users of their Windows Phones, but unfortunately not everyone is entitled for the refresh, and so in comes the details and rumors about the next best thing – Windows Phone 7.8.
While the newly announced 7.8 operating system has been hinted for an early 2013 release by Microsoft, per reports, Nokia has already sent out a few Windows Phone 7.8 features in the form of a Nokia customer feedback survey.
The features are split in two categories – the ones from Microsoft and the ones from Nokia.
The ones from Microsoft includes a new homescreen experience with more room for the Live Tiles, which are now resizable, the ability to set a Bing image of the day as the Lock Screen wallpaper, pocket and child Lock screen Security, along with as many as 20 new accent theme colors, that are coming to the specified devices.
As far as Nokia is concerned, the company is also set to throw in Bluetooth sharing abilities for DRM free media files, a new add-on called Cinemagraph to create blend and photo and movie-like animations (animated pictures – “photos that are alive”), new camera lenses to remove unwanted objects in the photos such as passers-by or people on the edge of the shot the spoil the photo.
There is also updated Contacts Transfer application, updated Contact Share application, and the heavily reported Ringtone Maker application.
For those who are new to the Ringtone Makes app, it will let users create ringtones for their Windows Phones. The app is currently available in the Windows Phone Store and will help create ringtones by using the music on the phone which can be saved as a ringtone by opening the app and selecting the MP3 file.
Moreover, there is the option trim the audio to the user’s content but, apparently, an Xbox Music file cannot be used.
However, as far as other mobile manufacturers are concerned, the situation is even more ambiguous. It is yet to be seen if they’ll only see Microsoft branded features above or the OEM will also include some extra bits like Nokia will be doing.