We all know that Windows Phone 7.8 will bring existing Windows Phone devices a taste of WP8, getting the newly-widened and redesigned home screen. There’s a lot more than that to WP8, though, and while we know that older phones won’t see much of that delivered, we’ve been curious just to what extent we might see other features show up in WP7.8. In the absence of official word, we look to a new rumor suggesting just where the differences between WP7.8 and WP8 will lie.
This info comes from the Russian site WP7Forum, and after translating, we’re left with this list:
|Function||Windows Phone 7.8||Windows Phone 8.0|
|Skype||A separate application||Integrated|
|Voice commands||Yes||Yes, an extended set|
|DataSmart||A separate application||Yes|
|Bing Аudio||Yes||Yes, improved recognition TV|
|RCS-e||A separate application||Integrated|
|Cloud||OneNote, Office 365||Synchronization of all content|
|Updated startup screen||Yes||Yes|
|OTA||No, only the notification||Yes|
|Visual Voicemail||Only for some countries||Yes|
RCS-e, if you’re not familiar with it, is a cross platform feature set designed to act as a standard for calls, text messages, media messages, and chat; with the addition of instant messaging, it’s not all that different from the many disparate standards we have in place for SMS, MMS, and everything now, except that it’s designed to operate over IP networks.
We’re also curious about this note of TV recognition for Bing Audio. It might just be a quirk of the translation, or it could be some sort of SoundHound-like system for quickly identifying programs based on audio snippets.