We’re only a few months away from the official release of the first wave of Windows Phone 8 - or "Apollo" - smartphones.
The Software Development Kit (SDK) is expected soon, but in the meantime it’s been leaked over in cheeky old China.
There are various files included in the download, including Optimizing Windows Phone Applications for Efficient Battery Consumption (sounds good), Windows Phone Apollo Release Notes, and a Simulation Dashboard for Windows Phone Applications.
Somewhat bizarrely, the Windows Phone 8 Apollo SDK can only run on Windows 8 64-bit preview edition. Even the official SDK is tipped to be Windows 8 only.
WPCentral has been tinkering with the leaked Windows Phone 8 SDK, and the following features have been revealed:
- Developer access to Voice Command features
- Expanded Bluetooth functionality
- Photo Apps now able to upload in the background
- Lock screen notifications and wallpaper for 3rd party apps
- Expanded camera functionality via something called ‘Lenses’
- New Map features
Microsoft is expected to reveal more about Windows Phone 8 at Nokia World in the first week of September. In the meantime, have a swatch at Eight things you need to know about Windows Phone 8.