Those who have recently jumped on to the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon may have noticed that there is a problem with the device losing connection to a Wi-Fi network when the screen is locked. In response to a tweet, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore stated that a fix for the issue is coming soon.
In response to a tweet by a Windows Phone 8 user who said that the Wi-Fi shuts off after turning off the screen on every Windows Phone, Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management, stated, “Someone is gonna yell at me for saying this, but... fix is coming. :) Sshh. Just promise me a little patience though.”
When Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 8, one of the highlighted features was the improved Start screen. Quite a few consumers of these new Windows Phone 8 handsets were aggrieved with the fact that the Wi-Fi connectivity automatically turns off every time the screen was off.
If one happens to be downloading an app using Wi-Fi, and then locks the screen, the Wi-Fi will suddenly turn off once the screen is restarted. As of now, users are adopting a temporary fix by keeping the screen turned on till the app is completely downloaded.
No Windows Phone 8 handsets are officially available yet in India. Hopefully, the fix to the Wi-Fi issue will be available once the first roll out begins.
At the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 launch event that was held late last month, commenting on the Start screen, Belfiore shared that the Windows Phone, with the Start screen and Live Tiles, is highly customisable. Users can pin their favourite people, apps, games, and music to the Start screen and colourful Live Tiles will light up with real-time information and updates.
An update with a fix coming soon
A new feature in Windows Phone 8 is Kid’s Corner, which offers a worry-free way for parents to share their smartphones when the kids start clamouring to play games on the phone. A simple swipe activates a protected place on the phone where kids can play on specific apps and features selected by a parent. Family and friends will also enjoy the new Rooms feature, which lets people create a private network to chat and share photos, notes, calendars and other content with a closed group of people, rather than the entire social network.
At the launch event, Belfiore said of the new camera and photo features in Windows Phone 8, “I love using my phone to capture memories... The Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X both take gorgeous photos and videos, even in low light”.
The Windows Phone Store has 120,000 apps to choose from, with hundreds added every day and hits coming this holiday season, such as Angry Birds Star Wars, Cut the Rope Experiments, Disney’s Where’s My Water, LivingSocial, Temple Run, and Urbanspoon. As part of its announcement today, Microsoft declared that Pandora, the leading Internet radio service, is coming to Windows Phone in early Q1 2013 with one year of ad-free music.
Windows Phone 8 was designed to be the best companion with Windows 8, adds the company in its official statement. Windows and Windows Phone now share common underlying technology, which allows for shared tools, increased hardware support for multi-core processors, and a wide range of other platform capabilities. It also features a common look and feel with Windows 8, which makes shifting from phone to PC seamless and natural.