I know, I know, we haven’t even seen a final release of Mango for Windows Phone yet and ‘Tango’ comes before the rumored ‘Apollo’, but the Windows Phone update codenamed ‘Apollo’ is supposed to be the next major update and is rumored to bring Microsoft’s Windows OS and Windows Phone products closer together.
Being that Apollo is supposed to be the next major update for Windows Phone, I think it’s only fair to ask people what they feel Windows Phone needs to do or add in either Tango or Apollo to become the top smartphone OS. Here are just a few of the additions I would like to see in the coming update:
- Direct streaming of music and videos in the Music + Videos hub from your SkyDrive account.
- Increased integration of services like Flickr and Photobucket in the pictures hub.
- Messaging needs to become a major hub
- Increased bluetooth functionality (file transfer)
- Video and Audio MMS attachments
- Native support to use Windows Phone as a mass storage device.
- Native Outlook sync support
- Increased email support for enterprises
- Higher screen resolutions and devices to go with them
- I’d like to see Windows Phone act as a native remote for the Xbox 360 console and Windows 8 out of the box, no apps required.
- Increased support for SD cards (which includes Microsoft and Manufacturer’s)
- This is more a Windows Live upgrade, but I’d like to see the mobile Windows Live services expanded to add more phone-specific features like complete cloud backup.
- KIN Studio-like platform for Windows Phone
Of course I have left off some features both intentionally and unintentionally. Please let me know in the comments what features or services you would like to see in the coming versions of Windows Phone.