Although the day is winding down, we’re still going through the leaked Windows Phone 8 SDK from early this morning. We’re finding some smaller nuggets which aren’t ‘wow’ worthy in of themselves but they are certainly worth a mention, especially since they do add some significant new features to the Windows Phone experience.
We must stress—these are still not the new ‘consumer’ features for Windows Phone 8 which Microsoft has yet to reveal. These are simply more tools for developers to give them more options and features for their apps. These APIs take a long time to write and document which is why SDKs take time to build before going public.
So what are some of these new options for devs?
- Background location-tracking for apps
- More refined search for apps in the Marketplace
- Custom contact store with cloud sync
- Media library access for devs
- Networking enhancements
- Right to Left (RTL) language support
- Media codec support and stats
Head past the break for some more details including snippets from the SDK itself…