This post will be another software focused one - looking at the social features and how they integrate with Windows Phone 8. As mentioned in a previous post, Windows Phone 8 supports Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Microsoft accounts out of the box. These accounts then populate the People App on the phone.
The People app serves a number of functions. It is first and foremost your contacts app - with all your contacts from whichever accounts you have added to your phone. You can link them (it makes vaguely intelligent suggestions) to combine contacts from different services. You’re also able to selectively filter contacts based on service - useful for removing your business (LinkedIn) or Twitter contacts, which I don’t necessarily want in my contacts list.
Tapping a contact will take you to their profile view - this shows all the info you have for that contact, from multiple services if they are linked. You can tap on an email address to send an email, or a phone number to text or call directly. Swiping right shows the What’s New view - this shows all updates for that contact from twitter, Facebook or any other accounts you have added.
Swiping right again brings you to photos, which will bring up a link to their photo albums (again from Facebook). Another swipe to the right brings up the history tab - which shows a chronological record of all emails, calls, texts and messages. Tapping on any particular one will open the original message or call entry.
Back in the People app itself, swiping right brings up the What’s New view - which is the same as the contact specific view, but for all contacts. It is a quick and easy way to see all the updates from your contacts in one place quickly.
Social Media accounts also add sharing options to apps like the Camera. Selecting Share will bring up a list of all accounts on the phone - email or social network. Unfortunately you cannot share the full resolution 41MP images directly to any of these, only a 5MP version. The only way to get the full size images is through USB.
Sharing to Facebook allows you to tag faces with your contacts as you upload. Sharing to twitter (if you have the twitter app isntalled) allows to apply one of eight filters. Not really my thing, but if you want to make your photos look like terrible scanned film prints, you can.
Outside of the built in functionality, there are still full-fat applications for use for the major social networks - Facebook and twitter as well as LinkedIn. Instagram is conspicuos in its absence, however the app is on its way according to Nokia. Google+ is another no show - it is the mobile site only for now, which is decent, but the missing application integration limits its use.
So overall if you stick to the core services (Facebook and Twitter) there is good integration across the Windows Phone environment and full apps to get full functionality. I’m not a heavy user - but I can keep up to date on what is going on through the People hub and share family photos when I need to quickly and easily.
My Geekzone username is wasabi2. I am an IT consultant located in Auckland. I am currently working at SKYCITY. I have been interested in technology since I was a kid, where I got started breaking the family PC. These days I spend a lot of time keeping up to date with the latest tech. My house has all mobile ecosystems covered (Android, iOS, Windows Phone).
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