Saturday, July 28, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 3:14 PM —
Yes, we're still learning more about Windows Phone 8 than ever and today we've got two minor but still important aspects of the OS that have been refined in the new software. First up, Plaffo received a tip and screenshot that the Ease of Access settings have been changed to include a lot of useful new features, especially for the visually-impaired. The most significant feature is the ability to resize text in the Phone, People, Email, and Messaging apps as well as in the Lock Screen. We can also see that there's a new High Contrast mode and even a Screen Magnifier, which is enabled by a two-finger double tap on the screen. Neat!
In related news, Windows Phone Hacker's Jaxbot and compatriot Jessenic went registry diving into the inner workings of Windows Phone 8. That's where they discovered a buried subkey titled 'KidZone' inside a superseding subkey 'Family'. After some research, they discovered a trademarked app of the same name (but not made by Microsoft) that lets users choose from a list what features and apps a secondary user would have access to. So in the example of a child wanting to play a game on your Xbox Live-enabled phone (and which kid wouldn't), you could potentially use KidZone to give him access to only the Games Hub and the games within it. This is all just speculation for now, but its reference in the OS suggests that a feature similar to what's been described could make its way into later versions of the software.
Source: Plaffo (Translated), Windows Phone Hacker