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Huge list of features coming to Windows Phone 8.1 see daylight

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Huge list of features coming to Windows Phone 8.1 see daylight
Technically we should temper this information with a warning that the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK distributed by Microsoft is a preview, so these things are subject to change.

That said, the flow of information about what is in store for Windows Phone 8.1 is steady and ongoing despite the NDA that developers are supposed to be honoring while they get poke around the OS.

As is becoming evident, Windows Phone 8.1 is a significant overhaul, not just some “nice-to-have” incremental feature update. As you will see from the list below, it is clear that Windows Phone 8.1 is bringing the goods to capitalize on the foundation that Windows Phone 8 brought to bear 18 months ago.

Notable items on the list include “Quiet Hours,” a do-not-disturb feature, support for password protected Office documents, “Write when I swipe through letters,” and backups now include application data.

Here is the latest (and biggest) list of things to come:

      • Sharing secure WI-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense. They don’t get to see the shared password though
      • Social notifications will now show up in action center by swiping from the top of the screen
      • Operators can now control data sense limits remotely
      • Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected
      • Along with normal updates, there are now “important” updates.
      • Options to always download emails and pictures within them
      • Encrypted and signed e-mail support
      • Change default SMS app. You can also change which SMS app will show notifications.
      • Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
      • “Type as I swipe through letters”. This means we will be seeing Swype-like functionality.
      • Geofence monitoring support. Geofence is a boundary around a place of interest to you. Location services can monitor geofences to tell your apps when you’re entering and leaving them. This would be really good for IFTTT
      • Office Lens support. Will scan in documents and screens
      • The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
      • Option to update store apps automatically
      • Option to update store apps when only on Wi-Fi
      • App Suggestions by location
      • Manual App Update checks
      • Video Calling Support? I don’t know if we will be given choices of which VOIP provider to use. Maybe Skype video calling will be built-in?
      • Password protected Office document support
      • Trusted app list for NFC that will remove the need for asking whether you want to open a particular app.
      • In-call speech commands. You’ll be able to say “Call XXXXXX”.
      • Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
      • Lock Notification (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer I was thinking of Glance for some reason. This could also mean notifications of apps on the lock screen. We don’t know where these strings are being used in the UI, so this one is a speculation)
      • Quiet Hours (FINALLY)
      • Double Tap to Power Off
      • Notification if charger isn’t of adequate power
      • Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up (Since the newer phones will have the start button on screen)
      • Chkdsk for SD Cards essentially
      • Apps on SD Cards are only allowed from ONE originating phone. If it detects that apps from another phone are installed on the SD Card, then it will ask to delete those first
      • Voice Narrator for Accessibility
      • The Search button will be the new way to open Speech instead of the Start button
      • New Email sync options with accordance to usage patterns (i.e. If you get a lot of mail on particular days and if you don’t check mail every day).
      • Change the size and amount of tiles on your start screen.
      • Wallet supports tickets and membership cards
      • App Syncing
      • Backups now include application data (ABOUT TIME)
      • Screen Reader functionality (Maybe Text-To-Speech for apps?)
      • Screen Recording functionality
      • Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle.
      • You can favorite photos by tapping a heart icon
      • Virtual SmartCard support

Huge list of features coming to Windows Phone 8.1 see daylight
That is quite a list! Remember, we are sure to see changes before Windows Phone 8.1 reaches RTM status. Until then though, it looks like a lot of detail is being addressed with this upgrade.

Take a look and tell us what else you hope to see in Windows Phone 8.1

source: Sinclairinat0r.com via WPCentral

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posted on 15 Feb 2014, 15:57 15

1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

I'd buy an Android Nokia, I'd take a WP Nokia for free.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:07 3

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1616; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Carriers be like "Come to us. We offer you this Nokia Lumia xxxx for free!"
Then they tell you to sign a two year contract. :]]

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:16 10

8. papss (unregistered)

I wouldn't take another android phone but if its Nokia and WP I'm in and have been supporting them

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:35 23

20. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

I'd take a Android phone for free, sell it, and then I will buy a Lumia WP8 :)

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 22:38 10

83. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)

Really ??? Take a pill dude

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 22:55 3

86. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

You'll sell that faster than you sold the android or any other phone.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 23:17 4

88. Hassan420i (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Jun 2013)

Brace yourself,, Sony is planning to make its windows phone series

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 01:26 1

101. rromerof (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

Keep dreaming, Android in a Nokia?? HA!!!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 04:38

113. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

"Operators can now control data sense limits remotely."

Is this legal?? I smell something fishy.

"Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected."


Rest all improvements were much needed. WP8 is finally viable for me.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 04:43 5

114. tango_charlie (Posts: 325; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

@rromerof Why dreaming when its already exists? Nokia "Normandy" is running Android and it's expected to be shown at MWC. Yes it's a forked Android (like Amazon is using) but it is still Android.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 05:55

120. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

Only if I can dual-boot Android and WP :)

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 09:00 4

137. sgodsell (Posts: 4529; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Brace yourself, Sony is only making WP devices because Microsoft is paying them.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 09:58 2

147. znellu (Posts: 74; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

So much hate on WP on tech websites! What's wrong with these Android users?! There are lot of people who like WP for what it is, including me. The best part of the OS is the Live Tile system IMO. I get to know a lot of updates through just the tiles on the start screen and there's no need to go into the specific app. It's no doubt there are some features which are missing in the OS, and that doesn't mean that it needs to be directly compared to Android as the latter one has already reached a mature status. Lot of things are being added into the OS and WP 8.1 seems to be a major milestone update.
Can't wait to see all the goodies which are gonna come with it!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 10:10 2

149. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

brace yourself, OEM's only make phones cuz they get paid

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:48

160. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

That phone sux... Never speak of it again.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:03 19

2. ePoch270 (Posts: 192; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

So WP is now at the same level as Android 3 years ago + some lame Windows desktop features like "Important Updates"?

How innovative. /s

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:17 11

9. papss (unregistered)

If you don't like it then post in a non will article

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:31 21

17. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

Do not worry, soon you will see a lot of Andorid fanboys in panic mode.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:34 24

19. ePoch270 (Posts: 192; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

Oh my sincerest apologies. I had no I idea thay PA only allowed posts that heap glorious praise upon the WP. Im very sorry for pointing out the obvious. I just assumed that I was allowed to post here if I wanted to make a point or observation. I will now return to the Android posts that are littered with WP users droning on about how WP is so much better than Android and iOS.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:44 10

21. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

You still have time to sell/rid of your Android, you do not need to be jealous.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 17:02 14

27. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Why sell my Android phone? I mean, seriously? What does Windows mobile OS have that I do not have on my Android phone? Can a Windows mobile phone be unlocked (bootloader)? Can I install a choice of recovery software on it? Will I get root/administrator access rights to the software? Can I install a custom ROM on it? Can I change just about any aspect on it, such as the boot up screen? Can I? Cause, if I cannot, then I will pass...for now.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 17:05 5

29. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

yes you can change operating systems. check out xda. the other things you cant do. then again wp8 isnt open source. so you're comparing apples to oranges. so yea.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 17:11 16

30. clodderes (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

it's okay. now, they're playing catchup. but soon it can offer a whole different experience compare with android. after all android itself once played catchup to the market leader. we don't know the future.

at the mean time, it's deserve a praise for such a big upgrade, and addressing the costumer's request

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 17:50 11

34. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Three years ago Android was doing Skeuomorphism UI, Three years ago WP was doing Flat UI, presently Android is now using WP flat based Modern UI design language.
Three years ago WP had features like immersive mode, full album art lockscreen, the three dot menu, Android just recently got those features, so in many ways Android is now at the same level WP was three years ago, see how that works.

Correct me if I am wrong did many Android fans not ask for many features ( notification center etc) to be added to WP before they serious took WP as an option?, I don't understand individuals sometimes, on one hand they want features to be on WP that Android has then on the other hand when those features arrive some criticize WP for giving them what they asked for, you can't win with some people.

No one was calling for Android to go flat, or have the other features that WP has at least not with the same at the same level that Android fans was requesting WP bring certain features, Matias and others over at Android did it voluntarily.

Features that Android has was already in Windows mobile like Swype for eg that was first introduced in Samsung Omnia II, a Windows mobile device.

For myself WP was already superior in overall user experience if certain people call for features its up to the OS developers to adhere, nothing wrong with options, haters gonna hate.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 18:14 10

35. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

"such as the boot up screen "

LMFAO, really ... well, being android it kind of a big deal, since is a screen you see a lot of times a day ... xD

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 18:46 5

36. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

lol thats true!!! sometimes I forget how is the boot up screen in my windows phone, and then I see a friend with a moto x proud of his boot up screen.... lol

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 18:48 5

37. thecorrescode (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

Android Honeycomb was flat and it was 3 years ago.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 18:50 6

38. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)

I can't understand your point. No one can blame MS for closing the gap between WP 8 and Android/iOS. It is a good thing. For me, the real innovation MS can be ascribed to, is their UI. No other mobile OS offers the possibilities of life tiles. That is truly unique. I currently use an iPhone. But if MS continues its efforts and Nokia keeps making great WP smartphones, I really will consider switching.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 18:53 13

39. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Exactly.. WP will now have plenty of features to fit EVERYONE, but there will always be a handful of nut jobs to comment negatively on every WP article... WP8.1 speaks for itself,, we don't have to answer to these fools!! Just ignore ever comment they make..

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 18:56 8

40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Everything you mentioned is because Android needs to be fixed... That's a bad choice of reasons Android is better...
No, we don't want those things because we expect the OS to work fine out of the box... Try again..

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