Huge list of features coming to Windows Phone 8.1 see daylight
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
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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1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)
I'd buy an Android Nokia, I'd take a WP Nokia for free.
4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; 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. :]]
8. papss (unregistered)
I wouldn't take another android phone but if its Nokia and WP I'm in and have been supporting them
20. noler (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
I'd take a Android phone for free, sell it, and then I will buy a Lumia WP8 :)
86. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
You'll sell that faster than you sold the android or any other phone.
88. Hassan420i (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Jun 2013)
Brace yourself,, Sony is planning to make its windows phone series
120. RandomUsername (Posts: 552; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
Only if I can dual-boot Android and WP :)
137. sgodsell (Posts: 1435; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Brace yourself, Sony is only making WP devices because Microsoft is paying them.
149. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)
brace yourself, OEM's only make phones cuz they get paid
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.
101. rromerof (Posts: 37; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Keep dreaming, Android in a Nokia?? HA!!!
114. tango_charlie (Posts: 92; 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.
160. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
That phone sux... Never speak of it again.
147. znellu (Posts: 71; 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!
2. ePoch270 (Posts: 112; 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
9. papss (unregistered)
If you don't like it then post in a non will article
17. noler (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Do not worry, soon you will see a lot of Andorid fanboys in panic mode.
39. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; 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..
138. sgodsell (Posts: 1435; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Don't worry we won't panic. Because WP is still closed and will always have a ton of limits and restrictions.
161. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
You're obviously in that handful I mentioned...
19. ePoch270 (Posts: 112; 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.
21. noler (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
You still have time to sell/rid of your Android, you do not need to be jealous.
27. networkdood (Posts: 6326; 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.
29. freebee269 (Posts: 528; 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.
35. brrunopt (Posts: 552; 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
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
41. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
LMFAO!!!! That was a good answer.. Very smart, you are.. Lol!
40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; 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..
143. sgodsell (Posts: 1435; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
That's why WP is copying so many things that Android is currently doing. Even with the 8.1 update, WP will still be trying to catch up. You WP zealots keep saying that Android is going with Windows flat design language. Give me a break. For years now Android has had the ability to change every aspect in regards to the UI. There is even a number of WP launchers on the play store. For that matter there is even iOS launchers. Androids UI is still superior. Maybe that's why nokia is making an Android device now ;-)
67. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
For a reason, I dont unlock it to work better. I dont install a recovery software to make it better. I dont want to root it to make it better. I dont want to install a bugfull rom to make it better. Windows is, as is, better OS with out installing other buggy things and without the thought of bricking it and voiding my warranty with threat of thermo nuclear war of some crap. If customizations will bring you problems then I will stick with my simple WP.
70. nightfury (Posts: 61; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
Bro nice one .....and many many more things
158. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
What does android have that I want?
Any phone with a rom screws the warranty, great thanks. Ill let you know how that goes for customers who think a rom is not detected even on a reinstall and gets hit with a insurance fee instead of a warranty replacement.
unlocked? Sure, developer program, unlocked by ms.
Bootloader? for what?
Choice of recovery software? I know droid suffers from inadequate software, hence why Samsung Kies exists or LG desktop. Currently the only thing the windows phone doesn't do is app data. Upon a re-do of my win phone I got all my text's back (not android stock), my apps downloaded, sim and sd card left alone. Pictures were skydrive saved.
All the custom you want and still you get static icons, yay. I used to do all that on my s3, problem was, most the time the custom rom's crashed, failed to deliver and there is always a constant need of relying on a 3rd party to deliver content.
Not to mention how many times a week I have to tell someone that the custom rom is the reason their phone has took a crap.
In the end you want those things, because the droid experience in the end is not the "best os". The "best os" is one that doesn't need modification, and no OS is that.
175. jbitounis (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
Can you run lag-free for more than 20 seconds? Can you?
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
42. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Very well said.. Very well said.. Thanks.
34. Liveitup (Posts: 1572; 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.
37. thecorrescode (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Android Honeycomb was flat and it was 3 years ago.
44. thecorrescode (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Those three dot menu, they came with Android Honeycomb and that was three years ago. The full screen album art, that was so Gingerbread days.
Windows Phone doesn't have immersive mode since it has physical keys, unlike android which have softkeys,
And by the way, Windows Mobile does not have swype capability.
49. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
WP had the three dot menu since 2009 when it was in development...
54. Liveitup (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
That is simply not true, Android started going Flat with ICS update and came full circle with Kitkat 4.4, if Android was flat back then Android would not have been accused of copying Apple's aesthetics and features, Apple used Skeuomorphism until iOS 7, WP would not have been seen as something completely unique and different, Apple's lawyers even showed a WP in court to prove that not all devices had to look like theirs.
Three dot menu came to Android years after WP has had it, HTC one x used it in sense UI, it has since become a part of the core of Android OS.
The good things about new features is that tech blogs write and discuss them when they are first introduced to a platform, i am not one for links but they do speak to the truth more times than not.
WP has had full album artlockscreen since 2010, full album art lockscreen came in Kitkat 4.4
Immersive mode is not about hard or soft keys immersive mode is about Status icons.
In previous versions of Android, the status bar and navigation buttons remained on the screen while reading an e-book, watching a movie, or playing a game etc. Since that was intrusive, Google added a feature in KitKat that hides the status bar and navigation buttons until you swipe the edge to bring them back. In 4.3 it existed within apps like Play Movies. Something WP has been doing since 2010, because WP did not have softkeys does not mean it did not have immersive mode.
In terms of Swype , Swype came to Android platform in June of 2010 in beta form, Windows Mobile has it since 2009 with the Samsung Omnia 2 which was released in 2009 on Verizon. Here's a video of Swype on said device.
Windows mobile had swipe before Android the fisrt Android device to have Swype came in
57. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
1. Incorrect the lawsuits have been towards Samsung and HTC, two companies that use a completely different set of icons that the ones on tock android, stock android was not in a dealing lawsuit, but a skins
2. The dots on android arrived with the introduction of honeycomb, and it was seen in tablets, the HTC one X came with a version of android that already had the dots integrates into it.. Also those tree dots have a meaning (I'll let you Google those)
3. Incorrect too, on android the status bar would be hidden on request since 2.2 android was an OS with physical buttons, now when on screen buttons where added they would remain on the screen at all times on games (movies Or video player would hide the buttons) but they are easy to trigger back, now two changes where made on immersive mode, swipe gesture gives user access to both navigation keys and notifications
Swipe is a third parry developer, that offered and sold its solution to companies like Samsung and Motorola (see every Samsung or droid came with swipe as an alternative methods)
61. Liveitup (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
I know that it is a skin and it was Samsung platform etc who went to court, it is a part of the Android platform, you can't have Android marketshare without its various OEM's and their skins, they are intertwined, that's why you heard so many saying Android copied Apple not just it's OEM's.
Windows Phone and it's three dot menu predates Honeycomb Windows Phone was launched in 2010, Honeycomb 3.0 SDK – the first tablet-only Android update was launched in 2011 and become standard across Android and BBM later on.
The immersive mode feature I have not seen on Android 2.2, first time the three was in 2010 with WP launch, please provide evidence.
Yes I know that Swype was a third party app but it ran on the WP platform just like Widgets, so Android fanboys going on like it was first on Android is simply not true.
The larger point im making is this, when it comes to features being implemented across a platform OS at the core, those features I mentioned were fully implemented across WP platform years before they became standard across Android.
If you examine Android closely you will see certain features that were present in iOS, BB, Symbian,and other OS etc.
All in all i am glad that WP is adding these features for those who requested them and features exclusive only to WP, to me it makes an already great experience even better.
87. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
There is a launcher called ADW launcher, it was popular back when 2.1 was around, their page provides the following
It includes old screenshots and I think it should be enough proof
While swipe its a third parry implementation, the native implementation was obtained on android first, while swipe experience on windows mobile was limited to companies who paid swipe for the service, every device with android can enjoy swipe regardless of their brand.
And like I proved its not necessarily included first, companies add what customers like, and android has been fast to adapt to consumer demands, obtaining functionality as a whole not available on other devices. And that's the issue with MS fanboys, just like IOS fans are happy with anything they trow at them, unsurprisingly no one wants anything extra added to their OS or core apps at all. There features are catching up, but with ART android is getting ready for another jump
99. Liveitup (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Before ADW launcher examples of hiding Status icons existed in earlier devices such as the Pocket pc or other Windows mobile devices before Éclair 2.1 in 2010. However with those devices you had to go into the registry key to perform the action etc.
The idea is not original to Android.
You cannot take credit for ADW launcher (third party) in Android by saying that it's feature was available on Android first, then discredit Swype (third party) which was first available on Windows mobile by saying the native implementation was obtained on android first, that is hypocritical.
If you want to talk about native implementation then its fair to say the native implementation of immersive mode was first done in Windows Phone because it was native within the OS before Android or even Windows mobile.
Even with Notification center, early examples existed in Windows mobile 5.0 before Android had it. You could have seen your unread messages, tasks, upcoming appointments etc.
Widgets existed before Android Windows Vista, Windows Mobile , Apple's dashboard had widgets before Android.
Android just builts on that ideas and added animations etc. Android is not original it got ideas from other platforms.
The problem with some Android fanboys they see legitimate competition so they want to bash it, catching up or not feature wise WP is giving the people what they asked for, Android has voluntarily borrowed features from Windows Phone since ICS. WP is giving people features that they requested.
Android is playing catch up to Windows Phone in terms of visuals.
You should really read this article you would get a better unbiased understanding of how WP Modern UI redefined and influenced Android, iOS and design language in general.
142. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I don't think you understood one bit, ADW is not making any root changes to androis, I used ADW as an example because it was a popular application that has all its features higlited, the feature is included within android And its a method within the SDK, if not mistaken its called "notification toogle" many applications used this build in feature to go full screen, so it makes this different from swipe. Hope you understand clearly this time
Second you know what the registry is? Registry forms part of the behavior of the OS, registry is not something people would modify as it was mean to remain working on certain things, changing it might as well break your computer, changing the registry is the same as adultering the OS, so its not an OS feature
Second I think you're trying too hard to prove it right its going a bit too far, I owned a windows mobile device and that it's not a notification center, that's the home screen (also known as today) so nice try there, the idea of the notification bar its that is accessible anywhere and does not interrupt the user.
I don't think I have argued about widget's, if we go to live titles them MS copied Yahoo on that one :/
Also its a joke that you claim android is the only not original OS of the pack when obviously companies are looking at what android is doing.
68. VLaRueC (Posts: 132; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
Can one make an argument that "3 dots" made an appearance on a Windows Mobile Device called the BlackJack? If so, then you're both wrong. That phone was approved by the FCC in 2006...
72. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Hey!!! I still have my Samsung BlackJack 1... Lol.. It still works.... What a piece of $hiznit though.... Lol.
110. Cyberchum (Posts: 281; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Still have nine too though the charging port broke years back.
50. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
After reading all the wp fans posting I seriously doubt they know what features android already have. And Microsoft is just implement some of it.
Those that had been Microsoft customer before generally don't like them even when I am the admin of certain Microsoft services in my company. That's goes for developers as well. Visual studio Development tools use to cost thousands of dollars, the developers are force to pay while andriod development is free. Now Microsoft is also giving it free but too little too late. So that why there only 4% supporter. Which are clueless I might add.
55. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
They keep talking nonsense about how android copied flat on their UI, android is actually only flat on the contacs, other apps have cards and while being clean and polish they are far from flat
64. Liveitup (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Android, all its products and services have gone flat, that is a fact, same has iOS, websites, app developers etc Skeuomorphism and Flat UI are like night and day, its hard not to notice. Microsoft did it best because they did it first, more options to work with.
151. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
So you site a single paragraph out of an entire post to decide that? Have you actually looked at android user interface and behavior?
74. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
We know what Android has.. We all have, or have had Android devices.. Lol!!!
I have a white HTC OneX at home... LMFAO!!!!
The thing is that we like WP for whatever reason we do, and we're glad to see these features come to WINDOWS PHONE.. We're not oblivious to what's going on with Android, rather we just don't give a flip because it's not WP!!!!
139. sgodsell (Posts: 1435; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
It doesn't matter about what version of Android you have. You could always change the launcher on Android, which in turn allows you to change the look and feel of the UI. In fact there is already a number of WP launchers on the play store. Not to mention all the other launchers. Even an iOS launcher if you want it. Even with the WP8.1 update they will still have the same UI.
43. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
You hit the nail dead on the head.. Perfect!
38. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 401; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
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.
140. sgodsell (Posts: 1435; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Bull, You mention no other mobile OS offers the possibilities of live tiles. Android gives you the ability to change the launcher which can change every aspect of the UI. In fact on the play store there are a number of WP launchers now, even iOS launchers. Also widgets are superior to live tiles. Live tiles are currently limited to 3 sizes and a square shape. Androids widgets can be any size or shape. When you click on a live tile it will launch the app. Widgets can not only launch the app, but you can make widgets with switches, toggles, and sliders as well as launch the app, and mix it up if you want. This just can't be done with live tiles.