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More new Windows Phone 8.1 features leak, thanks to the distributed SDK

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More new Windows Phone 8.1 features leak, thanks to the distributed SDK

Microsoft recently sent out a limited number of invitations to developers to perform testing on Windows Phone 8.1, and provide initial feedback to the SDK (software developer kit) that developers use to build their apps for a given platform. Those chosen few have had to sign an non-disclosure agreement, but as usual not all of them got the memo.

Thanks to that, we are now treated with more screenshots from the upcoming WP 8.1 update, revealing some more new features. First off, you can indeed install apps to the memory card now, and choose a default app for your messages. There's VPN support, and more detailed reports for the battery draw of individual applications.

Some apps are also replaced or at least seemingly renamed to Xbox Music and Video, while SkyDrive is now renamed OneDrive, thanks to the copyright claims against Microsoft. Rumor is that Windows Phone might also support iCloud login, but that's highly unlikely. 

What will be present, though, is the ability to keep an app active after pressing the Back key, like on Android and iOS, instead of shutting it down. Windows Phone 8.1 should be revealed at Microsoft's BUILD developer conference in April, and hit your Lumia device shortly after.

source: Mobifo.nl

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posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:34 12

1. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


With the addition of a notification center, instagram, & group texting, a Nokia lumia is looking more and more appealing.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:06 5

20. Finalflash (Posts: 1414; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Definitely, looking like it's finally going to get ahead of iOS and catch up to gingerbread.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:17 6

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7277; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Troll comment if the day.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:33 2

34. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1098; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


This guy was being sarcastic. He's one of those haters who'd hate seeing non-android devices improve.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:38 5

35. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Pretty pathetic, and immature... He most likely has no style, imagination, and is a very boring person... A follower...
.........................
Let's just pray for him.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 17:03 3

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


As suspected WP8.1-0xxxx will turn a already great OS to an extraordinary OS!
..................
I can't wait to install it on my 1520... So many new features to enjoy out of the box, and so many possibilities for developers to update, and add, new apps to the platform..
......................
WP really has come a long way, and this is the reason why I stand strong by my platform of choice... Thank you Microkia!!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 17:07 1

29. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I don't here to many complaints from the naysayer's this time around...

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:34 2

2. akki20892 (Posts: 3232; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


That's it, leak more.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:41 15

4. noler (Posts: 161; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


1.VPN support confirmed.
2.You can choose your own default messaging app.
3.SkyDrive renamed to OneDrive.
4.Back button does not terminate the app. Instead, it will suspend them just like in Windows 8/RT.
5.There is a new app model called Universal App which will contain templates to build Windows RT and Windows Phone apps.
6.Apps can be installed on SD card and developers can prevent users from doing it for their apps.
7.New Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps replacing Music+Videos apps.
8.The app extension is now appx similar to Windows RT instead of XAP.
9.New Battery Sense app to know which apps are causing most battery drain.
10.New Podcast app.
11.New camera UI with built-in Burst mode support. Find screenshot after the break.
12.Swipe down apps in multi-tasking view to close them.
13.New iCloud account support added. Facebook account integration seems to be removed similar to what Microsoft did with Windows 8.1
14.Internet Explorer Mobile allows YouTube videos to play in the website itself instead of full screen mode.
15.Internet Explorer Mobile adds webGL support.
16.File picker support for apps similar to Windows RT
17.Auto-update of Apps support.
18.Bing Smart Search
19.Action Center (Notification Center) and quick access settings.
20.Different Live Tile sizes.
21.Improved backup support.
22.Ability to sort apps in app list by different means(usage, date installed)

Find the full list from Reddit user after the break.

Update: Added more features to the list.

So I may or may not be part of the dev preview program and I might have seen that WP8.1 will support javascript for programming. Haven’t seen anything yet about HTML only xaml.

The whole javascript is called a Unirversal App.

EDIT: yup there is html!

EDIT: universal apps is a template to build both WinStore and WinPhone apps from the same solution sharing code more easily (HTML/JScript)

EDIT: Connect portal (proof)http://i.imgur.com/3TkF9wv.jpg

EDIT: WP and WinRt are categorize now under Store Apps in visual studio. So you can see how MS is trying to merge them. Main templates are universal apps that create both WP8 and WinRT project. Expecting to see more WinRT apps from now on as they’re making it very easy and kind of influencing me to do so, considering the solo templates are at the bottom of the list.

EDIT: New hub app template.http://i.imgur.com/ssxC3Jv.jpg

EDIT: Debug my first wp8.1 app. Splashscreen is using the same box as the default one for WinRT. App has a nice transitions navigating pages (without using a 3rd party toolkit for it). Kind of like turnstile but there’s something to it that makes it looks smoother.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:44 8

6. noler (Posts: 161; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


EDIT: App list: Battery sense (see what apps are taking the charge), data sense and storage sense. Oh there is a new podcast app and bings app are install by default.

EDIT: Phone app is not supported in this build. SMS not much different UI but there’s some cool new settings.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:19 7

12. noler (Posts: 161; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


EDIT:NEW Windows Phone 8.1 apps won't run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade
EDIT:ALL current Windows Phone 8 hardware to get 8.1
EDIT:NEW PlayTo support
EDIT:Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt
EDIT:Geofencing API for location-based reminders
EDIT:Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer
EDIT:Navigation bar color selection
EDIT:USB choices

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:58 2

15. dratomic (Posts: 424; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


any news about filemanager?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:40 1

36. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I think so yes... WPC has a screenshot of what appears to be a file manager...
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http://www.wpcentral.com/developers-leak-new-features-windows-phone-81-sdk

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:02 3

17. noler (Posts: 161; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


EDITAudio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated
EDIT: Media editing: audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video
EDIT: Apps can capture audio/video from themselves
EDIT:Stereoscopic 3d support
EDIT:Wi-Fi Direct, a Wi-Fi standard allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point

Source: Reddit, WPCentral

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 15:13 1

23. papss (unregistered)


Great thanks Noler!! I'm more than excited with these added feature.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:47 4

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3232; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Now that's what I'm talking about.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:50 4

8. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I love u noler!!!!! Awesome pawsome stuff

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:40 1

3. mobi_user (Posts: 105; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


this are some basic features that phone should have. Nokia still call there phone smart.
they are just implementing what other phones have for years.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:55 1

9. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


True. But you always have to start somewhere. Wp8 is just trying to get their act together just like android 5 years ago. Give it time instead of insults.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:09 1

31. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yes, but WP has personality, and is different... So, if it has what the others have now,,,,, then doesn't that make it special?.. Doesn't it have more?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:43 2

5. LuckyS (Posts: 41; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


More live tiles!? Eww

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 17:15 1

30. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


LOL!!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:00 1

10. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


When is the pre order & release party Thats all I want to know

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:11 1

32. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


April 2nd..

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:09 4

11. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1664; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


MS should call it WP8.5 instead of 8.1 due to the insane amount of new features added. Can't wait for it. :D

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:32

14. haseebzahid (Posts: 1798; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


no i think 8.5 must have truemultitasking and parallel app running support or similer to desktop features since hardware is getting some good bump

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:12

33. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


No.....

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 17:05 3

27. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This is a real threat to other OS's...
The competition is seriously strong now.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 01:57

39. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1664; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Agree with you. After the release of WP8.1, its gonna be a true three-horse race.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:30 2

13. SAO101789 (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Please add a better video player on WP that's one of the mean reasons why I'm still with iphone. Lame Ik but I love Nokia

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:59

16. dratomic (Posts: 424; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


is there mxplayer available for wp?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:33 1

18. SAO101789 (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


I've checked and no luck so far.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:45

37. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


http://www.wpcentral.com/moliplayer-pro-updated-numerous-new-features-and-functionality

http://www.wpcentral.com/vlc-windows-8-and-windows-phone-almost-ready

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:52 1

19. MojoDojo (Posts: 82; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I think the video player will be different, read it somewhere, cant find it now. I will find it and show you.

I think the seeker will be different, becuase the current one is really bad.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:22 2

22. SAO101789 (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


I hope so because the hub app and the xbox video app is not what I expect. I want something to watch my videos and are organized with tv shows playlist. Please 8.1 I do enjoy my iphone but if things work out with WP I might get the next top nokia

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 15:16 2

24. papss (unregistered)


I'm stoked for all these features. M$ is on the right path with these.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 17:06 1

28. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Agree.. Perfect!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 21:43 1

38. toyds123 (Posts: 24; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


To be honest, I bought a Lumia 925 and if i'll be switching to a new phoe, i'll go back to android. The only thing that keeps me from selling this thing is its camera. There's still a lot to improve in wp. It seems there are still things lacking. Many things. But i'll wait for blue and see if it satisfies me.

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