Windows Phone 8.1 to allow one-minute Live Tile updates, references to the next WP 8.5 found in the SDK
References to Windows Phone 8.5 found in the SDK
1. mousesports (Posts: 258; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)
Great . Every day , good news from Nokia and WP
15. akki20892 (Posts: 3611; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Telling you one more time 8.1 is blast of features. I can't wait for April.
17. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
So, basically MS is going to let developers make clocks for the start screen..
That's what I got out of all of this....
2. likemorethan1 (Posts: 47; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
With these updates, Android and iOS can smoke dusts
25. sgodsell (Posts: 1383; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Android can still do a lot more then WP, even with this update coming. It still have a very flexible user interface. So flexible that Microsoft's new replacement asha phones (Nokia X) are running on a forked version of Android 4.1.2 with a WP type interface.
3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2775; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
MS is changing gears very quickly and advancing to the next big level(s). This should have been done before, I mean last year but "its better to be late than never". Great MS keep up the good work. MS is working fast after acquiring Nokia. Isn't it Nokia effect?
20. nokia12 (Posts: 326; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)
yes and no ... they worked slow so that they can acquire nokia for pennies..
4. dratomic (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
"this is perfect. everytging is perfect. microsoft is my god and i worship it" says a well known microsoft fan.
ignorance is bliss. cmon microsoft. be the king like in desktop. dont you get tired of this catchup games?
5. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
When will this come out? two years later i guess.
7. Gemmol (Posts: 543; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
If 8.1 coming out in April I am guessing this update will come out next year or end of the year
8. alterecho (Posts: 1090; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
The promised 2 year update cycle for current devices + 1 day.
So the current WP8 device owners need to get a new one.
11. sip1995 (Posts: 922; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
3 year update cycle cuz they announced WP8 in December 2012 so the support ends in December 2015.
6. Gemmol (Posts: 543; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
After 8.1 windows will be ahead or on same level as IOS and android, because even right now they not far behind after the gdr 3 aka windows phone update 3, The os is very useable, for people like me who had android and do not really do much with it, remember I never customize my android I always kept things similar to how I got it, so for people who come from apple or android who do not do so much with their phone gdr 3 make it easier for you to switch....... 8.1 update is for android owners who are still on the fence who like to do extra stuff with their phone, once this update come out I have a feeling a lot of android fans will come over not right away but in a year or so, they need time to get off their current contract to get a new phone....... the only thing that will be missing for the android fans are Google apps, for some leaving Google apps might be too much for them, this is where I wonder what Microsoft will do, they need to find a way to get those Google apps. I do not blame Google if they do not give Microsoft, because if you think about it out of all the different OS if Microsoft get bigger they will be a problem. Everyone use windows computer, if not apple, so people will love that connectivity to be able to connect to everything they have. Google is smart this is why they started these chrome laptop to loosen Microsoft reign, so people have less of a reason to buy more Microsoft products to connect with other Microsoft products. Its the same with tablets, I personally think Windows tablet are more useful then android and apple, if anything those are big phones, if windows get all the apps that the other company have they would win hands down
9. alterecho (Posts: 1090; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
"even right now they not far behind after the gdr 3 aka windows phone update 3"
That was no update. It was a bug fix.
"The os is very useable, for people like me who had android and >>do not really do much with it<<"
"remember I never customize my android I always kept things similar to how I got it"
Then you're right. The WP8 OS has been nearly the same since since WP7, which was released October 2010.
Lets hope Microsoft lives up to your optimism.
21. IMda1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
I agree with you Gemmol. Let's put it this way: Microsoft continues the technology where Android and iOS left off and make it better. That is, Microsoft have been studying what works and what doesn't from Android and iOS and make theirs more efficient and user-friendly. In my opinion Microsoft builds software with user-friendly in mind. I don't remember reading any of their instruction manuals to do anything. It's just so easy. They probably use the oldest person and the youngest person to test their products. Back to Windows phone...I don't know if there's any survey of the percentage of the average people using Google apps besides the techie and gamers. If those numbers are low then Microsoft are not worrying about the majority of people buying Windows phones. Those people won't be needing those apps. And most popular apps are "baked" into Windows phones so you don't have to download it. Getting into the appstore isn't easy for non-techies either, like first-time smartphone users and non-gadget savvy. So the goal here is to build an interface that is easy to use, and Microsoft has done a good job on that. People who are switching over to smartphones may choose the easiest user-friendly interface, not necessarity the most apps. I don't do much with my Android phone besides checking emails, go to Facebook, Viber, text, watch videos. All this I can do on a Windows phone, no different. However, I want an integrated ecosystem, so that's why my next phone is a Windows phone, as soon as my contract is over. That way I can sync all my Windows PC stuff with Windows phone using OneDrive and I already have a Windows tablet. Oh by the way, I kept my latest Windows tablet after owning twice the Android tablets but sold them both within 6 months. I just couldn't do anything with them productively as much as the Windows tablet...or in general..not as productive as Windows ecosystem over all.
23. Gemmol (Posts: 543; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I agree with everything even with your statement on android tablets, meaning just like you I see no real reason to own a android tablet once you own a android phone. I am doing everything you said now having everything sync together with my laptop, my tablet and my phone, all I'm missing is a Xbox to complete the Microsoft everything.
10. sip1995 (Posts: 922; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Mainstream support END date is 1/12/2016 and WP8 announced in December 2012, so the the OS updates are ending in December 2015.....so relax.
12. AfterShock (Posts: 2879; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Remove the tiles, will give me an others, the smiles.
18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Android doesn't have tiles... You can be smiling now!!
24. sgodsell (Posts: 1383; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
It does if you install a new launcher from the play store.
26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
You totally missed the entire point... Wow..
13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1994; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Microsoft is on it, 1min refresh tiles awesome
14. rayman173 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Hmmmm.....interesting idea I wonder how this one minute refresh will effect battery life??
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5913; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Maybe the update includes a coupon for 10% off on a Mophie Juice Pak?
22. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 844; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I'm not here to argue... I am typing this on a Nexus 5 and I like Android as well, but as a previous WP user, I'll go ahead and tell everyone that in my capacity WP is not as far off as people, journalists, and (especially) PA writers make it out to be.
The 8.1 update is going to settle a lot of doubt's in the tech world and will catapult the platform forward. It will open up the floodgates of a lot of new users, and hopefully that translates to market share.