Windows Phone 8.1 to support 10 inch slate
The latest word on Windows Phone 8.1 is that it will bring several enhancements to the software including the ability to support tablet screens from 7 to 10 inches. The upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet will contain the GDR3 update that allows Windows Phone 8 to support the 6 inch glass on the device. But that support ends before the screen hits tablet-sized territory which is why the Windows Phone 8.1 update is needed for larger tablet sized screens Microsoft is also looking to merge Windows Phone apps and Windows apps with a unified app store by Windows 8.1
According to Wednesday's report, Windows Phone 8.1 will scrap the back button. Apparently, studies have shown that most Windows Phone users do not use the back button to exit an app, favoring instead to use the start button to open a new app. Windows Phone 8.1 will also eliminate some of the problems the OS has with multitasking.
With the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet due to be unveiled on October 22nd at a Nokia event in Abu Dhabi, we expect to see the GDR3 update released on or slightly before October 22nd. That update is needed so that Microsoft's mobile OS can support the 6 inch screen and the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor on the phablet.
2. cc3493 (Posts: 142; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Whats the need of WP supporting 7-10 inch devices? Doubt anyone would use a 7-10 inch phone and wouldnt they just use RT or win8/pro? And if they are merging WP and RT they should drop WP and call it RT - sounds nicer.
and @microsoft: DO NOT REMOVE THE BACK BUTTON. WE MIGHT NOT USE IT TO EXIT THE APP BUT IT LETS US GO A PAGE BACK IN THE APP + if you do remove it, swipe gestures will then need to be a must!
9. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Yes, the back buttons most useful part is holding it to open the last few apps/webpages/emails you had open. I am not sure who is yelling for the removal of the back button, but it is stupid.
I have heard the "melding " of WinRT and WP for a while. It is the long term goal, but it is a few cycles away. Smartphones are close to low end tablets, but just not quite where they need to be to produce a WP device that doesn't lag and sputter running the more complicated RT. I like the idea though.
4. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
I think so there should be no touch buttons on windows phone devices.The whole WP should be control by gestures like ubuntu touch OS & bb10.WP 8 & Windows 8.1 RT should be merged in each other & brought as WP 8.1 in 1st quarter of next year.
5. tadaa (Posts: 225; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
no back button? wtf. they should remove the search button instead
7. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1124; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
That's what I've been wanting them to do but they are making it even worse!
6. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Remove buttons? Why? I use the back button very frequently in-app, regular navigating, and multitasking; the Start button is used sometimes, and the search button rarely (sometimes opting for holding the Start button to laugh voice search). Hope that's not true, as it makes the system more intuitive.
8. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1124; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I knew the damn search button was useless; should have gone for the menu key, instead.
10. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
+1 to you both, Box and XperiaFanZone. The loss of the search button would be missed a ton less then the back button. From any other source, I say wait and see, this is just rumor. But Paul Thurott has this annoying way of being correct.....