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Windows Phone getting flick-to-close, apps on the memory card and built-in file browser

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Windows Phone getting flick-to-close, apps on the memory card and built-in file browser
Microsoft has marked two more relatively important new features as completed in its User Voice website, on the way to the next Windows Phone update. The first one is the ability to use the memory card for storing apps and attachments, instead of the quickly filling internal storage. Next up is something Windows 8 users have been enjoying from day one, namely the option to flick down an app in order to close it - this will be present in Windows Phone as well.

Not only that, but an update coming by next summer will bring a built-in file manager to Windows Phone, possibly part of the 8.1 features, or eventually just tacked on as a minor GDR update. The ability to store apps and attachments on the microSD card, as well the presence of a system file browser hint that in principle Microsoft is planning to open up its mobile OS more, but let's wait and see how those will be executed.



source: WPUserVoice via WMPU

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posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:26 7

1. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Finally. Very happy about this. But the $25,000 question is how will the flick down be implemented? Will we have to hold back to bring up the multitasking menu? Because that's fine and all but we already have the x to tap. I'm hoping, it will be that and like windows 8 and we can drag from above the screen to achieve this without going into the multitasking screen as well.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:08 3

10. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I guess yes, that would be the way. And flicking down is more intuitive than tapping on that small 'x' icon.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:53 2

24. cezarepc (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


True. On a tab that small X works fine but on my 4.5" screen (Lumia 925) it takes a little aim to get it spot on.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:52 1

44. elitewolverine (Posts: 1950; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


i agree, though hitting the back button real fast for me has always been faster than flicking or clicking an x. But flicking is much much more intuitive.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:22 5

29. akki20892 (Posts: 3624; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Wp is now growing, keep going like this wp will be windows.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:35 12

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


WP is the most beautiful OS,but their laziness in adding important features is keeping them away from developers & consumers.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:05 3

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I guess now they'll do it faster, as the WP team at MS getting more experienced, and they've acquired talent like Nokia.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:29 3

31. TechKnowledge (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 May 2013)


I agree that WP is "the most beautiful OS". I'm curious however, about which "important features" are "keeping them away from developers & consumers." Please elaborate.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:48 8

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Awesome! WP8 getting ahead day by day. It's certainly a LOT better than what it was just an year ago. I think MS guys are picking up pace, finally.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:26 3

15. Username. (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Still behind iOs for feautres. And 4 years behind Android.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:36

19. livyatan (Posts: 732; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


That's actually right, haha.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:01 1

25. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Well even MS aimed for the 3rd market position since WP's inception. At least they are firmly standing there. Isn't it a nice achievement itself?

One fact is true, at least that WP isn't shrinking in any market. It's only moving forward. And with must-have additions like these it'll overtake iOS at least in terms of functionality. About market share we'll see in future. Apple is really strong company to beat.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:24 1

30. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Who cares..

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:46 2

22. adecvat (Posts: 136; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Yes. After killing and acquiring Nokia successfully, now M$ releases tons of "basic of basic" features for WP. Rotate lock, file manager, then Bluetooth sharing, notification centre

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 11:36 1

40. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


bluetooth sharing was their even in wp7 if you ever used nokia bluetooth share app it works like charm

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:58 1

4. znellu (Posts: 71; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Hope this is true! Excited :)

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:00 2

5. Aplusk (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


these are lovely features, but Q2 is too long.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:29 1

16. Username. (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Or it could be Q4 or 2015.....?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:45 1

21. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Its Microsoft... so we can't rule out the date you stated.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:45 3

38. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You really outdid yourself in foolishness.. Sad.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 11:20

39. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Explain yourself, else, you have outdone yourself in foolishness.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:32

33. elitewolverine (Posts: 1950; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


How long did kitkat take? How long did 4.0 take after 2.3?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:04

6. mobi_user (Posts: 116; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


I am sure they will say that these features can be provided only to quad core phone.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:08

9. gustavomp (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Those are very demanding features. Dual-core processors can't handle them.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:10 3

12. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


These aren't demanding features at all. Those have existed on Android, from the age of sub-Ghz, single core processors.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:35

34. TechKnowledge (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 May 2013)


Yes, but not without the horrid experience of lag. Especially since "the age of sub- Ghz, single core processors."

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:05 1

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3218; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Very interesting features! I seriously love how I can swipe from the upper part of the screen to close apps in my Nokia N9

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:09

11. SleepingOz (unregistered)


It was about time! Don't lose faith fanboys, you'll get an unified notification center by the end of 2014 or 2015 may be..

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:12 8

14. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Haha, no competition with Android here. I use Android as main device and WP8 as a secondary/backup. WP is good at its own forts. While Android is no doubt unbeatable at any nearby time frame, WP excels at some areas. And definitely will be MUCH better than iOS next year.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:39 2

37. TechKnowledge (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 May 2013)


To be honest I like Android too. But the so-called "Open Source" OS is nothing compared to Windows Mobile.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:35 5

35. elitewolverine (Posts: 1950; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I have a notification center...called live tiles. Currently without having to scroll anywhere i have 15 important apps, that all feed me information, so 15 notification updates. Of those apps, i can downsize them and make room for up to 25 apps with notifications. And this is without touching a button.

There is no app that i check regularly or need a notification center for. If i scroll down, guess what? more screen space, more tiles more notifications.

I got used to notification center on all my droids, since wp8, i have not missed that one bit.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:10

13. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


please add usb tethering cuz wi-fi tethering is battery consuming and all desktop doesn't have wi-fi router

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:33 1

17. Username. (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Symbian S60 has the same feautres as Meego, Maemoo. Wp8 has a long way to catch up.

So end of the day S60 should'ev continued.... and WP8 shouldn't exzist.....

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:03 1

26. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Long way? You should think again. With file manager and better multitasking in tow, it isn't much behind now.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:33

18. venomania (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


good news i think

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:40 1

20. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


What i want to hear now is all the M$ fans claiming they don't need a file manager lolmao!

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:50

23. Username. (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


They will all be indenial.

They would love every feautres, what Android, Maeemo, Jolla, provides.

WP8 is very light OS than iOs, that's why it's very smooth. iOs took feautres from Android, and it's starting show laggs. Same with WP8, if it has the same features that iOs7 has, WP8 will show lags.
The more feautres are added on, the slower the system, and starts to show lags.
That's where the S800, T5, Omap5, A15 eliminates any lags....

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:08 1

27. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I don't agree. Optimization certainly plays role. I have a Jeally Beaned android device and a Lumia 520 with exact same configurations and chipset, ram as well. Now that many games/apps are available on WP, I've tested the performance and launch times. MUCH better in WP than Android.

Don't get me wrong, but I certainly do believe WP is optimized. Google knows that Android isn't optimized and that's why they are trying to eliminate Dalvik and are planning to shift to ART. Reason? Optimization.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:49

42. elitewolverine (Posts: 1950; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


In the time i have used the 925, the 521, the 8x and the hd7, i have never missed a file manager.

All documents are in office, can save to phone or cloud, and apps do a great job imo of storing them where they need to be.

I have a pc, most americans do, probably more so have pcs than do not when dealing with a smart phone customer. Or a laptop or a tablet with usb (surface and windows tablets). Because of this I can go into my windows file, click on my phone and rearrange files as need be. This even works in xp.

While it will be nice for people who have no idea what they will do without a 'file manager', i have not found it necessary at all.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 13:27

47. Darkerm (Posts: 200; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Good for you but Power user can't even thing about a Phone without a File manager.
Even Cheap Chiness phone (Feature phone, no Android) have Build in file manager.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 20:39

54. luxzy801 (Posts: 136; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


Yea, i guess thats what all the POWER USERS said when the iPhone came out and took over windows mobile huh!!!!! So much for your theory...... I guess multi tasking is not a priority for power users either since they picked the iPhone over WinMo or Symbian (or even Palm for that matter).

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:15 1

28. mottykels (Posts: 372; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Why not both features?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:29

32. gsmarena.com (unregistered)


candy crush saga for wp8 would be nice! LOL

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:35

36. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


At least WP is not contaminated with Java.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 11:55

41. Username. (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Atleast it's a full OS, than quarter OS.

So you would prefer Beta, prototype, than a full fledged.

Well you are a Android, Samsung disliker.....

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:50

43. elitewolverine (Posts: 1950; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


quarter os? i dont think you know how to quantify os to os in such a manner. And yes moving away from java is a good thing, imo.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 15:04 2

50. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


If you dislike WP So much then why do you click, and comment, on every article❔ You must find it interesting.. For a OS that you claim is only 25% complete you sure do show everyone everyday how interested you are in it by always showing up in every article.. Heck, you're a bigger WP fan than even I am❕

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 17:16

52. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Looks like this one lost its bridge.

Let us show him the way and end his minutes of fame.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 18:23

53. papss (unregistered)


Troll is that you?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 13:07

45. Meego (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Lol, love the progress. But its still quite slow Meego and symbian already had this.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 13:23

46. Darkerm (Posts: 200; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


so WP 8 user will be able to slideload apps?
can someone tell me please?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 15:06

51. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


We can already side load apps.. That came with WP8.. Old news.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 13:40

48. MojoDojo (Posts: 83; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


File manager and Store apps on SD card were mistakenly marked as complete.
Bad news. I really hope Microsoft can bring a good update next year. More competition is good for customers.

http://wmpoweruser.com/microsoft-withdraws-completed-status-from-windows-phone-file-manager-and-sd-card-app-storage-requests/

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 13:46

49. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


Yes Windows will dominate the market very soon.

The updates are coming and Android and IOs will get owned.

Grab yourself a one off bargain, just for today only!!http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/categoryID.67688800

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 21:19

55. ganeshrams2005 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


It was mistakenly marked as completed.
check the wp user voice site for latest updates

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:47

56. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2817; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Amazing, yes WP is improving, Thanks to Nokia...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 16:40

57. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 207; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Its about time!!!!

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