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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: 1436; 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: 973; 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: 716; 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: 5188; 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: 3901; 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: 385; 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: 973; 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: 55; 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: 973; 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: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


That's actually right, haha.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:01 1

25. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; 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: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Who cares..

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:46 2

22. adecvat (Posts: 274; 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: 1853; 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: 74; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Hope this is true! Excited :)

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:00 2

5. Aplusk (Posts: 120; 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: 1098; 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: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You really outdid yourself in foolishness.. Sad.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 11:20

39. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


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

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:32

33. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; 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: 152; 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: 973; 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: 55; 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: 3535; 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: 973; 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: 55; 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.

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