A bunch of Windows Phone 8.1 Blue features come to light, receive a live demo

A bunch of Windows Phone 8.1 Blue features come to light, receive a live demo

A curious story has been transpiringover at WP territory – forums, blogs and such. Namely,with Windows Phone 8.1, aka Blue, drawing ever closer, we'renaturally getting into the leaks phase when the first few snippets ofshady intel begin finding their way into the public domain. That, atleast, is how events usually transpire.

But, the leaks around Windows Phone8.1 Blue are of a different type – they're rather convincing, matchexpectations, and one leakster in particular seems to have more thanyour usual scoop. As is to be expected, @qxerro, the leakster inquestion, has become a sort of the go-to-person for Windows Phone 8.1information, now that the initial skepticism has been mostly washedaway. So, keeping the salt handy, here's apiece of what's coming. 

Among the major changes is the newNotifications Center which will work in a manner similar to Android,in the sense that incoming notifications will be interactable,meaning that, supposedly, you'll be able to answer a Facebook messagewithout having to open the app. Another functionality of the newNotifications Center are the so called 'ghost notifications' -- these won't pop-up in real time and bother you, but you'll see them onceyou open up the Center. Moreover, according to the tipster, Nokia's Pro Cam will be the default camera app, and will be available to all devices running WP 8.1.

Another major bit is that Cortana,Microsoft's answer to Google Now and Siri, has been confirmedonce again by the new leaks.

Anything else? You bet! The trio ofWindows-esque buttons on the bottom of every WP device will now alsofunction in a manner similar to Android:

  • Long press the Start button: brings up Cortana

  • Double press the Start button: “What is going on area?!”

  • Double press the Back button: ends current app

You probably deciphered two of thesequite easily, though what @qxerro means with “what is going onarena?!” is slightly puzzling, however a candidate guess would bethat Microsoft is working on some kind of an integratedlocation-based service, if the leaks prove to be true that is.@qxherro also posted (available from the source at the very bottom) whatappears to be the first in a series of episodes that we'll beanxiously awaiting to get a more visual representation of how WP 8.1may end up functioning.

Looking to get the full, extendedscoop? Deal, just join us in the slideshow right below.

source: WP 8.1 demo, @qxerro, Windows Phone Central

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1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Very clean laptop.

2. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

WP8 is starting to look more promising, but the lack of developer and app support is worrying.

14. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

At first I thought about that too, but as soon as I checked out the wp market, I was quite surprized! There are a lot of quality apps, you can find an alternative app for almost every one that is on ios and android! But one dissapointment for me: no wolframalpha and youtube!

16. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

There are a couple of youtube apps available. I'm using metrotube, and am quite happy with it.

19. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Do you use dropbox? If so, is Filebox app much worse than the official one?

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I use SkyDrive, Box, and Copy primarily, and have Dropbox setup as a tertiary redundant storage setup for whatever gets put on my desktop.

22. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Checkout webapps... it is free and offers bunch of well designed web apps including wolphramalpha

3. papss unregistered

Good but expected updates. Glad they are doing what needs to be done.

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

# confusing as hell

5. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

#10 I mean

6. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

The middle 'slide' is supposed to be the three Homescreens -- the default, center one (those are exemplary tiles), while swiping left/right will intorduce you to the other two (e.g. "Me, share, settings and personalize"). The slides on top and right below, to put in perspective, should add up to something like Android -- swipe from top, you get the notif. bar. Swipe bottom -- you usually get (Cortana) Google Now (on some devices).

7. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Opening Notification center should not be Android style(swipe up to down),rather it should be swipe left to right or right to left.

10. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Don't want to let a flock of android fanboys putting hate comments there so must be original. :)

8. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I'll buy a WP for Cortana alone! Nothing more needed..

9. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

windows,,getting better and better each day.

11. tomakali

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

GDR3 updates are really awesome... We know windows 8 cannot win. Windows 9 Can! My Personal Marketing strategy for Microsoft would be... 1.To create HALO movie series [using all future-tech MS technology, Cortana, 3D immersive techs, etc] excite the whole world to own a Halo Communicator Device[NextGen Modular Lumia Handsets] 2.Provide Free upgrade to all XP users with 12month Windows 8 Trial. 3.Give WP OS free license to OEMs for under $100 handsets. 4.Give WP OS free license to OEMs for non-smartphone devices[watches, TVs etc] later license it for cost W10 after getting marketshare 5.Buy DELL,Blackberry and Merge as DellBerry for Enterprise consumers 6.Openup Bing ads for Indian Advertisers/Publishers 7.Tieup with Indian/all country Postal/Logistic companies to replace old PINCode system with bing GeoCode location services 8.Free WP8 device for any microsoft offers [Certification, Seminar, new purchases, renewals, upgrades etc] 9.Hire all the adspots on public transports for a Year and run offers there[extremely effective] Spoil the world with offers... Not just in US. Leave the Marketing to Nokia-esque approach...

12. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

wow these suggestions are surprisingly good!

15. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

sounds pretty good man.

17. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

LOL nice suggestion but only number 1 on the list is possible,,the rest are impossible

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

OK Cool, but Notification Center pop up comes from left or top or any other sides?

18. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

I like the entire new update for the phone but I agree that it should come from the left or right for the notification to make it more different from Android. I rather have my android device come from the top and then the WP coming from the left or right side.

20. jiezel91

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Nokia's Pro Cam to be the default camera app on WP? Sure, it is a good thing. But I can't help it, I feel pity for Nokia. Most of the things they do to separate themselves from the rest of the WP manufacturers gets integrated to WP eventually, for the other OEM's to use. But right now, it makes a lot of sense considering the proposed bid by Microsoft to acquire Nokia. Still, I like WP for having unique approach. I just happen to hate Microsoft for screwing Nokia like this

23. marekondor

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Good news for me :) and my L920

24. sidmmxi

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

If there isn't an equalizer this time, I'm gonna be very displeased!

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