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

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

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

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

Among the major changes is the new Notifications 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 message without having to open the app. Another functionality of the new Notifications Center are the so called 'ghost notifications' -- these won't pop-up in real time and bother you, but you'll see them once you 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 confirmed once again by the new leaks.

Anything else? You bet! The trio of Windows-esque buttons on the bottom of every WP device will now also function 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 these quite easily, though what @qxerro means with “what is going on arena?!” is slightly puzzling, however a candidate guess would be that Microsoft is working on some kind of an integrated location-based service, if the leaks prove to be true that is. @qxherro also posted (available from the source at the very bottom) what appears to be the first in a series of episodes that we'll be anxiously awaiting to get a more visual representation of how WP 8.1 may end up functioning.

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

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

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posted on 17 Sep 2013, 05:00 20

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Very clean laptop.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 05:00 2

2. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 07:09 3

14. kirholstov (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 Jun 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!

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 07:36 3

16. DFranch (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 14:45

19. kirholstov (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:29

21. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 03:36

22. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 05:02 2

3. papss (unregistered)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 05:12 1

4. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

# confusing as hell

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 05:15 1

5. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

#10 I mean

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 05:23

6. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 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).

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 05:35 1

7. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 418; Member since: 23 Feb 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.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 06:21 1

10. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 05:43 3

8. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 76; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 06:03 5

9. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

windows,,getting better and better each day.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 06:32 4

11. tomakali (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Dec 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...

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 06:58 1

12. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

wow these suggestions are surprisingly good!

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 07:09 1

15. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

sounds pretty good man.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 08:19 1

17. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 07:00 1

13. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 12:26 1

18. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 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.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:09 2

20. jiezel91 (Posts: 67; Member since: 28 Jul 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

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:02

23. marekondor (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

Good news for me :) and my L920

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 12:05

24. sidmmxi (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

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

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