April unveiling for Windows Phone 8.1 will reveal notification center and virtual assistant Cortana?

April unveiling for Windows Phone 8.1 will reveal notification center and virtual assistant Cortana?
A published report on Monday should immediately zap the cold air out of Windows Phone users, making them feel warm and toasty. The report says that Microsoft is getting closer to pushing out Windows Phone 8.1 which brings some new (at least to the platform) goodies with it. First of all, virtual personal assistant Cortana will be on board. A Nokia Lumia 920 purchased earlier this year with an early build of Windows Phone 8.1 had revealed plans for this application back in September. Cortana will automatically remind you of approaching appointments, and in that regard it is expected to be more like Google Now than Siri. Cortana will replace Bing Search on Windows Phone 8.1 handsets and will respond to both vocal and typed input.

Also coming to Windows Phone 8.1 is a notification center that is accessed with a swipe down from the top, similar to iOS and Android. A short swipe from the top will reveal a quick settings feature. After the update, Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to have separate volume controls. This way, the volume for a ringtone can be set independently of the setting for media playback. Some features are going to be made available as separate apps, such as Xbox Video and Xbox Music.

Microsoft is expected to introduce Windows Phone 8.1 next April at the Build Developer Conference and the OS update is currently being beta tested inside the company.

Nokia is rumored to be getting ready for the new build by prepping a couple of new models. One model, codenamed "Goldfinger" is said to employ a 3D Touch System that allows for inputs off the glass, improving on Samsung's Air Gestures. The second model, codenamed "Moneypenny," will feature the virtual navigation buttons that were leaked the other day. The two James Bonds-ian names were part of a tweet sent out last month revealing codenames for some new Nokia handsets.

source: TheVerge via Gizmodo



32. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Look I get everyone's argument... Better late than never VS Better never late. Does slow and steady win the race? Perhaps. In the end (since this is a WP article): You are happy with Windows Phone at this point in time (designate variable "t") OR You are not. Either you will be happy with WP 8.1 when it is announced ("T+n") OR you won't be. The article states that an OS is maturing. That's a good thing. If you're not happy with the rate at which it's maturing, that's OK too.

28. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

4-5 months later... Why so late? Till then other OSs would bring more new features.

27. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Microsoft is so out of touch. Nobody cares about a virtual voice assistant. Nobody uses siri and nobody wants to talk to their phone. The end of Windows phone is coming.

26. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

There will probably be many more small and large improvements, but i'd rather have the Windows Phone 8.1 reveal at MWC next year.

22. ArtZGraphic

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

well it's a good news. it's not about only notification for apps that need, but how users can use windows phone easier. as we know, notification bar at android is not only for some apps but for easier way to set brightness level, enable/disable network, wifi, hotspot, gps, and much more. i hope wp will see it and do more than the news.

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

It's off putting to know that the most high end Windows phone (1020) can actually show pixels in some of their apps, it comes to zero surprise that most of the popular apps take a while to come to WP (example, the Calendar app). It just feels like all the 1020 has to offer is a good camera, which btw has no built in hdr which you have to photoshop and a not-so-good viewfinder... *sigh*

12. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

All lumia pureview handsets have the ability to do HDR. They call it bracketing though. In any sense, the lumia 1020's viewfinder is much is easier to use and is less cluttered than its competition. What you are saying is true though. The Lumia 1020 is the camera powerhouse. Nokia has other phones though, the design-esque phone (lumia 925) , the powerhouse - specced phone (lumia 1520), the budget large screen ( lumia 1320) etc. They all excel in their own way and serve a different purpose. Well at least that my interpretation.

31. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

The most high end Windows Phone is the 1520, and it has a full 1080p display with no noticeable pixelation.

8. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

we need this gonna be soon!

5. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Windows Phone 8 came out in 2012 to replace Windows 7.5 Mango OS. now that Windows Phone 8 can run all the advanced hardware that smart phones can use now it's time for the Sofware updates that are needed to bring it up to and beyond Apple iphones and Android smart phones. Microsoft strength is in it's software. Look for some really nice software to be added to Windows 8 & 8.1 smart phones to make them GREAT smartphones to use.

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

By the time 8.1 comes out android and iOS will be previewing iOS 7.5? 8? android 5? with god knows how many new features, and by then WP8 will just barely have what android and iOS had a year ago. They are trying to catch up but they always seems to be a year behind in terms of features that are considered standard. I love my sis lumia 620 but beside being fluid it doesn't have ANYTHING else better than an android counterpart.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

What android specific features that are 'need'? File manager? sure perhaps... Sound settings? Sure perhaps... Other than Samsung only features which people automatically assume is 'droid', then I get the call why their LG doesn't have it or their HTC, is not droid it is the handset maker. Also I forgot in my other reply, 1080p is not the standard for over a year now by any means. S3 the zomg of droid phones in may of last year was not 1080p, the s4 april of this year was 1080. Not yet a full year. Windows phone now has at least one device with 1080p released this year. Even the note 2 was a 720p display from sept of 12. So no the 1080p cry is far from reality

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You problem Microsoft is that you are extremely far behind the competition in terms of market share and OS features. Not only that instead of trying to catch up you lag behind. You want to bring this update in 4-6 months when your competition by then will have even more features. You need to move faster otherwise you will be king of low end phones and nothing else. P.S. the most profit all android companies make are from high end phones. I cant add iphones in here cause they are all high end in terms of price etc and no low ends.

6. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Name one company besides Samsung that profits from having Android as an Os? LG? HTC? Sony? I agree with you that WP is far behind Android, but not ios. The main thing that ios has today that WP really needs is a notification center. I myself think it sucks that one of the world's largest software companies can't bring an update like this one earlier than 1.5 year after windows phone 8 was released.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

the reason being because notification center is only there to make people shut up. What apps do you have to know right now, in the terms of a drop menu? I only had 6-8 apps that i ever cared about that i needed a notification center. With live tiles, notification center is nearly pointless. I have 15apps right now on my screen, not including the 15 extra below them all different tile size. If i have 30 different apps that all need notification center, i would hate my notification center. Best part is i can have, 28 apps at once, within a single glance that gives me 'notifications' if i make the tiles small. This does not include swipping up. The idea that is 'way' behind is silly, imo that is. Only thing i am missing is some android specific games. There is not one part of the android OS that i am going, darn my phone desperately needs that.

10. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

U cant deny that WP needs a better notification system.

15. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sure I can. For me personally, the tiles work. I am fine with them. I do understand MS improving the notifications to appeal to more users. But millions of WP users are fine with the "less is more" attitude of WP.

17. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

For you yes, for most people notification center is a syandard and damn is it good. Makes your life super easy. With two clicks my phone brightness is down when needed, i can preview messages emails, i can with 2 clicks enable disable almost anything. Its not about what WP8 doesnt have, its HOW SLOW it is adding features. My sister has lumia 620 which I bought for her and the OS is super fluid but damn it lacks so many basic features that even iOS has now days. THE WORSE part is that the development is so slow. Just now WP8 supports 1080p screens. Thats a standard for android for a year now. And much more..

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

two clicks huh? Wow so 'powerful'. My phone has the setting tile right on the home screen along with my other apps. One click settings, second click brightness...different? yup any less clicks? nope. How about you change the network mode on your note 3? Menu or notification center, settings, connections tab, more networks, mobile networks, network mode. That is a total of 6 clicks to enter network mode. WP - Settings tile, Cellular 2 clicks. Man android should really get with the times. The problem is that all of windows phones are 2 clicks away to get to the setting. Droid is nothing but a menu stacking cluster where the notification center is needed, not for ease but to uncluster f the menu. Where in WP, I don't have to dig through the menu system. Each one takes a learning curve.

34. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

What are you talking about? You can change the network right on the tiles if you wanted on the quick settings. Done that on my old HTC sensation from 2011. Of course why would anyone need to do that in the first place is retarded anyhow.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I can deny it because there is no 'need' for it. Any app that you absolutely have to have a notification for, can be had on the home screen with sizable live tiles with notifcations and scrolling updates if need be. I do not need a notification center for app updates, the store tile does it for me. I do not need a notification center to have 'quick settings access' My settings tile is one click away from EVERY setting. Phone app combines phone and voicemail notifications, email notifications either combined or separate, messaging, groups, calendar. The list is endless. Again you provided no evidence of any use for a notification center than windows can do any better or worse in. The problem is your simply comfortable with it, nothing more. And they are doing this because people have no clue how to use tiles or look at tiles and go oh hey I have a notification.

30. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I can and will deny it. All the notifications I need are displayed on their respective tiles, and also on my lock screen. One of the things that I hate about android is the clusterf*** that is the notification center. WP8 doesn't really need it. What they need is a toggle center where I can toggle on/off my wifi, bluetooth, etc. without having to go all the way to settings.

3. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I'd like to see a race in which the contestants are a turtle, a snail and Microsoft. If i have to bet my entire properties i'd bet on the turtle. Whats amizing isn't the laughable fact that its bringing out features which have been available on other platforms for years, but that they are bringing them out in april next year. I'm glad i left Windows 8 even though i love Nokia.

11. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

To be fair, WPos is still a relatively new os compared to ios or android. Its only about 2 years old compared to 5 for android and 6 for ios and ios only got notification centre less than 2 years ago - ios is more like WP in the fact that they like to opt for optimisation. But then again, MS is a software giant so hmm..... they shouldve been able to put it in earlier.

14. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

....and the OS has had 4 updates, 2 major, to WP7 and then a massive overhaul in WP 8, and three updates since (Portical, and the last 2). All since 2010. Hmmm.... that is 8 updates in 4 years. How is that slow, again? I am fine you weren't happy on WP. Go team. Android is a fuller, richer experince. But this silly argument of Microsoft taking their time is bred from the "I WANT IT NOW!!" attitude. I have posted it dozens of times: As a WP user, I would rather have updates that work then rushed ones that break my device.

20. dre786

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

you seems to be ignorant of things here. but let me , MS use live tiles instead of notification center consumers demands notification center. they just pleasing their consumers got it. but for me live tiles is just as informative without a swipe

33. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

live tiles don't work when you are in an app.

21. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Shhhh dont let rodneyej1 here u !

1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

ok its good but not enough, still need to improve itself...

2. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Or course it needs to improve.There is still much to do to WP. I'm sure that there will be more announcements at it gets closer to release. This is a major update.

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