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Everything we know about the Windows Phone 8.1 update

0. phoneArena posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:44

We have been hearing some rumors here and there about what to expect in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, but ever since Microsoft released the SDK for the update, the rumors surrounding the update have positively exploded. We have been posting a couple articles every day with new information that has been gleaned from the SDK or other sources, so it is time to do a rumor roundup to make it easier to sort through what we know so far about Windows Phone 8.1...

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posted on 19 Feb 2014, 21:06 22

1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

WP steppin' it up!

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 21:46 8

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

It is.....and we r seeing that.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 03:12 7

27. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

And i quote "over 200 new features" hell yeah

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:47

43. joey_sfb (Posts: 6533; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Please show me where is the 200 features. I counted. One voice assistant, two action center, three settings... four changes to windows store... five more setting. ..

The bottom line its still a mobile OS on its own not a full fledge windows 8.1 OS.

Microsoft!, please give us the real deal.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 08:00 5

29. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 May 2012)

loving this,wp is a refreshing os,i love android but a new streamlined os is always welcome,might consider it in the future

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 21:25 4

4. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Loving all of this!! Windows Phone is now finally an adult :)

And i need some help, i'm gonna buy the Nokia Lumia 1520, but which color??? White or Yellow? I'm thinking about Yellow, in combination with Cyan Live Tiles to really let the device pop out, i think this combination of colors is really awesome and fit together. But on the other hand, White is also very nice ... But because the White one doesn't have black buttons on the side ( yeah i know ) it's kinda a dealbreaker....

Come on give me some suggestions! :D appreciate !

PS: So sad Nokia didn't released this beast in Cyan.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 22:32 1

15. lucid.brat (unregistered)

Go for yellow it is beautiful..i"m also using yellow 1020...the problem is with yellow is of themes because only few themes looks good with yellow as compare to white and most of the time i had used yellow theme only...bt nyways yellow is really good

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:42 1

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

Go for Yellow. :)

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 21:27 1

6. Penny (Posts: 1670; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Great article. Good collection of the rumored and leaked features, and good explanations of what functionality exactly is expected out of those features.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 21:30 5

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Quite the list, more like wp9 than 8.1.

Glad to see that it is not just a catchup game for this update and if all turns true and more, it will be a proper update that many other OS fans have banged wp for months about.

Definitely looking towards Cortana, hope the name stays, we know the voice has, and I hope to see how it integrates with xbox and win later on.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 21:33 1

9. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Yeah more like Windows Phone 9 then Windows Phone 8.1 lol :D And the name of Cortana will stay, there was also leaked from the SDK that you can give it any name you want.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 21:35

10. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

Equal grounds...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 22:01 2

13. lucid.brat (unregistered)

Tons of feature....i think still there will lot more which has been leaked or anyone has info about....so wp user brace ur self for fun because this April would change everything....its really getting difficult for wp user to "Be Patient " as well as for me

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 22:02 5

14. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

I have switched to Andoid, but definitely will be back as soon as Windows Phone 8.1 comes around. Lots of great additions, fixes and general improvements. MONSTER UPDATE for sure, and should really make a new slew of devices that much harder to resist.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 22:39 4

16. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Windows 8.1 is looking very promising , good work Microsoft

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:03 4

17. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Some impressive updates, looks good.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 10:42

36. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Notification bar, separate volume controls, and speed dial are the things that impress me the most.

This is one exciting update!

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:22 1

19. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Can I unlock a Window's 8.1 mobile OS phone's bootloader? Can I flash a custom ROM onto it? If the answer to these two questions is yes, and I can get a phablet Nokia version, then I might be sold on this...

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 01:24 5

23. T.F.O.A (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)

You should go for android buddy, not WP.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:36

20. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)

I'll leave my itunes media to a ipad and/or a mac. Nokia and 8.1 make me want to sell my iphone. But no contract stuff I'm with T mobile and sticking to it. Organized video playback please be promising that's the only thing I'm worried about, and moving my music to my phone to.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 00:48 1

22. salehsobhan (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

But still missing the two things I wanted the most a File Manager and Bangla Keyboard support. It would have been perfect. But still great update. Must congratulate Microsoft for listening to the consumers.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 02:49 1

25. darnail (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)

Look at:
Front-facing system changes
•Speed Dial
•File explorer

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 22:37

38. salehsobhan (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

OOOh, I missed that. You and microsoft are making my dreams come true. Thanks buddy.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:03

33. THE_Hulk (Posts: 55; Member since: 09 Feb 2014)

can't a 3rd party app do Bangla typing??

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 22:36

37. salehsobhan (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

Yeah it can, but it's such a hassle..

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 01:29 1

24. fendetto (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

wowowo lots update .. great job microkia

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 02:49

26. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

What do they mean with "WP8.1 will allow for 3rd party SMS apps and changing the default messaging app"????

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 09:17 1

31. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

Just like Droid where you can use a different app to text from

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:42

39. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

It means when you press the messaging app you can select which app it opens. Like how the camera button you can select a different app

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 07:34 1

28. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

As a Windows 8 smart phone owner I salute Microsoft soft ware Engineers for all these new features that will be on my smart phone when I upgrade it to windows phone 8.1 However the App I think that will come to Windows 8.1 smart phones that will really make a huge increase in the sales of Windows smart phones is an app that will enable Windows 8.1 smart phones to run "Android App" The "buestacks" app out now enables Windows 8/8.1 legacy tablets to run Android apps. if MS or the Bluestacks developers makes one for Windows8.1 smart phones and it works well. WOW WEE Windows 8.1 smart phones will sell way better than
they will without it.

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