Hands-on with the first update to Windows Phone 8.1
posted by Maxwell R. / Aug 05, 2014, 3:52 AM
Cortana had a few enhancements in the US which include hands-free Bluetooth integration with your car’s system. To access your contacts, simply tell the car to “call Cortana” and then continue as you normally would.
Along with the Cortana announcements, Microsoft has also deployed some enhancements that are part of the first update (GDR1, Update 1, etc.). That update is now available over-the-air to those running the Developer Preview on their devices.
First is Live Folders, and it is the most noticeable part of the update. This brings Windows Phone 8.1 another step closer to parity with iOS and Android, and arguably takes things a step further. Not only are the folders “live” but the Live Tiles continue to update as needed from within the folder. The set-up is pretty sharp.
Xbox Music has been updated to provide quicker performance and has brought back things like “swipe to advance.” Support for Kids’ Corner is in the works. Also updated was the Messages app, allowing individual messages within a thread to be selected to either be deleted, or forwarded. The other big update has to do with the Windows Phone Store tile. The Live Tile for the Store has been greatly enhanced to provide dynamic updates on the latest and greatest apps.
For those waiting to update with their respective developer preview, it takes about as long as any other update, between 20 and 30 minutes. Take a look at the hands-on. If you have been pondering taking advantage of the Developer Preview, give it shot. It is very easy to set-up, and the OS is stable, but there may be some carrier optimizations that are sacrificed as result. Besides, if you decide you do not like it, you can always switch back (if it’s a Nokia device anyway).
How do you like the update path Windows Phone is following so far?
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waiting for 730/830
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 3:55 AM 3
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Wating for Lumia 1525/1820 I currently have 1520
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 7:14 AM 3
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Store tile still not live on my phone, 16 hours after updating. No difference in Music (it never lost swipe to advance), at least not when it comes to speed in loading artist list... The rest is good. :-)
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 4:15 AM 0
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This will help youhttp://www.wpcentral.com/check-out-new-live-tile-windows-phone-store :)
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 4:20 AM 1
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Try the fix I used at the 2:50 mark in the video. Toggle, then dump the app out of the multi-task view. Then relauch, set the toggle to on. Also double check your Wi-Fi settings. Mine worked, then it didn't. This fix seemed to get it on track.
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 4:49 AM 1
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The Xbox music app Is separated from the OS. , Xbox music big update will come true in this week separately
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 4:47 AM 0
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Brilliant. This is the best Implementation of folders on any platform, Microsoft, I'm impressed.
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 4:51 AM 1
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I am still waiting for the 8.1 for the Lumia 1020 in Brazil. C'mon Microsoft and Telefonica/Vivo, speed things up!
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 6:26 AM 0
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i'm not expecting anything special coming from this update... Now is Android or ios... Microsoft has alot to catch up
posted on Aug 05, 2014, 8:56 AM 0
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Ugh! I realise they can't please everyone, but moving your moving your music collection TWO swipes away from the Now Playing screen is really idiotic! So, every time you want to listen to something new you have to double swipe to even get to the list with choices of Artist, Album, etc.? It should be pinned there to the Now Playing screen, so I shouldn't have to swipe at all! They've gone and made something annoying really irritating!
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 12:32 AM 0
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