Huge list of features coming to Windows Phone 8.1 see daylight

Huge list of features coming to Windows Phone 8.1 see daylight
Technically we should temper this information with a warning that the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK distributed by Microsoft is a preview, so these things are subject to change.

That said, the flow of information about what is in store for Windows Phone 8.1 is steady and ongoing despite the NDA that developers are supposed to be honoring while they get poke around the OS.

As is becoming evident, Windows Phone 8.1 is a significant overhaul, not just some “nice-to-have” incremental feature update. As you will see from the list below, it is clear that Windows Phone 8.1 is bringing the goods to capitalize on the foundation that Windows Phone 8 brought to bear 18 months ago.

Notable items on the list include “Quiet Hours,” a do-not-disturb feature, support for password protected Office documents, “Write when I swipe through letters,” and backups now include application data.

Here is the latest (and biggest) list of things to come:

      • Sharing secure WI-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense. They don’t get to see the shared password though
      • Social notifications will now show up in action center by swiping from the top of the screen
      • Operators can now control data sense limits remotely
      • Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected
      • Along with normal updates, there are now “important” updates.
      • Options to always download emails and pictures within them
      • Encrypted and signed e-mail support
      • Change default SMS app. You can also change which SMS app will show notifications.
      • Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
      • “Type as I swipe through letters”. This means we will be seeing Swype-like functionality.
      • Geofence monitoring support. Geofence is a boundary around a place of interest to you. Location services can monitor geofences to tell your apps when you’re entering and leaving them. This would be really good for IFTTT
      • Office Lens support. Will scan in documents and screens
      • The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
      • Option to update store apps automatically
      • Option to update store apps when only on Wi-Fi
      • App Suggestions by location
      • Manual App Update checks
      • Video Calling Support? I don’t know if we will be given choices of which VOIP provider to use. Maybe Skype video calling will be built-in?
      • Password protected Office document support
      • Trusted app list for NFC that will remove the need for asking whether you want to open a particular app.
      • In-call speech commands. You’ll be able to say “Call XXXXXX”.
      • Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
      • Lock Notification (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer I was thinking of Glance for some reason. This could also mean notifications of apps on the lock screen. We don’t know where these strings are being used in the UI, so this one is a speculation)
      • Quiet Hours (FINALLY)
      • Double Tap to Power Off
      • Notification if charger isn’t of adequate power
      • Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up (Since the newer phones will have the start button on screen)
      • Chkdsk for SD Cards essentially
      • Apps on SD Cards are only allowed from ONE originating phone. If it detects that apps from another phone are installed on the SD Card, then it will ask to delete those first
      • Voice Narrator for Accessibility
      • The Search button will be the new way to open Speech instead of the Start button
      • New Email sync options with accordance to usage patterns (i.e. If you get a lot of mail on particular days and if you don’t check mail every day).
      • Change the size and amount of tiles on your start screen.
      • Wallet supports tickets and membership cards
      • App Syncing
      • Backups now include application data (ABOUT TIME)
      • Screen Reader functionality (Maybe Text-To-Speech for apps?)
      • Screen Recording functionality
      • Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle.
      • You can favorite photos by tapping a heart icon
      • Virtual SmartCard support

That is quite a list! Remember, we are sure to see changes before Windows Phone 8.1 reaches RTM status. Until then though, it looks like a lot of detail is being addressed with this upgrade.

Take a look and tell us what else you hope to see in Windows Phone 8.1

source: via WPCentral

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1. X.E.R.O. unregistered

I'd buy an Android Nokia, I'd take a WP Nokia for free.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Carriers be like "Come to us. We offer you this Nokia Lumia xxxx for free!" Then they tell you to sign a two year contract. :]]

8. papss unregistered

I wouldn't take another android phone but if its Nokia and WP I'm in and have been supporting them

20. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I'd take a Android phone for free, sell it, and then I will buy a Lumia WP8 :)

83. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Really ??? Take a pill dude

86. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

You'll sell that faster than you sold the android or any other phone.

88. Hassan420i

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 23, 2013

Brace yourself,, Sony is planning to make its windows phone series

120. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Only if I can dual-boot Android and WP :)

137. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Brace yourself, Sony is only making WP devices because Microsoft is paying them.

149. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

brace yourself, OEM's only make phones cuz they get paid

113. AppleHateBoy unregistered

"Operators can now control data sense limits remotely." Is this legal?? I smell something fishy. "Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected." Crap! Rest all improvements were much needed. WP8 is finally viable for me.

101. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Keep dreaming, Android in a Nokia?? HA!!!

114. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

@rromerof Why dreaming when its already exists? Nokia "Normandy" is running Android and it's expected to be shown at MWC. Yes it's a forked Android (like Amazon is using) but it is still Android.

160. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That phone sux... Never speak of it again.

147. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

So much hate on WP on tech websites! What's wrong with these Android users?! There are lot of people who like WP for what it is, including me. The best part of the OS is the Live Tile system IMO. I get to know a lot of updates through just the tiles on the start screen and there's no need to go into the specific app. It's no doubt there are some features which are missing in the OS, and that doesn't mean that it needs to be directly compared to Android as the latter one has already reached a mature status. Lot of things are being added into the OS and WP 8.1 seems to be a major milestone update. Can't wait to see all the goodies which are gonna come with it!

2. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

So WP is now at the same level as Android 3 years ago + some lame Windows desktop features like "Important Updates"? How innovative. /s

9. papss unregistered

If you don't like it then post in a non will article

17. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Do not worry, soon you will see a lot of Andorid fanboys in panic mode.

39. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly.. WP will now have plenty of features to fit EVERYONE, but there will always be a handful of nut jobs to comment negatively on every WP article... WP8.1 speaks for itself,, we don't have to answer to these fools!! Just ignore ever comment they make..

138. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Don't worry we won't panic. Because WP is still closed and will always have a ton of limits and restrictions.

161. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You're obviously in that handful I mentioned...

19. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Oh my sincerest apologies. I had no I idea thay PA only allowed posts that heap glorious praise upon the WP. Im very sorry for pointing out the obvious. I just assumed that I was allowed to post here if I wanted to make a point or observation. I will now return to the Android posts that are littered with WP users droning on about how WP is so much better than Android and iOS.

21. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

You still have time to sell/rid of your Android, you do not need to be jealous.

27. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Why sell my Android phone? I mean, seriously? What does Windows mobile OS have that I do not have on my Android phone? Can a Windows mobile phone be unlocked (bootloader)? Can I install a choice of recovery software on it? Will I get root/administrator access rights to the software? Can I install a custom ROM on it? Can I change just about any aspect on it, such as the boot up screen? Can I? Cause, if I cannot, then I will pass...for now.

29. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

yes you can change operating systems. check out xda. the other things you cant do. then again wp8 isnt open source. so you're comparing apples to oranges. so yea.

35. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"such as the boot up screen " LMFAO, really ... well, being android it kind of a big deal, since is a screen you see a lot of times a day ... xD

36. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

lol thats true!!! sometimes I forget how is the boot up screen in my windows phone, and then I see a friend with a moto x proud of his boot up screen.... lol

41. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

LMFAO!!!! That was a good answer.. Very smart, you are.. Lol!

90. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

LOL Best comment of the day!

40. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Everything you mentioned is because Android needs to be fixed... That's a bad choice of reasons Android is better... .................... No, we don't want those things because we expect the OS to work fine out of the box... Try again..

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