Latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview update brings real time battery percentage tile and more

Latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview update brings real time battery percentage tile and more
Microsoft has recently updated Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 to build number 4203.306. This version of Microsoft's mobile OS is available to those who are signed up to receive the Windows Phone Developer Preview updates. According to a report published on Sunday, the new build will make it easier for Windows Phone 8.1 users to monitor their phone's battery life in real time, and much more.

With the new build comes an improvement to the Battery Saver tile which will become a Live Tile showing the percentage of battery life remaining until the phone goes dead. You will also be able to add Battery Saver as one of the quick action settings. In India, the highest connection speed will be listed as 4G following the update. The phone's clock will show network time by default, and problems with the Russian Time Zone have been fixed. The dialer will once again include all call details, and Windows Phone updates can be scheduled.

Earlier today, we passed along the word that the Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 830 and the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet will be the first three models to receive the Lumia Denim update, which includes Windows Phone 8.1 update 1. The firmware update will start getting pushed out later this month, according to the latest speculation.


source: NPU via WMPoweruser

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32 Comments

1. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Don't own a Windows Phone, never will, but I like this. Kudos

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Never say never.

3. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I just can't stand the tiles =( And the app store. Any way I can get rid of the whole tile thing if I ever end up getting one?

4. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

late edit: I'm quite uneducated with WP

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Regardless of how you may or may not feel about tiles they will be the future of homescreens. Icons are representative of the past. HTC,Huawei, BB, Sony etc all have a tiles based homescreen in some manner. It's just a matter of time before Samsung ( tried with Magazine UX but backed out due to Google's dismay) and others join in the future. Irs pretty much the way everyone adopted Flat UI over time the same will happen with tiles in my opinion.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22306; Member since: May 28, 2014

You do realize that those "tiles" are very reminiscent of the "cards" used on the Palm pre OS, so WP tiles are "inspired" by that. BlackBerry's use of it, called "Active Frames", is reminiscent of how the Palm Pre utilized the "cards". BlackBerry's homescreen is also "widget based", much like their BBOS7 handset. The active frames have to be left open to remain on the homescreen, so your assertion that BlackBerry uses a tile based homescreen is false. By your logic, if everyone is going to adopt the tiles, it will be thanks to Palm, not WP.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Exactly! WebOS's cards UI existed before wp, that idiot never gets it.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22306; Member since: May 28, 2014

I really don't get why he doesn't or won't give props where it's due.

25. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Cards were not the default homescreen of of web OS. It was not a Tile based pattern that filled your entire home screen, to suggest that is absurd.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22306; Member since: May 28, 2014

But you're suggesting that BlackBerry has a "tile base pattern that filled the entire homescreen"? Hypocrisy much? That is as absurd a claim as you say mine is. Also, WebOS didn't have to be a "tile base pattern that fills the entire homescreen" to have had an influence on another pattern. WP does indeed look strikingly similar , regardless of what you may think.

27. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Blackberry do have a Tile based homescreen. The Tiles are further apart but they are found on the homescreen. They also used the WP three dot menu their AI assistant resembles the Cortana etc but thats the nature of tech features are borrowed or looks similar. Web OS is a WP inspiration is like day and night after all Matias Duarte once called WP bathroom Tiles and he's from Web OS fame. Saying I know you're a BB fan NP with that and it wasn't meant as a hit on BB. I'm stating what I see simple as that. You know a year plus ago my friend who has an Iphone when he first saw BB Tiles says hey that looks like your phone while passing a billboard. I'm not the only one who sees it. I'm simply stating the fact that Homescreen are moving from the past to the future, truth is I hardly even mention BB when pointing something that has happened and will continue to happen. I like BB its an underdog. Anyway your response gave the Android bashers like Straightedgenexus to chime in they are the one who dont have the decency to give credit I treat people and things they way I want to be treated.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22306; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry DOES NOT have a tile based homescreen. The "active frames" that BlackBerry 10 devices utilize are not part of the homescreen, they are apps that can be left open and minimized on the homescreen while still functioning. It is not part of the default homescreen. Please use a BB10 device before making such a false claim. I'm running BB10.2.1x on both my BlackBerry 10 devices and I have yet to see a "three dot menu". BlackBerry's AI does not resemble Cortana. If that's the case, Cortana resembles Siri and all of them were inspired by Nuances voice control. I don't care if your friend who has an iPhone said about BlackBerry. The fact of the matter is that you yourself said that WebOS doesn't have a tile based homescreen. Well, neither does BlackBerry. Again, those are just apps left open(if one wishes to leave them open and running) on the homescreen. BlackBerry's DEFAULT homescreen is widget/grid based. Please do not even attempt to tell me what or how BlackBerry 10 functions and looks, especially if you don't own a BB10 device or have never used one. If you're going to say that BB10 was inspired by any other OS, then say it was inspired WebOS and MeeGo, because that's the truth. WP had no inspiration in the creation of BB10 whatsoever. I'm not a WP hater, I even own a WP device and a Windows tablet(Nokia Lumia 521 and Dell Venue 8 Pro). I will, however, call anyone out about inaccuracies concerning BlackBerry.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22306; Member since: May 28, 2014

And HERE is where your beloved "flat design" came from: http://thenextweb.com/dd/2014/03/19/history-flat-design-efficiency-minimalism-made-digital-world-flat/1/ So I guess the "Swiss design", which is where Flat design was inspired from, is where the industry is going. Microsoft should give thanks to the Swiss.

6. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

how many people said never when apple released the iPhone or when Samsung released the first note I'm guilty and so are a lot of people i'm with kishin on this one

7. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Well, that's fair enough; the UI is an important part of the user experience - it's one of the major reasons why I've opted out of Android (a mess) and particularly iOS (primitive)...

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

What mess? Every time I see WP's homescreen I can't help but think about cluttered garbage.

15. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Cluttered or not, on WP you have the freedom to put on the start screen what you want without limitation, on Android you are limited to only 7 home screens :(

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Limitation? I want to remove all tiles and keep a plain wallpaper! Is that possible? For the record I can have 11 homescreens right now, and can set to infinite! And most people won't need more than 5 homescreens...

17. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Wow complaining about a wallpaper???? How old are you? 10??? Atleast my lumia does not look like what windows 95 looked like. Seriously its the same icons!!!! Idiot!

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah whats wrong with wallpaper, speaking about my age, I'm sure you're just a whiny kid who loves WP's childish colors and cartoon UI and makes personal attacks like an insecure child....

28. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You don't liove wallpapers that is fair, I don't hate Android launchers I just prefer WP parallax wall paper much better, that's the power of choice. I do think that you are quite a bit of a hypocrite because with Android L Android all of a sudden have those cartoony colors all throughout the OS. I think that you are one of those persons who doesn't appreciate anything as long as someone else does it you only accept it when your favorite platform adopts it, that's sad.

18. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

If you remove all tiles then you do not need the start screen, if you just want to look at wallpaper, set lock screen wallpaper. Sorry, I can not do 11 homescreens on GS4( root, rom, launchers?)

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Then please tell me which is the more limiting UI LOL? Google now launcher which is the default launcher from now has infinite homescreens. And both apex and nova can have upto 11 homescreens.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yet the tile is cluttered? 11 homescreens? You can put 4 big tiles on the home screen set the backgrounds to transparent, and have you will with a wallpaper. Done. I have yet to see any android phone, where the homescreen wallpaper was non impeeded by a cluttered mess of icons and useless empty home screens.

8. Hashed unregistered

An official youtube app and chrome browser, and I will replace my L630 with a L1520.

9. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Chrome = Google = will never happen. Don't fancy chrome too much anyway myself...

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Metrotube trumps official youtube app, even had download before youtube. Doesnt play ads or if it does, it hasnt served me one in months. It's free. Chrome browser? I suppose if you need it to sink to the chrome browser then sure. But for me, my IE already syncs passwords etc across my 4 pcs and phone. So have no need for chrome. There is only one website i encounter that requires ff for the forums to work properly.

14. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

"Battery percentage Tile" ??!!... Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. That's a nice joke. one of those many reasons I ditched WP. WP was attractive to me because of Nokia. No Nokia, no Microsoft WP phone.

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It's the built in battery saver app. Technically they never needed a tile, since you have battery with percentage up top. However, for people that wanted to go into the battery saver application, to look at usage etc, they would first have to hit settings then battery saver, now they can have a saver tile (which again technically existed) that now shows a up to date percentage (again useless imo since its up top). Did you take your meds today?

31. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Thanks for the info. About the meds; not sure what you are talking about? I don't have any genetic problem and I am no mutant either. How long have you been out of the asylum?

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