Microsoft: Windows Phone (8.1) update coming this spring with on-screen buttons, dual SIM support
posted by Florin T. / Feb 23, 2014, 6:58 AM
The next iteration of Windows Phone will no longer require three buttons on the front of devices, instead coming with support for on-screen buttons. Another major addition is support for dual SIM capabilities - this means that the rumored dual SIM Nokia Lumia 635 / 630 could be launched shortly after WP 8.1 is released. Microsoft worked with Qualcomm for a seamless dual SIM integration with Windows Phone. There will also be new Qualcomm chips supported, including the Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200, both being perfect for ultra-cheap smartphones.
The new version of Windows Phone will allow us to store apps on MicroSD cards - great news for devices with low memory.
The rumored Cortana voice assistant was not mentioned by Joe Belfiore, but that doesn't mean it won't come to WP soon.
An exact release date for the Windows Phone 8.1 update was not revealed, but "this spring" should mean in March, April, or May the latest. We’ll bring more on this as soon as we have new details.
Great news and microsoft it really getting diffcult to wait so plz do bring it till April
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 7:08 AM 3
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Hope can get this for my Lumia 925 by this April
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 7:14 AM 2
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You can with the developers preview program... But, it will void your warranty.
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 3:19 PM 0
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Wow....Almost a year later than Windows 8.1 !
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 7:15 AM 3
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Great news for WP users but its so sad that MS is so slow, all this features should have been on WP7 not WP8.1..
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 8:06 AM 2
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I agree. And Nokia shouldn't been sold their device and service.
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 8:31 AM 2
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I agree with you but you must realize Microsoft has to update their smart phones in such a way that does not infringe on other smartphone manufacturer's PATENTS. I think this is why Microsoft has been slow to get things on Windows smart phones and tablets. Now days Microsoft stays away from Patent and copyright fights. remember MS did not get into a fight over Metro instead it now calls the tile interface "Modern UI"
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 9:41 AM 1
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When they release Lumia with specs like Icon and camera like 1020 on international market, I might consider making a switch from Android to WP. Plus, they have to make Google create apps for them.
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 9:16 AM 3
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My Lumia 920 stuck during black update. Always at Downloading update 0% even when I have a very very strong wifi connection. Any solution?
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 10:55 AM 0
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Camera button optional..So they have officially given the right for OEM to screw users
posted on Feb 23, 2014, 2:05 PM 0
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Like how droid does currently? Is that what the masses wanted from Windows? The ability to be 'flexible'. The reason being is a dedicated camera button costs $$$$, not tons but enough to make people look away, especially when your current line of phones have 0. MS is aiming at those manufactures to simply make the exact same phone, but pop a WP rom in it instead of a droid rom.
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 12:39 AM 0
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