More new Windows Phone 8.1 features leak, thanks to the distributed SDK

Microsoft recently sent out a limited number of invitations to developers to perform testing on Windows Phone 8.1, and provide initial feedback to the SDK (software developer kit) that developers use to build their apps for a given platform. Those chosen few have had to sign an non-disclosure agreement, but as usual not all of them got the memo.

Thanks to that, we are now treated with more screenshots from the upcoming WP 8.1 update, revealing some more new features. First off, you can indeed install apps to the memory card now, and choose a default app for your messages. There's VPN support, and more detailed reports for the battery draw of individual applications.

Some apps are also replaced or at least seemingly renamed to Xbox Music and Video, while SkyDrive is now renamed OneDrive, thanks to the copyright claims against Microsoft. Rumor is that Windows Phone might also support iCloud login, but that's highly unlikely. 

What will be present, though, is the ability to keep an app active after pressing the Back key, like on Android and iOS, instead of shutting it down. Windows Phone 8.1 should be revealed at Microsoft's BUILD developer conference in April, and hit your Lumia device shortly after.




1. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

With the addition of a notification center, instagram, & group texting, a Nokia lumia is looking more and more appealing.

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Definitely, looking like it's finally going to get ahead of iOS and catch up to gingerbread.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Troll comment if the day.

34. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

This guy was being sarcastic. He's one of those haters who'd hate seeing non-android devices improve.

35. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Pretty pathetic, and immature... He most likely has no style, imagination, and is a very boring person... A follower... ......................... Let's just pray for him.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

As suspected WP8.1-0xxxx will turn a already great OS to an extraordinary OS! .................. I can't wait to install it on my 1520... So many new features to enjoy out of the box, and so many possibilities for developers to update, and add, new apps to the platform.. ...................... WP really has come a long way, and this is the reason why I stand strong by my platform of choice... Thank you Microkia!!

29. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I don't here to many complaints from the naysayer's this time around...

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

That's it, leak more.

4. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

1.VPN support confirmed. 2.You can choose your own default messaging app. 3.SkyDrive renamed to OneDrive. 4.Back button does not terminate the app. Instead, it will suspend them just like in Windows 8/RT. 5.There is a new app model called Universal App which will contain templates to build Windows RT and Windows Phone apps. 6.Apps can be installed on SD card and developers can prevent users from doing it for their apps. 7.New Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps replacing Music+Videos apps. 8.The app extension is now appx similar to Windows RT instead of XAP. 9.New Battery Sense app to know which apps are causing most battery drain. 10.New Podcast app. 11.New camera UI with built-in Burst mode support. Find screenshot after the break. 12.Swipe down apps in multi-tasking view to close them. 13.New iCloud account support added. Facebook account integration seems to be removed similar to what Microsoft did with Windows 8.1 14.Internet Explorer Mobile allows YouTube videos to play in the website itself instead of full screen mode. 15.Internet Explorer Mobile adds webGL support. 16.File picker support for apps similar to Windows RT 17.Auto-update of Apps support. 18.Bing Smart Search 19.Action Center (Notification Center) and quick access settings. 20.Different Live Tile sizes. 21.Improved backup support. 22.Ability to sort apps in app list by different means(usage, date installed) Find the full list from Reddit user after the break. Update: Added more features to the list. So I may or may not be part of the dev preview program and I might have seen that WP8.1 will support javascript for programming. Haven’t seen anything yet about HTML only xaml. The whole javascript is called a Unirversal App. EDIT: yup there is html! EDIT: universal apps is a template to build both WinStore and WinPhone apps from the same solution sharing code more easily (HTML/JScript) EDIT: Connect portal (proof) EDIT: WP and WinRt are categorize now under Store Apps in visual studio. So you can see how MS is trying to merge them. Main templates are universal apps that create both WP8 and WinRT project. Expecting to see more WinRT apps from now on as they’re making it very easy and kind of influencing me to do so, considering the solo templates are at the bottom of the list. EDIT: New hub app template. EDIT: Debug my first wp8.1 app. Splashscreen is using the same box as the default one for WinRT. App has a nice transitions navigating pages (without using a 3rd party toolkit for it). Kind of like turnstile but there’s something to it that makes it looks smoother.

6. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

EDIT: App list: Battery sense (see what apps are taking the charge), data sense and storage sense. Oh there is a new podcast app and bings app are install by default. EDIT: Phone app is not supported in this build. SMS not much different UI but there’s some cool new settings.

12. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

EDIT:NEW Windows Phone 8.1 apps won't run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade EDIT:ALL current Windows Phone 8 hardware to get 8.1 EDIT:NEW PlayTo support EDIT:Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt EDIT:Geofencing API for location-based reminders EDIT:Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer EDIT:Navigation bar color selection EDIT:USB choices

15. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

any news about filemanager?

36. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I think so yes... WPC has a screenshot of what appears to be a file manager... .........................

17. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

EDITAudio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated EDIT: Media editing: audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video EDIT: Apps can capture audio/video from themselves EDIT:Stereoscopic 3d support EDIT:Wi-Fi Direct, a Wi-Fi standard allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point Source: Reddit, WPCentral

23. papss unregistered

Great thanks Noler!! I'm more than excited with these added feature.

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Now that's what I'm talking about.

8. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I love u noler!!!!! Awesome pawsome stuff

3. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

this are some basic features that phone should have. Nokia still call there phone smart. they are just implementing what other phones have for years.

9. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

True. But you always have to start somewhere. Wp8 is just trying to get their act together just like android 5 years ago. Give it time instead of insults.

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes, but WP has personality, and is different... So, if it has what the others have now,,,,, then doesn't that make it special?.. Doesn't it have more?

5. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

More live tiles!? Eww

30. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013



Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

When is the pre order & release party Thats all I want to know

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

April 2nd..

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

MS should call it WP8.5 instead of 8.1 due to the insane amount of new features added. Can't wait for it. :D

14. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

no i think 8.5 must have truemultitasking and parallel app running support or similer to desktop features since hardware is getting some good bump

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is a real threat to other OS's... The competition is seriously strong now.

39. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Agree with you. After the release of WP8.1, its gonna be a true three-horse race.

13. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Please add a better video player on WP that's one of the mean reasons why I'm still with iphone. Lame Ik but I love Nokia

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