Partial list of features for Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update include apps for a smart case

Partial list of features for Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update include apps for a smart case
On Saturday, we told you about the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update that is being internally tested by Microsoft employees. One of the new features coming with the update, will allow manufacturers to offer cases for Windows Phone powered handsets similar to the Dot View case for the HTC One (M8), or the QuickWindow cases for the LG G2 and LG G3.

Another new change will be to the Windows Phone Store tile, which will become a Live Tile when set at medium size. Speaking of the tiles, GDR1 will allow manufacturers to set up the layout of the home screen tiles. Additionally, for those models that come with a microSD slot, manufacturers will have the choice of allowing the slot to be used for phone updates. The "auto scan for updates" setting can also be hidden at the discretion of the manufacturer.

A default setting that automatically shows the number dialed when calling voice mail, can be disabled in GDR1, and manufacturers can specify the series of numbers that the phone reads as being a phone number. Lastly, video shot by the phone's user in MP4, will contain metadata revealing the date the video was shot, and the location.

The GDR1 update is expected to be found in newly launched Windows Phone models starting in the August to September time period, and covers new Lumia models released during that time span.

source: NPU via WMPoweruser

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14 Comments

1. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Windows Phone starting to catch up to Android features. Android starting to morph from an iPhone clone to into Windows Phone. IOS getting widgets? Example of how competition is a win for the consumer.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Wow bashing 3 OS in one post! Thats a skill!

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

A lot of what you said is true.. A lot of what you said is, well.... Your opinion.. Nothing wrong with that...

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Come on PA!.. Give the people a full list of what has been revealed SO FAR... ............................ •Support for 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution •Diagonal screen sizes of 6.01" to 7" are now supported for the 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution •540 x 960 native qHD resolution is now supported in addition to the ability to scale from HD or WVGA resolution to qHD •Diagonal screen sizes up to 6" and on phones that use the MSM8x12 applications processor now support 540 x 960 qHD resolution •Dual SIM – C + G radio type is now supported for dual SIM phones •Bluetooth – PAN (personal area network) 1.0 profile, aptX codec support for A2DP, and browsing support for AVRCP are now supported •Support for a Store live tile when the tile is medium-sized •The size of the Store tile has been standardized for all layouts and some tiles have changed places on the Start screen. •Support for folders. •Enable a phone cover app to launch when the phone cover is closed and specify the default setting for the lock screen's auto unlock setting. •Cortana – Add a phone book entry for Cortana to allow users to initiate speech from a car that doesn't have support for activating speech on the phone that is connected over Bluetooth. •Network Time Protocol support – Automatically set the time, using an NTP client, in a Windows Phone device that doesn't support NITZ or when cellular data is not available. •Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support •OEMs can implement a custom lock screen •OEMs can preload the Files app •Added a note that all Wi-Fi Sense settings must be on unless Microsoft executive approval has been granted for specific mobile operator requests.

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Nice. VoLTE is a great thing to have.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Still waiting for my 8.1 update on my 521. The next update is already leaking before any phones get the update? All of a sudden Windows Phone decided to copy Androids update style now. Lol

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"•Support for 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution •Diagonal screen sizes of 6.01" to 7" are now supported for the 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution •540 x 960 native qHD resolution is now supported in addition to the ability to scale from HD or WVGA resolution to qHD •Diagonal screen sizes up to 6" and on phones that use the MSM8x12 applications processor now support 540 x 960 qHD resolutio" God. Leave it up to Microsoft to roll out resolution compatibility as a feature of an update.... Next update they're going to announce a color as a feature.

12. TheWolfpacker

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Technically it is a feature for OEMs, which is what GDR updates are mainly for. They bring little user features, but add optimizations and more resolutions, ect.

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Whoever said that it was a feature to the update? Whoever said that MS announced anything yet to consumers?

8. TheWolfpacker

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

This isnt even the full list, more to come! WP is becoming more and more customizable and I love it!

10. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

When WP and iOS become as customizable as Android and get great features as TouchWiz, then they will become heavier, and WP and iOS should start from the very beginning were Android and TW was long ago to solve the problem, like they did already . Right?

11. TheWolfpacker

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

WP is arguably the lightest OS size wise. Everything Microsoft does for WP they start from the bottom (Think 520 series) then they optimize for the more high end phones. Android is a terrible example of this because they are just now starting to optimize low end handsets.

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

weird, my Samsung Galaxy Light (8gb) has over 5gb of available storage. The Lumia 635 has less than 4gb available. And the Light is has been out for probably about a year, with Android Jellybean 4.2 something.

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