Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 changes tipped – Settings sorted alphabetically, finally
posted by Paul.K / Sep 01, 2014, 9:46 AM
Windows Phone 8.1 already has its GDR1 update and word is – a second one is on the way. We previously heard a rumor that it will bring support for 2K resolution, as well as allow the platform to operate with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 CPU.
Now, there's a rumor afloat, about some new practical features that GDR2 will bring to WP 8.1 handsets. Reportedly, the Settings menu will finally be sorted alphabetically and will allow users to search through its options, much like one can search through the apps list. Another useful new feature would be the addition of a Mobile data on/off toggle right in the action center. And, of course, the new update will push Cortana to new regions; though, it will still be considered alpha.
Rumors say that the new update should roll out in 2 months. If that's the case – we should expect a Developer Preview to hit select phones earlier and shed more light on the new additions to the OS.
source: Nokia Power User via WMPoweruser
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Finally! I really get pissed at the haphazard settings menu whenever I use a Windows Phone, this would really be a good practical update
posted on Sep 01, 2014, 10:04 AM 8
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Never bothered me, IOS is not alphabetical nor is android (at least on Samsung), and to be honest it was sorted from most used to not so much. I don't need extras at the top I don't look at extras, or backup all day either. But my airplane, wifi, sharing etc are all near the top since we use them the most. Makes sense really. Imo that is. I hope there is an option of most used and alphabet style.
posted on Sep 02, 2014, 9:35 PM 0
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This sounds like a headline form the Onion! I mean it's ridiculous that in Q4 2014 Windows Phone is still ironing out such simple stuff.
posted on Sep 01, 2014, 10:46 AM 1
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Well, Windows Phone is the newest platform and Android and iPhones get regular updates tweaking settings and interfaces here and there so I think that there's nothing wrong with this update. Hell, it's when a system stops getting frequent updates that you need to be annoyed.
posted on Sep 01, 2014, 10:54 AM 2
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One could make the argument that Windows Phones is the OLDEST mobile platform as Microsoft has been involved with mobile devices for a long long time. The update is fine, but it really is a sign of a lazy moribund monopoly "finally getting around to basic features".
posted on Sep 01, 2014, 3:01 PM 0
Now wp team is going very fast....bt still a lot to catch bt anyways its never too late
posted on Sep 01, 2014, 10:49 AM 2
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Thier always late at everything.
posted on Sep 01, 2014, 11:18 AM 3
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When my 3 friends saw the toggles they were like- omg this is cool never seen this. And then I had to show them what all things android has before wp. But then they're like- wp will be more awesome ,just wait n watch. What I don't understand is,wp will end up having all features what android has(almost all). Not to mention, they'll never have multi-homescreen,huge development and maybe a place on home screen to put a wallpaper (they have now which is in the background ).
posted on Sep 01, 2014, 11:40 PM 0
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Well if your friends didn't know Android already had toggles then they can't know much about phones. Android certainly is ahead of WP in some things, but then the old Windows Mobile & Symbian both had lots of features that even Android doesn't have yet. Android is getting more like them I'd say, than WP getting like Android. WP is just a simple reboot for MS, it provided a better UI for phones than anyone else, it just lacked some necessary features at the start that's hampered it's growth. Android needs multi-homescreens because you have such a basic UI, grids of icons, WP with it's tiles and especially now with live folders doesn't need such a confusing feature. Wallpapers they have on the homescreen and live wallpapers are arguably nicer than those on Android. The main issue it has is development, that's somewhere I can't see it ever catching Android. But more and more devs are building for it, and I'm sure once they finally merge RT & WP next year it will make the Windows ecosystem even more simple and useful to develop for. It still won't be for everyone, especially power users, but for most people it will be the best choice.
posted on Sep 02, 2014, 9:55 AM 1
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