Windows Phone 8.1 SDK reveals new features

Windows Phone 8.1 SDK reveals new features
Windows Phone developers working with the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK are releasing some more information about new features they've spotted on Microsoft's mobile OS. One new feature is the burst camera mode that apparently will be available to Windows Phone owners in 8.1. Part of the feature will give users the ability to select when the pictures will be removed from your handset.

Considering that burst shots can quickly fill up the storage on your phone, you can set your Windows Phone 8.1 unit to remove the photos from your device after 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, or never. Other new features include one that mutes a thread in a group message, a timesaver if there ever was one. Speaking of saving time, IE 11 will remember the password you are using for certain websites. And Storage Sense lets you use a default location to store certain content. For example, you can save pictures and music automatically to a microSD card, freeing up your native storage for games and apps.

Check out the slideshow below to see some of the new features coming your way with Windows Phone 8.1.

source: @AngelWZR via WPCentral

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1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Soon u will even be able to put wallpaper in the background.

11. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

why would you even want that? LT are fine

21. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

adding transparency effect to tiles and putting background is a good reason maybe

85. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Or just create and app that cuts up your pictures, and set custom tiles to launch those apps with the picture as the tile. I seriously question people that stare at their start screen and not what the phone is doing. Most the time you cant even see the background with widgets and tiles ruining the pictures. I laugh when people show me that awesome background picture in their gallery because their home screen and icons ruin it.

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Even though I think WP looks best with no wallpaper (because I've had tiles and wallpaper in a third party launcher... and that was pretty bad), I would love to see the ability to do that officially. It would be even better if the OS gives some twists to the wallpaper, like blur and stuff.

31. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Wallpapers are so 2000! but you know what my old Nokia 3250 also has wallpapers and icons! So what makes that so specials?

36. SleepingOz unregistered

You're right , it's a shame that a supposedly modern OS doesn't have it, while 10+ years old dumbphones had it back then.

42. papss unregistered

Its a shame that you are so pathetic that you feel the need to spew tour negutive comments all over WP articles

48. SleepingOz unregistered

Here comes the ad hominem user! I love when fanboys like you have got nothing more than personal attacks as reply. This proves how sore their butt must be. =]

52. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Leave this trolls. Let them hate on WP, when there is full proof evidence of WP's growth in front of their eyes. :)

56. SleepingOz unregistered

Gotta give you that. 2.5% to 3.2% in 1year. Not even 1%. LMAO!

47. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

dumbphones? Oh OK. You forget that, that old phones were hit.

49. SleepingOz unregistered

Feature phones are usually called dumbphones, bro.. By no means, am I saying that it's dumb. Indeed, it was one of the best in its era. So chill..

51. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I was saying calmly. Buddy. So

2. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Love the calendar layout. it even has weather info in it.

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Wp is growing, let's wait and see what they can do in next year. Next year will be exciting for sure.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why next year? 2013 was a great year for WP, and this year is going to be even better..

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Next year we will see more customize features.

8. werthedroids

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

That's what Android is for. DUH!

13. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Yes but WP is much more smoother than Android. So i do hope WP becomes much more customizable. Customization is the main thing i love about Android

22. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i think if you creative enough you can spend lot of time creating titles wallpapers which are way more better then android

78. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I'm agree with you. WP is looking for it's adult time. Is growing step by step. BUT, if you look at this time at what they are 'improving' and comparing with droid it make WP looks like a dumb os.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Windows Phone is awesome!

6. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Agree, I'm considering it as the OS of my next phone.

17. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

yuks, ugly & boring. How can someone live with this horrible OS?

34. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

One word: Nokia. I actually can't think any other reason. I actually used to be Nokia user and fan, and even if I tried, I just can't like or live with WP. I found user experience so restricted, unenjoyable and poor. But everybody has own opinion, and you have to respect them

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Wait, these features still aren't on WP?

15. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013


20. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Hahahaha nice troll comment!!

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Since when is the truth trolling? WP is like the carrion feeder of phone OSes, picking up the scraps of the trailblazers, and usually doing it poorly.

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