Windows Phone 8.1 about to get its first update
posted by Paul.K / Jul 28, 2014, 9:03 AM
First of all, it seems like WP 8.1 will be able to support smart cases, however it is yet unknown whether Microsoft intends to manufacture its own case, or if it will be left as an option for third parties and OEMs to tinker with. We can also expect support for 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution and 7" screen devices. The update is also meant to enable VoLTE on WP 8.1 handsets – the tech itself may still be rather young and scarcely distributed, but it would seem that Microsoft wants to be well prepared for the near future.
As far as user interface goes – we know there will be folders added to the Start screen. Just like in other systems, the user would be able to create a new folder on the home screen by dragging one Live Tile on top of another. Cortana will now be available as a phonebook entry as well, which will help integrate her better with car consoles that do not support voice activation with Bluetooth-connected phones.
Additional functions for manufacturers will now allow them to hide the "Auto scan for updates" function, rearrange the Start screen layout, and enable/disable the SD card for phone updates.
The Developer Preview of the GDR 1 is expected to arrive in August this year.
source: NokiaPowerUser via Redmond Pie
Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012
This is great. MS is really serious about getting back into the smartphone game. Really loving Lumia Cyan and WP8.1 on my L1520. More frequent updates will mean more features on my phone. Can't wait to check out some smart cases for my Lumia 1520!
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 9:15 AM 2
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The most updated platform alive!!
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 11:17 AM 2
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What about 8.1 preview users who are waiting for 8.1 I have Samsung ATIV S, Lumia 520, 625 in my family and none of them has received update :(
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 9:44 AM 1
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'Patience' But i myself don't have that lol so i will just accompany you :D
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 9:59 AM 1
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OEMs and Carriers need to focus on what's at hand and bring WP8.1 out cause why should I care for Newer updates when my WP8 Device hasn't even gotten WP8.1?
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 10:55 AM 0
Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010
About time. Windows phone 8 came out almost 2 years ago now. And if this rollout is like 7.8 then the carriers probably won't even push it out to most of the phones. Tmobile chose not to push out 7.8 to my HTC Radar.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 12:39 PM 0
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Not really a good example.. It's just not going to work that way... I can't say that all WP8 devices are going to get the 8.1 update... But, way more are getting updates vs W7.5 devices, and you can count on that.... IT'S ONLY BEEN TWO WEEKS PEOPLE! BE PATIENT!.....
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 6:00 PM 1
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Tiles into folders? So is this copying or what, to what end, so you can see the background picture, now??? By getting rid of the tiles into folders, no more tiles,how about some fancy widgets too, bahaha. Does the font still run off screen? No wonder Bing search profits have to be shared with OEM an the OS given away. Good grief, no wonder only bottom end sells on WP, it has to be cheaper then a feature phone to be moved. Bye bye tiles, its going to happen.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 5:09 PM 0
Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014
Relax tiles os not going away its just an added option to make your homescreen even more efficient. WP already is by default added options are welcome. Windows mobile had folders before android, its ok if the son carry on the tradition.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 8:24 PM 0
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