Windows Phone 8.1 video hands-on leaks, with walkthrough of the new features

Windows Phone 8.1 video hands-on leaks, with walkthrough of the new features
Microsoft sending out the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK to developers was like a command to start leaking the new features, despite any NDA agreements signed. 

Yesterday we saw a screenshot collage revealing plethora of new WP 8.1 features that are coming with the newest version of Windows Phone, such as apps to memory card, messaging app choices, VPN support, more detailed reports for the battery draw of individual applications, and the ability to keep an app active after pressing the Back key, like on Android and iOS, instead of shutting it down. We also learned that there will be new resolutions supported - from the lowly nHD, to the breathtaking Quad HD (1440x2560 pixels) - on future WP devices.

Now the ultimate in leak land has popped up - a video walkthrough of the new Windows Phone 8.1 update - showing in flesh and blood the changes we have only heard talked about, or appearing in screenshots. Check it out below, and treat your Lumias patiently until April arrives with the official unveiling.

source: WinBeta

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1. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

This update will certainly change the face of Windows Phone.. Give it to my Lumia 720.. :)

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I feel like my 1520 sucks now... Lol!

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Finally we are talking! GDR2 and GDR3 from MS was a joke. Though titled as major updates, in terms of actual usability they were as good as minor updates. 8.1 looks promising, hopefully my 520 will be in the list of recipients. It's the most frugal of all WP bunch of devices. I guess though, being the best selling device MS will be forced to release 8.1 to 520 ;)

4. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Sure....the leaks on said that it will be upgraded to all wp8 hardware which I'm really happy about is that it will be more fluid in terms or apps switching:D:D:D Sure gdr3 was major imo as it added more hardware tweaks... But as Rodneyj gut said....this if others were major, this is a COLOSSAL update.....=)

18. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

The same was said on WP7 as they would be updated to WP8. And then what, we got Mango(7.8) instead.

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

notice that you stated wp7 vs wp8, see the version numbers. you got 7.8, notice 8.1...again version numbers. Any wp8 hardware will update to 8.1. It is not like going from wp8 to wp9

32. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I just dont get hoping again. OEMs today are lazy to update. They just want you to buy new phones instead.

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

GDR updates aren't ever meant to be considered as major updates.... .................. Back in 2012 MS said that they would be releasing WP8.0 supplemented by several small GDR updates... But, those updates brought at least 20 features, and fixes to WP8, and are definitely not a joke.

27. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

That's why they were considered minor updates...........

3. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

No Cortana, No Notification bar.. this video doesnt show the most important updates that are supposed to come with the 8.1 update.. but still.. this is the biggest update in WP till date it seems.. lots of new features and enhancements and hope they finally match to Android and iOS in terms of functionality and usability.. I really want to try WP but cant imagine leaving my nexus for something which is still missing the basic things I've gotten used to.. Lets hope my new phone can be a windows phone.. only if they incorporate all the functions.

5. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Cortana and notification bar is missing as the 8.1 sdk comes without it bt surely they will be added in final update..... Sure try is great.....just don't hope for google centric apps in near future, they are not available in wp8

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Partial list of new features: •NEW Audio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated •NEW Media editing: audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video •NEW Apps can capture audio/video from themselves •NEW Stereoscopic 3d support •NEW Wi-Fi Direct, a Wi-Fi standard allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point •NEW Windows Phone 8.1 apps won't run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade •NEW Documentation confirms ALL current Windows Phone 8 hardware to get 8.1 •NEW Dev tools: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker •NEW PlayTo support •NEW Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt •NEW YouTube Player (see lede image) including HTML5 video support (video playback doesn't have to be full screen) And you get custom UI, so YouTube Closed Captions are in •NEW File picker (see above image) •NEW Geofencing API for location-based reminders •NEW 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 •NEW Slide down to close apps •NEW Navigation bar color selection •NEW USB choices •NEW Updated camera layout, similar to Windows 8.1 (see photo below) •Back button doesn't terminate the app •No more XAP, instead APPX •VPN (Virtual Private Network) •OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) with integrated file browser (just like Windows 8.1) •Filter through installed apps by usage/install date •Select multiple tiles when customising the Start screen [FALSE] •More efficient multitasking •Ability to install apps on inserted SD Cards •Internet Explorer 11 improved with WebGL and Normal mapping support •Separate volume controls for ringer, media, etc. •Bing smart search (similar search system as Windows 8.1) •Xbox Music and Xbox Video as standalone apps instead of the Music + Video Hub (allowing more updates to be pushed) •Redesigned Xbox Game Hub •Twitter integrated more deeply into the contacts Hub •Facebook account option REMOVED (updated) •Quick settings access (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) by doing a quick swipe from the top of the screen •Action Center accessed by doing a full swipe from up to the bottom (separate from the Notification Center) •Silent notifications which go directly to the Action center •Possibility to mark a Live Tile as read by swiping from the left of said tile •Auto-updates for apps (just like Windows 8.1) •Better backup functionality •Improved keyboard •Bluetooth 4.0 LE (to non-Lumia Windows Phones) •Feature to mirror Windows Phone screens to TVs and/or monitors •Cortana •Action Center + Notification Center •new gesture-based keyboard (WPcentral)

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

OMG!!!! Has any other OS ever had a update this massive?

33. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013


6. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

WP just might replace Android as my daily driver. That's just MY opinion. I love Android. My Note 3 is awesome. But i wanna go back to WP for a while just to switch it up for a bit. I liked my old HTC Titan. Now that soon-to-be-mine Lumia 1520 will most definately be more of a beast after this update.

7. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

perhaps you could change your name to 'williamwinphone' too after the update.. LOL

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Haha witty xD

13. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Lol +1 I was thinking of WinDroid or LumiaDroid or something along the likes

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


9. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Show the video app damn it!!! Oh and was jw is it possible to have a combination of Windows and apple products because I am thinking about getting the mac with parallels 9 and idk whic tablet to get apple or windows. I have a iphone and is wp8.1 goes well make my prim phone a Nokia. Any thoughts?

10. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Keep up the good work MS :D

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Seems interesting

12. trnz007

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Anybody know whether a file manager is included with this update...???

24. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Look at this screenshot... Look at the first image in the article.. ..................

15. papss unregistered

Wow this update seems bigger than all the others combined. So glad that M$ seems to be listening to what others want and to build on what I feel is an amazing platform. plus my Xbox one is getting some big updates too.

16. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Good stuff:)

17. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Where is the integration of native file manager

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Look at the first image in this article... ..................

23. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Wow am coming back windows phone, am coming. Can they just allow me to use a picture as my background just like in windows 8.1? B|

25. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

PA should hire this chap. Sounds alot better than john v. No offence.

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