Windows Phone getting flick-to-close, apps on the memory card and built-in file browser

Windows Phone getting flick-to-close, apps on the memory card and built-in file browser
Microsoft has marked two more relatively important new features as completed in its User Voice website, on the way to the next Windows Phone update. The first one is the ability to use the memory card for storing apps and attachments, instead of the quickly filling internal storage. Next up is something Windows 8 users have been enjoying from day one, namely the option to flick down an app in order to close it - this will be present in Windows Phone as well.

Not only that, but an update coming by next summer will bring a built-in file manager to Windows Phone, possibly part of the 8.1 features, or eventually just tacked on as a minor GDR update. The ability to store apps and attachments on the microSD card, as well the presence of a system file browser hint that in principle Microsoft is planning to open up its mobile OS more, but let's wait and see how those will be executed.



source: WPUserVoice via WMPU

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57 Comments

57. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Its about time!!!!

56. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Amazing, yes WP is improving, Thanks to Nokia...

55. ganeshrams2005

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

It was mistakenly marked as completed. check the wp user voice site for latest updates

49. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Yes Windows will dominate the market very soon. The updates are coming and Android and IOs will get owned. Grab yourself a one off bargain, just for today only!!http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/categoryID.67688800

48. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

File manager and Store apps on SD card were mistakenly marked as complete. Bad news. I really hope Microsoft can bring a good update next year. More competition is good for customers. http://wmpoweruser.com/microsoft-withdraws-completed-status-from-windows-phone-file-manager-and-sd-card-app-storage-requests/

46. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

so WP 8 user will be able to slideload apps? can someone tell me please?

51. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

We can already side load apps.. That came with WP8.. Old news.

45. Meego

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Lol, love the progress. But its still quite slow Meego and symbian already had this.

36. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

At least WP is not contaminated with Java.

41. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Atleast it's a full OS, than quarter OS. So you would prefer Beta, prototype, than a full fledged. Well you are a Android, Samsung disliker.....

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

quarter os? i dont think you know how to quantify os to os in such a manner. And yes moving away from java is a good thing, imo.

50. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

If you dislike WP So much then why do you click, and comment, on every article❔ You must find it interesting.. For a OS that you claim is only 25% complete you sure do show everyone everyday how interested you are in it by always showing up in every article.. Heck, you're a bigger WP fan than even I am❕

52. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Looks like this one lost its bridge. Let us show him the way and end his minutes of fame.

53. papss unregistered

Troll is that you?

32. gsmarena.com unregistered

candy crush saga for wp8 would be nice! LOL

28. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Why not both features?

20. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

What i want to hear now is all the M$ fans claiming they don't need a file manager lolmao!

23. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

They will all be indenial. They would love every feautres, what Android, Maeemo, Jolla, provides. WP8 is very light OS than iOs, that's why it's very smooth. iOs took feautres from Android, and it's starting show laggs. Same with WP8, if it has the same features that iOs7 has, WP8 will show lags. The more feautres are added on, the slower the system, and starts to show lags. That's where the S800, T5, Omap5, A15 eliminates any lags....

27. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I don't agree. Optimization certainly plays role. I have a Jeally Beaned android device and a Lumia 520 with exact same configurations and chipset, ram as well. Now that many games/apps are available on WP, I've tested the performance and launch times. MUCH better in WP than Android. Don't get me wrong, but I certainly do believe WP is optimized. Google knows that Android isn't optimized and that's why they are trying to eliminate Dalvik and are planning to shift to ART. Reason? Optimization.

42. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

In the time i have used the 925, the 521, the 8x and the hd7, i have never missed a file manager. All documents are in office, can save to phone or cloud, and apps do a great job imo of storing them where they need to be. I have a pc, most americans do, probably more so have pcs than do not when dealing with a smart phone customer. Or a laptop or a tablet with usb (surface and windows tablets). Because of this I can go into my windows file, click on my phone and rearrange files as need be. This even works in xp. While it will be nice for people who have no idea what they will do without a 'file manager', i have not found it necessary at all.

47. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Good for you but Power user can't even thing about a Phone without a File manager. Even Cheap Chiness phone (Feature phone, no Android) have Build in file manager.

54. luxzy801

Posts: 140; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

Yea, i guess thats what all the POWER USERS said when the iPhone came out and took over windows mobile huh!!!!! So much for your theory...... I guess multi tasking is not a priority for power users either since they picked the iPhone over WinMo or Symbian (or even Palm for that matter).

18. venomania

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

good news i think

17. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Symbian S60 has the same feautres as Meego, Maemoo. Wp8 has a long way to catch up. So end of the day S60 should'ev continued.... and WP8 shouldn't exzist.....

26. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Long way? You should think again. With file manager and better multitasking in tow, it isn't much behind now.

13. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

please add usb tethering cuz wi-fi tethering is battery consuming and all desktop doesn't have wi-fi router

11. SleepingOz unregistered

It was about time! Don't lose faith fanboys, you'll get an unified notification center by the end of 2014 or 2015 may be..

14. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Haha, no competition with Android here. I use Android as main device and WP8 as a secondary/backup. WP is good at its own forts. While Android is no doubt unbeatable at any nearby time frame, WP excels at some areas. And definitely will be MUCH better than iOS next year.

37. TechKnowledge

Posts: 55; Member since: May 05, 2013

To be honest I like Android too. But the so-called "Open Source" OS is nothing compared to Windows Mobile.

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I have a notification center...called live tiles. Currently without having to scroll anywhere i have 15 important apps, that all feed me information, so 15 notification updates. Of those apps, i can downsize them and make room for up to 25 apps with notifications. And this is without touching a button. There is no app that i check regularly or need a notification center for. If i scroll down, guess what? more screen space, more tiles more notifications. I got used to notification center on all my droids, since wp8, i have not missed that one bit.

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