Every thin at one place About windows phone 8.1

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Hakkim Nadapuram

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Full Changelog (Updated on 8th Feb):

OS changes & New features:

The pull down notification center called Action Center
Universal search
There will be Four Slots (may be Five for bigger display devices, but needs to be confirmed) found in Quick access settings of Action Center and following apps can be set for quick access,
*Airplane Mode
* Rotation Lock
*Internet Sharing
*Do Not Disturb
* Location and
* Mirroring

To support Fingerprint scanner
High-grade security
Live Lock-screen
Dual-Sim support. You can link phone tiles and can have one Phone Tile , call history , and speed dial for both SIMs . Unlinking phone tiles will again make two separate Phone Tiles , call history , and speed dial for both SIMs .
Social notifications will now show up in action center by swiping from the top of the screen
A native Downloads folder
Change default SMS app. You can also change which SMS app will show notifications.
Back button doesn?t terminate the app but suspend it just like WinRT
Grid View and List View for apps
VPN support confirmed
Speed dial confirmed. Can have u to 30 numbers
Email notification icon has been added to the top taskbar (when mail arrives)
Always download full images in mail
Accidental search prevention
Separate volume controls for Media+Apps and Ringers+ Notification
QHD resolution support
Facebook app is in-built into Windows Phone 8.1, but other social network user need to install apps
Upload status for photos shown
Calendar has not only added weekly view but also yearly view
Swype keyboard input confirmed
Slide down to close app
Pivots, now called Hub, have smaller title. More screen space!
File Manager coming. Not activated in the SDK, but mentioned all around.
Progress ring from WinRT
New YouTube player
New USB settings
Only one new accent color
Windows Phone 8 is known as WinPRT
Lock-screen has smaller letters
IETileManager come to Windows Phone 8.1
Speak button for SkyDrive upload (Cortana)
Contact filter settings
New thread settings and speak option (Cortana)
Along with normal updates, there are now ?important? updates.
Encrypted and signed e-mail support
Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
Geofence monitoring support. Geofence is a boundary around a place of interest to you. Location services can monitor geofences to tell your apps when you?re entering and leaving them.
Office Lens support
The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
Option to update store apps automatically
Option to update store apps when only on Wi-Fi
Video Calling Support? I don?t know if we will be given choices of which VOIP provider to use. Maybe Skype video calling will be built-in?
Password protected Office document support
In-call speech commands. You?ll be able to say ?Call XXXXXX?.
Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
Lock Notification
Quiet Hours to live for some time without notifications
Double Tap to Power Off
Notification if charger isn?t of adequate power
Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up (Since the newer phones will have the start button on screen)
Voice Narrator for Accessibility
The Search button will be the new way to open Speech instead of the Start button
New Email sync options with accordance to usage patterns (i.e. If you get a lot of mail on particular days and if you don?t check mail every day).
Wallet supports tickets and membership cards
Backups now include application data
Screen Reader functionality (Maybe Text-To-Speech for apps?)
Screen Recording functionality
Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle.
You can favorite photos by tapping a heart icon
Virtual SmartCard support
Windows Phone 8.1 comes equipped with Earthquake warning system.

Cortana, the voice-assistant has been revealed from Leaked SDK code.
Some interaction patterns which provide insights into the brains of Cortana. It can tune in music for you, take orders, save alarms and reminders and modify them as well, make calendar entries, write messages and call friends. It can use maps and Bing search to find nearby restaurants, places of interest. It can search your phone and web as well ( Universal search hinted again ).
Cortana is really smart and it can not only handle your orders smartly but also surprise you with some Jibes and offer smarter suggestions. Some of the examples extracted from the SDK query.
Cortana will not work when power saving kicks in.
You can turn off Cortana and will stop receiving the reminders, alerts and ideas.
Cortana is tightly integrated to Bing Account and the profile data saved with Bing Account remains synced across devices. Even if one deletes the data on phone the cloud profile data remains intact.
Cortana?s language can be changed. Extracted Icon pack shows its various icons for different functions.
Cortana can save some data on her personal notebook based on your usage! This includes your name, inner circles, your reminders, etc. You can select to clear the data on her notebook!
Cortana saves the things she learns about you in the cloud as well as on your local device.
You would be able to rename Cortana (and this was confirmed by Microsoft in an interview about virtual assistant) .
Cortana will handle your calls and texts and will silence other notifications during those ?Quiet hours?. You can turn it on or set it to turn on automatically.
Cortana can get really friendly if you set the settings to ?personal greetings?
Cortana seems will arrive with support for 15 languages In total
Cortana may have both Male & Female Avatars
You can delete Cortana, if you wish so.

In Windows Phone 8.1, if you wish to share from within an app, you will be presented with options of all apps which can share the content you want.
Document sharing now is not limited and all the apps which have sharing contract will share it. So, NFC, WiFi direct all come into picture.
Customization & Tiles:

Two kind of customization options. Only theme customization and start screen+ theme customization.
Change the size and amount of tiles on your start screen. 3 mid-size tiles in a row for all.
Me Tile not excluded from People Hub
Customizable start screen Background
Navigation bar with settings to hide or match accent color

Browser upload
Browser password manager
WebGL support
Better HTML5 support
Stop / Refresh buttons in the address bar
Reading mode and options of browser color and font size selection
Tab Syncing, no limits on number of tabs
InPrivate Browsing
Storage & MicroSD card:

Apps installation on SD Card and installed apps on phone can be moved to SD card
Apps installed on SD card leave ( get removed) when you remove the SD card
Installed apps from phone can be moved to MicroSD card and vice-versa is also true. On resetting the phone MicroSD card data will also get erased.
Chkdsk for SD Cards essentially
Apps on SD Cards are only allowed from ONE originating phone. If it detects that apps from another phone are installed on the SD Card, then it will ask to delete those first
Settings changes:

Settings for Language, Region, Find my phone have many changes
Ease of access has a separate browser settings view now. Can allow zooming on all web content. Speech can be used to access the Phone.
NFC can now save ?Apps that you trust. Trusted app list for NFC that will remove the need for asking whether you want to open a particular app.
Auto-download MMS
Location request indicator
Default voice navigation app can be changed in Maps (Cortana)
New Apps & Apps related changes:

App Suggestions by location
Apps suggestions based on your Facebook profile
Manual App Update checks
App Syncing
Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected
Wifi sense. Sharing secure WI-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense. They don?t get to see the shared password though
Camera app has 3 new mode: camera, burst and video and customizable viewfinder. One can choose which buttons to see in the UI
Battery sense (see what apps are taking the charge)
Data sense, Operators can now control data sense limits remotely
Storage sense
New podcast app
Music & Video apps are exactly like Xbox music and video apps
WP8.1 apps not compatible with WP8 devices without running WP8.1 update. WP8.1 devices can run WP8 apps though
Unifying Windows RT & Windows Phone:

Universal apps or Blue shared apps: Target both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT stores with a single app
Shared development platform for rendering right app to right form-factor
Tiles and notifications are cross-platform or Universal
Converged UI controls for easy apps development


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The only thing i miss so far is the Mobile Data / LTE / Wifi settings, i would like to prevent apps from using a specific internet connection. For example limit 3G only to Email, Whatsapp, Facebook Messanger and every other app or background service should be blocked. That would be amazing.
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