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  1. Muessig's Avatar
    So I bet you're wondering what's new in this update? Wonder no more. Here's a handy list:

    Multicultural Cortana (China, UK and more...)
    It's a big deal because it's potentially quite a large market for Windows Phone. Cortana has a new culturally-relevant look in this market and while it's only an alpha at the moment, it's important that she's making her way to China, the UK and users in other countries (currently India, Canada and Australia) can sign up for the alpha too, featuring support for regional voice, text and speech as well as localised suggestions for a variety of things.

    Oh, and Cortana is continuing to get updated support in the US, with new natural language scenarios, more chit-chat and even hands-free use.

    Smart Cover Support
    This is going to be similar to what we see on some Android devices, taking your Windows Phone experience beyond your screen.

    New Resolutions and Screen Sizes

    This update brings support for qHD (960x540) and 12x800 - this will mean larger 7-inch screen support too.

    Live Folders

    Arguably the biggest new feature, simply drag and drop some of your live tiles into a folder (e.g. put all your photography apps together) and you can theme your start screen into groups. The best thing is that because it's Windows Phone, you'll still be able to see each tile's live tile notifications.

    Xbox Music Update

    The Xbox Music app gets a big update that fixes problems and adds new features such as Now Playing on the live tile (a long time coming!)

    SMS Updates

    Now you can select multiple texts (tap to the left of a message) and delete or forward them all in one shot.

    Apps Corner

    Businesses can use this to restrict the apps you can install (great for enterprise use) or it can be used to boot directly into an app, which is great for retail stores.

    Consumer VPN

    A great new feature. You can turn on 'consumer VPN' which will protect your phone and your data when you're on public Wi-Fi networks. If you're on your home network you can use this to make sure no peeping-toms connected to your network can see you or what you're doing.

    Support for APTx Audio
    This will allow for higher and better quality audio support over Bluetooth rather than the currently supported format, A2DP.

    CDMS + GSM dual-sim support

    Not useful for everyone, but this is a big deal in places like China where the biggest mobile networks use both network types.

    Bluetooth Accessory Notifications

    This will let you receive notifications on wearable devices and smart glasses etc.

    Bluetooth Internet Sharing
    Now you can share your internet connection through your Bluetooth connection.

    Use SD Card in Update
    Ever gotten an "out of space" error because your device is a little too full? Not anymore! Now your phone can use the free space on your SD card to update.

    High Voltage Charging Support

    This works on existing devices, so you don't need a new phone to take advantage of this. This will let you charge your phone quicker using the Qualcomm Quickcharge 2.0 standard.

    Store Live Tile Improvements

    When you display the store tile at medium size, it will become a live tile and show new apps, app of the day etc.

    Of course, you're wondering how you can get this update on your device. You can get this NOW! You just need to sign up for the Developer Preview (learn how to here) and then go to settings>phone update>check for updates and download it!
    Last edited by Muessig; 08-04-2014 at 02:53 PM.
    08-04-2014 02:17 PM
  2. Dragone's Avatar
    Bluetooth internet sharing
    Device Hub (as far as I can see in the screenshots)
    08-04-2014 02:23 PM
  3. nilchak's Avatar
    Also support for APTx audio codecs apart from existing A2DP.
    This will allow higher and better quality Audio support over BT rather than what A2DP allows currently.
    08-04-2014 02:34 PM
  4. sahib lopez's Avatar
    High Voltage Charging Support
    This works on existing devices, so you don't need a new phone to take advantage of this. This will let you charge your phone quicker using the Qualcomm Quickcharge 2.0 standard.
    o.o wait so my 810 could take advantage of it? I thought it was only for the new SD 800 chipset
    08-04-2014 02:45 PM
  5. gtief's Avatar
    ntp is missing, or did i miss it?
    08-04-2014 02:52 PM
  6. anon(8075033)'s Avatar
    "High Voltage Charging Support
    This works on existing devices"

    I read somewhere that this works only on devices that has Snapdragon 800? I have Nokia Lumia 820 and it has Snapdragon S4, but this feature works with my phone too?
    08-04-2014 02:55 PM
  7. Muessig's Avatar
    "High Voltage Charging Support
    This works on existing devices"

    I read somewhere that this works only on devices that has Snapdragon 800? I have Nokia Lumia 820 and it has Snapdragon S4, but this feature works with my phone too?
    I got this from Paul Thurrott's website, where he says:

    High voltage charging support. This technology lets you charge your phone more quickly using the Qualcomm Quickcharge 2.0 standard, and it works on existing devices (doesn't require a new phone).
    I'll update as and when I know more. You could read that as this works for current devices that support this tech, and you won't have to go out and buy a new phone specifically for this.
    sahib lopez likes this.
    08-04-2014 03:02 PM
  8. lordsnow's Avatar
    "High Voltage Charging Support
    This works on existing devices"

    I read somewhere that this works only on devices that has Snapdragon 800? I have Nokia Lumia 820 and it has Snapdragon S4, but this feature works with my phone too?
    No
    08-04-2014 03:07 PM
  9. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I got this from Paul Thurrott's website, where he says:



    I'll update as and when I know more. You could read that as this works for current devices that support this tech, and you won't have to go out and buy a new phone specifically for this.
    if it works for SD s4.....HELL YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
    08-04-2014 03:09 PM
  10. S Vaibhav's Avatar
    Nice list, thanks! :)
    08-04-2014 03:16 PM
  11. Pete's Avatar
    Another small addition - the little activity arrows above the cell and WiFi signals no longer move the icons to the right when they appear.

    Looks lots nicer for that small fix.
    08-04-2014 03:34 PM
  12. pvcleave's Avatar
    I know you refer to the hands free use for Cortana. However, I think a further explanation is needed as to what that means. In a car with Bluetooth and phone book support, you can say call cortana, and cortna would be activated. You can then have cortana play music or whatever, all with out taking your phone out of your pocket.

    08-04-2014 03:53 PM
  13. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    Do we need a special charger to take advantage of the High Voltage Charging Support?
    08-04-2014 04:43 PM
  14. Cryio's Avatar
    This list is missing "Changed Internet Explorer string so it now renders the internetz better"
    08-04-2014 04:56 PM
  15. WhiteNiteLite's Avatar
    Don't forget the phonebook entry for Cortana as a new feature! This is long awaited for me, since my car doesn't let me directly trigger Cortana. This way I can tell my car to dial Cortana, and then she starts listening without me having to look at my phone!
    08-04-2014 04:57 PM
  16. Kentcomp's Avatar
    I'm not seeing the SMS merge/forward functionality on my US ATT 1020 Black. Anyone else seeing it?
    08-04-2014 06:04 PM
  17. PeterByrne's Avatar
    Do I need a special charger for the quick charge feature?
    08-04-2014 06:24 PM
  18. DalekSnare's Avatar
    Don't forget the phonebook entry for Cortana as a new feature! This is long awaited for me, since my car doesn't let me directly trigger Cortana. This way I can tell my car to dial Cortana, and then she starts listening without me having to look at my phone!
    Yep, I tried that today and it worked great. Hopefully with everyone having Cortana, Siri, or Google, the car companies will get feedback from consumers to stop sticking their rubbish speak recognition phone directories in the way of our far superior phone speech engines.
    WhiteNiteLite likes this.
    08-04-2014 06:59 PM
  19. worldspy99's Avatar
    Do I need a special charger for the quick charge feature?
    No you don't.
    PeterByrne and sez who like this.
    08-04-2014 07:25 PM
  20. DalekSnare's Avatar
    Do we know what is required for aptX to work? Anything like new hardware, Cyan or future firmware release, etc.? I subjectively tested it today and the quality didn't seem any better than regular BT audio. Using an audio cable to the same speaker gave better sound.
    08-04-2014 08:04 PM
  21. StefEBear's Avatar
    Don't forget the phonebook entry for Cortana as a new feature! This is long awaited for me, since my car doesn't let me directly trigger Cortana. This way I can tell my car to dial Cortana, and then she starts listening without me having to look at my phone!
    Not seeing the Cortana Phone Book entry in the Alpha release.
    08-04-2014 09:11 PM
  22. DalekSnare's Avatar
    Not seeing the Cortana Phone Book entry in the Alpha release.
    I don't see Cortana in contacts, but if you have a car system and tell it to call Cortana, it works. You can't tell Cortana to call herself either; I think it just tells your car there is a Cortana contact when you have the car import your contacts. Then when it receives the call command from the car with the Cortana phone number, it puts Cortana on the line. I tested it with a US phone and a Honda BT system.
    WhiteNiteLite likes this.
    08-04-2014 09:48 PM
  23. anon6002755's Avatar
    Is the ability to select more than one call from the recently called list a new/readded feature?
    08-04-2014 10:31 PM
  24. realwarder's Avatar
    Is that NFC option for use as a payment card new or did I just miss that before?
    08-04-2014 11:36 PM
  25. Souless_Cthulhu's Avatar
    So the twitter live tile, facebook live tile (beta or full), and store don't seem to be doing anything. They are all medium. I have done a soft reset. Other live tiles work and so do live folders. So I'm on 8.1 update 1. thoughts?
    08-05-2014 12:21 AM
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