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  1. HeyCori's Avatar
    Just about everything you need to know in one place!

    Main Page: Windows Phone 8.1 Feature list

    Previous coverage:
    Massive Windows Phone 8.1 feature-list gets detailed, including Quiet Hours, Office Lens and more | Windows Phone Central


    UPDATE!

    And here's the official WPCentral review

    http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-phone-81-review
    Last edited by HeyCori; 04-14-2014 at 08:17 AM.
    02-16-2014 01:33 AM
  2. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    will Lumia 920 get all of the features of windows phone 8.1 ; I want slow motion camera since its exclusive to iPhone 5s , and some galaxy by "S C A M S U N G "; video editing will be icing but I have heard that it might be exclusive to Lumia 1020 since it have extra 1 GB ram :(
    overall I am very excited to get the developer preview on my Lumia 920 , though it might have bugs , battery issues ; I am ready for that since it will be a beta for testers, and I still thinking what will be the next codename for nokia firmware software with its new feature oh good many of android and ios users are dying to switch to wp 8.1( many of my friends starting texting me did you got wp8.1 lol )
    Guytronic likes this.
    02-16-2014 01:45 AM
  3. alv3st3r's Avatar
    Changelog (Last Updated: 15 Mar, 2014)


    OS changes & New features:
    • Low-profile keyboard with features like word-wrapping, line-breaks, multi-line support, text-formatting
    • Will support one minute background apps data updates
    • The pull down notification center will be called Action Center
    • Devs can remove, tag, group notifications or replace with a new one. Thet can also set when the notification expires. They can also enable Ghoast toast notifications, which will appear only in notification center
    • There is a limit of 20 notifications per app and notification for last 7 days or less will be shown. Users will be able to tap on, remove one, a group of or all the notifications.
    • 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: Camera, Wifi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Rotation Lock, Internet Sharing, Brightness, Do Not Disturb, VPN, 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 doesnt 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
    • USB OTG support teased
    • 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 youre 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 dont 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. Youll 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 isnt 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 dont 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:
    • 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.
    • Cortanas 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.
    • Cortana will have a Live Tile


    Sharing:
    • 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
    • Pictures can be set as background


    Browser:
    • 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
    • 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 dont 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


    Source: NPU
    Last edited by alv3st3r; 03-16-2014 at 12:44 AM.
    02-16-2014 02:54 AM
  4. Anant Anand's Avatar
    Cusomisation of Bing is must... There is one button of three which is almost useless for all outside US and accidental touch can only cause delay...
    02-16-2014 03:24 AM
  5. kubics's Avatar
    Does anyone know whether there could be any update for WP built in Calendar? What I am mainly missing is possibility to see more events on large Calendar tile. Or at least updated API, so that alternative calendar apps from store can manipulate events. Thanks for any information.
    gerbir21 likes this.
    02-16-2014 04:31 AM
  6. Kaushik Dash's Avatar
    Found this on Verge.
    http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/2/11/5401794/a-full-run-down-of-wp8-1-features
    HeyCori likes this.
    02-16-2014 04:39 AM
  7. gerzhwin's Avatar
    Cusomisation of Bing is must... There is one button of three which is almost useless for all outside US and accidental touch can only cause delay...
    I don't get it, could you please explain more precisely?
    02-16-2014 06:15 AM
  8. Anant Anand's Avatar
    Magnifying glass on right bottom... Bing app,is not useful outside USA especially India. There should be change in it.. Like opening google or anything
    CGA111 likes this.
    02-16-2014 07:59 AM
  9. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    Magnifying glass on right bottom... Bing app,is not useful outside USA especially India. There should be change in it.. Like opening google or anything
    Google sucks. And they are changing the search button. It might open the AI (cortana ). And bing is still very useful , it can be used to search queries , local scout results are good , searching images and videos on web.
    A tip :- if you are browsing on inter eye explorer and you find a word which you can not understand , try to select the particular word , and press bing , it will most probably show you the definition or will show search results. I use it often.
    Though it's annoying when miss pressed while playing games , with wp 8.1 it's rumored one can set it to disable the search button , or it might open after pressing twice when in a game , application.
    astraith likes this.
    02-16-2014 08:06 AM
  10. Kon Bick's Avatar
    Magnifying glass on right bottom... Bing app,is not useful outside USA especially India. There should be change in it.. Like opening google or anything
    Opening google. Yes, of course^^
    02-16-2014 08:21 AM
  11. monzki's Avatar
    The best update for me is the ability to have more tiles (3rd column).
    gerbir21 and Omar Mostafa2 like this.
    02-16-2014 11:20 AM
  12. mukulagarwal's Avatar
    wil 3mid size be awailable for all windows 8 device.like nokia lumia 720
    02-16-2014 01:06 PM
  13. Iki Taba's Avatar
    "GridView and ListView"????
    Is this for the app drawer or what?
    Last edited by Iki Taba; 02-16-2014 at 01:48 PM.
    02-16-2014 01:33 PM
  14. Gautam Kabiraj's Avatar
    Thanks alv3st3r for listing the features!

    Reading the list, I'd a doubt about-
    "Installed apps from phone can be moved to MicroSD card and vice-versa is also true. Also, on resetting the phone MicroSD card data will also get erased."

    Coming from the second statement, what if I remove the SD card first manually and then make a hard reset, will the apps from the SD card still be opened on re-inserting it?
    02-16-2014 03:19 PM
  15. n13 black's Avatar
    i can't wait for this :D when is it going to be announced?
    02-17-2014 08:56 AM
  16. mjrtoo's Avatar
    Thanks alv3st3r for listing the features!

    Reading the list, I'd a doubt about-
    "Installed apps from phone can be moved to MicroSD card and vice-versa is also true. Also, on resetting the phone MicroSD card data will also get erased."

    Coming from the second statement, what if I remove the SD card first manually and then make a hard reset, will the apps from the SD card still be opened on re-inserting it?
    I doubt the programs on the SD card would work after inserting it, much like how it works on a PC.
    02-17-2014 08:59 AM
  17. Ankit Nawlakha's Avatar
    This is not the complete list.. right..???
    02-17-2014 09:37 AM
  18. alv3st3r's Avatar
    I doubt the programs on the SD card would work after inserting it, much like how it works on a PC.
    But it used to work on Symbian phones so I can't really comment on this one.
    02-17-2014 09:47 AM
  19. alv3st3r's Avatar
    This is not the complete list.. right..???
    Not yet.
    02-17-2014 09:47 AM
  20. Ankit Nawlakha's Avatar
    Thnk God..!!!
    02-17-2014 09:54 AM
  21. neo158's Avatar
    will Lumia 920 get all of the features of windows phone 8.1 ; I want slow motion camera since its exclusive to iPhone 5s , and some galaxy by "S C A M S U N G "; video editing will be icing but I have heard that it might be exclusive to Lumia 1020 since it have extra 1 GB ram :(
    overall I am very excited to get the developer preview on my Lumia 920 , though it might have bugs , battery issues ; I am ready for that since it will be a beta for testers, and I still thinking what will be the next codename for nokia firmware software with its new feature oh good many of android and ios users are dying to switch to wp 8.1( many of my friends starting texting me did you got wp8.1 lol )
    How original "Scamsung", if you hate them so much why would you want ANYTHING from them!!!
    mary beth hale likes this.
    02-17-2014 09:59 AM
  22. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    How original "Scamsung", if you hate them so much why would you want ANYTHING from them!!!
    I am not asking SCAMSUNG to provide the above features ,this is my wish list from MICROSOFT and NOKIA.
    patrickwee likes this.
    02-17-2014 10:29 AM
  23. TomNow1's Avatar
    Hi all, not sure if this has been discussed, but is there any mention of visual notifications? Like the windows button blinking when the screen is off to let you know you have an email? Now that it's been confirmed that the Icon doesn't have glance I was hoping for some type of other notifications when 8.1 is released. Thank you
    Ek-Balam and AnkitV like this.
    02-17-2014 10:34 AM
  24. neo158's Avatar
    I am not asking SCAMSUNG to provide the above features ,this is my wish list from MICROSOFT and NOKIA.
    What I'm saying is that even if you hate Samsung don't do the fanboy thing of using Samdung, Damsung or Scamsung!!!

    To keep this on topic though, the list of changes and additions is impressive. I don't think we've seen them all yet though, it'll be interesting to see what they have instore at BUILD :-D
    02-17-2014 11:08 AM
  25. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    What I'm saying is that even if you hate Samsung don't do the fanboy thing of using Samdung, Damsung or Scamsung!!!

    To keep this on topic though, the list of changes and additions is impressive. I don't think we've seen them all yet though, it'll be interesting to see what they have instore at BUILD :-D
    I am not a fanboy of nokia or windows phone , this is very much true in my country , they are just scamming people here by launching many devices at high price where as other makes like moto g for example launched it for 13999 Indian INR where as same phone by Samsung grand 2 is at 24999 INR , I own an iPad , S3 and Lumia 920 , so I equally enjoy all platform (bb isn't widely used these days )
    anadi1984 likes this.
    02-17-2014 11:19 AM
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