Start Screen Background Apps

Spice up your Windows Phone 8.1 Start Screen with OneStart

No Cyan until September

Some phones in India not getting Lumia Cyan until September

Cortana for your interests

New video shows how to add interests for Cortana

Lumia Cyan Update

Cyan going to Italy soon for the 1020?

New phone alert

All green Lumia 1520 now available from AT&T

Call me maybe

How to speed dial on Windows Phone 8.1

Cyan on AT&T

Lumia 520 and 925 on AT&T finally get Cyan and 8.1


Microsoft ends Device Hub beta, included in Lumia Cyan

How To

Want the Lumia Cyan update? You need to downgrade your phone first.

How To

Here's how to move apps to your micro SD card


Demo of the Animated Lock Screen for 8.1

Windows Phone News

Here's a sneak peek at Lock screen apps on Windows Phone 8.1

General News

Microsoft launches new training portal to get you started on Windows Phone

Windows Phone News

Lumia Cyan comes to the Lumia 925 on O2 in the U.K. and to the Lumia 625 on Ireland's Meteor

Windows Phone News

Long awaited Lock screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 almost ready for public beta

Windows Phone News

Microsoft releases helpful video to get you started with Cortana


Microsoft's aiming for flagship Windows Phones, killing Nokia X but selling MixRadio

Windows Phone News

O2 UK shares details on the Windows Phone 8.1 update, teases visual voicemail

Windows Phone News

Preview for Developers users need to rollback for Cyan

Windows Phone News

Cortana showing a stock chart is a nice touch on Windows Phone 8.1

WP 8.1 Camera

Introducing you to the new camera app for Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is being shown off by Microsoft here at Build 2014 in San Francisco. There are plenty of changes coming to the new version of Windows Phone. Microsoft has just announced a new camera app for Windows Phone users. This is the default camera app that all OEMs and users will have access to on Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Let’s check it out.

We’re really liking the changes Microsoft made to the camera app. They found a good balance between the needs of a more advanced photographer and the average user.

WP 8.1 Photos

Let us know what you think of the new camera app for Windows Phone 8.1.



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Looks amazing. Waiting for more new features to come.

rodneyej says:

I keep screaming "Cortana Cortana" to my 1520, but I'm getting no response.. WTF is wrong with this phone❔❔❔❔
Seriously... If the search button takes me strait to Cortana then we don't get the pleasure of seeing the beautiful Bing image of the day anymore?.... We should at least be able to see it in the background temporarily before Cortana starts to display information..

dhruv07 says:

Any news on ability to save games on sd card

rodneyej says:

Good question!... Sam❔

Check the wp 8.1 full feature list.

Anchelspain says:

You are commenting this on EVERY single news post about WP 8.1 >_< Calm down! If there's any news about it then they will be posted!

As far as I know though you CAN save apps on the SD card if it's Class 6 or better. So I'd assume games are the same thing.

Rishicash says:

Rodney my man. A goodlooking guy like you should know that if you want some fine bitch's attention, don't be screaming out her name. Just cooly open the wallet just enough for her to see those Benjamin's peeking out at her and you'll  have her full attention. Cortana ain't no different than any other fine bitch you want to get with and remember, you and millions of other guys are going to be trying to get her attention so do what works....always works. And tell her how fine she is once and awhile too and that Siri never did mean nothin' to 'ya anyway.

rodneyej says:

Ok.. Maybe we need a break from all this WP stuff for awhile... Lol.

Rishicash says:

No breaks! WP is not for the faint of heart. That's what iOS is for. Cortana likes manly men. Siri likes girly men.

This post rings as very misogynistic... I really hope you were joking.

Rishicash says:

Of course I was :)

James Bond14 says:

Oh please, you're gonna come here and complain about posts being too misogynistic? Even when they aren't, Jesus Christ. All he said was that siri likes girly men, grow up. And plus, if you couldn't see that he was joking on your own and if you had to ask that then you don't deserve to be here. People like you, people that are overly sensitive feminists just bothers me so much. The truth is that extremist feminist s are just as bad as sexist men, they are just as sexist.

Actually I was more concerned with the "bitches come if you show them you got money" part of his post. He didn't give any emoticon or anagram indication he was joking, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt instead of jumping down his throat irrationally. (example: Your response to me) I think everyone can see who really needs to grow up... BTW, I'm not some "extremist feminist". Just a guy that respects women.

Rishicash says:

You do understand that Cortana and Siri aren't real women right? Do you really not get the reference to hip hop culture? Do you really have such a poor sense of humor that you need an anagram or emoticon to indicate that it is a joke? I respect women too but I also have a very good sense of humor. I've made such humorously depricating jokes about men too and no one has anything critical or defensive to say when I have. Lighten up dude!

TuanLVT says:

u can setup the lockscreen to show awesome bing wallpapers like i did :D

Likely you'll long-press the search button to activate Cortana.

poddie says:

(1) Is there a "swipe to zoom"?  In Nokia Camera, swiping up or down zooms the image... it's great.

(2) Can we zoom while taking video?

(3) Any way to take a high quality shot faster on my 1020?  The lag between shots can be brutal.

jcande2 says:

Just noticed the swipe to zoom in and out for pics and during video and assumed it was the app everyone is talking about. Found the Microsoft camera app and it doesnt have the swipe to zoom or zoom while taking video. 2 features it does have that the nokia camera are missing is a shortcut on screen for the front facing camera and swipe to the right to view your pics. Shot speed seems to be the same.

Lipe13 says:

Can't wait to test it by myself. I love how WP is turning out to be so robust with all the updates.

I3unny says:

This is great!!

Alex Ananyan says:

Will it solve Lumia 620 front faceing camera problems? :o

angy ortiz says:

It will solve it because it's a brand new software.

Alex Ananyan says:

hope so -_- becouse my camera is really bad after gdr2 

MrSimmix says:

Awesome! Can't wait!

unnatixlr8 says:

I hope it will not RIP nokia camera

SamiHanna says:

The new camera app, gets almost the same thing as the Nokia camera, so yes it will burn it.

Anchelspain says:

There's still a few useful features in it though, such as manual focus, and some people might prefer the Nokia Camera UI, so I wouldn't be so sure :)

perspicuity says:

Yeah, on the 1020 the manual focus is a necessity!

I hope not. I use manual focus and shutter speed pretty often on my 1020, and I don't see the options here.

mr_808 says:

Can you create folders for pictures you've already taken with 8.1 straight from the camera roll?

reprod3 says:

Good question. This is my biggest complaint... I need a way to organize my photos on the device. Big question is.... How does this play nice with my OneDrive backups.

nitsuk says:

Hopping to see all features of Nokia Camera merged with Microsoft's own version long term, they need to start adding filters and etc... for both live photos and videos taken/recorded.

avengerabhi says:

no file manager???


karmacoma says:

i've got issues with camera, looks great till hit the button but picture always came up greenish L920


RodimusMajor says:

April 10th, they mentioned as much the other day.

Ankmeyester says:

8th. was written on the slide when joe was speaking.

mesamit says:

windows 8.1 update 1 on april 8th

KotsarikosG says:

I'm sick to see you have others 8.1
I want it now :):):)

aromal_tc says:

Does video mode support zooming,pause options

ebin5 says:

This is some pretty basic basic features but it seems ms has missed a chance to include these with this update.

WhyFiNYC says:

So did they nix the slide out button that revealed the slider adjustments for ISO, focus, WB, etc? That was my favorite feature... 


edit: oh wait - this is an update to the defaul MS camera app that I ditched a long time ago, not the Nokia app. nvmd. 

I hope it has built in modes . I don't like to download a separate app for stuff like panorama and burst mode

Narciso Neto says:

Hope WP8.1 solves Nokia Lumia 720's camera quality issue after Amber and Black updates.

Clavitox says:

Does jt have burst mode?

Sam_oslo says:

 New camera app is good news.  Any option for 4K video resolution there? 


patiua says:

I'm happy with Nokia camera on my 1020...

Gohar428 says:

Whts the problem with ur camera..iam using 620

How about stop worrying about the software and lets get some quality apps you know ones that work the way they are intended

Winnabe says:

Well, brings absolutely nothing new to the table really. And this is going to be a damp, damp squib in the face of Galaxy S5, HTC M8, Xperia Z2 et al. I wish it wasn't so, but it is what it is. At least for the sake of sounding pompous, they could have had the 801 in it. Seems the only extra things to look out for are the WP8.1 and the colours. And Cortana ain't event coming outside the US yet. SMH.

tgr42 says:

...and you were expecting...?

nickros182 says:

except the HTC M8s camera sucks....just saying

Winnabe says:

Posted this comment on the wrong article. This was meant for the one on the Lumia 930 announcement.

Sajal Garg says:

Can anyone please tell me where to get that software to get windows 8.1 as preview

xekrax says:

where's yellow version :( but green on looks pretty awesome

Sambyo says:

Hey Sam! Will it save the videos on a separate videos folder?

Sajal Garg says:

Where to get that preview update vala software?

Developer mode me sign up karna hoga, but shayad it cost around 1.2k. Google it. Or Bing it.

michail71 says:

Missing a flash toggle still.  But the Nokia camera takes care of that.

Jazmac says:

Looks great to me.  Minimalist to a fault.  I like.

MadSci2 says:

I'll let you know in 18 months when it comes to AT&T...

coldfilter says:

Here in Spain and the UK the "integrated podcast support" has never been enabled on WP! I assume that this was to make the phone lighter thus reducing shipping costs

ScubaDog says:

The thing is, it doesn't look as powerful as Nokia's camera app.  I'll likely be sticking with that.  And my Lumia 1020.  As soon as they come up with a new Lumia with a camera as powerful as the 1020 but the rest of the specs of the 930, I'm on it!

wtma says:

Nokia Camera post image processing really needs a serious tweak. Though it's still the best.

kinaton says:

Didn't Nokia camera introduce RAW data on the camera

MMissionary says:

Man General Sham they are working you hard today! But still this does look good because the ability to switch camera and stuff are more prominent. Be easier for my dad to figure it out. 

kinaton says:

Will Nokia remove windows native camera in wp8.1

Also with Nokia camera dragging the take button brings up setttings for iso etc. Does wp8.1 have this

2Suave says:

What phone is that? Your windows keys rotate?

Zeroplanetz says:

Interesting. A Samsung device? I dunno.

Where is file manger app wtf

wtma says:

I doubt will be as good as Nokia Camera, but we'll see.

kinaton says:

I'm hoping Nokia camera is default on lumia

trmnrs says:

I really hope they bring stereo recording to Windows Phone 8.1... I love Nokia Camera but it's just too sluggish and cumbersome for me at times, even on my 1520.
Either that or improve the performance of Nokia Camera. The whole "get in, get out and get back to life" slogan they started with is slowly becoming less of a priority.

admsteck says:

Did they get rid of the sliding animation when you took a picture? Also, what about swiping to the side to go directly into the camera roll? I really like that feature and it seemed that they kinda hyped it up before so I am surprised that they would change it. It's nice that you can swipe back and forth and don't have to keep hitting buttons to switch between camera and camera roll.

eman3d says:

I am a big fan of WP Central and I love my Windows Phone but it has a GLARING weakness that WP Central seems to ignore as compared to other smart phones on the market. I'm all for in depth reporting but I'm more for reporting that hi-lites a device weaknesses so that the hi-lited weakness can be addressed for the betterment of the product, in this case, Windows Phones. The weakness i'm referring to is the ability to edit video! I mean c'mon, what's taking Microsoft or Nokia so long to give customers the ability to edit video on the phone itself. They give us a beautiful device that captures amazing video but there is no way to create a movie with it! This is the one feature that keeps me wanting an iPhone and if Apple delivers on a bigger iPhone in the very near feature and further enhance their built in video editing features i'm gone like the wind. It's very sad that WP Central has not focused on this more then they already have, which is very little. I know the Windows Phone community has expressed this frustration on many occasions but it seems to fall on deaf ears which includes WP Central, Microsoft, and Nokia. Very sad indeed.



lynxlee says:

Question; did they nix the feature of sliding to the left to display previous pictures? That's the main reason why I don't use Nokia Camera. I want that feature, it's useful and easy!

elitelibra says:

Why is there no timer on the camera app