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Upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 features exposed in latest reports, detailing Cortana and more

Specifics emerge on new features for Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft has successfully packaged and released Update 3 for Windows Phone 8, leaving only the 8.1 update, aka ‘Blue’, on the table for shipping. Expected to be reveled at Build 2014 in April, Windows Phone Central understands that 'M3' (Milestone 3), the escrow period and RTM dates have already been locked into place by Microsoft.

Today, The Verge has added to the story by detailing some new information to features already expected for the landmark release.

In an article published this morning, Tom Warren goes into more detail over the notification center and ‘Cortana’ the Siri-like personal assistant.

According to the report, a short swipe from the top will reveal ‘quick settings’ to quickly access common function and we can add that there will be four tabs as well. A longer swipe will bring up a full notification history.

On Cortana, the voice assistant program, the report mentions how it will learn location context and data from the phone, in addition to replacing Bing as the default search. It can also remind you of meetings with much more detail than the current system of alarms on Windows Phone 8.

Other features mentioned in the report that are coming to Windows Phone 8.1

  • Separate volume controls for ringtone volume and media playback (it won’t be on a per app basis, but rather system wide)
  • VPN support for enterprise users
  • Bing Smart Search results, similar to what is found on Windows 8.1 today
  • Xbox Music and Xbox Video will be separate apps, removed from the OS core to enable faster, more dynamic updates for users
  • Deeper integration into the People Hub for Twitter and Facebook

In addition to the new OS features, there are two new handsets from Nokia being prepped for launch ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Moneypenny’. The former will pack a “3D Touch system”, allowing users to interact with the device without touching the display, while the latter will have those newly revealed on-screen buttons for Back, Windows and Cortana.

We understand that ‘Goldfinger’ will have “cutting edge technology” and it is considered to be the next flagship Windows Phone.

Even more on Windows Phone 8.1

Other features Windows Phone Central can exclusively reveal that are either coming to Windows Phone 8.1 or that are actively being worked on include micro SD card support for installing apps and games. This feature is especially important for low-cost devices, like the Lumia 520, where internal storage is limited to just 8 GB (and less than 5 GB actually available).

In terms of the notification center, we can reveal that they work even on the Lockscreen. The Lockscreen can still be swiped up like normal to unlock the phone, but in Windows Phone 8.1 you can also swipe down to go directly to the new Notification Center.

The default camera app is also being updated, with buttons and functions similar to the Windows 8.1 camera app, though these will be located on the left side of the viewfinder.

First-party Tiles, like Email, can be swiped towards the left to clear the Live Tile of notifications/counts. Currently, users can swipe from the Right to bring up the full app list for the OS, but swiping left will clear any Tiles without the user having to open the program directly in 8.1. As of now, this feature is only open to first-party functions like Email and the People Hub, though presumably Microsoft could open it up to developers via an API.

‘Cortana’ voice assistant is very contextual, meaning it will be woven throughout the OS and it will work based on information on-screen. For example, say a text message is sent that states "Want to get dinner tomorrow in New York?" you'll see parts of that text message underlined. Click that and you'll be able to instantly enter the info into your calendar with some of those fields already populated e.g. it would fill "New York" as the location. If the message had the time it will already have the time in there as well.

Ghost notifications, we’ve previously mentioned in an earlier article. How they work is that for something like a "Like" on Facebook or a "favorite" on Twitter don't warrant a full Toast notification, alerting the user. Instead, ghost notifications just go straight to the Notification Center and don't overtly notify you. This feature will be open to developers, we are told.

Windows Phone 8.1 is shaping up to be a significant update for Microsoft. Current Windows Phone 8 devices are expected to be able to update to the 8.1 OS, though when that will happen it is not known. Microsoft's Build 2014 developer conference will take place on April 2-4 in San Francisco, where the first major update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 are likely to be announced. Developer previews of those updates may also be available at that time as well, similar to the current Update 3 Preview program.

Source: The Verge, Windows Phone Central

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Agent-P says:

Separate volume controls! FINALLY!

Acbuono5 says:

Goldfinger is probably the 920 successor!

Then what is the 929

Acbuono5 says:

The 928 successor

Markp74 says:

From what I understand the 929 was developed seperately purely for Verizon and won't be offered to anyone else anywhere globally. So a seperate product skew and not a successor to anything really.

Th3 I3LooD says:

The successor to the 920 is the 1020 and the successor to the 1020 is the 1520.... Really... Get with the program dude!

EmolaT says:

Not really sure that is true. It seems the 1520 is on parallell with the 1020. Being flagships of their respective categories. Standard size smartphone VS Aircraft carrier sized smartphone :)

The 1020 still has the better camera..

Kram Sacul says:

The 1020 and 1520 are not followups to the 920.  One is a phablet and the other is a 920 with a super camera on the back.  The successor to the 920 will be the 930.

Th3 I3LooD says:

I hate that everyone says the 1020 is a 920 with a better camera, that's sooo ignorant, the 1020 has a amoled screen instead of LCD, 2gigs of system memory instead of just 1, the physical button build and feedback is much improved, it has more microphones with better noise cancellation, improved vibration motor and a ton of other major improvements under the hood that I don't have the time to explain here like redesigned PCB! The gap between the 820 and 920 is smaller then the 920 and 1020! So YES the 1020 is the successor to the 920... That's why NOKIA calls it a frikkin 1020!!! The same goes for the 1520!

Moiz Mian says:

Mmm, no I don't think so. I consider the amoled and lack of wireless charging as downgrades. It's apparent since 1520 went back to LCD. Also the 2 gigs of memory don't improve performance at all. In fact 1020 scores marginally worse than 920 in benchmarks. The successor will be 930, 940, or 950 I'd bet.

rodneyej says:

That's completely wrong..

dhruv07 says:

Totally worth waiting if all these reports are true ..!!! Damn cool that i chose wp over android . :)

Th3 I3LooD says:

Made a good choice there bro! Good to hear your happy with WP... Myself... Won't ever look back! Lumia all the way baby!!

benlee78 says:

I second that notion :) I just bought a Lumia 521 and trashed my crappy Android phone (of which I had originally paid double what I just paid for the Lumia). I loved it so much, that I bought 2 more for friends of mine... both of them say it's the best phone they've ever had!

Cody Paris says:

I simply can't even use Android after using Windows Phone. iOS 7 is the only iOS I like too. Only thing I would get Google related is a Chromebook (because of the price and I'm always connected to Internet.) And even then, I would prefer Windows 8. I mean come on, METRO IS SO BEAUTIFUL.

borasar says:

+920, that and EAP-TLS support are probably top two features i'm waiting for

now if whatsapp also releases speach support in 2014 it'll be perfect!

 

someone post the "it's happening" gif

xandros9 says:

there we go :)

 

my body is ready

borasar says:

shut up and take my money?

dreamfly says:

Being waiting EAP-TLS for more than a Year.  MicroSlow really knows the speed of the mobile business.

I think they should also introduce a sound balance option for people who have slightly impaired hearing.

Bloobed says:

I wonder if we'll finally be able to fully mute the phone.

dwarfsize says:

You know you can, go into settings, ring tone, and there are two "switches" that let you turn on and off both sound, and vibration. If you turn off vibrate, the shortcut setting when you press the volume button will switch between ring and silent, and if vibration is on, then it will switch between vibrate and ring + vibrate.

aafa says:

I'm excited too, but are we the laughing stock of phone OS' because at this point in phone technology, we have to wait for this feature til next year? Ughh

Sean D. says:

Dude, if you really know people who laugh at you over that, then you probably need to know new people.

RayWP7 says:

Not to mention any amount of research could have been applied so that he didn't purchase the phone in the first place thereby removing the concern of being mocked by his peers.

aafa says:

Wow, what a dumb assumption. I bet you're still stick on WP7, still whining about the lack of support.

Antistatic says:

Finally.... And only after 3 years or so.... Go Microsoft...

revamp says:

I know. I feel like they are still just trying to play catch up. Don't get me wrong, they have some nice features that iOS doesn't have and they don't far apart like Android but there are plenty of functionality being added in this update that should have been there already.

I've had a Windows Phone since day one released with WP7, but it just seems like until they can play catch up with certain things/feature, they won't be able to fully fight for dominance in the mobile industry especially in the US where the market is very convuluted.

Cody Paris says:

Totally. It's right now, just a game of catch up. Only thing I have seen people have a problem with on Windows Phone is that my nephew got one, L520, and my sister put his actual age on there, and forgot to set up a parent account before hand.

Only a matter of time until Apple and other companies actually realize that Nokia is an amazing phone maker. Imagine if Nokia made a full fledged Android phone? Nokia and Samsung would go at it.

Adrian Sirbu says:

THE BEST PHONE MAKER dude...the BEST

Owen Clark says:

Nokia X, let's see how that works as an Android device.

Jack Larson1 says:

apple iphone est 2007, WP EST 2010. And we are almost caught up in (REAL) apps, already there in build quality, and almost there OS wise.
covered alot more ground in many less years.and we have 41 mp tech, glance, and soon, the coolest voice assistant. Buy stock in MS.

Paul Acevedo says:

Yep, we've been advocating for that feature for so long. Glad Microsoft finally got the hint. :)

taymur says:

That is amazing

backlashsid says:

I asked for help here and my comment was deleted :(

backlashsid says:

ha ha !! u again...will anyone here with a HTC 8x (Tmobile) help me out

Not sure what you need help with but your best bet would be to ask for support in the forums. I got lots of help there when I had 8X problems earlier in the year.

Ryan Spooner says:

Why would you ask for help in the comments of a news article? That's what forums are for.

backlashsid says:

I am sorry but no one ever visits them and i dont get any response

frett says:

Dude you posted in a thread that is almost a year old, and it doesn't appear that you read the original post. He says (in caps) "STOCK, NON CARRIER BRANDED ROM for the 8X". So, no, his solution mentioned 10 months ago will not work for your carrier branded phone.

You could also try PM'ing the OP.

look at the swipe to left gesture!! that so cool! i hope MS allows other apps to use this one too.

anon5351951 says:

Heck yeah! Christ, if this is all true and turns up next year I might actually cry. I have my wallet ready!!! Go Microsoft!

infosage says:

Any bets on when AT&T customers will actually get this?  2014 seems out of the question.

Sunofabob says:

I'm sure we will see this in 2015. I like that we finally get a notification center. Cortana is legit considering its/her history.

tipu2185 says:

I cannot wait. Finally Microsoft is bridging the gap. Big yay for following.

Quick Settings

Notification Center

Separate volume controls for ringtone volume and media playback (it won’t be on a per app basis, but rather system wide)

VPN support for enterprise users

Deeper integration into the People Hub for Twitter and Facebook

Does anyone know if GDR3 has been released for the Nokia Lumia 521 for T-Mobile? I haven't received the update yet. I'm running Nokia Amber currently

Have it on my 521 through the dev preview.

MikeSo says:

I don't think it has, but you can easily sign up for the Microsoft Developer program and download it. I too run it on my Lumia 521 and it works like a charm.

how1ard says:

20 seconds on Nokia's website produced this:

"The Lumia Black update (bundled with GDR3 of Windows Phone 8) will be made available in early 2014. No other details have been made available as of yet."

Acryion says:

Official GDR3 for all Nokia Lumia's will launch with the Lumia Black update, sometime until February.

Thanks everyone for the heads up on the update.

Zulfigar says:

It hasn't been released "officially" (as in including the Black firmware) to any Nokia phone yet (just the HTC 8X from what I've seen), which makes sense because Nokia brings the Black firmware too, so that much extra work. :)

kgaouette72 says:

Hey Freak (sorry -could not help myself),

I suppose it could have been a coincidence and my Lumia 1020 just happened to update the moment I un-installed the Windows Phone under Device Management, but I think that's unlikely.

So, it's worth trying:

With Lumia connected to your Surface Pro 2 - make sure Auto-Update is temporarily disabled so you can "see" it if it becomes a available

Go to Dervice Mgr and remove "Windows Phone" - Restart PC/Tablet

Verify Windows Phone is back in Device Mgr-disconnect phone. If update notification doesn't appear, restart device.

That worked for me and I got my GDR3 Update for my Lumia 1020 – would like to hear if it works.

VSparxx says:

Cool stuff coming.

Hope there will be more...but kinda don't want this to be leaked, i love surprises :D :D

RyanAMG says:

LOL I'm the same I want to know but also love surprises when I get OS updates.

lippidp says:

I say leak it all! You can keep your surprise by not reading the article. I want to know as much as possible as soon as possible so I can make decisions.

Th3 I3LooD says:

What's the difference... Just let the leaks surprise you LOL!!!

VSparxx says:

Ohh...come on, you can't be so impatient,all those leaks harm more than do good to the platform, if there will be something available only for WP, something new and impressive and will get leaked let's say half a year before availability, those leaks will do good only to competition.

I can understand why all you guys love leaks, i love them too, but i  was just reffering to the fact that not all stuff needs to be leaked, so one can have time and mature it's proposal before competition catch up.

Jack Larson1 says:

You are making my impatience worse! Arg. I hope Att started "testing" 8.1 months ago so its ready soon after build...

I hope my ATIV S will get this update. :)

absolutshame says:

I'm sure it will. I would not be surprised if Samsung decided to release a flagship device that takes advantage of the gesture controls mentioned. Seems right up their alley.

Its hardware is capable, so I don't see why not!

keagohopper says:

With you there, brother. I've got one too. If this is true, yeah , I think I'll jump over the moon. Especially love that I'll be able to put apps on my sd card. Love everything else too. Just wondering if it will actually come to Windows Phone 8, read on a website that it wouldn't.

Clavitox says:

That sounds great. Especially for Xbox music :)

Indeed, I can't wait for XB music to be decoupled from the OS. They need to update it like every month because it's in a disgraceful state right now. Zune worked better in WP7 and the fact that the WP8 app for Win8 doesn't even sync properly... well, it's embarrasing.

Zulfigar says:

Zune just worked better, period. Lol

Dre325 says:

I still have my Lumia 900 and one of the things keeping me from upgrading is the horrible disgrace that is XB Music.  I'm still enjoying wireless sync and other features of Zune software!!

eruptflail says:

Finally, the world has been so quiet on WP 8.1 that I thought it died!

hwangeruk says:

Everyone has know for some time it was due Q2 2014.

You need to be punished. Please read WP Central _every day_ until you are more enlightened!

Do it for 365 days, then you have served your sentence ;)

nez99 says:

Haha I love how they keep using that shambolic leak photo for these updates ;)

stui83 says:

Yeah the pic has become a real call to arms, fire up the troops!

Coolaaron88 says:

Let the excitrment begin. Cant wait to load this on my 1520 :)

juanitoriv says:

Sounds like the TITS!!!!

explosive0 says:

Daniel, why do you keep deleting my comments?

Just the stupid ones, no worries.

morpheus1982 says:

Should have deleted that one too! Joking of course.

explosive0 says:

Would never be treated like this on MacRumors. Thanks, Daniel :)

saket87 says:

Only wise people come here so stupidity is out, even in comments

Tips_y says:

Probably because the reality distortion field is working in full force over there and have you completely covered. LOL!

VNamah says:

So much win..

taymur says:

hhahahaha, nice, although im typing this with the fear of getting doubled burned by Daniel hahahaa

Wp8 lvr says:

daniel can u tell me why microsoft restricted or locked video hub for saving downloaded videos in wp8 device in video hub and share video hub content.. tell me if u know please.. n it resolve in wp8.1 blue or not.. please answer

cdayo says:

Relax bro, some apps are already getting this ability privately from msft it seems - like whatsapp

josonjoy1986 says:

Have almost the same doubt..... Where do the downloaded videos go ??? I downloaded a few videos using UC. But i can't find them anywhere except in UC's download manager. Couldn't find even using PC. Can anyone help please ???

frett says:

One of the many reasons why I would LOVE a file explorer/manager for WP.

Madhu T C says:

It will always be in apps own memory. No other app can see it. May be even third party file manager can't see it

JCtheGreat says:

I hope every WP8 devices will get this update.

rubenbest says:

Read the article

JCtheGreat says:

I read it. It said "devices are expected". So, there you go.

The current line is yes, all current WP8 devices will get the update. Of course, 8.1 will have new hardware dependent features, so not every feature will be there and presumably "something could happen" that would prevent the update.

But we are expecting all phones, even the Lumia 520, to get updated.

dinod says:

Hopefully Verizon will allow it for the seemingly discontinued 822. I don't want to become a dev (no matter how easy it is (if I did, I'd buy an Android phone)) to side load it.

Munkeyphyst says:

You do know that you basically just sign up with an email and the update pops up in your phone update que just as if it were regularly scheduled to be. It's not side loaded and it's less work than signing up for a forum.

Stop fearing the unknown.  It's extremely easy to install Update 3.  No need to sideload anything. Just sign up and the update pops up on your phone.  Highly recommend it.

Lichenologic says:

You keep talking about the 520 with its 8gb of storage, but there are some of us, like me, who, im sorry to say, have an 8S, with its 4gb of storage, of which less than 3gb is available to the user.

Tips_y says:

Maybe it's because a vast chunk of WP8 devices out there in the world is the lowly but great 520. Maybe it's also because by the time WP8.1 rolls out, Nokia D&S (of which the 520 is part and parcel of) will already be in the hands of MS therefore they'll have control over the 520. Maybe HTC (of which the 8S is part and parcel of) will not spend time and money and effort to test WP8.1 for the 8S and MS has very little control over that. But if HTC spends the time and money and effort to test WP8.1 for 8S, I'm sure it will get the update.

shamrock1988 says:

April seems so far off lol

cesar ruiz1 says:

They announce it on April first devices receive it by November att receives it by summer 2015.

tpitts15 says:

this sounds amazing

rubenbest says:

^.^^.^^.^ i just wet me pants

Tafsern says:

I wish you were a girl...

I just shipped my bed!
 

Th3 I3LooD says:

Daniel.. Halo... Your missing some! ^

frostieDE says:

Great to hear, hopefully they release a beta version of 8.1 prior to the BUILD event. 

Something actually bothers me: "VPN support for enterprise users". I hope, everyone gets VPN support including support for Cisco IPSec (which Windows 8.1 unfortunately lacks).

Fiann says:

I'm sure they will. But VPN is rarely going to be used outside enterprise environments. Not saying there's no use but not a lot.

teoami says:

Every WP8.1 phone will have VPN support, it just part of the whole Enterprise pack that MS has been touting as coming soon in order to get more companies on board. Enterprise users are just the target, not the exclusive.

Nik Rolls says:

Read as 'VPN support, good for enterprise users'.

hwangeruk says:

Any IT department that forces VPN usage on a nice shiny smartphone should be taken out at dawn and shot.

 

wpguy says:

So you would prefer that anyone can remote in without security?

IT departments usually don't dictate use cases, only implement and support the solutions requested of them by other parts of the business.

For most of our mobility users, having VPN availability on corporate devices would give end users an option for accessing a lot of intranet based resources that aren't available without pulling out their laptop and tunneling into the network.  Access from the phone to, say, timekeeping resources, IT support resources, HR information, etc. would make a lot of our end users happy to keep the laptop at the office or in its bag.

Not sure what you were getting at with this comment.  Unless you're one of the "everything should be SSL and in the cloud" types.  In that case, I would say that the majority of companies either aren't comfortable with, or aren't capable of changing all internal systems to accommodate this.

rubenbest says:

DE? Are u a fellow Delawarean?

frostieDE says:

Nope, I'm from Germany :P

walter1832 says:

Where in the Diamond State are you from?

kbilly70 says:

Sounds amazing. I'm confused about the Goldfinger and Moneypenny. Does not Goldfinger not have Cortana and onscreen buttons?

Fiann says:

I'm sure it will have Cortana since it is integrated into the OS. On-screen buttons are intended for price-conscious devices so probably not since Goldfinger is intended to be a flagship and will most likely have dedicated buttons for them.

Every WP8 will have Cortana, it's a major OS feature. Goldfinger will have HW buttons since it's a flagship, Moneypenny will have on-screen ones.

poddie says:

I'm sure it will have Cortana, but onscreen buttons will likely be used for low cost devices and potentially Android dual boot devices. Many people (myself included) despise the idea of onscreen buttons.

poddie says:

Wow, I see Fiann beat me to it, and using a nearly identical post!

kbilly70 says:

That makes sense. And I don't care for them either.

danielgray says:

I think on screen buttons will enable larger screens and smaller bezels.

poddie says:

I don't understand why either of those would be any different.

IceCrush says:

Now we need some info on "GoldFinger" ... I will miss my 920 :(

rohanagarwal says:

Keep it handy as a secondary phone. ;)

SocalTouch says:

Looks like my kid is getting a mid-year upgrade from Lumia 520 to 920!

rohanagarwal says:

Lucky kid. But u and me are luckier. ;)

I'm actually looking forward to Moneypenny. I'm a fan of on-screen buttons and if it makes the handset cheaper, win-win!

Ugh... Why must the notification center be a swipe from the top! Don't get me wrong I want a notification center but it should be a swipe from the left (opposite the full app list). Having it be from the top just makes it feel like a copy of the other major OS's. The left swipe would have made it more unique.

Well the status bar is swipe from the top as well, so I don't see why not notifications also. The core OS of WP is enough to differentiate between other OS's anyway

rohanagarwal says:

It would have made it unique, but would have interfered with the normal working of the UI within apps. Swiping from the top actually enables you to get the notification center from within any app, while swiping from the left will require making a sort of status bar which might look ugly like it did in WP7 or would sometimes register a swipe for notification center even when you don't want it to. That's what i think. So the universal way is actually good, sometimes, its good to go the conventional way, especially when so many other things are unconventional..awesome though. ;)

Good point. I was just thinking of use from the home screen, and forgot about usability while in an app. Guess that's why I'm not a UI designer. :)

rohanagarwal says:

No worries brother. I see a lot of people said the same thing to you. :D i wonder why they thought they had to type it all again when they all said the same thing. :D

dukrem says:

My thoughts exactly. As much as I like the unique points of WP8 I was really hoping they'd do this as a swipe down, I don't think its worth compromising usability for uniqueness. This is especially important when a lot of the apps in the store are poorly designed and either don't quick-resume or lose their place when resumed, you don't want to force users out of an app to access notifications (especially with the BRILLIANT idea of ghost notifications). And quick settings need to be accessible everywhere, else they are useless.

nelsonecm says:

It wouldn't work well in apps that use swipe to right and left to navigate (almost every app in the store) , swiping down from the top it's accessible from anywhere.

This is exactly the issue. The pivots in apps are swipe left AND swipe right. Having a notification center hidden on the left side (swipe right to reveal) would affect the pivots. Top down is very reasonable and I don't see a better way.

If u'r in app & want to access the notification centre, u have to leave ur app & go to home screen to access them. Swipe down from top means it's always accessible from every where even from the lock screen!

taymur says:

because a swipe from the left interacts with live tiles, that's even a more wow feature than the notification center :P

fwaits says:

They want it accessible from anywhere not just the Start screen that's likely why.

RockmanNeo says:

I agree! Make WP unique! Left swipe won't be accessible to anywhere tho. See my suggestion below:

http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/sugg...

Sean D. says:

I agree 100%, but I guess the only really saving grace (for me, anyway) is that the other's aped theirs from the old Windows Moble status bar. :-/

 

 

Marco Gomes1 says:

The swipe down is NOT a feature from iOS or android. It was is use much earlier. Remember Symbian.

omullins says:

Awww yeah, come on, April! Can't wait. I like the sound of "Quick Settings" in the notification area, hopefully they do that right (wifi, data, bluetooth, brightness, music controls sounds good to me).

rohanagarwal says:

Yes. I want toggles, not shortcuts.

Nik Rolls says:

Yep, toggles are important. I even wouldn't mind 'toggle tiles' as an option for ones that you can't have or don't want in the drawer.

rohanagarwal says:

Ohhh I'd so love for the live tiles to be more dynamic. For instance, we hit them once to open the app, but a double click will sort of let them hover on the start screen much like they do while changing their position on the start screen, so everything else becomes dormant and only that live tile is interactive and thus we can scroll within the live tile to view what's what. You know, kinda like the mail widget of Symbian 3. I was in love with that widget.

Nik Rolls says:

That would be very cool!

Aaron M says:

And screen rotation lock. Hopefully they let you pick which settings go there.

omullins says:

Oh yeah, definitely.

And yes, toggles!

rohanagarwal says:

Screen rotation lock comes in GDR3, right,??

meddyrainzo says:

What did they mean by "there will be 4 tabs as well"? Didn't really get that part

Tips_y says:

Yes, I wondered about that too. But I think it means the Notification Center will have tabs to tap to get from page 1, to 2, to 3, to 4 rather than scroll all the way down to the last notification.

nez99 says:

I was hoping this would drop a bit sooner than April though that's a looooong way off

Its not really expected until about June, however, devs MAY get a preview around April.

poddie says:

I think this article is just saying that the Build conference is in April, and that the first UPDATE to WP8.1 should be announced there, not that 8.1 itself won't be released until then. However, it's pretty hard to say exactly what the schedule will be. I hope its earlier.

Nik Rolls says:

No, it doesn't say that. It says 8.1 is expected to be announced at //BUILD (where MS announce most if not all their major OS updates), and that it's possible the dev preview will be available on the same day like they do for Windows Consumer Previews.

poddie says:

Ugh.  Thanks for the clarification.  I guess.  :-)

Nik Rolls says:

Actually I see where the confusion may be because of a previous article about //BUILD ...

- Windows 8.next (update to 8.1) is expected to be announced
- Windows Phone 8.1 (update to 8.0) is expected to be announced and possibly available for preview

Unfortunately it seems like the two OSes are destined to remain a version out of sync, at least until whenever W(P)9 comes out. Not to say that the feature-set will be out of sync, but it would be nice for the version numbers to align.

Rubios says:

We are talking about Microsoft here.

rohanagarwal says:

I am glad to read such promising things about WP. Though, I'd really like it if they sped the process. I know, its difficult and all, but i really cant wait to do all what has been described in the article, and i am sure i am not the only one. I wish they release it in the first quarter of 2014, April basically, when they have the event for it, if they do. They need to learn pushing updates from apple. A week after their event. That's one of the very few things i actually like about apple, that and their hardware launch.

12Danny123 says:

Isn't that what the developer program does?

rohanagarwal says:

I don't mean the developer program mate. Its like a beta version. GDR3 was also buggy when it was first released. I mean the finished OS. They should push it out as soon as they announce it. If they talk about it in April but actually push it out later, which usually happens, its a big turn off for me. All i am saying is that if they say April, let us have it by April.

Hoekie says:

I'm running GDR3 from the very start it was released and I did not experience any bugs. So as soon as a beta update can be downloaded I will jump right on it. And yes, hopefully before april 2014.

rohanagarwal says:

Mine did mate. I have a 620 lying around and i tried the dev preview on it. The apps were named incorrectly. Sometimes some apps would crash. Minor ones..but they were there..

Is the Lumia 928 ever gonna get GDR3???

You're lying or talking from ignorance. Dev program is NOT a beta program. Anything you get from the dev program is actual finished builds that you should get from the carriers but take forever because they insist on doing excessive network testing. GDR3 was NOT buggy, it was a perfectly solid and finalized release.

As I recall, Apple announced iOS7 mid-Summer... and wasn't released until September. Not exactly a week later.

rohanagarwal says:

Don't get your knickers in a twist just because i mentioned a few praises for apple. I am a WP fan too. What i said was "when they have the event." so within a week, every iOS device gets the update. And even when they talked about it to the general public, the beta version was out. So if Microsoft says April 2014, it should be April 2014. That's what i said. Read properly, understand and then reply. :)

Take your own advice.
I stand by my comment, iOS 7 was not released a week after their 'event' or announcement.

rohanagarwal says:

IOS 7 was released with the iPhone 5s, and i got the update for my iPhone 5 about a week later. Heck, the iPhone 4 got it the same day. Though it made the 4 slow as a snail. iOS 7 was showcased somewhere around April. That's not what i am talking about. They set a date for the release of their OS version and stick to it. thats what i am saying. Kindly understand.

Kindly understand, that is not what you said in your original comment.

Rockartisten says:

But he was correct.

Tips_y says:

iOS7 was announced sometime around July 2013 and it was officially released with the iPhone 5S in September 2013 so tanglewoodDEV is closer to the truth since it was almost two months rather than two weeks.

gfunk84 says:

I hope they decouple the default apps from the OS like W8/8.1. That way they could be updated more frequently without requiring a new OS version.

12Danny123 says:

Likely. The verge says that its understandable that MS does this. And that it does make sense

IceCrush says:

Btw .. Is there anything about the Skype/messaging integration?

YES!!! This is one of the Most important functions!

poddie says:

Agreed, we need this to be better... it's already quite good, but they need to get messages syncing and other Skype lines to stop ringing when you pick up. Ideally it should be nearly instantaneous to get into Skype too, like bring up the dialer.

They are on it. There was an article about that.

Nik Rolls says:

This is happening independent of the update. It's been an issue for Skype because historically it was a P2P system and now it needs to be anchored in the cloud, so it's very transitional. But completely independent of 8.1 (except maybe the dialler).
By the way, I had a Skype call yesterday showing on both my tablet and phone and as soon as I answered on the tablet the phone stopped ringing.

poddie says:

Agreed, as far as the sync issues (I've seen the articles), but I also would like to see a bit a bit better integration, so that it opens up much more snappily.  I have a 1020 and sometimes when I try to answer a Skype call it takes 5 seconds or even more to get the actual call started.  I'm pretty happy with it (compared to where it was a year ago), but the performance side of it is still pretty weak.

Nik Rolls says:

Yeah. Actually what it pretty much needs is a perpetual 'fast app resume'. One that doesn't clear on reboot or app close (or at least re-creates itself fresh at these times). This way the app can still remain out of memory when not being used, but can start up instantly whenever it's needed.

poddie says:

The goal should be for it to come up as fast as the phone dialer.  Certainly that may be a bit out of reach, but I'm hopeful if they could bake in more of the underlying code maybe they could get it a lot closer.

Nik Rolls says:

Yep, fast-app-resume will come up that quickly. Except that it has to have already been loaded and then not quit (eg, get out using Windows button or task manager, not back) to save it's state to disk for the resume to work. So if they made a way for the state to always be saved (or at least, a fresh state created when you do quit it properly) then you could easily have this instant launch.

Fast app resume doesn't mean it comes back to the same place you left it whenever you launch it – the developer actually has to conciously add that functionality – it just means that the app's resources and general state are 'hibernated' and can be rehydrated instantly, ready to show whichever page the developer wanted.

kullkid92x says:

Correct.

I am not a Skype user, but I think the main annoyance of Skype integration right now is the "messages syncing and other Skype lines to stop ringing when you pick up"

I believe the Skype team already mentioned they are doing a huge overhaul to the core service to bring that syncing integration across every platform (android, iOS included) so if Microsoft doesn't mention any news about Skype for windows phone 8.1 then maybe its just the Skype team who needs to complete that overhaul then send out app updates.

matro says:

^^ +1520 this!

salsahil says:

The short-swipe for quick settings is kinda' like what Ubuntu Touch OS has got. And a long swipe for notifications. Oh, well. As long as its making it smarter!

Nik Rolls says:

Ubuntu Touch OS also copied most of its interaction styles from the MeeGo on the N9 and Windows 8 :)

TK2011 says:

WPC one-ups Verge!

BTW, I don't like Verge at all. MS fans should boycott that site IMO.

mr toes says:

I hope cortana will be available outside the US, MS has a nasty habit of making Bing features US only

They are on it. There was an article about that.

Which is al the more stupid when we consider that their usage share in the US is minimal compared to european users.

Residing says:

How did WPC 'one up' The Verge? The source link is from The Verge.

MikeSo says:

Read the article again and you'll see...

dkp23 says:

April such a long way, surprising to see no reference to any type to skype improvement and/or integration. 

Skype needs to be deeply interegrated andt he messaging system needs to be overhauled which i believe they said would be.  Pretty much, get group me into skype, group me works great. 

implementation is going to be key, hopefully it will work properly.  I am one that really doesnt care abou the notification center, but i know it is needed for a competitive standpoint.  Looking more forward to the deeper twitter/facebook integration and even perhaps instagram. 

 

Some other small quirks, have ability to attach emails from email app, open nokia camera without requiring a pin code, kids corner without pin code, better skype integration, xbox video, being able to create a playlist in music properly, and also able to manage xbox music frmo the phone to pc and vice versa.  . 

kb4000 says:

Nokia Camera without pin will be fixed in Nokia Black according to Nokia Beta Labs.

denis7 says:

Since some countires don't have Xbox music I wonder if those changes affect Music+Videos as well.

Studio384 says:

Isn't Internet Explorer 11 also an obvious feature?

BTW: howe sure are we that Windows Phone 8.1 will be announced as late as April 2nd? I mean, the MWC (and CES) conference are also to come, and Build has never been used to talk a lot about Windows Phone. It has always been, almost exclusivly, about Windows 8.x and Internet Explorer.

Definitely nothing at CES and I doubt at MWC. MS likes to do their own events now.

Arpitz says:

Wait, so that means moneypenny and goldfinger is due AFTER the build event? Nokia wont announce anything at all at CES and MWC?

I think moneypenny and goldfinger are still Nokia phones. I doubt they want to allow six months to pass with little to announce. Note that they announced the Lumia 900 on January 9 and offered it in stores starting April 8.

Cody Paris says:

They may schedule a new event for Windows Phone 8.1, we can't rule that out just yet.

Nik Rolls says:

Yeah I would say IE11 is such a given that it wasn't mentioned. It would be great to have because IE10 doesn't support sensors (only GPS, no orientation/accelerometer/etc) whereas IE11 does.

juba20 says:

Amazing I love the quick setting and notification center

guyjkh says:

What about that skype integration, like facetime!!!

rohanagarwal says:

Ohhh yeah. I like the quality of facetime video calls. I'd like that on Skype..

aschaps says:

My 920 just had it's first birthday and I couldn't be more content with the phone. However, the second Goldfinger goes on sale at AT&T I can gaurentee you I will put this phone out to pasture. I'm so excited!

Antluv82 says:

I got tha 920, it tha best phone I ever had

Until you find out that AT&T castrated Goldfinger because they believe in standards that no one else uses. F  PMA

Jf.Vigor says:

F PMS too for ruining so many good evenings

user4545 says:

"Currently, users can swipe to the Right to bring up the full app list for the OS"

 

You do the swipe motion to the left to bring up the full app list.

They accidently typed to instead of from. You know what they meant .

AnggaM17 says:

@Daniel Rubino.
Also adding file Manager in update Windows Phone 8.1 ??

Nope, probably not until WP/RT convergence, whenever that is.

False. It's not clear yet if they are going with the SkyDrive version (access to files) or a true folder manager. 

Sean D. says:

Good Lord I hope they don't.

 

ricsip says:

As you can see, there is not a damn word about it. So there will be ZERO filemanager in 8.1. Maybe in 2020 when WP9 is released.

It is coming as an skydrive app similar to skydrive app for w8.1

baron1996 says:

What is about quick settings and 4 tabs

Antluv82 says:

I hope they make like show her on tha screen...that will be so Sweet

marantaz says:

Yes it would...but then the women would complain and they'd have to provide a male version...

Rubios says:

I demand Cortano because... equality and stuff.

Kieta says:

This all sounds great and I do look forward to the updates. But MS takes way too long to get these updates out. I understand the need for testing, etc. but by the time they release some of these things people will have moved on to devices where this stuff is already included. I love the WP8 OS but I just wish we had more timely updates.

poddie says:

Agreed. I wish they would dedicate more resources to WP for a year or two, at least until they get it competitive. Otherwise it is a constant catchup cycle and they will never be on equal footing.

Sean D. says:

Which OS moves faster?

4 tabs?? Like Wifi On/Off, 3G/4G On/Off, Location On/Off, Bluetooth On/Off? Will be customizable?

Deeper integration into the People Hub for Twitter and Facebook?? Can you give more details?? I always loved this kind of integration but since WP8 seams that the focus on that was disappearing...

The only thing I didnt like is that all these things leave us with a possible GA of WP8.1 just for the second half of the year. This is too much time! I can only pray that this time Nokia will not release a customizable firmware, so that wont delay so much the WP 8.1 release.

ricsip says:

4 tabs?? Like Wifi On/Off, 3G/4G On/Off, Location On/Off, Bluetooth On/Off? Will be customizable?

Sorry, but only wishful thinking. None of them will be developed.

Did you read the artcile?

ricsip says:

Quick settings on the swipe down page will be (I am predicting, but quite likely) just yet another stupid and useless SHORTCUT and not a TOGGLE. If its going to be a TOGGLE indeed, I shut up immediately ;)

Ftruck90 says:

If it's a shortcut and not a toggle I'm pretty sure I will just throw my Lumia 920 in a blender out of rage.

WhippedKream says:

For the facebook and twitter integration im guessing more things being available that you can do, i.e. seeing who liked your photos/comments, liking comments, and maybe seeing pages/groups you are in, I don't know. Twitter i don't use it but like favorites that they said in the article perhaps. And I hope to God it's toggles instead of just a shortcut... that'd be pretty annoying lol. so many apps for that already :P

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