[UPDATE] Windows Phone 8.1 Features – See What’s in the box for Your Lumia?


Lately, a lot of screenshots and features are leaking for Windows Phone 8.1. You must be excited to know what is coming for your Lumia, next right?

From our sources, we have been able to get to know following features that are coming with the Windows Phone 8.1:

  • Notification area
  • Miracast
  • File Manager
  • Apps on SD card
  • Support for QHD – 2560×1600
  • Support for lower than 480x800px resolution
  • Burst mode in camera
  • Cortana voice assistance
  • Use third party as message app
  • IE with Flash Player
  • IE can now upload and download files
  • On screen button for OEM manufacturers to utilize in new hardware designs.
  • Separate volume setting for Ringer and Apps
  • Multitask like RT
  • Swipe down to end apps
  • Universal app with windows 8
  • New podcast app
  • VPN



We received some more information. Here is the list:

  • NEW Stereoscopic 3d support
  • NEW Wi-Fi Direct, a Wi-Fi standard allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point
  • NEW Windows Phone 8.1 apps won’t run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade
  • NEW Documentation confirms ALL current Windows Phone 8 hardware to get 8.1
  • NEW Dev tools: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker
  • NEW PlayTo support
  • NEW Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt
  • NEW YouTube Player (see lede image) including HTML5 video support (video playback doesn’t have to be full screen) And you get custom UI, so YouTube Closed Captions are in
  • NEW File picker
  • NEW Geofencing API for location-based reminders
  • NEW Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer
  • NEW Slide down to close apps
  • NEW Navigation bar color selection
  • NEW USB choices
  • NEW Updated camera layout, similar to Windows 8.1
  • Back button doesn’t terminate the app
  • No more XAP, instead APPX
  • VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  • OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) with integrated file browser (just like Windows 8.1)
  • Filter through installed apps by usage/install date
  • Select multiple tiles when customising the Start screen [FALSE]
  • More efficient multitasking
  • Ability to install apps on inserted SD Cards
  • Internet Explorer 11 improved with WebGL and Normal mapping support
  • Separate volume controls for ringer, media, etc.
  • Bing smart search (similar search system as Windows 8.1)
  • Xbox Music and Xbox Video as standalone apps instead of the Music + Video Hub (allowing more updates to be pushed)
  • Redesigned Xbox Game Hub
  • Twitter integrated more deeply into the contacts Hub
  • Facebook account option REMOVED (updated)
  • Quick settings access (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) by doing a quick swipe from the top of the screen
  • Action Center accessed by doing a full swipe from up to the bottom (separate from the Notification Center)
  • Silent notifications which go directly to the Action center
  • Possibility to mark a Live Tile as read by swiping from the left of said tile
  • Auto-updates for apps (just like Windows 8.1)
  • Better backup functionality
  • Improved keyboard
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE (to non-Lumia Windows Phones)
  • Feature to mirror Windows Phone screens to TVs and/or monitors

Things not included in the SDK:

  • Cortana
  • Action Center + Notification Center
  • New gesture-based keyboard

I am sure this Windows Phone 8.1 seems much more interesting and exciting than ever. What more would you like to see?

 Sources: WPCentral

Kishan Gor is a Co-Founder of NokiaTips. He is Software Developer by profession and have a great passion for Programming and Gadgets.

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