Are you a Windows Phone OS fan and have been waiting with excitement for official details of what to expect from the upcoming version 8.1 update? We have compiled everything right here for your convenience.
- Independent volume controls – the ability to control your ringer volume separately from your media volume
- Cortana – Windows Phone’s personal virtual assistant, ever learning about you in order to assist you better, and interacts with all apps, including 3rd party ones
- Skype: now integrated with the Phone dialer and with Cortana
- Action Centre – notifications and quick access to settings
- Custom Tile Backgrounds
- Lock screen Themes
- Internet Explorer 11 – able to upload files through IE 11, with the browser also supporting WebGL and YouTube’s HTML5 video player
- Calendar – redesigned
- Word Flow keyboard – similar to SwiftKey, allowing users to swipe over letters on a keyboard. It is reported that Word Flow Keyboard has overthrown Swype as the OFFICIAL WORLD RECORD holder for mobile typing. That was fast!
- Quiet Hours – you can set any period of the day when you want only a certain group of people to be able to reach you
- Low-end CPU support – new support for not so powerful processors such as the Snapdragon 200 and 400, making it possible to produce much more affordable low-end smartphones
- On-screen Software Keys – Search, Start and Back
- VPN support
- People Hub, Email and Accounts – improved, with support for S/MIME secure email, and we’ve broadened our support for different account types, now including iCloud
- Data Sense, Wi-Fi Sense, Storage Sense, and Battery Saver – new features to help you get the most out of your data allowance, battery life and storage
The Windows Phone 8.1 update should hit existing (and qualified) phones in “a few months”. Nokia says that 8.1 is coming to ALL Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8. New devices running Windows Phone 8.1 will start shipping in about a month’s time. Windows Phone OS is about to get a whole lot better.