Windows Phone 8.1 News

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  1. Jakeway

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    So... no thread on the 8.1 news that's been spilling all over the net? The SDK leaked a bit early and lot of new features have been found... here is a list and its pretty massive so far:

    • Windows Phone 8.1 apps won't run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade
    • Documentation confirms ALL current Windows Phone 8 hardware to get 8.1
    • Battery Sense app to see what used your battery
    • Pad case app with selectable playback speed.
    • Weekly view in calander (works with gmail)
    • PlayTo support
    • File picker (email a file)
    • Slide down to close apps when in multitask menu.
    • Navigation bar colour selection
    • Updated camera layout, similar to Windows 8.1
    • Back button doesn't terminate the app
    • VPN (Virtual Private Network)
    • OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) with integrated file browser (just like Windows 8.1)
    • Filter through installed apps by usage/install date
    • Ability to install apps on inserted SD Cards
    • Internet Explorer 11 improved with WebGL and Normal mapping support and file upload.
    • Can also download and fale files from the web, such as .mp3 for .doc files.
    • 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
    • Redesigned Xbox Game Hub
    • Quick settings access (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) by doing a quick swipe from the top of the screen
    • Silent notifications which go directly to the Action center
    • 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 (Think Siri mixed with Halo)
    • Action Center + Notification Center
    • New gesture-based keyboard (swipe)

    Dev stuff for better apps:

    • 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

    • Audio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated
    • Dev tools: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker
    • Apps can capture audio/video from themselves
    • Stereoscopic 3d support
    • Keys need to be doubled tapped to when playing a game, to stop you exiting by mistake.
    • Wi-Fi Direct, a Wi-Fi standard allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point
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