Developers leak Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, reveal new features
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Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed 'Blue', is a forthcoming major update for Microsoft's mobile platform. While we're anticipating an announcement at the company’s Build 2014 conference in April, with new hardware arriving in June, already Microsoft has released the SDK to developers and we're seeing some leaks appear on Reddit, pointing at a handful of new features in the 8.1 update.
Some obvious changes have been jotted down, including the rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive, not to mention the ability to set up and configure connections to Virtual Private Networks (VPN). A number of other changes have reportedly been implemented in the SDK, making multitasking easier with the removal of "X to close" and allowing users to swipe down on each app tile (much like Windows 8.1) – the back button no longer closes apps, but suspends them.
New File Picker
Here's the list of features noted by the developer with Windows Phone 8.1 SDK access:
- NEW Audio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated
- NEW Media editing: audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video
- NEW Apps can capture audio/video from themselves
- 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 (see above image)
- 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 (see photo below)
- 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:
- Action Center + Notification Center
- new gesture-based keyboard
A final interesting note is how Windows Phone is referred to as WinPRT.
We haven't been able to confirm the above list, so be sure to take each entry with a grain of salt. That said, it's looking likely Windows Phone 8.1 will be an impressive update, bringing across much anticipated functionality. Reddit user DDReaper compiled the sweet list, taking everything from other threads and bundling everything in a easily digestible experience.
Source: Reddit; thanks to everyone who tipped us!
New camera app layout
New: USB Connections, Nav bar color, swipe down to close apps
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Edit: also, what's WebGL? I see it mentioned all the time, but I don't understand its purpose
I'm so excited for this update, I'm proud I stuck with my Lumia, it's going to be great :D
Would have also loved the option to reduce those massive fonts.
This update seems like a wp 9 rather than a 8.1
Thnx MSFT. Finally :)
White and Nerdy song playing
(I only know 100 decimals...)
I want to know because it looks great and I kinda hate the way it works in 8.0
WP 8.1 revealed-Apr.
WP 8.1 actually received by end users-WP 9 leak in 2016
Suffering overload and the excitement is gone :(
Even the leakers say more
What you need is a way to select a file like the file picker contract in Windows 8.
Think that in Windows 8 your don't have a file browser that you can use to serch for the file of a specific Windows Store Apps (like Skydrive), but you use a file picker provided by the file picker contract
But who knows, maybe this limitation was put in to avoid people trying to send huge files (which most email accounts won't allow anyway), and digging into your data usage.
B. I feign from doing so because it clears my cookies and the way I set up my verge account makes it a pain to login on mobile phones. Microsoft should really separate History, Cookies, and Temporary Internet Files
Other than that, loved to read about this; now I want to see it!
(Maybe because I use a lumia 620)
I always used it on my Nokia N8.
Hope Nokia releases 8.1 for my Nokia Lumia 520 :D
And give ie some more functions like forward button please, worst browser ever...
Would be nice to use the message menu to skype your contacts
More integration, less "apps".
Shows in People Hub.
Else it's a cool update!
Still a lot of good features looking forward to it
it just makes no sense to do it unless they are going to allow other apps integrate themseleves into message and people hub which from my experince with windows 8 to 8.1 is not the case at all
A. Navigation bar colors.
B. Chat notifications ( how does it different from what we have now).
C. USB ( can we now add/remove files to the phone from Pc? ). Thank you
If you let someone answer me... Thanks :):):)
Notification Center = the Action Center + The notifications when you swipe down further
Yeah cortana may be already behind siri, but, cortana needs to do something that siri cant do.
Moving closer to OS parity.. :):).. Apple and Google, Watch your backs!! Fyi, the sd card app installation is missing..im ok with it though.. :)
It seems that the way is to uniform the platform under the hood.
The core are just now the same, now, whit this update the store, the Subscription for the developer and the framework is most equal between WP and Windows then before, but the interface remain different and Window Phone mantain the proper optimizations for the smartphone.
2) Do we now get the ability to and download the same and attach existing videos & audio files in all messaging apps (n not just on Whatsapp)?
for se second question is yes
Well, i really hope it is as good as it is promising to be.
And also, i don't see the point of altering some features, like removing the Facebook integration from accounts and not allowing the back button to close the apps.
The only difference is that Wp is optimized for vertical small screen, in Windows the ModernUI is optimized for orizzontal more big screen...
- The very annoying Bing button (buttom-right on the screen) that pops up Bing by just looking at it.
- Printing pictures, e-mails, pdf files, Office files, etc ?
- A real file manager
- And not to forget : a better jpg-compression for pictures taken with the camera
The best thing is to not close the apps, both for speed opening and for power consumption
You can also prevent the background execution of apps that use the GPS by disabling the backgrond agent in background task setting page
Brilliant job MS!!
I know they are merging the two & all, but what does that mean ?
No thanks to Webkit. See previous comments as to why.
My first reaction is, cool but supriced. Now I'll wait and see. But in a future vision I actually see my self less likely to upgrade to a new phone when I am forced to leave my L1020.
The carrier thing... I agree I hope that changes, but that probably won't happen until WP gets a bigger marketshare.
if so do you have Facebook app installed ? is it working ?
the app won't make any notification :\
And this is the better thing because the apps are opened more quickly and you have minor power consumption (when you open an app, it goes to be load in RAM and load in RAM an apps involves an increasing power consumption, consumption that you don't have if the apps is already in RAM)
nokia710 not getting 7.8 and now a Nokia WP8 not getting GDR3...