Interactive phone covers, new resolutions coming to Windows Phone 8.1 Update GDR1
Although web sites and reporters often spill the secrets of companies, the best-kept ones get published by the companies themselves. Case in point is the revelation that 'folders' are coming to Update 1 (aka GDR1) for Windows Phone 8.1, which was accidentally revealed by Microsoft's website. Details though have been scarce about the forthcoming update, including what it contains. Luckily, Microsoft's Dev Center is filling in the blanks as we reported yesterday.
On Microsoft's website, buried within the Dev Center are two pages dedicated to the minor OS update. One page is 'What's new in the documentation for Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1' and the other just 'Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1.' Now, details from those internal pages is starting to trickle out.
The information is for OEMs, who build Windows Phone hardware, and as such do not articulate too many consumer-facing features, but changes that are rather more technical. Still, there are quite a few things revealed hitherto unknown about GDR1, including:
- Support for 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution
- Diagonal screen sizes of 6.01" to 7" are now supported for the 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution
- 540 x 960 native qHD resolution is now supported in addition to the ability to scale from HD or WVGA resolution to qHD
- Diagonal screen sizes up to 6" and on phones that use the MSM8x12 applications processor now support 540 x 960 qHD resolution
- Dual SIM – C + G radio type is now supported for dual SIM phones
- Bluetooth – PAN (personal area network) 1.0 profile, aptX codec support for A2DP, and browsing support for AVRCP are now supported
- Support for a Store live tile when the tile is medium-sized
- The size of the Store tile has been standardized for all layouts and some tiles have changed places on the Start screen.
- Support for folders.
- Enable a phone cover app to launch when the phone cover is closed and specify the default setting for the lock screen's auto unlock setting.
- Cortana – Add a phone book entry for Cortana to allow users to initiate speech from a car that doesn't have support for activating speech on the phone that is connected over Bluetooth.
- Network Time Protocol support – Automatically set the time, using an NTP client, in a Windows Phone device that doesn't support NITZ or when cellular data is not available.
- Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support
- OEMs can implement a custom lock screen
- OEMs can preload the Files app
- Added a note that all Wi-Fi Sense settings must be on unless Microsoft executive approval has been granted for specific mobile operator requests.
That is a massive (and only partial) list of changes coming to Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1. Many of those enable manufacturers' flexibility on making phones while others are sure to benefit consumers e.g. PAN 1.0 for Bluetooth, VoLTE support, and other minor adjustments like the medium Store tile. The 1280 x 800 resolution is for new higher end Windows Phones with software buttons, instead of the physical capacitive keys. Up until now, software keys were limited to 800 x 480 type displays.
Interactive phone covers let manufactures develop cases for Windows Phones that when opened, unlock the display, enabling easier access to the phone. Likewise, when the phone case is closed, another action can be initiated with the configuration found under Settings. Android phones, specifically HTC's new One M8 already has a similar feature called the Dot View case.
The question remains what, if any, consumer facing new features besides Folders are present. Typically, GDR updates are under the hood fixes, adjustments and additions, and that appears to the case here, with a few new features as well. The Cortana addition for car use and those without a Bluetooth system though is certainly a very welcomed (and highly requested) feature.
We are sure to hear more about GDR1 for Windows Phone 8.1 in the near future. For now, bookmark our super page dedicated to GDR1 coverage:
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 – All you need to know
Source: Microsoft 1, 2; via NPU, WPCentral Forums;
Thanks, John K., for the tip!
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MS should maintain the dual OS in my opinion!
NTP support was something I used on my Trophy with a custom ROM and something I used on the Odyssey, because the time from VZW was usually minutes off compared to NIST.gov.
Other OEMs, I'm looking at you. And Nokia, so basically all of you.
And sorry if i sound stupid but what does support for new resolutions actually mean? :/
Please bring this and the Action Center would be perfect :)
At any rate, I'm not contesting that the 620 can't have it. I'm contesting the stupidity that is to let a small phone like the 620 cram 3 columns of tiles on the start screen but a bigger one like the 930 not be allowed to de-clutter the screen by having just the normal 2 columns.
1. Microsoft take big leap with every micro updates.
2. Distributing huge hopes to its long list of existing phone users.
3. Competitors like Apple and Android are left with no choice but to copy concepts like "Material Design"....etc.
This new option should unlock the phone at the moment you open the cover to use the telephone automatically, instead of opening the cover and then unlock the phone manually to use it.
There's plenty of providers here in the Netherlands, like mine, that don't support it for some reason? Requiring manual setting of time each time the battery dies, software is updated, pff.
My god I thought they'd never fix it. There you have it, time can now be set automatically wherever you are! It only took them a couple of years,
I hope they introduce more Tile Sizes though.
Man, HTC gonna have a field day with the Interactive covers & custom Lockscreens.
Can't wait to see what they come up with.
I'm with you on this one.i wonder why no one is talking about it.Two lines of text on the notification center just like in ios.
Don't you agree?
Can't wait for this!
Or maybe other OEM's?
They could use the Lumia 930 for that kind of style.
What are you waiting for, Microsoft?
What's so friggin hard to put these features in Windows Phone?
Keep checking the site twice a day.....:)
Microsoft has finally RTM'd Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 (or Update 1) internally which means a release for developers is imminent. According to The Verge, Microsoft could push out the update for those using the Preview for Developers as early as next week, or at the latest sometime in August.
Flashlight quick settings
Mobile data toggle
Music buttons in action center
Switch on/off at night
Customizable app list
Can't use IP manually?? I can't use my hostel WiFi without changing IP address
Changing os is only solution??? Or still any chance to save money
Now one app came but ........
And what will be the name?? Windows phone 7, windows phone 7.8, windows phone 8, windows phone 8.1???
*Still waiting Verizon*
Talk to your Carrier. THEY are the ones not releasing the official WP8.1 update with Cyan If you really want 8.1,, install Preview for Developers and be done with it, quit complaining.
so we can,save our social networks . Hope it will come any body any idea ? .