The update, known as Windows Phone 8.1 (Blue), is a long-awaited one, that should include requested features like a notification center, actionable notifications, and a new voice assistant dubbed ‘Cortana’ to tackle the likes of Apple’s Siri. It’s expected to debut early next year, likely at Mobile World Congress, and the first devices running it should be expected not long afterwards.
This wasn’t the only bit of news that @evleaks had for us today. Later he provided a little insight to these devices and their standout features:
Besides Goldfinger/3D Touch, two more 8.1 handsets from Nokia: one featuring a Siri-like assistant, plus a new imaging flagship.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) November 14, 2013
The Verge indicates that Nokia is shaping up to combat Samsung’s Air Gestures with a feature called 3D Touch, which basically functions similarly to Samsung’s solution, allowing users to carry out functions without actually touching the device. We already have a glimpse of this functionality with Nokia Glance Screen, which lets users opt to have the screen turn on for a short period with just a wave of your hand.
The 3D Touch feature may or may not be exclusive to “Goldfinger”, while another Windows Phone 8.1 device will like feature Cortana, and a third will act as Nokia’s next imaging flagship, possibly featuring a Lytro-like camera lens. Glad to see that Nokia is continuously looking to push innovation, especially with Windows Phone 8.1 on the way and Microsoft looking to take over the Devices & Sales division early next year. These will give Redmond a lot to play with while they continue pushing Windows Phone adoption.
Meanwhile, which feature/device are you looking forward to?