Windows Phone 8.1 SDK Features Revealed

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Microsoft have released the Windows Phone 8.1 Software Developers Kit, allowing devs the chance to see what new features will be coming in the Windows Phone platform’s next major update, due to be officially announced in April.

Some of the developers have taken to Reddit to share with the rest of us the new features which appear to be coming in Windows Phone 8.1, also known as Windows Phone Blue. The list below featured on Windows Phone Central:

-Onedrive with integrated file browser (like on W8.1)
-sort apps by usage / install date…
-select multiple tiles
-better multitasking
-install apps on SD Card
-IE11 with WebGL and Normal mapping support
-separate volume control
-Bing smart search (same search as in W8.1)
-Xbox music and xbox video as standalone apps instead of the music+video hub (allowing more updates)
-Redesigned xbox game hub
-Facebook and twitter integrated more deeply into the contacts HUB
-better camera app (the same one as W8.1)
-Quick settings (wifi, bluetooth..) by doing a quick swype from the up
-Action Center accessed by doing a full swype from up to the bottom
-Silent notifications that go directly into the Action center
-Possibility to mark a tile as read by swyping it from the left
-“Cortana” smart agent doing the same things as Siri and Google Now and even more, data from foursquare
– auto updates for apps
– better backup
– better keyboard with swype
– 4 size of tile
-Bluetooth 4.0 LE
– feature to mirror Windows Phone screens to TVs or monitors (miracast ?)

Quite a healthy list of new features. The comments on Reddit suggest that a lot of features found on Windows RT will be intergrated into the 8.1. Windows Phone 8.1 will be available for all current devices running Windows Phone 8 (providing no carriers decide to block the update). Check out the Reddit post yourself by clicking HERE

Source WPCentral

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  1. Here is the complete list.. Almost same as above…waiting for this update but i am anxious about the update after Windows Blue!

    Documentation confirms ALL current Windows Phone 8 hardware to get 8.1

    Installing Apps in Micro SD cards

    File Manager

    VPN Support

    WIFI Sense, Battery Sense, Data Sense, Storage Sense, Pod cast app

    Recieve Text using 3rd Party App

    There’s now a Mute-Unmute button on the navigation bar of the video player

    Rebranding of Skydrive to OneDrive

    the Music and Video apps have been separated out. combined Music+Video app has been removed

    Swype Keyboard

    Build-in Camera updates, this will include 3 modes. camera, burst and video

    iCloud is included under account settings

    IE 11

    Youtube App

    Greater cotrol over USB


    Action + Notification Centre

    Deeper Skype integration

    Deeper Facebook integration

    Audio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated

    Media editing: audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video

    Apps can capture audio/video from themselves

    Stereoscopic 3d support

    NEW Wi-Fi Direct, a Wi-Fi standard allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point

    Windows Phone 8.1 apps won’t run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade

    Dev tools: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker

    PlayTo support

    Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt

    YouTube Player including HTML5 video support (video playback doesn’t have to be full screen) And you get custom UI, so YouTube Closed Captions are in

    File picker

    Geofencing API for location-based reminders

    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

    Back button doesn’t terminate the app it only suspends them

    Slide down to close apps

    More efficient multitasking

    NEW Navigation bar color selection

    No more XAP, instead APPX

    Filter through installed apps by usage/install date

    Select multiple tiles when customising the Start screen [FALSE]

    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

    new gesture-based keyboard

    Pivots, now called Hub, have smaller title. More screen space!

    Microsoft is definitely merging Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

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