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#1 George P

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 16:53

Tom Warren has posted some more details on Windows Phone 8.1.  Sources who are in the know say that 8.1 will have a notification center that users will access by swiping down from the top of the screen just like in iOS and Android.  Similarly a shorter swipe from the top will give you quick settings so users can turn things on and off like WiFi etc.
 
Cortana will be in as well, a mix of Google Now and Sir.  Multiple volume controls are also in 8.1 finally so you can set ringer and media to different levels.  One big change is that they're going to be splitting out music+videos from the OS and making them separate Xbox music and Xbox video apps so they can be upgraded more often.  The team is also looking at doing the same with more apps while also allowing third parties like Facebook and twitter to modify the people hub more, probably other social networks as well.
 
They're expecting MS to reveal 8.1 at BUILD in April.

http://www.theverge....-center-cortana




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Posted 16 December 2013 - 17:01

Nice, but for the love of God, can somebody please make them include timed profiles.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 17:04

Nice, but for the love of God, can somebody please make them include timed profiles.

That's one more thing people are asking for so it could be in as well.  These are just the things we are hearing about so far but they are big ones.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 17:08

Oooh, I'm excited. This is better than I was expecting, too :)

 

Nice, but for the love of God, can somebody please make them include timed profiles.

What are timed profiles?



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 17:09

the only thing i really care about is already in there, and it is seperate volume profiles.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 17:11

:wacko: why april 2014..



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 17:14

Oooh, I'm excited. This is better than I was expecting, too :)

 

What are timed profiles?

  Timed profiles allow you to set different settings for different times.  For example you can set the ringer off from 11PM to 8AM while you're sleeping and then it will go back to you normal setting and so on.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 17:21

:wacko: why april 2014..

  There is also a update for Windows 8.1 that is coming at the same time that will bring the APIs closer together from what people are saying.  This is what's adding to it it seems.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 17:25

  Timed profiles allow you to set different settings for different times.  For example you can set the ringer off from 11PM to 8AM while you're sleeping and then it will go back to you normal setting and so on.

Yep. I'm always missing calls because I have forgotten to take my phone off silent, first thing in the morning.

 

While this may be my own fault, it's a feature that phones have had since the dawn of the universe, and I want it back, God damn it :angry:



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 18:24

Some more info from WPCentral.

Other features Windows Phone Central can exclusively reveal that are either coming to Windows Phone 8.1 or that are actively being worked on including micro SD card support for installing apps and games. This feature is especially important for low-cost devices, like the Lumia 520, where internal storage is limited to just 8 GB (and less than 5 GB actually available).
 

The notification center can also be accessed from the lock screen by swiping down, swiping up still unlocks the phone.

 

The default camera app will be updated to match the one from Windows 8.1.

 

First part apps will allow users to swipe their live tile left to clear it's tile count/notification without having to open the app.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 16:05

Small update, Tom Warren just tweeted that the quick access settings option in 8.1 is customizable.  Users can pick what settings they want there unlike in iOS etch.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 16:09

Nice, but for the love of God, can somebody please make them include timed profiles.

I'd be happy if they just copied Windows 8.1's notification settings panel.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 16:44

http://wmpoweruser.c...ked-screenshot/

Leaked screenshot at link, shows the ability to set up to 4 settings in the quick settings part of the notification center.



#14 Alladaskill17

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 16:49

Will WP8 devices be able to update to 8.1? I have a WP7.5 device and was going to go get a Lumia 1020 today..



#15 Buendia

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 16:50

I'm sure WP8 devices will be able to update to WP 8.1.





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