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Poll: WP Update 8.1: Features/Apps/Fixes You Want The Most! (WP 8.1 MegaThread)

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#1 ians18

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:49

The requests are for people who have used/tried Windows Phone. App Requests can mean a better/updated app.

 

I also know the App Gap is closing, but for me (I use WP) there are a few missing apps.

 

BTW The 8.1 Features site is linked to from here :

http://www.windowsph.../en-us/features

To:

http://www.windowsph...indows-Phone-81

 

So I'll start,

 

App Requests

1. QuizUp

2. Disney Apps

3. Updated Health Vault App (Integrate Bing and Match/Exceed HealthBook's features: http://techcrunch.co...lthbook-ios-8/)

4. Cut The Rope 2

5. Yahoo Weather (I know, I know)

6. Nook 

 

Apps That Are Coming

Photoshop Express

BBM

Amazon Prime Instant Video? http://www.wpcentral...o-windows-phone

Fitbit?

Food Panda

 

 

Feature Requests

  • Make your own vibrate sound
  • voice recognition in Cortana (with the ability to Confirm phone shutdown)
  • Better Search (not bing) the search button should NOT open a whole new screen
  • More Colors for Tiles (Color Wheel)
  • Even Thinner Fonts for High Res Screens
  • AirDrop like feature

Fixes

  • TellMe's sound should not play at 100% when the phone is on silent
  • Better App designs (ios 7's uses of color within an app is nice, just not maybe the colors themselves)
  • Faster Updates, no carrier approval
  • Force check for app updates in the WP store



#2 Shaun N.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 10:53

a Mega thread with 1 post? geez!



#3 Enron

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 11:09

I just want Xbox One achievements to show up in the Xbox stuff on Windows Phone and Windows 8.



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 11:10

The poll should at least include an option for 'Indifferent', as a Yes/No poll is very restrictive.



#5 OP ians18

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 14:22

The whole idea is to post what you want, the poll is just extra. Also I can't force anyone to post.

#6 Robbie Ride

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 15:00

Any improvements and fixes are going to be better than what Windows Phone 8 has at the moment. Things like notification centre and separate volume controls would be welcome additions but until these are announced no one knows what will appear in the 8.1 update some features could be cut at the last minute, so lists and polls are pointless and ultimately won't make much of a difference and certainly won't make Microsoft take notice.



#7 George P

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 16:50

We know what's in the SDK so far and we know what's not in it, like Cortana.  I think everything that's in the leaked SDK from last month is going to be in 8.1 for sure.   Those are things they're pretty much done with and that's why they had them in.   As far as Cortana, it looks like from leaks that hitting the search button will now bring up cortana, or maybe you have to press and hold it with a simple press just bringing up search, don't know yet.

 

My key change is for more multitasking options, I get why they did it the way they did in 7 and even in 8 with having limited background tasks that work every 30mins or w/e.  But the hardware on these 8.1 phones and going forward has no need for such limits anymore the way I see it.  When the lowest end WP8.1 device is a Lumia 530 with, probably 1GB of ram, then there should be no reason to hold back on multitasking.  Let me be able to set the apps I use the most on my phone to keep running in the background and not suspend, should be a choice in the background tasks options or as a user option in each app.   Have it be something users can only set afterwards, not something the app can default to so that those who really want it can do it.

 

Aside from that, reduce the background task time from the 30mins or w/e it is now down to something less.  Again, let the users set this if they want to, have it be as long as 1min (something the 8.1 SDK hints at IIRC), so that app updates can be more "real time".    Also allow things like network connections to be able to stay on, I'd like to have a chat app that doesn't disconnect if I move away from it for example.  Or any type of app that connects to something, again, if you're worried about performance and or battery life have these be options that only the user can set after and not something the app can do by default.



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 22:56

We know what's in the SDK so far and we know what's not in it, like Cortana.  I think everything that's in the leaked SDK from last month is going to be in 8.1 for sure.   Those are things they're pretty much done with and that's why they had them in.   As far as Cortana, it looks like from leaks that hitting the search button will now bring up cortana, or maybe you have to press and hold it with a simple press just bringing up search, don't know yet.

 

My key change is for more multitasking options, I get why they did it the way they did in 7 and even in 8 with having limited background tasks that work every 30mins or w/e.  But the hardware on these 8.1 phones and going forward has no need for such limits anymore the way I see it.  When the lowest end WP8.1 device is a Lumia 530 with, probably 1GB of ram, then there should be no reason to hold back on multitasking.  Let me be able to set the apps I use the most on my phone to keep running in the background and not suspend, should be a choice in the background tasks options or as a user option in each app.   Have it be something users can only set afterwards, not something the app can default to so that those who really want it can do it.

 

Aside from that, reduce the background task time from the 30mins or w/e it is now down to something less.  Again, let the users set this if they want to, have it be as long as 1min (something the 8.1 SDK hints at IIRC), so that app updates can be more "real time".    Also allow things like network connections to be able to stay on, I'd like to have a chat app that doesn't disconnect if I move away from it for example.  Or any type of app that connects to something, again, if you're worried about performance and or battery life have these be options that only the user can set after and not something the app can do by default.

 

Limiting the activity of background tasks should have impacts on battery life. The hardware might be there for everything to run full bore 24/7 but with a portable device like a phone you need to use every trick in the book to eek out as much battery life as possible. 



#9 George P

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 00:56

Limiting the activity of background tasks should have impacts on battery life. The hardware might be there for everything to run full bore 24/7 but with a portable device like a phone you need to use every trick in the book to eek out as much battery life as possible. 

 

Yes, and I agree, which is why it should be something the user sets and not something the app can do on it's own.  Once you have a list of apps like you do now that run background tasks you should be able to pick which ones you want to keep running fully and not suspend.  For me it would just be 2-3 apps, not everything.    Then have things like battery saver/battery sense, kick in when you're level goes to a set % it can stop them and switch back to defaults.  Or only have them run between specific times, or only when on Wifi and so on.

 

I just think there's room to improve the multitasking, if anything I hope they speed it up so when apps do resume when you go back to them they do so quick.  They made that better in WP8 but developers had to update their apps to take advantage of the changes, I wonder how many actually did?



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 01:59

I'd like a LogMeIn app (for Win8 as well). Since Team Viewer have apps for both their doesn't seem to be a problem developing such apps. However LogMeIn are pretty money hungry and the cost would probably be excessive.



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 02:08

The poll should at least include an option for 'Indifferent', as a Yes/No poll is very restrictive.

 

I fixed it.

 

Any improvements and fixes are going to be better than what Windows Phone 8 has at the moment. Things like notification centre and separate volume controls would be welcome additions but until these are announced no one knows what will appear in the 8.1 update some features could be cut at the last minute, so lists and polls are pointless and ultimately won't make much of a difference and certainly won't make Microsoft take notice.

Wow... You're negative, I'm just trying to create some community talk. Most tech forums have TECH related megathreads.



#12 Invizibleyez

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 16:13

I believe any app that is on the top 10 lists of android or iOS has little to no reason to not release a WP app. That being said, I would like to see Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft, and all child themed apps come to WP. There really is no reason for exclusive crap these days. Just release it everywhere and make more money. Maybe that only makes sense to me.



#13 George P

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 22:39

I believe any app that is on the top 10 lists of android or iOS has little to no reason to not release a WP app. That being said, I would like to see Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft, and all child themed apps come to WP. There really is no reason for exclusive crap these days. Just release it everywhere and make more money. Maybe that only makes sense to me.

 

It makes perfect sense but I don't know why some take longer than others to, they might be content with only supporting iOS and Android since that's 90% of the market at this point.  But market percentages aside, WP has millions of users, why not target those?   As it's market share grows the apps will come quicker though, that's all you can hope for really.



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 22:52

If it's like the tile background concept, then yes I would want start screen background support: :)

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 22:53

It makes perfect sense but I don't know why some take longer than others to, they might be content with only supporting iOS and Android since that's 90% of the market at this point.  But market percentages aside, WP has millions of users, why not target those?   As it's market share grows the apps will come quicker though, that's all you can hope for really.

It boils down to costs... The more platforms you have to target the more developers you have to hire and developers cost a fair bit of money.