A vision of how Windows Phone 8.1 could look

The ‘app problem’ on Windows Phone is becoming less of a problem these days, with more high-profile brands launching on the platform, and Microsoft also adding to the mix with apps such as Fresh Paint and its Bing portfolio. But another problem remains with the company’s mobile operating system, one that’s unlikely to change quickly: updates.  

Microsoft is currently rolling out its second major update to Windows Phone 8 - General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) – but it brings few high-impact features, and certainly none that will make the platform more compelling to potential buyers. GDR3 is expected to arrive later this year, but is likewise believed to bring relatively little in terms of new features, with its focus being on adding OS support for 1080p displays and quad-core processors.

Sadly, it seems that the really meaty improvements to the OS won’t come until early next year, when Microsoft rolls out its long-awaited ‘Blue’ update Windows Phone 8. The company’s Blue update for its PC operating system has already been announced in the form of Windows 8.1, but it looks like it will be many more months before Windows Phone 8.1 arrives.

There’s been much speculation in recent weeks about what that update might bring. Better notifications are more or less a given, as is improved multitasking. Microsoft has also promised that it will deliver improved support for business and enterprise customers as part of an update in early 2014, perhaps indicating that that will form part of the 8.1 release.

From time to time, and purely for a bit of fun, we at Neowin like to try visualising what’s to come. Back in May 2012, we had a go at imagining what a Nokia Windows tablet might look like. We also did something similar with creating some hypothetical designs for Windows Phone 8, ahead of its launch.

Now, we’ve turned our attentions to Windows Phone 8.1, with a vision of what the updated OS could look like, based on rumours, whispers, occasional smatterings of common sense, and a thick dollop of wishful thinking. 

We present our entirely speculative designs to you on a completely fictional device: the Nokia Lumia 1080, a 5.5-inch phablet, complete with stylus for handwriting input. The non-existent handset is destined to launch on our similarly imaginary 'Neocom' mobile carrier.

So, now you get a sense of what this is all about, have a browse through the slides, and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or on Twitter @NeowinFeed. You can also view larger versions of the slides here


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We’d love to hear what you think!
Is the Lumia 1080 your dream device? Do you even care about Windows Phone phablets? Is there anything missing here that you think WP8.1 really needs? Would you like Windows Phone 8.1 to look anything like these designs? Or do you hate all the designs with a passion?

Be sure to let us know your thoughts below, or via Twitter @NeowinFeed.

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A couple of the screens look a little Android-y (volume control) but overall this is impressive work. Whoever came up with this should wrap it up in a resume and send it over to the Windows Phone UX team!

I like some of the ideas expressed in this slideshow, and I think they're a step in the right direction, but there are a few things that bother me, personally.

First, the "Jumps" feature, I think, will annoy users more rather than help them. I can understand where this idea is coming from, but say I want to open Facebook, this is one more screen that I unnecessarily need to click through to get to Facebook, and the information (friend requests, notifications, etc.) are right there once you're in the Facebook app anyway. The only "app" I see benefiting from this is the Settings one, and that can rectified by having a separate Quick Settings tile, rather than this Jumps thing.

Secondly, the Notifications Center. The center itself looks good, but my issue is, again, when the user selects a notification (such as an e-mail or Facebook one), a screen appears that they need to click (tap) through to get to the actual app. I like the idea of being able to quickly respond to a notification (such as a reply option for an email or a like/comment option for a Facebook notification) so I think the best way to implement that is putting those options in a menu that appears after a long-tap on a notification. The email preview can just be a line or two shown on the notification center itself, and that should be suitable enough.

I could get rather nit-picky with a number of the other things, but those two were really my biggest complaints. The idea of OneNote Everywhere seems good to me, though, as an avid OneNote user. Overall, I think they're all ideas that step in the right direction.

Jumps: Well it's a good thing these are optional and user-configurable as the image clearly states. Those that want it, will enable it. Others that don't, will turn it off.

I don't like a single one of the items. Stop trying to make WP into something else. Its an ugly mishmash of iOS and Android behaviors. Notification center? Jumps? OneNote everywhere? All miss the mark.

They need to unify behaviors with RT (that's where the stylus comes in), not the lesser mobile OSs.

Edited by Dashel, Aug 10 2013, 6:10pm :

I'm a WP8 user and I welcome these changes. Seems like many in the comments agree. If you're not a fan of these features, then I'm pretty sure you don't have to use them...

I want WP8 to get more users so I can see more apps and integration. That's not going to happen without adding more features that a lot of people are openly complaining about and requesting.

These are foundational 'fixes' to issues that WP doesn't have. Of course it would effect everyone in the pool. I don't want a silly fight over what to have turned on or off. If those are the 'features' you want, there are other devices for you.

Except for TellMe and One Note Everywhere (this is a really cool idea but I am guessing it would take quite a bit of work to make it possible), which may be a bit hard to put into effect, all the other ideas are really good and if I was running Microsoft, I'd promptly sign whoever made this "slideshow" as part of my design team. What's also very good is that none of these ideas are too fictitious, like those iPhone concepts with holographic keyboards and screens, to not work. All of these ideas can easily be turned into reality and it certainly wouldn't take so much effort. Yes, it would take maybe a year or two but they are certainly within the realm of possibility and can easily be supported with the current hardware infrastructure for smartphones.

I really loved the "Jumps" and "Workspace" ideas, along with the nifty new notifications centre. I also loved the OneNote Everywhere idea but I don't think that would be as easy as it sounds. And, the Store looks beautiful. All in all, this is one of the best concepts I've ever seen. Not at all far-fetched and, yet, elegant.

Edited by Anonymous1b, Aug 9 2013, 11:14pm :

I like what you've done with the contacts but many of the other changes I feel don't fit in with the Metro interface. Still I give you a tip of the hat for having imagination and creating the concepts.

Start screen sections and Jumplists are great!!! Jumplists have been a huge missed opportunity for 'modern' Windows, which is hilarious because Windows 7 has them.

and yes, please let us choose a background for the start screen! Black is cool, but from what i've seen in Windows 8.1, a background can work.

and I wonder why MS and Nokia cannot come up with such a cool device. hey somebody else has done the design for yall. just take it and put the **** together.

This has a great visual style the marries what we have now with (dare I say it) some of the attractive android elements.
It is a shame, shame, shame that windows phone isn't updated much but ultimately when I spend that half second debating if I should get an android next there always seems to be 100 things I either couldn't be without or have forced upon me.

I love it!!
Separate volume phone and media
Customize notification (truly unique)
Stylus and OneNote is very welcome
True office in your pocket
Expandable SD card
1080p
VPN

I very much like this approach and although I also find some of the design cues a bit too Android-ish, there are many positives Microsoft could learn from here:

1) Minimalism is the reason why I love WP and find it so easy to use, but what was great in 2010 is starting to look a bit dated in 2013. We don't always need such huge expanses of black space: if Win 8.1 has taught us anything it's that having your own background for the start screen in now way deters from the WP experience yet makes it look more polished. How about syncing my 8.1 Start screen background to my WP aswell? (by the time we finally unify Win and WP, apps could also seamlessly sync as they do accross PCs in 8.1).

2) As a follow up to wasted space, I very much like how the Store and Messaging apps look in this approach: we get the same info but instead of endless black we get a nice and faded background image to give the screen some color, then overlay with white text. I've been saying this is the direction WP needs to take for years: it'll maintain its minimalism while giving it a MUCH more polished look. Same thing happens in the Messaging screen, the top menu options are much more compressed and while still typographic and beautiful, they don't take such a huge space as they do now (big bold type is nice Microsoft, but we're not blind). If messaging, Skype, FB and Whatsapp were integrated here, the world would be a better place.

There are many other aspects I could talk about here, but my main qualm at this point in WP history is design: what was bold and cool in 2010 is looking a bit dated and empty in 2013. Windows 8.1 took the Metro inspiration of WP and win8 and modernized it for a 2013 release soon to happen: it looks like Metro but it's much more refreshed, refined, polished. WP on the other hand is stuck in 2010: it's time for WP to drink from the win8.1 refining/refreshing/polishing kool-aid just like the latter did from the former years earlier.

Good concepts...I don't agree with some of the UI changes (too Android-y in some places), but the features (especially the OneNote stuff) look very cool

Anonymous1b said,
Guys, I have to really say: "ALMOST ALWAYS connected" is a really bad mission statement for a mobile carrier.

HAHAHA, I really liked that. LOL

Anonymous1b said,
Guys, I have to really say: "ALMOST ALWAYS connected" is a really honest mission statement for a mobile carrier.

FTFY.

nice but the home screen still fundamentally the same. WP needs to swipe side to side the way iOS invented and android copied.

everything else looks nice.

neonspark said,
nice but the home screen still fundamentally the same. WP needs to swipe side to side the way iOS invented and android copied.

everything else looks nice.

I don't really see anything wrong with the Start Screen to be honest...

M_Lyons10 said,

I don't really see anything wrong with the Start Screen to be honest...


Well I could see a "Notification center" swiping left to right; clicking at the same time the bottom, left arrow and swiping left to right could, alternatively, show up the kid corner. this is just an example, the combination could be a different one; I am not an expert in this matter. Also I would not mind to have the option to use, for example, the same picture you use as lock screen used as a start page background. Same way as it is implemented in W 8.1 with the start screen and the desktop background. I personally find this one of the most welcome feature in w8.1; no more a complete switch from an environment to the other; much more fluid and enjoyable.

TheCyberKnight said,
Great. You just blew it at the first slide.
Seriously, you really bring back the pen? Windows Pocket PC 2002 R2?

Well, in fairness, there are some benefits to a stylus (Particularly in work environments)...

TheCyberKnight said,
Great. You just blew it at the first slide.
Seriously, you really bring back the pen? Windows Pocket PC 2002 R2?

Not everybody like the iPad paradigm: I bought my first Tablet mainly because of the handwriting capability which I love immediately... and that was the year 2002 with XP Tablet OS. Since then the experience grew exponentially. Besides I liked and used the stilo a lot with my HP Journada....

BobSlob said,
Why do people keep coming up with "concepts" of "how they think it should/might/maybe/will look"? NO ONE CARES.

If you'd bothered to read the comments above you before making an arse of yourself, you'd see that you were flat out wrong. Many people care.

TCLN Ryster said,

If you'd bothered to read the comments above you before making an arse of yourself, you'd see that you were flat out wrong. Many people care.

A handful of people who post multiple times != many. Neowin is full of these articles... and they're all garbage. Coming up with "concept" drawings of "how I think it should work" is meaningless. Filing a bug report or suggestion to the DevTeam on the other hand, worth something. These articles are just for people to give themselves a pat on the back, and forum users to fondle their junk.

I don't agree with a lot of the designs that are put up, but the important is that even if some of the best ones capture the hearts of those that develop then the article serves its purpose... user influence. The most important type.

BobSlob said,
Why do people keep coming up with "concepts" of "how they think it should/might/maybe/will look"? NO ONE CARES.

Why nowadays people feel this compelling urgency to hide behind a multitude when expressing their opinion? You do not like it? All right, we all have our opinions. I like it and I say so; I do not need to say "we".
Well unless we go back to the Pluralis majestatis ....

BobSlob said,

A handful of people who post multiple times != many. Neowin is full of these articles... and they're all garbage. Coming up with "concept" drawings of "how I think it should work" is meaningless. Filing a bug report or suggestion to the DevTeam on the other hand, worth something. These articles are just for people to give themselves a pat on the back, and forum users to fondle their junk.

Also sprach Zarathustra.....

BobSlob said,

A handful of people who post multiple times != many. Neowin is full of these articles... and they're all garbage. Coming up with "concept" drawings of "how I think it should work" is meaningless. Filing a bug report or suggestion to the DevTeam on the other hand, worth something. These articles are just for people to give themselves a pat on the back, and forum users to fondle their junk.

So you come to a site with articles you don't like. I'm sensing a logical solution to this: can you figure out what it is?

Major_Plonquer said,
Pen/stylus support is a MUST or it'll just be yet another reader tablet. Who needs that?

Be careful: pen is out; touch is on..... Nowadays multiple choices is abhorrence..... /s

Andy, I noticed you're flying Oceanic. Just be careful, I had a friend fly Oceanic once, and he, along with the entire flight disappeared back in 2004.

Why 1080? 1030 would be better, since that is probably the next branch they will go into 530, 630, 730, 830, 930 and 1030. However, I don't get why WP need some of those features, but I do like some of them too. Tellme for example. I also like what you've done with the Bing interface. Wouldn't it be fun if the Bing logo replaced the arrow-icon you have to tab on for starting a search, since it has the shape of an arrow.

It makes marketing sense for Nokia to use the x80 names for the 1080p display devices, especially for the 10xx flagship assuming that's the only one that ends up with a 1080 display in the first wave of devices. It's not as if they are going to stop manufacturing devices with lower res, so we would still see x30 devices such as a 530, 630 etc

Start screen looks like a complete mess. People seem to want to stick Android in everything.

Windows Phone is about cleanness and clearness. Not about stuffing live-tiles with widgets, spamming the start screen with many different tile sizes with more of the on-screen. Or adding all kinds of buttons everywhere for all kinds of functionality.

It makes me glad that Microsoft Windows Phone designers are not the people who come up with Windows Phone - Next Update mockups.

Coolicer said,
Start screen looks like a complete mess. People seem to want to stick Android in everything.

Windows Phone is about cleanness and clearness. Not about stuffing live-tiles with widgets, spamming the start screen with many different tile sizes with more of the on-screen. Or adding all kinds of buttons everywhere for all kinds of functionality.

It makes me glad that Microsoft Windows Phone designers are not the people who come up with Windows Phone - Next Update mockups.

Why are people always against adding choice? It's very selfish if you ask me. Just because some people want more tile size options, etc, doesn't mean you have to use them.

TCLN Ryster said,

Why are people always against adding choice? It's very selfish if you ask me. Just because some people want more tile size options, etc, doesn't mean you have to use them.

Exactly. And I honestly don't think it looks like a mess at all. I prefer a bit more uniform, but they're still fixed to the "grid" so to speak... I just don't see how it matters, and it's a logical step in refining this platform.

TCLN Ryster said,

Why are people always against adding choice? It's very selfish if you ask me. Just because some people want more tile size options, etc, doesn't mean you have to use them.


Indeed! You do not like it? Do not use it, others who may like it will. Bottom line: a wider audience is happy..... Windows built its success on flexibility and availability of options.

This isn't Windows and these aren't PCs. Coolicer is right. If making the platform less elegant is the solutions to get a wider audience, I'll pass.

Dashel said,
This isn't Windows and these aren't PCs. Coolicer is right. If making the platform less elegant is the solutions to get a wider audience, I'll pass.

Again I do not see the issue: what is wrong with choices? You do not like something.... you do not enable it.

It won't be a switchable feature. There is no point in adding the unnecessary clutter to settings. And App developers are not going to make different live tiles for every type of user, safe for a very-very dedicated few.

GDR3 update should include medium size tiles an extra column of small tiles looks pointless to me. nice vision by the way, everyone holding their high hopes on windowsphone 8.1 update and i hope we don't get disappointed

Device is not for me as I don't like phablets but Amazing Work! Bravo! One of the best ones I have ever seen on Neowin!

Mohitster said,
Device is not for me as I don't like phablets but Amazing Work! Bravo! One of the best ones I have ever seen on Neowin!

I have to agree. I wouldn't get something this big myself, but the OS ideas in here are pretty solid. Easily one of the best articles like this I've seen.

This just confirms that Windows-8 is really just Phone-8 on steroids to make it fit on tablets, and in a reach for laptops and desktops. The Metro UI is the dead giveaway. MS fooled many of us for a while, but now the truth is revealing its ugly self, and its not pretty.

abdhoms said,
No, it looks cool.

Agreed. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder to be sure, iOS is heading this way too by becoming flatter. They wouldn't be doing that if the cleaner, flatter look wasn't liked by the majority of people.

68k said,
At least iOS uses a palette of more than three colors.

That's not really a solid pro or con. Really depends what the user wants out of their UI. In my case, I don't care much for extra colors on my Start screen because all I'm looking for is the quick information in the tiles. More colors doesn't necessarily make that info more readable.

AWESOME amazing work Andy. And yes this definitely looks like my dream device and dream OS. Not sure about Neocom's 2G speeds though.

That looks pretty good, never really been interested in windows Phones. A friend had one and it looked a little restricted but this looks amazing.

if it ever come even close to this it would be really amazing and for sure crush the competition as well. It could very well be new disruption in the industry. Problem is MS is just too lazy to do all this.. may be well windows phone 10

This certainly would be my dream device..
if they include even half of the features mentioned above I will go and buy this phone.

_pOpinJay_ said,
This certainly would be my dream device..
if they include even half of the features mentioned above I will go and buy this phone.
The sad reality is that almost none of it will come to pass. Great concepts on what could be, but given MS's pace, and their virtual ambivalence toward building new features that don't assist in market share expansion or enable new devices -- as stated earlier by Joe Belfiore on UserVoice.

Worst part about all of this, is that they know they need the new features to attract users, but are shelving UX enhancements in favor of expanding the platform in a direction that doesn't directly affect the user experience. This is great if you're a user who's put off by the fact that WP doesn't support quad core cpus or 1080p resolution, and are hinging your acceptance of the platform on it. Meanwhile, the dedicated users who were early adopters are shafted, and are continually told to wait until X update, things will get better. The pace of things getting better has all but halted, and I'm saddened by that, but for some reason I'm sticking around because I don't like Apple products, and Android is in my opinion a muddled catastrophe. So here I am, while everyone else is getting updates, enhancements and great apps. I'm just sitting here, masturbating.
http://www.quickmeme.com/masturbating-spiderman

As an early adopter, **** you MS, **** you.

Edited by ahinson, Aug 9 2013, 12:56pm :

Maybe people shouldn't be so shortsighted on specs?
But start focusing on functionality and user experience?
Cause I surely do not lack any CPU power. Resuming takes a bit but its not much different from relaunching apps like on android/iOS

And 1080p resolutions? I'm sorry but my eyesight is more then fine and I can seriously not identify single pixels unless its a single pixel on a static background >.>.... Why would you need any better on a phone? It's just a waste of battery and resources.

Besides all that, absolutely noone gave a damn what CPU was running phones 15 years ago, its not even known for sure on some very popular old nokia's which CPU it actually had.... It was functionality and ease of use that was important (and styling of the phone)

Windows Phone always looks like a big colourful mess and that is when am I looking at static pics, it is even worse when its moving everywhere. I am concerned that Windows Phone may cause some people to have an epileptic fit like flash photography can.

I thought Windows Phone was 'glance-able'? If that works so well why does it now need a notification centre?

MS should throw windows phone out and start again.

derekaw said,
I thought Windows Phone was 'glance-able'? If that works so well why does it now need a notification centre?

MS should throw windows phone out and start again.

For the same reason iOS and Android do. When apps send out a notification, sure the tile gets update with a number so you know you missed SOMETHING, you've no idea what you missed. As you cant glance at your phone continuously 24/7, a notification centre is very much needed.

And that last comment.... words fail me.

derekaw said,
I thought Windows Phone was 'glance-able'? If that works so well why does it now need a notification centre?

MS should throw windows phone out and start again.

The problem is, people just can't move away from what they've been used to.

Apples "There's an app for that" mentality goes much deeper..

Ignoring that people won't use the built in facebook function in the people hub, nor will they use twitter built in, most won't even use the messaging either .. but the latter is a more Microsoft's own fault killing Windows live messenger and not integrating skype messaging. For what ever reasons, they don't know it's there, doesn't have enough functionality, too messy with it all combined etc... we still have a problem with Microsoft telling people to produce better quality apps around the Windows Phone design principles, then goes and releases Facebook apps that use the default Apple/Android look and feel. There is no pivot view and that's really disappointing.

For the most part, if something is important enough that you need a notification for it, pin it to your start screen and you'll see notifications on the live tile...

derekaw said,
Windows Phone always looks like a big colourful mess and that is when am I looking at static pics, it is even worse when its moving everywhere. I am concerned that Windows Phone may cause some people to have an epileptic fit like flash photography can.

I thought Windows Phone was 'glance-able'? If that works so well why does it now need a notification centre?

MS should throw windows phone out and start again.

I find it pretty clean. It depends how you set up your start screen of course. I find on mine most tiles are the same colour and many don't update or don't need that capability. In any event you can decide what you want.

As for the notification centre...in my opinion as a WP8 user it doesn't. I can see the info I need just fine on the start screen as it is.

derekaw said,
Windows Phone always looks like a big colourful mess and that is when am I looking at static pics, it is even worse when its moving everywhere. I am concerned that Windows Phone may cause some people to have an epileptic fit like flash photography can.

I thought Windows Phone was 'glance-able'? If that works so well why does it now need a notification centre?

MS should throw windows phone out and start again.

I think Notification Center should be implemented as an installable app instead

I also think there should be options to unify Start screen/OS color

And an option for vertical tiles as well as more space between tiles.

derekaw said,
Windows Phone always looks like a big colourful mess and that is when am I looking at static pics, it is even worse when its moving everywhere. I am concerned that Windows Phone may cause some people to have an epileptic fit like flash photography can.

I thought Windows Phone was 'glance-able'? If that works so well why does it now need a notification centre?

MS should throw windows phone out and start again.


To you this is a mess: http://i.imgur.com/pet7zIN.jpg

To me it's all of my communications at a glance. My notification's (tweets, facebook, etc.) in the center top. My favorite pictures, mostly of my boys growing up over the past 3 years. The game I'm playing most at the moment. The current weather. My wife and whatever she's up to or quick access to communicate. and my business partner with the same access and knowledge. Scroll down half a screen and I have access to social media, news, music, and my files. Keep going and a few more thing show up.

The point of Windows Phone is it doesn't matter if the start screen makes sense to an outsider. It matters if it makes sense to the user. My wife's looks completely different. But, if you ask a WP user to explain their start screen they'll engage you. Ask that about any other phone and the user usually just has a blank look.

As far as the "live tiles." When it's stuff you care about, you enjoy the movement. I can't tell you how many times I've unlocked my phone to laugh a picture of my kids, wife or friends, or after receiving a text just show the lock screen to see who it was from and what they said, or just unlocked it to see the weather when someone asks. Hell I just take it out of my pocket to see the time now with my new 1020 which is a nice addition... hopefully that catches on with all phone manu's.

Point is, you can hate it all you want. But if you were given a couple of weeks with it you'd probably end up loving the start screen.

derekaw said,
Windows Phone always looks like a big colourful mess and that is when am I looking at static pics, it is even worse when its moving everywhere. I am concerned that Windows Phone may cause some people to have an epileptic fit like flash photography can.

I thought Windows Phone was 'glance-able'? If that works so well why does it now need a notification centre?

MS should throw windows phone out and start again.

Your post has been answered by others so I'll just ask these two questions, what do you think Windows Phone should look like and could you do any better?

Thanks for the question but here is the thing, I don't like Windows Phone, Windows Phone offends my sense of design and aesthetics, its that simple. I don't know what it should look like and I expect I can't do any better considering my current skill set. I think others who don't post on tech blogs feel the same way, they don't like the look of Windows Phone either, hence the terrible sales numbers. Yes, sales numbers seem to be growing but they are still terrible after what? 4 years and how many millions spent on advertising?

Edited by derekaw, Aug 19 2013, 5:37am :

derekaw said,
Thanks for the question but here is the thing, I don't like Windows Phone, Windows Phone offends my sense of design and aesthetics, its that simple. I don't know what it should look like and I expect I can't do any better considering my current skill set. I think others who don't post on tech blogs feel the same way, they don't like the look of Windows Phone either, hence the terrible sales numbers. Yes, sales numbers seem to be growing but they are still terrible after what? 4 years and how many millions spent on advertising?

I don't know, the Lumia 520 is one of the top selling Windows Phones at 4 million sold so I wouldn't call that poor sales but then it depends what country you live in as sales in Europe are higher than the US. You need to remember there's a world outside the US.

As others have mentioned, the Start Screen on Windows Phone may look like a mess to an outsider but it has the things users care about pinned to it and that's what matters. I'm not going to try to change your mind and I do understand your point of view but I feel Microsoft have done a good thing with making an award winning design that is different to everything else on the market.

On a side note we need a notification centre because with toast notifications you might hear your phone but not get to it in time to check it and pinning all as to the Start Screen is impractical as some of them rely on background tasks to update the tile and Windows Phone can only have a maximum of 15 without compromising battery life.

Agreed, this and the "what happened with Windows Phone" article are some of the best journalism and ideas I've read for a while. Well done neowin.

As for feedback, love most of the ideas here. Amusing (and great) that we have the Bing apps already. One thing I'd add is that other chat apps should be added to messaging. Right now we can choose to message people by text or facebook (maybe LinkedIn, I don't use it so don't know). I assume Skype will be added to this, but WhatsApp, Viber and all the rest should find it easy to add themselves to this list. More integration is required.

We'd love to hear what you think!
Is the Lumia 1080 your dream device? Do you even care about Windows Phone phablets? Is there anything missing here that you think WP8.1 really needs? Would you like Windows Phone 8.1 to look anything like these designs? Or do you hate all the designs with a passion?

Personally, I just miss older nokias, I know that Symbian is hated, but I liked it

Dushmany said,

Personally, I just miss older nokias, I know that Symbian is hated, but I liked it

You Sir can go stand in the corner

I don't miss it al all , it was a pain in the butt for me, but I do miss the Nokia-5110 GFX ( good old snake )

I've just been passed a Nokia E71 for work. Symbian was fine for me back in the day until Apple came along and showed the world how to put software on a phone.
Symbian now is frigging awful.

Dushmany said,
*Goes and stands in the corner*

I will join you in corner brah, Symbian belle powered Nokia 603 is still my primary phone which i love, even i have xperia SL as secondary phone.

EvilAstroboy said,

You Sir can go stand in the corner

I don't miss it al all , it was a pain in the butt for me, but I do miss the Nokia-5110 GFX ( good old snake )

I liked Symbian too and held onto my N95/6's until they were just becoming way too useless. Still have 2 x N95 8GB laying around in their boxes. With some more touch optimizations, Symbian could've been better than Android and iOS combined. Shame the developer support from the big players wasn't really there and everything shifted. Nokia was still making some of the most innovative hardware back then until they faded in obscurity for a while...