Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 OEM site now lists all OS changes

If you are feeling adventurous and want to go exploring in Microsoft technical documentation for Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1, you can now do so. Microsoft has unlocked its OEM pages that detail the updates to Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 but much of the information has already be covered, here.

The list of new items in the documents is comprehensive and for any Windows Phone developer, it will provide a in-depth look at the update for Windows Phone. Of course, for consumers, the most obvious addition to the platform is the inclusion of folders and you can check out our hands-on video with the new feature, here.

There is also a new 'accessory apps' feature that offers hints about upcoming products. This area is for turning off and on notifications for any accessory companion apps, like a smart watch. By turning on notifications, this allows these companion apps to receive information such as text messages and caller ID.

You can check out the full change of updates at the source link below.

View: Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 Documentation | Thanks for the tip Sunco!

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Deyirn said,
the week is almost over, shouldnt i be getting this update already?

Depends on what device, those of us with a HTC 8X will have to wait, probably weeks, till they fix whatever bug they found related to GDR1. Like 8.1 before it though, I expect a few updated builds to be pushed out till it goes final, 8.1 had 3, maybe 4 updates pushed out through the developer preview, I expect at least 2 for GDR1, first one and a second later this month if all goes well.

It works fine. There were just some troubles for people to start installing it which has been fixed in most cases. Other than that there's nothing to worry about. The folders are a great addition to the OS.

Heartripper said,

Folders alone are worth the upgrade imho


I got the update on my Nl 625 which had the Cyan update and I added back the the Dev app and enabled it. The folders are cool :D

Hello Windows Zune?

WIFI_FEATURE_PACK

This feature removes all cellular-related functionality from the operating system and is intended only for devices that will not be connected to a cellular network. It removes all cellular related tiles, icons, and settings from the user interface. Including this feature reduces memory usage and improves the user experience by not displaying nonfunctional cellular settings and icons.

Hmm... They took the secret USB settings away:
"Removed reference to the feature: USBHOSTTEST. This feature was used for Microsoft-internal testing only."

ians18 said,
Hmm... They took the secret USB settings away:
"Removed reference to the feature: USBHOSTTEST. This feature was used for Microsoft-internal testing only."

Indeed they did it...

Edited by IbsDotcom, Aug 8 2014, 5:03am :

Oh, that's not MS, that's either the OEM, or the carrier. Also, that screenshot is from 8.1 GDR1, I cannot recall what I had previously

Crimson Rain said,
You see...Microsoft is being an ass here and disabling both of those options (wifi sense and static IP) for some people.

I would guess that would be your carrier doing that.

rfirth said,

I would guess that would be your carrier doing that.

Correct. They have to request specific permission from MS to block Wifi Sense.

Sraf said,

Oh, that's not MS, that's either the OEM, or the carrier.


Yet OEM's and/or carriers don't omit this essential feature from Android devices,
so why would they choose to specifically omit it from Windows Phone devices?

DJGM said,

Yet OEM's and/or carriers don't omit this essential feature from Android devices,
so why would they choose to specifically omit it from Windows Phone devices?

Does Android have a WiFi Sense feature? Because that's a pretty obvious feature that carriers would choose to omit. Not sure about static IP, though.

Sraf said,
Oh, that's not MS, that's either the OEM, or the carrier. Also, that screenshot is from 8.1 GDR1, I cannot recall what I had previously

I have a CV phone and I don't have any contract with "my" carrier. They have zero authority on my phone. Now?

rfirth said,

I would guess that would be your carrier doing that.


The only relation my phone and my carrier have is that *I* choose to put my carrier's sim on this phone. Nothing else. Removed the SIM and tried...no wifi sense, no static IP.

So Nokia blocking it? (L1020)

Crimson Rain said,

The only relation my phone and my carrier have is that *I* choose to put my carrier's sim on this phone. Nothing else. Removed the SIM and tried...no wifi sense, no static IP.

So Nokia blocking it? (L1020)

Not sure, but my Lumia 620 has WiFi sense. No static IP, though.

Sraf said,
Who'd you buy the phone through?

My screenshot above was also on a 1020


Retail. These are CV models.

These options are not available because MS is being an ass. Neowin published an article about this a few weeks ago.