New leak shows Windows Phone 8.1 as having separate volume control functions

An oft-requested feature in the older iterations of Windows Phone was separate volume controls for separate functions. Despite increased adoption of this feature by many other mobile phone manufacturers, Windows Phone still lacked it - until now. A new leak from WPBar.cn, a trustworthy (according to WMPoweruser) Chinese-language website dedicated to the Windows Phone, has released a new screenshot showing the multiple volume controls in action on the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 OS.

For users tired of having to turn down their ringtone volume every time they stop listening to music , this feature makes life a whole lot easier. And while Microsoft hasn't released the 8.1 update yet, the hype surrounding it may finally mark the Windows Phone as a major competitor to industry leaders Android and iPhone. The leak of this screenshot is only one of a number of new features which Microsoft has lined up for the new operating system, including on-screen back, start and search buttons as well as a new virtual assistant and notification center.

And for those who have already purchased a Windows Phone device, Microsoft's announcement that the Windows Phone 8 operating system can be upgraded to 8.1 is certainly good news as well. When it's finally released, new adopters and veterans alike may see why Neowin named the Windows Phone 8.1 as the #1 thing we're looking forward to in 2014.

Source: WPBar.cn via WMPoweruser | Image via WMPoweruser

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Something so simple, and yet so difficult to motivate them to implement..... Genius level people at that....

This is very funny. Back in windows mobile you had two sliders but everyone wanted to merge them. HTC and a lot of ROM chiefs merged the two sliders and everyone was excited. Nowdays because Android and iOS have them separate we must follow the pattern.

Seriously, this is why Microsoft really need to up their game when it come to mobile OS`s. Having to wait until 8.1 until you get variable volume controls is really a pretty poor show!
This should have been in WP8 from the start let alone WP7 which has now been pretty much abandoned...

Riggers said,
Seriously, this is why Microsoft really need to up their game when it come to mobile OS`s. Having to wait until 8.1 until you get variable volume controls is really a pretty poor show!
This should have been in WP8 from the start let alone WP7 which has now been pretty much abandoned...

There were more important things that needed to be worked on. The OS wasn't complete just waiting for little improvements you know...

I understand fully that there are other things that needed working on but it`s not like Microsoft are new to the mobile arena, fair enough there was a big change when they moved from CE to NT but that was surely planned for, it just doesn`t seem that the effort was put in wholeheartedly from the begining. More a case of lets see what happens then decide!
It`s not like they don`t have enough skilled workers...

You do know that would require frequent OS updates then. They don't (and can't) burden the users with too many OS updates (because carriers have to approve them too, which we all know they are slow as heck). That's why in 8.1 they're separating out a lot of the built-in stuff and making them updatable separately through the Store. There's a LOT more to this update than just the volume controls.

This and the other new bits, along with enterprise pack and a wave of new devices should (IMO) be a big boost to the wp sales numbers, time will tell...

So almost 18 months to implement this and, as of gdr3, rotation lock.

The Windows Phone Team need not one, but two giant Rockets for their constant slacking. They hardly even update their own Apps on their own Phone platform. Pathetic.

Well you don't know yet what other changes they have made. Sure they should have gone faster, but while nice to have, there are more important features that they had to work on first.

Just wait til 8.1 is released, then we can call them pathetic if required, but hopefully we will all be pleased.

To be fair, they delivered updates to Windows Phone 8.0 every four months, and Windows Phone 8.1 is supposed to have a comprehensive voice assistant, notification center, revamped volume controls, and probably dozens of other fit-and-finish improvements around the OS and the included apps... including support for even larger, higher density screens and other hardware.

pmbAustin said,
To be fair, they delivered updates to Windows Phone 8.0 every four months, and Windows Phone 8.1 is supposed to have a comprehensive voice assistant, notification center, revamped volume controls, and probably dozens of other fit-and-finish improvements around the OS and the included apps... including support for even larger, higher density screens and other hardware.

To be realistic, most of the stuff they updated should've been in the OS, day 1.

I just got my Windows Phone, but with the Update 3/Lumia Black update I have separate internal volume and speakerphone volume already.

Stokkolm said,
I just got my Windows Phone, but with the Update 3/Lumia Black update I have separate internal volume and speakerphone volume already.

I've a 925 with GD3 and Black,but no separete volumes for that...

Stokkolm said,
I just got my Windows Phone, but with the Update 3/Lumia Black update I have separate internal volume and speakerphone volume already.

I mean. I make a call using the speakerphone to 10, and then, every time, the next call I have someone screaming in my ears!!! That's not good!!!

I absolutely love the mail app in WP8, no issues with it, but would love the ability to use aliases and attach documents from the office hub from the email, instead of the other way around.

DawnUnder2002 said,
THIS! That is actually all I need, though separate volumes like in WM6.x would be nice as well, but hardly crucial for me.

I need a truly "unified" not "linked" inbox, the ability to reply to an email using an account different from the one to the email was sent to and use "categories" exactly I can do with my real Outlook and to some extent I,was,able to do with the, nowadays so trashed, WM.

It's me or the background looks grey? I see color on the volume bars. Nice touches, the O.S needed more colors flowing, not just the home screen!

nitins60 said,
If you go to Windows Phone User Voices forum, the WP team already confirmed that it's delivered in WP 8.1 release.
No, they did not. A while ago, a lot of features where flagged "finished" due to some issues. They where labeled "open" again a couple of hours later.