Videos shows leaked Windows Phone 8.1 OS running on Lumia 630

Even with Microsoft's 2014 BUILD conference just a few days away from starting in San Francisco, more leaks about one of the event's big topics, Windows Phone 8.1, continue to find their way to the Internet. Today, two videos from a Chinese source show a build of Microsoft's mobile OS running on the still unannounced Nokia Lumia 630.

The videos were originally posted on the Chinese website Coolxap, but have been converted and uploaded to YouTube via WPCentral. One of the videos is over 3 minutes long and shows several aspects of Windows Phone 8.1, including the new look of the app store section, a new Podcast app, changes to Internet Explorer and more. However, the video is definitely on the "Shaky Cam" side so the quality is not the best.

The second shorter video shows a specific Windows Phone 8.1 feature, which will allow users to put in their own Start screen background images. The clip, which again doesn't have the best quality, does give an example of how users can select photos to be placed behind the Start screen, which adds another nice layer of customization to an OS that already has a lot of those features.

Hopefully Nokia will finally reveal the Lumia 630 on April 2nd as part of its own press event in San Francisco. Neowin will be attending the Nokia event as well as the BUILD conference.

Source: WPCentral on YouTube via Coolaxp.com

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Same old boring 2010 UI. Sorry but the WP UI is getting so boring and old. I'm talking mostly about the general UI elements, not just the Start Screen. The space wasted on huge fonts. The 2px black/white borders on buttons. The settings list. The overall black/white theme. And also the app list is incredibly inefficient.

Oh wow, I completely missed that. I'm not a fan of the soft keys myself, but seeing how they've implemented, well, that's a good way to help sell the feature to those who don't like it. Very nice indeed.

Got to admit I was wrong. The start screen backgrounds look way better than I was expecting. Could look awesome with some simpler dark backgrounds imo.

the better twin said,
Got to admit I was wrong. The start screen backgrounds look way better than I was expecting. Could look awesome with some simpler dark backgrounds imo.

It's all about the right image you pick, some won't look good specially if they're brighter. Actually, they should allow you to change the tile image color from white to black so you can support brighter backgrounds but doesn't seem they have that in mind, not yet anyways.

Yeah exactly. There will be plenty of images that won't look good with it at all, however, if you're creative enough, this can be very effective indeed.

S7R1K3R said,
holy #### 8.1 is still not out? I've hearing about this "update" for more than a year and a half.

It's called 8.1 but it's big enough that they could've called it 9.0, with all the things they've added the extra time it's taken is justified in my opinion.

That whole background thing is rather interesting! it makes sense, since most of the screen is covered by tiles and it definitely gives a very unique look and feel. However, as cool as it is I'd find it pretty damn annoying after away...

A340600 said,
I'd love that transparency on the Windows 8 Start screen!!

Since WP and Windows RT (really Windows as a whole) are going to get closer and closer together I think we'll see lots of features from one and the other show up on each. Windows has the desktop background behind the tiles already so I could see that also being a option on WP in the future while this background through the tiles could come to Windows as a option as well.

George P said,

Since WP and Windows RT (really Windows as a whole) are going to get closer and closer together I think we'll see lots of features from one and the other show up on each. Windows has the desktop background behind the tiles already so I could see that also being a option on WP in the future while this background through the tiles could come to Windows as a option as well.

Then why didnt they include the option to select a wallpaper on WP in this update? They already have a dropdown menu to select between black and white. The functionality is there already.

I once believed MS wanted to bring WP and Windows closer together. But nothing in WP8.1 suggest this is the case. With the tile paper look, WP looks more different to Windows than before. I'm not having much faith that teams within MS have the same vision for the future.

Ronnet said,

Then why didnt they include the option to select a wallpaper on WP in this update? They already have a dropdown menu to select between black and white. The functionality is there already.

I once believed MS wanted to bring WP and Windows closer together. But nothing in WP8.1 suggest this is the case. With the tile paper look, WP looks more different to Windows than before. I'm not having much faith that teams within MS have the same vision for the future.

They probably wanted to do this feature first as a better way to get attention? Just because everything isn't the exact same between the two doesn't mean they're not getting closer with each new version. Lots of things are happening under the hood that users don't notice right away for now. And then there's also the thing that having the exact same UI for both phone and bigger tablets might not be the best option so some things could be left out. Like if/when they add a notification center to Windows I doubt it'll be like a drop down area from the top of the screen like it will be on the phone.

George P said,

They probably wanted to do this feature first as a better way to get attention? Just because everything isn't the exact same between the two doesn't mean they're not getting closer with each new version. Lots of things are happening under the hood that users don't notice right away for now. And then there's also the thing that having the exact same UI for both phone and bigger tablets might not be the best option so some things could be left out. Like if/when they add a notification center to Windows I doubt it'll be like a drop down area from the top of the screen like it will be on the phone.

Because on Windows the dropdown swipe is used to close apps. Would be nice if they remained consistent and added the same to WP. Its another example of how the development of WP is inconsistent with Windows. If they were looking towards longterm unification then they wouldnt be taken such different steps. There are so many tiny things they could easily add to bring them closer together. Instead they are taking some big steps to drive them apart.

Its the same with the tile paper / wallpaper. On Windows they take a step to the right and on WP they take a step to the left. Then you say not to worry because next Windows might take the step to the left as well, and WP the step to the right. There is nothing suggesting this is the case. Dont get me wrong, I'd wish I had your convidence because I dont like where I think its heading.

It's a completely different platform and form factor. While it's nice that there's some unification, it doesn't have to be universal.

Snapping on a phone doesn't make sense for example.

Ronnet said,

Because on Windows the dropdown swipe is used to close apps. Would be nice if they remained consistent and added the same to WP. Its another example of how the development of WP is inconsistent with Windows. If they were looking towards longterm unification then they wouldnt be taken such different steps. There are so many tiny things they could easily add to bring them closer together. Instead they are taking some big steps to drive them apart.

Its the same with the tile paper / wallpaper. On Windows they take a step to the right and on WP they take a step to the left. Then you say not to worry because next Windows might take the step to the left as well, and WP the step to the right. There is nothing suggesting this is the case. Dont get me wrong, I'd wish I had your convidence because I dont like where I think its heading.

I don't mean full swipe all the way down to close the app, that's something you have to do fully from top of the screen to bottom. if you do a quick swipe up or down (just a little down or up) the app bar and any other menus show up.

badshar said,
What about Cortana?!

They've never shown it working in any videos, well there was one but no action was taken, since it queries a service on MS's network I'm sure they'd then be able to track who used it so for now we'll just have to wait for build in a few days.

Makes sense. I am so excited about Build. All the updates on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 as well as Cortana. I wouldn't be surprised if the internet goes crazy and twitter has an outage when they reveal Cortana (assuming it's fully polished and in very good condition like Office for iPad). In some ways, we gotta thank Ballmer that he didn't pull the plug on Windows Phone despite it's slow start and also gave the Xbox franchise a chance, despite losing massive amounts of money every year, only for it to become a huge franchise and great brand and something that eventually led to the world witnessing Cortana on their phones.

Windows Phone is looking to be a great OS. Love that parallax on the background, and I just can't to see what they have in store for threshold!