Newly leaked information about Windows Phone 8.1 suggests that the update will finally bring background customization of the Start screen to the mobile operating system, similar to that seen on Windows 8.
According to a report from LiveSino, the upcoming update to Microsoft's mobile operating system will enable some more customization options for the users, than on previous versions of the platform. The report based on reverse engineering that leaked Windows Phone 8.1 SDK suggests that the users will be able to set an image as a background for the Start screen, which until now could only be set to black or white. It also mentions the option to show more tiles which may enable an additional column of tiles as seen on the larger Windows Phone 8 devices launched with Update 3.
In addition to customization, Windows Phone will finally be able to sync tabs with Internet Explorer 11 on other devices similar to Google Chrome on Android and desktop. A lot of information about the Windows Phone 8.1 update has leaked in the past few days through the SDK and documentation but there is still a lot that is unknown, as Microsoft has reportedly disabled some components from the SDK. However, some of the exciting features to be expected from the update are: ability to store apps on SD card, ability to download and access multiple file types on the phone itself, 'Action center' for notifications, improved background tasks and Miracast.
Going by the leaks, the 8.1 update is set to be a big one for Windows Phone and we will know more about it as BUILD is coming soon.