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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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