Monday, 16 December 2013

WP8.1 will include Notification centre and a Siri like assistance

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According to The Verge, Microsoft is preparing to ship WP8.1 and it will bring some of the most awaited features to your existing WP8 device.

The first feature listed is the Notification Centre like in Android and iOS which can be accessed from swiping from up to down.A short swipe will reveal quick settings, while a longer swipe will reveal the full notification history – a nice touch and differentiator from the other mobile operating systems.The update will also bring Separate Volume Controls to Windows Phone, allowing users to control ringtone volume independently of media playback.

The OS will also have Bing Smart Search similar to Windows 8.1.

Business users in the mean time will appreciate the addition of VPN functionality.

The Verge’s sources also report the Xbox Music and Xbox Video will separate into separate hubs.

Another feature is the rumoured Cortana Voice Assistant agent, which will replace the existing Bing search  and will work with both voice and text input.  It will be similar to Google Now, with a conversational element and the ability to learn location context and data from the phone and will be able to automatically remind you when a meeting is nearing and how long you’ll need to reach an appointment.

Apps like Facebook and twitter will also be able to extend the People Hub even more.

The OS is currently being beta tested with plans to fully detail the update at BUILD 2014 in April.

In terms of hardware running the OS, Nokia’s rumoured Goldfinder will a ”3D Touch” system that detects off-the-glass interaction while Moneypenny will take advantage of the new on-screen Windows Phone 8.1 buttons.


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