Today we reported Microsoft's OEM website showing the documentations for Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update. Now NokiaPowerUser reports some new leaked features from their sources.
According to their information WP8.1 GDR1, the next minor version of the OS, will support Network Time Protocol, when Network Identity and Time Zone, the carrier’s time system, is not working.
Their leak also reveals support for WXXGA (800×1280) resolution by the use of black bars, the ability to activate Cortana from the phone kit in the car by giving it a phone book entry ( a much needed capability) and also Dual-SIM capability with both GSM + CDMA networks.
We have also of course heard earlier GDR1 will feature new folders and Voice over LTE support.
NokiaPowerUser has also leaked some more new WP8.1 GDR1 features.
Most of them are rather mundane, meant for OEMs rather than user features, but there is one rather interesting feature.
In WP8.1 GDR1 OEMs can create and register a phone cover app, which allows partners to create a user experience with their Windows Phones phone cover like on other platforms. This is likely in response to OEMs like LG and HTC who has been using phone cover apps as differentiating features on their handsets.
Other new items is that the Store tile, when medium-sized, is now a live tile. It shows both the Store logo and the name
Manufacturers can change start tile layout in some cases
Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 supports entity extraction in the Messaging app (which is also shared with the Email), meaning OEMs can specify what type of number they think is a phone number.
By default, when a user calls the voicemail number, the number dialed is displayed below the Voicemail. It can be disable in GDR1.
For phones that support an SD card, OEMs can either allow or block the use of the SD card for phone updates.
OEMs can show or hide the “auto scan for updates” setting on the phone.
Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 user-captured MP4 video contains metadata for date taken and location.
The details all come from Microsoft’s Dev centre, before they locked it down, and are therefore 100% reliable, and should hit our handsets in a few months.
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