Latest Windows Phone leaks include Update 1 features, WP8.1 version of HTC One (M8)Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Remember how references to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 were recently spotted on an official Windows Phone Dev Center page? At the time, we didn’t know anything about the update other than the fact that it existed, but that’s changed today.
Several details regarding Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 — also known as Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 — have been posted by Microsoft. According to the folks in Redmond, some of the tweaks that we can expect to see included with Update 1 include:
- Native folder support
- Interactive cases (similar to HTC’s Dot View and LG’s QuickCircle cases)
- Support for users to trigger Cortana speech while behind the wheel
- Support for 7-inch screen sizes
- Support for 1280x800 screen resolution
- Medium Windows Phone Store Live Tile
- Voice over LTE
While there aren’t a ton of fancy user-facing features included in that list, there are several goodies that ought to help Windows Phone close the gap with to Android and iOS in terms of OS-level features. Perhaps the best news of all is that according to The Verge, Microsoft expects to release Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to developers as early as next week, or possibly in early August. That means that folks enrolled in the Preview for Developers may soon have a big new update to play with.
In other Windows Phone news, sources speaking to The Verge claim that HTC is prepping a version of its One (M8) that runs Microsoft’s mobile OS rather than Google’s. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of when this Windows Phone-ified One (M8) might launch or which carriers it’ll be available on.