Microsoft is expected to announce the new version of Windows Phone during the Build conference in April 2014 so it’s about time that features of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 “Blue” start leaking. We saw @evleaks post a screenshot showing on-screen buttons which suggests that Microsoft might allow button-free devices like the Google Nexus to help some manufactures cut costs.
Also expect a Notification Center to make an appearance with a short swipe and a long swipe from the top producing different results. The short swipe will bring up quick settings for enabling/disabling radios while the long swipe will show a full notifications history.
Microsoft is also expected to add voice assistant features similar to Siri and OK Google. Named Cortana (Smile, Halo fans), the program will learn location context and data to replace Bing s the default search. Other features mentioned in the report that are coming to Windows Phone 8.1
- Deeper integration into the People Hub for Twitter and Facebook
- Separate volume controls for ringtone volume and media playback
- VPN support for enterprise users
- Bing Smart Search results, similar to what is found on Windows 8.1 today
- Xbox Music and Xbox Video will be separate apps, removed from the OS core to enable faster, more dynamic updates for users
Source: WP Central