WP8.1 GDR1 update - Tons more coming to Windows Phones (Here is a list)

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  1. Lloydbm41, Jul 27, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2014

    Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    From the following link on WPCentral: http://m.wpcentral.com/microsoft-full-details-gdr1-update-windows-phone-81

    •Support for 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution
    •Diagonal screen sizes of 6.01" to 7" are now supported for the 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution
    •540 x 960 native qHD resolution is now supported in addition to the ability to scale from HD or WVGA resolution to qHD
    •Diagonal screen sizes up to 6" and on phones that use the MSM8x12 applications processor now support 540 x 960 qHD resolution
    •Dual SIM – C + G radio type is now supported for dual SIM phones
    •Bluetooth – PAN (personal area network) 1.0 profile, aptX codec support for A2DP, and browsing support for AVRCP are now supported
    •Support for a Store live tile when the tile is medium-sized
    •The size of the Store tile has been standardized for all layouts and some tiles have changed places on the Start screen.
    •Support for folders.
    •Enable a phone cover app to launch when the phone cover is closed and specify the default setting for the lock screen's auto unlock setting.
    •Cortana – Add a phone book entry for Cortana to allow users to initiate speech from a car that doesn't have support for activating speech on the phone that is connected over Bluetooth.
    •Network Time Protocol support – Automatically set the time, using an NTP client, in a Windows Phone device that doesn't support NITZ or when cellular data is not available.
    •Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support
    •OEMs can implement a custom lock screen
    •OEMs can preload the Files app
    •Added a note that all Wi-Fi Sense settings must be on unless Microsoft executive approval has been granted for specific mobile operator requests.

    This is pretty cool, as part of the update:
    Aside from previously revealed folder support, the upgrade will allow for smart cases akin to HTC's Dot View or LG's QuickCircle. Phone makers will get to run special apps when the cover is closed, and specify what happens when it's open. This seemingly simple addition could be important, since The Verge claims that HTC is preparing a Windows Phone version of the new One -- such a device would need smart cover features to perform the same tricks as its Android counterpart.
  2. scott craft macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2011
    I would probably have to buy a Windows phone version of the M8 running 8.1. That would be so nice.
  3. Cnasty macrumors 68030


    Jul 2, 2008
    I just got the 635 and the only negative about this phone so far is the screen size. An M8 with those speakers, beautiful screen, and build quality...I'd be sold.

    Being a new WP owner, I only understand maybe 2 of the things on that list.
  4. scott craft macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2011
    I still have my HTC 8X (barely useable due to a shattered screen) and after all this time I still think it's a beautiful phone, but the M8 with 8.1 would be so much better.

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