Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 – what’s new?
Microsoft has officially introduced the first update for its mobile platform Windows Phone 8.1. The update includes several improvements and new features that the company added after numerous user requests. Distribution of new versions of the software will begin next week on the program Developer Preview, but for the next few months it will reach all users.
One of the most interesting improvements is that the voice service Cortana will now be available in several other countries besides the US. UK and China are not the only countries in the list. In these two countries, Cortana will run as a beta version, while users in Canada, India and Australia will receive the alpha version of the voice assistant. Moreover, especially for China, the animated circle will be replaced by another animation. Also in the Asian country, Cortana will get another nickname Xiao Na.
Another important and new feature is called Live Folders, which the company brings the concept of interactive tiles to a whole new level. In other words, from now on, users can easily and quickly (by dragging one to the other) to organize app tiles in separate folders on the start screen, while the dynamic features of the tiles will continue to work – ie, the tiles will be updated, and updates will be displayed directly on the folder.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will allow you to configure VPN when the device is connected to wireless access points. This is a feature that many users have been waiting for since the premiere mobile platform.
The icon of the app store will display the information about new arrivals in the store (will be updated every six hours). Users can mark multiple text messages at once for deletion or forwarding. The Xbox Music app becomes faster and more functional:
With Update 1 Windows Phone 8.1 will support the Quick Charge to speed up charging the battery of the smartphone is compatible with it. Producers will be able to produce smartphones with a display resolution of 1280×800 pixels and 7-inch diagonal. Also added support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Push notifications for Bluetooth and smart accessories. And the feature is Apps Corner, which is designed primarily for corporate users, will allow you to run applications in sandbox mode (Sandbox).