What’s new in Windows Phone 8.1 video
The first day of the BUILD 2014 conference began with a demonstration of the new Windows Phone 8.1. Joe Belfiore went on stage with my red Lumia 1520, and spoke in detail about the main improvements in the new version of the operating system for smartphones, which this year will be to fight for greater market share. Voice assistant, drop down ribbon with notifications and new opportunities for personalization is only the main part of numerous innovations.
As expected, a voice assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, named Cortana. Voice assistant from Microsoft can tell about the weather, make the entry in the calendar or something to remind you. All of this using voice commands from the user. Have Cortana even has a notebook, like a real assistant that stores important information about the user and based on her answers. This information can be edited.
Windows Phone 8.1 also offers the so-called Action Center – a drop-down ribbon with notifications and quick settings. Applications that can use the Action Center, can be selected by the user, so if you don’t need notifications from LinkedIn, you will not see them there.
One of the most interesting new feature in WP8.1 is the keyboard which now supports a text input method using gestures like Swype. Windows Phone 8.1 provides the ability to automatically connect to available Wi-Fi access points with high-quality communication. The initial screen is also not left without attention, so you can arrange the tiles background images. The lock screen has also changed, and now he looks completely different.
Belfiore said that the update for Windows Phone 8.1 to existing smartphones will be released in the next few months and new devices will be available in late April or early may.
To learn about other innovations in Windows Phone 8.1 – see video below.