Recently we had got quite news regarding upcoming Windows Phone 8.1, all thanks to leaked SDK which was intended for selected developers, two Windows Phone developers were able to get time out of their busy schedule and made a comprehensive list.
The features listed below were pulled from MUI strings directly from the emulator’s file system. These are subject to change as the current SDK is a preview. We won’t know until the RTM is released.
Please note that not all of these features will make their way to final version and they are supposed to be change.
Sharing secure WI-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense. They don’t get to see the shared password though
Social notifications will now show up in action center by swiping from the top of the screen
Operators can now control data sense limits remotely
Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected
Along with normal updates, there are now “important” updates.
Options to always download emails and pictures within them
Encrypted and signed e-mail support
Change default SMS app. You can also change which SMS app will show notifications.
Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
“Type as I swipe through letters”. This means we will be seeing Swype-like functionality.
Geofence monitoring support. Geofence is a boundary around a place of interest to you. Location services can monitor geofences to tell your apps when you’re entering and leaving them. This would be really good for IFTTT
Office Lens support. Will scan in documents and screens
The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
Option to update store apps automatically
Option to update store apps when only on Wi-Fi
App Suggestions by location
Manual App Update checks
Video Calling Support? I don’t know if we will be given choices of which VOIP provider to use. Maybe Skype video calling will be built-in?
Password protected Office document support
Trusted app list for NFC that will remove the need for asking whether you want to open a particular app.
In-call speech commands. You’ll be able to say “Call XXXXXX”.
Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
Lock Notification (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer I was thinking of Glance for some reason. This could also mean notifications of apps on the lock screen. We don’t know where these strings are being used in the UI, so this one is a speculation)
Double Tap to Power Off
Notification if charger isn’t of adequate power
Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up (Since the newer phones will have the start button on screen)
Chkdsk for SD Cards essentially
Apps on SD Cards are only allowed from ONE originating phone. If it detects that apps from another phone are installed on the SD Card, then it will ask to delete those first
Voice Narrator for Accessibility
The Search button will be the new way to open Speech instead of the Start button
New Email sync options with accordance to usage patterns (i.e. If you get a lot of mail on particular days and if you don’t check mail every day).
Change the size and amount of tiles on your start screen.
Wallet supports tickets and membership cards
Backups now include application data
Screen Reader functionality (Maybe Text-To-Speech for apps?)
Screen Recording functionality
Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle.