[UPDATE 4] WP 8.1 feature leak, change SMS default app, battery sense and more

So with MWC and BUILD approaching things have been hectic for Windows Phone for some time. We've been having leaks and whatnot for some time now. But with the release of the new developer SDK a user from reddit (using a throwaway account with the name wpthrowaway) started leaking features.

At some time during his leaks he started deleting old ones and adding new. So I've tried to capture the information as best as I could here.

In time (with other sources leaking new info) I've added more info with sources (where available) with their own header/sections.

* For a neat list of leaks/features I suggest you check out this post by Meceo3121 http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/11/5401794/a-full-run-down-of-wp8-1-features

1. Reddit, [LINK]

This guy started it all, but unfortunately has stopped the leaks. But the barrage of information he has shared is probably the backbone of the feature leaks from WP8.1 we have today.

Basically, it's one of the devs that got invited to the select dev program for WP8.1

  • So I may or may not be part of the dev preview program and I might have seen that WP8.1 will support javascript for programming. Haven't seen anything yet about HTML only xaml.
  • The whole javascript is called a Unirversal App.
  • EDIT: yup there is html!
  • EDIT: universal apps is a template to build both WinStore and WinPhone apps from the same solution sharing code more easily (HTML/JScript)
  • EDIT: Connect portal (proof) http://i.imgur.com/3TkF9wv.jpg
  • EDIT: WP and WinRt are categorize now under Store Apps in visual studio. So you can see how MS is trying to merge them. Main templates are universal apps that create both WP8 and WinRT project. Expecting to see more WinRT apps from now on as they're making it very easy and kind of influencing me to do so, considering the solo templates are at the bottom of the list.
  • EDIT: New hub app template. http://i.imgur.com/ssxC3Jv.jpg
  • Ssxc3jv_medium

  • EDIT: Debug my first wp8.1 app. Splashscreen is using the same box as the default one for WinRT. App has a nice transitions navigating pages (without using a 3rd party toolkit for it). Kind of like turnstile but there's something to it that makes it looks smoother.
  • EDIT: Screenshot of the app list
  • EDIT: App list: Battery sense (see what apps are taking the charge), data sense and storage sense. Oh there is a new podcast app and bings app are install by default.
  • EDIT: Phone app is not supported in this build. SMS not much different UI but there's some cool new settings.
  • EDIT: There's finally VPN support and Wifi sense.
  • EDIT: No cortana and bing search isn't working (button and IE). Bing.com makes the "No app for this protocol" popup, so this build doesnt have it and it also doesn't have a store.
  • EDIT: no more music+video. Now there is a music app that is exactly like xbox music. Same for the video app.
  • EDIT: skydrive is now OneDrive.
  • EDIT: GridView and ListView joing the WP family.
  • EDIT: Universal Apps are pretty cool. They share the same App object class.
  • EDIT: SD CARD install! But you can change the manifest to prevent your app from being install in SD.
  • EDIT: No more silverlight. So apps now can share XAML between WinRT and WP8 (sometimes whole pages).
  • EDIT: instead of an AppBard there is a commandbard. (only bottom) You can bind to the buttons.
  • EDIT: Tilt no longer requires a toolkit. Instead is build into most control styles using PointerDownThemeAnimation .
  • EDIT: Goodbye XAP hello APPX.
  • EDIT: Back button doesn't terminate the app. The whole life cycle is like winrt.
  • EDIT: Back button doesnt go back by default, instead you do this: public App() { this.InitializeComponent(); this.Suspending += OnSuspending; Windows.Phone.UI.Input.HardwareButtons.BackPressed += HardwareButtons_BackPressed; } void HardwareButtons_BackPressed(object sender, Windows.Phone.UI.Input.BackPressedEventArgs e) { Frame rootFrame = Window.Current.Content as Frame;
    if (rootFrame != null) { if (rootFrame.CanGoBack) { rootFrame.GoBack(); e.Handled = true; } } }
  • EDIT: Navigation: this.Frame.Navigate(typeof(AboutPage));

  • He took a break and deleted a lot of the info, then started adding more ;

  • EDIT: So the camera app has 3 new mode: camera, burst and video
  • EDIT: Pivots, now called Hub, have smaller title. More screen space!
  • EDIT: Lots of new transitions by default
  • EDIT: Progress ring from WinRT is here.
  • EDIT: Get a sense of your storage ;) and install your apps on your SD
  • EDIT: No new tile size from what I seen in the default apps and the SDK :/
  • EDIT: File manager? Docs talk about a file picker and saver. So there maybe a file manager in the RTM!
  • EDIT: New youtube player! compact player | Landscape
  • And ;

  • EDIT: UA string:
  • EDIT: WebGL support
  • EDIT: HTML5 test results
  • EDIT: So WP8 is now called WinPRT (docs)
  • EDIT: New usb settings page img

  • and navigation bar color? img

  • EDIT: Slide down to close app

  • EDIT: WPCentral and the verge using the thread as source, neat considering it started as a one leak thing (javascript apps) (*editors note, this is getting meta)

And after yet another break, he's added the last bits of info:

  • EDIT: Some might be relief by this Silverlight 8.1 apps will only run on Windows Phone (code-named "Blue") devices. Devices running Windows Phone 8 will not be able to install or run these apps. However, Windows Phone (code-named "Blue") is a free update that will be supported for all existing Windows Phone 8 devices.
  • EDIT: Oh and according to docs almost every API in WinRT can run on WinPRT. These include also: video and audio transcoding, so expect some cool multimedia apps for WP8.1. There's also roaming data like in desktop.
  • EDIT: To clear something WP8 apps are now consider Windows Store App like with Win8.
  • EDIT: ALL apps now have fast resume activated and is not an opt in feature like it use to.
  • EDIT: WP8.1 apps can't use XNA anymore, unlike in WP8.0. Goodbye XNA

I think this is it for our Reddit Dev leaker. If not, I'll update this part.

2. Nokiablog [LINK]

Again, check the source for in depth info. This part probably won't get updated, but it had interesting features that I thought would be best to share.

  • Starting with the image below, is the redesigned volume controls we’ve seen before, which give separate controls for the ringer/notifications as well as Media/Apps,
  • Next up is a new feature which disables single presses on the Bing search button while in a fullscreen app (like a game, capturing a video/image etc.); the search button was ridiculously sensitive (not to mention useless) that some users went as far as epoxying it to stop it from going off. With 8.1 when in a fullscreen app users have to double tap the search button to open the bing app, pretty clever.
  • It seems Microsoft and Google have worked out their issues, as not only is the Youtube site playing in the browser without any problems, but when setting up a Gmail account you can sign in through the web authentication (OAuth), which should hopefully restore proper Gmail service with push.

  • Also present is "project my scree" which is the ability to share show your phone’s screen onto a device.

  • A big change for anyone who’s used the calendar on WP is the new weekly view, which brings up any events for this week in large tiles, as well as showing the predicted weather for those days (nice feature); and has done away with the annoying Lorem Ipsum text that confused many.

  • We heard of the "Battery Power Sense" app earlier, and here’s a glimpse of what it will look like, showing you what apps have been using power recently (hopefully with a detailed breakdown of which apps are the most power hungry).

  • The skydrive in the photo albums is no longer an album of its own, but will instead launch the Skydrive/OneDrive app

  • Here’s a look at the new Podcasting app (hopefully available internationally), as well as the settings for the app; which feature options for autodownload and streaming on the go.

3. Random Sources

Stuff that I've stumbled upon from here and there.

  • Video (linked by FalseAgent)
  • Internet Explorer downloading a file (MP3 in this case) @AngelWZR
  • Video (linked by hobel), not sure what he's showing though.
  • Courtesy of jhoff80 who provided a monthly view calendar. No the lines are not text.
  • Courtesy of Ezhik : IE data savings mode
  • Courtesy of Ezhik : IE reading view
  • Courtesy of Ezhik : An option for more start screen tiles, also "start+theme"
  • Courtesy of Ezhik : Swipe keyboard
  • Courtesy of hobel, in depth podcast app
  • Courtesy of hobel, in his words "This is the spanish one, shows some menus we haven’t seen yet, and shows almost the complete description of new features that MS sent to developers."
  • Courtesy of hobel, a long russian video
Here's a list hobel put together from a facebook source ;
  • dual sim
  • settings synch
  • app suggestions based on fb information
  • "live lockscreen apps" (?)
  • "change background and accent color to match your mood today, this week, or all month" (?)
  • you can use your own photos as background
  • ie: inprivate, reading view
  • move installed apps from phone to sd
  • live tiles for pinned websites using rss content (as in windows 8.1)
  • calendar views: year, month, week, day. no agenda view
  • show contacts with phone numbers only
  • filter contact list by account
  • assign default social app to specific contacts for sharing and notifications
  • mute text conversation
  • things you can add quick settings menu: cam, wifi, bluetooth, airplane mode, rotation
  • lock, internet sharing, brightness, do not disturb, vpn, location, mirroring

4. WPCentral.com [LINK]

They seem to be updating the list every now and then. There are some that I haven't seen before, so I'll add those. For the full list I suggest you visit the page.

  • NEW Audio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated
  • NEW Media editing: audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video
  • NEW Apps can capture audio/video from themselves
  • NEW Stereoscopic 3d support
  • NEW Wi-Fi Direct, a Wi-Fi standard allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point
  • NEW Windows Phone 8.1 apps won't run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade
  • NEW Dev tools: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker
  • NEW PlayTo support
  • NEW Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt
  • NEW File picker (see above image)
  • NEW Geofencing API for location-based reminders
  • NEW Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer

UPDATE: They've published a story on the changes between Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. I thought you'd like to see a direct comparision. Here's the direct link to the article mentioned ;


Here's the comparisions ;

  • In messaging you’ll see ‘text’ dropped and an extra icon in the app bar.
  • Not much has changed for the jump list in Windows Phone 8.1. The globe icon is colored though.
  • The multitasking view hasn’t changed much. You’ll see the updated Word icon and you’ll be able to swipe the card down to close the app. Something Windows Phone 8.1 learned from Windows 8.1
  • The people hub has some new options. In Windows Phone 8.1 you’ll be able to only show contacts with phone numbers.
  • Here’s a settings page for contacts. This is where you’ll toggle to only show contacts with phone numbers in Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Settings for the photos+camera hub get updated. In Windows Phone 8.1 you can have the Start tile for the hub cycle through various photos.
  • On a limited internet plan? You can now select the level of compression for web pages served up through Data Sense on Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Check out the new background tasks settings page. It’s interesting for telling users that you won’t be able to block all apps running in the background.

5. Windowshphonehacker.com [LINK]

This is constantly updated with new information. Be sure to check it out as I'm not going to add everything he posts.

  • New email notification. Odd icon, probably not final? And if it is, sorry, don't mean to offend whoever made it ;) Scale just seems off.
  • Yay, Google Calendar Works! Multiple calendars, too. It's Christmas, guys.
  • VPN screenshots
  • About dang time! You can upload natively on webpages now.
  • E-mail attachment screen? (he didn't specify)
  • Photo app custimization