Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone offerings come in a variety of flavors, each similar to the other but unique in their own ways. Among them all is what appears to be an upcoming budget handset option, the Nokia Lumia 630, which has had a few specifications leak on the Chinese website Baidu.
Microsoft hasn’t gone official with Windows Phone 8.1 yet, but we have already heard about some of the features that the OS update will bring via rumors. Among the interesting features Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to get are a Siri-like voice control and a new notification center. We have also seen the SDK get the hands on treatment this month.
If you are a big fan of Windows Phone, you may be interested in the latest version of the smartphone OS that is due out in the next few months. The next version of the OS, Windows Phone 8.1 has reportedly been shared with developers, and as is typical, one of those devs has leaked some details on the operating system update. The leaked details have been put in a video that you can see below.
The latest numbers were recently published by Net Applications looking at the overall computer operating system market around the world. The report shows that the newest versions of Windows, Windows 8 and 8.1, are making inroads into the operating system market that is dominated by older versions of the OS around the world.
Windows Phone 8.1 will gain a Siri-style virtual personal assistant in an update expected in the first half of 2014, sources claim, with the new version also said to bring the much-anticipated notification center. Currently being internally tested though not expected to be publicly detailed until BUILD 2014 in April, The Verge reports, the update will supposedly see Bing search replaced with Microsoft's "Cortana" digital assistant, details of which leaked earlier this year.
Nokia has launched the Lumia 1520, the company's flagship phablet with a 6-inch Full HD screen, Windows Phone 8.1, and a 20-megapixel PureView camera borrowing the lossless digital zoom from the Lumia 1020. Nokia's biggest Windows Phone to-date, the Lumia 1520 runs the latest version of Microsoft's smartphone platform on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quadcore, with LTE and a 3,400 mAh battery that's even bigger than what's inside HTC's One max.
Windows RT users looking to upgrade their copies of Windows RT 8 to Windows RT 8.1 will have to wait. Some users are reporting that the update is bricking their Surface machines, so Microsoft has pulled the upgrade from the Windows Store for the time being. No official announcement has been made about the cause of the problem or when the fixed upgrade will be available again.
Windows Phone 8.1 will ditch the "back" button and support up to 10-inch displays, it's reported, with Microsoft also aiming to use the 2014 release to help push the smartphone platform further up into flagship territory. Codenamed Windows Phone "Blue", the new version will see Microsoft address user satisfaction, WinSuperSite claims, paring away some of the more confusing elements of the OS and making it easier for developers to release applications across both Windows Phone and Windows RT.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows RT tablets will get a full copy of Outlook 2013 RT as of the Windows 8.1 update, helping open a few more enterprise doors for slates like Surface. The app, not currently available for "Windows-on-ARM", has been a frequently requested one, Microsoft conceded, and the company hopes will help shift Windows RT out of the grey area between business and personal use.
Qualcomm is well on its way to getting the Snapdragon 800 processors out there, but in the meanwhile, it has announced support for Windows RT 8.1. Both Microsoft and Qualcomm are working together in the matter, and some time later this year it is expected devices, such as tablets, are going to be rolled out running Windows RT 8.1 and Snapdragon 800 processors.
Unlike desktop OS updates, software updates for mobile devices can be a bit tricky, even convoluted, depending on how many cooks are in the kitchen. If you add platform maker, device maker, and carrier together, you could be looking at updates that take months to land on users' devices. While not a problem for small feature updates, it could be a death sentence as far as critical security fixes are concerned. Fortunately for Windows 10 phone users, Microsoft might be putting its foot down and will push updates directly.