Microsoft started seeding out Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan updates earlier this month. But it appears the software giant has already finished working on the GDR1 — the upcoming update to Windows Phone 8.1 OS. Microsoft accidentally posted some of the features on its website, as well as provided detailed information to the OEMs. Here’s a rundown on the features Windows Phone 8.1 Update (/ Update 1) sport.


First of all is the introduction and support for folder — which will allow users to assort several icons into one tile (folder). Notably this feature is already available on iOS and Android, nice to see Windows Phone catching up.

Here are the features of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

  • Support for the much awaited WXGA 800 x 1280 resolution. Devices sporting over 6-inch display will have support for WXGA 800 x 1280. The OS will finally offer scalability from HD or WVGA resolution to qHD. Furthermore, native support for 540 x 960 native qHD resolution is said to come with the new update.
  • The company hints at improvements for the support for Network Time Protocol. This will finally allow Windows Phone handset owners to automatically have the time on the device updated, as well as extend the support for NTP where it wasn’t functioning before.
  • OEMs will be able to configure the settings for C+G radio type for dual SIM phones. Also, they will be able to disable voicemail phone number display. Microsoft is also allowing OEMs the option to hide the “Automatic search for updates” feature.
  • Thanks to the update, a phonebook entry for Cortana will be possible, which will allow car owners — that don’t have Bluetooth functionality on their vehicle — to trigger speech from within their vehicles.
  • Among connectivity front, support for Bluetooth – PAN 1.0 profile, aptX codec support for A2DP, and AVRCP browsing support are deployed.
  • Among several changes, support for Store live tile is also there — especially when the tile is medium-sized.
  • One of the biggest features includes support for interactive cases. On several Android devices and iPads, as you flip close and open the case, the device automatically sleeps or wakes up. Microsoft is said to bring this feature with the new update.
  • Among other changes, support for Voice over LTE is said to arrive.
  • Hardware partners will be able to implement a custom lock screen, and even preload the Files app.


Do note that this is just a partial list of features. The update is tipped to arrive to developers next month. No words on when consumers can expect to see the feature on their handset. Stay tuned for more info.

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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.


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