Giant list of Windows Phone 8.1 features reveal backgrounds, Quiet Hours, and Office Lens

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New week, new leaks. That has a nice ring to it. We’re back on the Windows Phone 8.1 leak train today to recap everything that happened over the weekend. Most of the bigger features from the WP 8.1 SDK have already been leaked, but now some of the smaller features are being discovered. Let’s catch you up on everything you missed.

On Friday we asked “do you want background wallpapers in Windows Phone 8.1?” Now we can say with certainty that background wallpapers are indeed coming to Windows Phone 8.1. We still aren’t sure exactly how they will work. By the way, the Start Screen may also be able to use the three column layout on all devices. Microsoft is still testing this.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Windows Phone 8.1 is a massive overhaul of the entire OS. Almost every single nook and cranny has received some attention. Microsoft has been working extremely hard on this update for almost 2 years. The list of features below just goes to show how much will be new in Windows Phone 8.1.

  • Options to always download emails and pictures within them
  • Encrypted and signed e-mail support
  • Geofence monitoring support
  • Office Lens
  • The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
  • 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 or power off
  • Quiet Hours
  • Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up
  • 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
  • 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. syncs automatically based on how often you typically check your email)
  • Wallet supports tickets and membership cards
  • App Syncing
  • Wallet supports tickets and membership cards
  • Screen Recording functionality
  • Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle.
  • You can favorite photos by tapping a heart icon

Some of these features require a little explanation. Quiet Hours will enable you to have a set period of time where notifications are disabled. This is perfect for bed time. Office Lens will enable users to take photos of real life documents, white boards, and other texts and optimizes them for viewing on your phone.

All of these SDK changes don’t even include Cortana or the Action Center. There is a ton of new stuff coming to Windows Phone 8.1, and we can’t wait. What are you most excited for?

[via wpdaily

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  • Margarine

    so much!

  • “Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up”
    “The Search button will be the new way to open Speech instead of the Start button”

    Ummm, why these changes? What’s wrong with the with the way they work now? Why confuse everyone? Seems totally arbitrary.

  • The screenshot change seems weird, but the speech thing makes a million times more sense.

  • Eshan

    Screenshot button combination changed because the new handsets will be having the on-screen navigation buttons and user will not be able to see that in every context.

  • Kaushik

    bloody good!

  • Good point.

  • rarrr

    Screen shot most likely due to the addition of on screen buttons. You probably dont want them showing up in your screen shots so they used 2 hardware buttons instead. And they maybe using the start button for quick settings or notifications now. Really it makes sense, back button shows open programs and search uses voice commands.

  • Arun M Joseph

    List is not over:

    Sharing secured 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
    “Write, when I swipe through letters.” That should be self-explanatory
    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 are 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 Update checks
    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 will be able to say ‘Call XXXXXX’
    Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
    Quiet Hours
    Double Tap to Power Off
    Notification if charger is not of adequate power
    Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up
    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 (Since the newer phones will have the start button on screen)
    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
    App Syncing
    Backups now include application data (ABOUT TIME)
    Screen Reader functionality (May be Text-To-Speech for apps)
    Screen Recording functionality
    Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle
    You can favorite photos by tapping a heart icon
    Virtual SmartCard support.
    And much more….!! Finally WP gets better..!!