There is a good news for Microsoft users as Microsoft is unveiling Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 on August 4, 2014. This update is better known as GDR1 for ‘general distribution release,’ which is one of two for the 8.1 operating system in 2014. This news comes from Beijing, China, where Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore announced the release along with the expansion of Cortana to the UK and China during his keynote.
As compare to what 8.1 delivered this spring, Update 1 is minor, however, it still have some latest features for hardware manufacturers and consumers. There are many features leaked and it is expected that all were accurate. Let’s see what those features are:
Live Folders allows creating folders to the users on their Start screen. These folders called as “Live” folders by Microsoft as whatever app or game you can add in this folder that has their Live Tile enabled. Pushed updates are still reflected by group of Tiles in the Folder that makes them highly dynamic.
Nokia’s efforts are appreciated by Microsoft in offering their App Folder app although Live Folders is more reliable with their design philosophy by continuing the Live Tile paradigm that started with Windows Phone 7.
Xbox Music Live Tile and Performance Improvements
In this latest update, Microsoft and the Xbox Music team is coming up with an improvement and refining the Xbox Music app. Update 1 comes with new OS that allows the Xbox Music team to implement a Kid’s Corner and Live Tile. Those users, who don’t enroll in Update 1 Preview, can continue to get the bimonthly updates.
SMS merge and forwarding, Live Tile for the Store
A few other improvements are also available in Update 1 like SMS merge and forwarding that provides users “the ability to select multiple SMS messages for deletion and forwarding.” Moreover, a Live Tile is also available that provide information about the latest applications and games in every hours throughout the day.
Apps Corner is one of the most interesting features we have in this update that Microsoft describes as a “sandboxed” mode for those users, who show a choose amount of apps. Apps Corner allows employees to use their phone over to customers with fear of exposing important data.
VPN through Wi-Fi hotspots, High-voltage charging, Smart covers, Improved IE compatibility and more
A new assortment of options and improvements like VPN functionality is available with Update 1 through a public Wi-Fi hotspot. It also has an improved IE that renders of mobile websites. It also includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support for Snapdragon 800 processor that allows Windows Phone users with the appropriate chipset take benefit Qualcomm’s rapid, high voltage USB charging.
Moreover, charging times should be 75% faster than before. See below given image for more information:
An advanced support for Bluetooth standards PAN (personal area network) 1.0 profile, browsing support for AVRCP, and aptX codec support for A2DP are also available in Update 1. With these latest standards, customers can enjoy better streaming and supportability for Windows Phone media. There is more support for device resolution available in Update 1 such as 1280 x 800 WXGA, 540 x 960 native qHD and screen sizes of 6.01″ to 7″ for the 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution.