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April 16th 2014 3:22 pm

What do you want to know about Windows Phone 8.1?



On Monday, Brad Molen took a closer look at Windows Phone 8.1. It's Microsoft's latest effort to improve their mobile operating system and it includes a number of new features like Cortana, Action Center, and a new swipe keyboard interface.

Want to know more about Windows Phone 8.1? Now's your chance to ask. Fire away and we'll get Brad to drop some knowledge on us.

Check out Brad's review here: www.engadget.com­/2014­/04­/14­/windows­-phone­-8­-1/

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GKCarp

Hi Brad I am an avid windows phone fan and Power User. Why did MS neuter WP 8.1 by removing the built in FB and linked-in integration. This was always a key selling feature for me to get converts, with the ease of keeping track of friends and family. Also do you find that Cortana is lacking for Bluetooth headset use? I find her less responsive than the previous build
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Kapow

Yeah, what happen to the FB lock screen pictures?????
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ParkerReno

From what I hear, their main motivation was to separate it from the core OS because if facebook changed, it would break their implementation and it could not always be an easy fix. The good news, though this isn't completely confirmed, is that with a new set of APIs, it will be reintegrated so that FB chat does not have a delay and can be updated via the store, not an OS update.
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TgD

If I am the type to not use Google's or Apple's voice commands, would I be compelled to feel any different about Cortana?

Then again, since Cortana is a United States only feature (without a workaround that is), Microsoft may have made the decision for me to not use it
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bradmolen

Probably not, but I do like a few quirks that Cortana boasts that the others don't have. One is being able to make reminders for specific contacts, so next time I call them (or vice versa) it pulls up that reminder so it's fresh in my mind.

I also like the ability to use Cortana to toggle settings and open apps (especially ones later in the alphabet, when i'm feeling too lazy to find them).
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ParkerReno

One of the nice things about Cortana is that you can type any of the commands you would give her. I don't know if that appeals to you, but I found it pretty neat. I'm not a huge user of voice assistants, but I do think Cortana could be pretty cool, even if I wouldn't use her everyday.
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cgeisert

microsoft must pay you............ i don't know anybody who has a microsoft phone that loved the upgrade......
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jonfingas

Cortana is coming to other regions in time, so you can eventually give it a shot without having to change your language settings!
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TgD

Sounds good!

I'll believe it when I see it though... coming from someone who has been waiting for Google Play music for over 2 years. I get skeptical about international promises.

Nokia has been decent to Canadians, but we haven't got variants of the 1320, 1520, Icon, 2520, or many accessories for the phones they actually did release here. Perhaps the lumia 930/935 will come north of the border- no confirmation on that either.

PREEMPTIVE EDIT: I realize Nokia and Cortana/WP 8.1 are two different things, but they are very closely intertwined at this point
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ParkerReno

I'm not sure if you like 3rd party apps, but CloudMuzik has worked as a google play client for me
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jonfingas

I could see the Lumia 635 coming (Telus has been a big fan of the 620/625), but the 930... well, we'd need a variant of it with North America-friendly LTE, really.
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cgeisert

seriously... microsoft is a world company... how can you only launch it in one country.....
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SteiniThorst

Some people are seeing more battery drain after updating to 8.1
Is that something you also hear?
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bradmolen

Good Q. Battery life has always been pretty good with WP, but I've also felt that 8.1 seems to drain a little faster than it used to. I haven't done any specific tests on it yet, (haven't compared the Icon on 8.0 vs 8.1 yet) but I hope to get back to you on that soon. Stay tuned!
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ParkerReno

My friend's 920 had this issue and one of the problems was that the 8.1 update re-enable any background tasks you rpeviously disabled. It didn't completely fix the issue, but it helped to go in and disable them again. He also got his 920 at launch, so the battery might just be getting old. YMMV.
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vishnuponna

Does any audio player supports timeline seeking in windows 8.1?
I'm very frustrated about that.
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ParkerReno

I'm not a huge fan of the new music app, and no it does not have a scrubber. I'm hopeful only because they separated it from the core OS and they say an update via the store is coming.

Edit: They announced they'll be pushing regular updates for it, the first coming next week.
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Girish

You can long press the forward button
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vishnuponna

Everybody knew that...I'm asking you guys like is there any update in windows 8.1 like regular ios and android?
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ladd

Is is possible to statically assign an IP yet?
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sleeve22

It depends on your phone/ROM. I have a Rogers 920 and have been able to assign a static IP for quite a long time.
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carlosoj

I can't see who is online in the messages app, I only have the threads tab. Did that feature disappear"
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ParkerReno

They removed the facebook integration from the core os because, well, it was broken. I've heard in some places that they will be reintegrating into the messaging hub by one of the new APIs
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carlosoj

so, now the only way to see who is online is looking in facebook messenger and skype?
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cgeisert

I loved my windows 8.0 phone for two years. now, i hate my windows 8.1 phone. everything i loved is now ruined.
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