Ironically, since they gutted a fair amount of the integration features that differentiated WP from other platforms, WP8.1 would probably "get smoked by" WP8. I'm guessing we won't see that campaign again.
Next must-have OS feature: speech recognition everywhere, including the ability to dictate punctuation.
my battery has half the life now with the upgrade. anyone else having this issue? is there a MS forum to discuss issues?
I hope someone can finally give an answer; I have a Lumia 920 and live in Europe.
However with the latest WP 8.1 installed via the developer preview I don't have the swipe feature. When I swipe around the keyboard it doesn't show the trail, but only the buttons highlighting as is I was going to type on them. Is this a US only feature??? I can't find any documentation on this.
I think I may have stumbled on the closest thing to a support forum for this dev preview:
Still just as fast opening a new OneNote note.
I've had this on my (entry-level) 520 for about a week. I know it's a developer release, but this isn't ready for prime time.
For my use of this phone, I gained the following:
* Wordflow keyboard: a real nicety I've come to love on Android
* Cortana: very convenient in the car, for reminders particularly
* Battery saver: It's nice to see what's eating the battery
* Notifications: 'nuff said.
What I've lost:
* A usable music app. Xbox Music is a disaster. It's slow. It's sluggish to respond. It hangs. It messes with metadata on loaded music. The UI has lost significant functionality (like swiping left/right to advance through tracks). I don't care about music in the cloud. At all.
* Hub. The Facebook app stinks on every mobile platform. (It's equal-opportunity.) The hubs were quick and responsive, with fonts I can read without effort. The FB app is slow to load, slow to use, and nearly unreadable. (Yeah, it's the 520's display, but there's no reason to use fonts that are that small.) The hub was a complete re-envisioning of this social platform, and it was completely awesome.
* Messaging. This is related to the loss of the hub. The old Messaging app handled SMS and FB messages without a hitch. Quick and responsive. Now I use either the full FB app, the FB web page, or the FB messaging client. The latter is slow and unresponsive, just like FB's other mobile clients. Worse, it even crashes from time to time.
* Battery life. My battery life is 50-65% what it used to be. Most of this is attributed to Facebook, I think. The app is consistently the top battery user according to Battery Saver. I can feel the back of the phone is noticeably warmer than before.
* Barcode reader? That used to be on the search button, but it's not there now.... Maybe it's hiding somewhere.
* Overall performance. WP8 won me over as a convert because of its ability to run well on lesser (cheaper, smaller) hardware. EVERYTHING is slower with WP8.1.
I wish there were a way to go back to WP8, because 8.1 isn't doing it for me. At all.
Honestly, every single thing in this new release is MS playing catchup with Android/iOS. They're not innovating, but just 'adding' what the competition already has. The interface is still childish, and honestly, I've only ever seen one Windows Phone in the wild, and that was a basic Nokia model. Everywhere I look, it's either Android or iOS, and I mean everywhere. Our company allocates Windows Phones (again, basic models) for obvious reasons, but no one I know personally owns a Windows Phone. Says it all really.
I'd like to hear more about Narrator and Accessibility features. Thinking of getting a 520 to try it out.
The issues I'm having with 8.1 on my 1520 are:
1. Frequent battery run-downs with the top end of the phone getting warm.
2. Photos uploads only the unedited non-cropped photo to OneDrive. Every time you crop a photo in Smart Camera Photos uploads another copy of the unedited photo instead of the edited version.
I returned to 8.0 from 8.1 due to a buggy Start screen, lack of social integration - I couldn't reply/like Facebook comments in the People Hub; the Me Tile was gutted; Photo integration was gutted, the Photo Hub was removed, the Music+Video is gone in favor of something that has far fewer features than the Zune hub from WP7, and dozens of other horrible changes (http://wp.me/p1fLW2-8L).
If 8.1 is the future of Windows Phone, I don't want to be part of it. I can't rely on the Facebook iPhone app that we have to work, whereas the Me Tile, People Hub, and other Contact cards were actually reliable. I couldn't see my Facebook or OneDrive pictures in that horrid Picture app, whereas the Photo Hub was a beautiful panorama.
X-Box Music/Video, Podcasts, Radio, and Synch seem like a very sick joke by a third rate programmer. Can you honestly imagine Apple saying, "I think we need to split iTunes! Let's make iTunes Music for music, iTunes Video for videos, iTunes Podcasts for podcasts only, and iTunes Radio for FM radio, and then a completely separate Synch app to synch files manually to the phone." Do you honestly think that Apple's average customer (not fanboys) would put up with that, or would they go to Android or maybe Windows Phone? Whoever came up with the split-up idea should be fired, and the Zune hub restored, or better yet, enhanced with the cloud locker idea (unmatched files stored to OneDrive without any storage space cost to the user), auto-playlists (like Windows Media Player - most played, least played, 80s, 90s, and by criteria), wifi synch, and social feeds (share songs to friends, playlists, etc.) like this: http://bit.ly/1ohls2w .
I don't see the customer-facing logic of a lot of these changes. They can make sense internally to Microsoft, just like a lot of Windows 8 and Windows Vista changes made sense internally to Microsoft, and I worry the customer-facing effect will be the same.
Still waiting on the developer availability of 8.1 on the Sprint HTC 8xt. It looks like it was shut down sometime in June after problems with it. What's the scoop for the half dozen of us on that platform and phone?
Very nice. The update downloaded quick and installed just as fast. Some really nice stuff was added. It's great to be able to have all my camera apps in one folder on my start screen.
I really do like this preview version and as far as I am concerned, tmobile can take their time releasing the update for the 925. I would much rather just have the developers version......Now for my wish list......is HD FM radio ever going to be added to any of these phones? I am still using my Zune HD
Any NAS (SMB) support in WinFone 8.1 expected. On WW, you mentioned you use Lumina 635 at media device so I went out and bought one but can't figure out a free way to access my LAN which has a NAS with media.
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