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Windows Phone 8.1 Features Revealed, Includes Swipe Down Notifications

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The Verge are claiming “Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed” information about new features arriving in the Windows Phone 8.1 update. The two big features are Cortana, a Siri like voice assistant, and a swipe down notification center.

There will also be quick settings access by performing a short swipe down from the top, with a notifications screen accessed by a longer swipe. There will also be separate volume controls for ringtones and media playback, and Bing SmartSearch, similar to what Windows 8.1 offers. The current Music and Video hub will be separated into two apps, and VPN support for enterprise.

According to The Verge, the source also reveals that “Microsoft (are) planning to allow social apps like Twitter and Facebook to extend the People Hub even further in Windows Phone 8.1.

The Verge also reveals some details about two devices which will ship with Windows Phone 8.1:

Nokia is readying two handsets for the OS update. One particular device, codenamed “Goldfinger,” will include a “3D Touch” system that detects off-the-glass interactions. Nokia’s second handset, codenamed “Moneypenny,” will take advantage of the new on-screen Windows Phone 8.1 buttons that are available to device makers with Microsoft’s latest update.

Windows Phone 8.1, also referred to as Windows Phone Blue is expected to be released to consumers following the Build Developer Conference in April, 2014.

Read the article on The Verge by clicking HERE.

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