Over the weekend we saw a screenshot from an alleged build of Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. The shot showed on-screen buttons that could possibly replace hardware buttons that exist on today’s crop of Windows Phone devices. Now we’re hearing a bit more about the new operating system, including when we might expect it to launch.
The Verge on Monday reiterated claims that the next build of Windows Phone will have some sort of voice-controlled Siri competitor codenamed Cortana. The Verge said it has confirmed that it’s indeed going to be included in Windows Phone 8.1 and that it will also be location aware like Google Now. Also, Microsoft is reportedly going to add a proper notification center, hopefully doing away with the often delayed Toast notifications that Windows Phone currently offers. According to The Verge, you’ll be able to swipe from the top of the screen, similar to Android and iOS, to view settings or to see all of your notifications in one place.
Other features allegedly include new Bing Smart Search results, separate apps for Xbox Music and Xbox video and additional features inside of People Hub. The operating system is expected to make its debut in April 2014 during Microsoft’s Build conference.