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First Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Features Confirmed

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Windows Phone 8.1 brought some huge improvements to Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but the company isn’t done improving its software. Over the weekend, Redmond detailed several new features coming with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.

The biggest change coming with Windows Phone’s new update is support for app folders. It may seem like a small improvement, but that feature comes standard on both Android and iOS. An option to create folders to organize your homescreen will be as easy to dragging one Tile onto another, though we’re curious how this will work with Microsoft’s Live Tile notification system.

Another important update focuses on accessories. Microsoft is finally adding support for interactive cases that can automatically turn your smartphone off and on, or even display notifications in a small onscreen window. The Verge also claims HTC may release a version of the One (M8) running Windows Phone in the not-too-distant future along with a modified version of its Dot View cover.

Microsoft is also adding controls to use Cortana in the car, support for 7-inch screens, support for 1280 x 800-pixel resolution devices and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). The company hasn’t said exactly when Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will launch but, according to The Verge, it could arrive in the very near future. We’ll keep an eye out for any more news and let you know as soon as the update is ready to download.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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