Until Windows 9 brings the unified experience Microsoft officials dream of, a Windows Phone 8.1 update will be soon released to improve the Windows smartphone experience. The news of a Windows Phone 8.1 update comes just a couple of weeks after the Windows Phone 8.1 has been released. Allegedly, the update will come in just a couple of weeks.
In discordance with its glorious desktop success, Microsoft did not manage to get thoroughly involved in the smartphone business. At the recent Windows Partners Conference, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced that right now Windows has a meager 14 percent market share, including mobile devices.
Windows Phone 8.1 update aims the low-end smartphone market
The change will involve visual upgrades through the introduction of folder support, according to The Verge. The visual change means that Microsoft’s smartphone OS will finally feature a characteristic already present on Android and iOS for a while now. From now on, Microsoft is going to offer support for 128X800 displays and 7 inch display devices. Ubergizmo says that support for qHD (960 x 540 pixels) will be embedded in the Windows Phone 8.1 update as well. But no resolutions higher than 1080p will be supported be the latest update, which is kind of a bummer, considering that 1080p displays are a part of the Android world for quite some time now. Nevertheless, the update will come with other advantages. The Windows Phone 8.1 update will provide integration for proximity sensors. New devices sporting the latest Windows Phone might have a distinct camera button as well, a welcomed addition.
The lack of support for larger than 1080p displays is consistent with the latest statements coming from Microsoft officials. They intend to capture the low-end smartphone market and the company will only focus on Windows Phone powered devices. The Android line is discontinued.
Another important feature included in the update appears to be Cortana, the digital assistant from Microsoft. Apple’s Siri and Google Now might face new competition in the area of voice activation products.
The new Windows Phone 8.1 update might come along with LG D635, a 1280X720 smartphone. The new LG smartphone is going to sport a 5 inches display, according to Gadgets.ndtv.com. A LG Windows Phone has not been announced by the producers, so the info can be catalogued as rumor. The company released a smartphone running Windows Phone back in 2010, so there are solid chance of actually seeing the rumor come true.