Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Oct 2013 21:47 UTC
Windows

Paul Thurrot has a number of rumours up about Windows Phone 8.1. Two stand out to me.

Where GDR3 is widely expected to support 5- to 6-inch screens, 8.1 will supposedly support 7- to 10-inch screens as well. This obviously infringes on Windows RT/8.x tablets, so it's not clear what the thinking is there.

So, Windows RT will become even more pointless than it already is.

Aping the iPhone navigation model, Microsoft will apparently remove the Back button from the Windows Phone hardware specification with 8.1. The Back button just doesn't make sense, I was told: Users navigate away from an app by pressing the Start button and then open a new app, just like they do on iPhone. And the "back stack" is ill-understood by users: Most don't realize what they're doing when they repeatedly hit the Back button.

This I am not happy with. The back button is my main navigational input in both Android and Windows Phone, and I miss it dearly in iOS.

I'm just hoping on performance improvements, still my biggest issue with Windows Phone. I used my HTC 8X for a few hours today, and I was stunned by just how slow everything is compared to Android 4.3. Of course, application quality is another huge issue, but there's little Microsoft can do to convince developers that their Windows Phone applications are more than just side projects done between serious work on Android and iOS.

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pandronic
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2006-05-18

I'm ok with the 8S's performance, I can even live with the limited storage (afrer GDR2 it doesn't fill up by itself), but the OS and the ecosystem are severely lacking. Multitasking is also a big problem - I understand it has only 512mb of RAM and it has to resume from state quite often, but few apps restore properly. Also a lot of apps don't run properly in the background - Whatsapp, IM+ and similar - and let's not forget the fact that apps can update their tiles only every 30 minutes.

BTW, media support is awful - I constantly get duplicates for my songs and all players are crap, including Microsoft's.

Wp8 is incredibly incomplete and buggy. I hope that GDR3 and Windows 8.1 really bring something radically different to the table.

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