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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Leave my back button alone...
by Dano on Wed 9th Oct 2013 22:47 UTC
Dano
Member since:
2006-01-22

And also add a forward button. Back button works great why mess with a good thing. WP8 slower than Android...I see just the opposite on my 925. Can't wait to check out Cortana. And yes RT is going to be depreciated and WP is going to run tablets in the future...on both ARM and Intel.

Edited 2013-10-09 22:49 UTC

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Android made some huge performance jumps in 4.2 and 4.3. When talking performance its not "the Android" but pre and post JB. WP 8.0 has some way to go to catch up but then that was the very first release. Lets wait and judge when 8.1 and later 8.2 are out.

For the app situation Microsoft still needs to work on unification between its offerings. Why they did not open up the on WP8 present win32 API is beyond illogical.

Edited 2013-10-09 23:13 UTC

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Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Do we have any benchmarks to make these vague speed claims? Benchmarks on the same processor? 😃 I doubt it.

Here is one I noticed: http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-phone-8-ie10-gets-benchmarked-be...

Edited 2013-10-09 23:28 UTC

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Android made some huge performance jumps in 4.2 and 4.3. When talking performance its not "the Android" but pre and post JB.

I had the GNexus with 4.0. When the 4.1 update came it felt like I got a new phone. Not because of features but because it felt faster en nicer to use.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

And also add a forward button. Back button works great why mess with a good thing.

Yes. The back button is an excellent thing, though I disagree that a forward button is needed.

WP8 slower than Android...I see just the opposite on my 925.

Depends which devices you compare. No matter what people say, but specs do matter for the phone to be fast.

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