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

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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It might be an emotional rant, but I believe i'm describing true use cases. It might be personal use cases and other people might use the phone in different ways.

Still, most of these shouldn't happen and, truism or not, nothing changes the fact that Windows Phone as a whole is in a very immature state, not just the apps.

I know given enough time, Microsoft gets products to the point they are perfect, but so far after a year, WP8 hasn't changed a bit. Compare it to the loads of things that happen in the mobile space and Windows Phone is like a turd floating in the water, barely moving. The point when It was new and exciting wore off a while ago and any changes and improvements seem to be far far away in the horizon.

In other words, even if Microsoft is working hard on it ,as they always do, the rest of the mobile tech world has been moving so fast that Microsoft's usual pace of development seems like a snail.

Windows 8/Phone 8 were amazing steps forward, cards well played. It seems that took a lot of effort to get out of the door. Finally good competition for Apple and Google. But it's been a year now and all that ran out of steam. It's just not exciting to follow them anymore.

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Dano Member since:

I took a year and a half just to roll out Android after the iPhone, and it was already a project long before Google purchased Android.

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Dano Member since:

Interesting comment from Paul Thurott's staff:

Your patience with GDR2 will soon be rewarded.

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