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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Dano
Member since:
2006-01-22

It's claims like "it's full of bugs" and "application quality sucks" and "it crashes" without any details... that does in-fact make it a useless rant.

There are only a few minor things that I would change in the current GGR2 release, mainly involves the email app:

1. The email app should have a "select all as read" feature. I hear that this is going to be patched.
2. When you delete an email, the email program should take you to your next unread email, instead it dumps you back to your unread email list.
3. When you go into email, it would be nice if you could default into the unread email page and not the all email page.
4. When you hit the phone dial tile, it should take you to your contact list immediately, not your call history.
5. Lack of swipe keyboard. I know that MS is coming out with a new type of swipe keyboard in future updates.
6. I am still undecided if swiping up and then clicking an answer button is good for answering a phone call. This is probably so you can't answer the phone in your pocket. I guess Android is similar with a swipe to the side.

Despite the bad, there are many more things that are better than my Android experience on my Samsung S3. WP9 is definitely more fluid and apps never crash or hang on my 925. I actually think that there are more good applications that I use daily that have nice interfaces than my S3, and I would not go back. Pretty amazing since the OS is only like a year old. I have several friends on T-Mobile that went out and traded in their old iPhones and Samsungs for a 925 after seeing mine and they love it too.

I still don't understand this rant about the worst multi-tasking...am I missing something?

Edited 2013-10-10 03:04 UTC

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reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

I never mentioned apps crashing or bad app quality per se. I don't think you even bothered to read.

Apps just forget their previous state very often when you go back to them... means just that. You are doing something, you go do something else and when you are back the app reconnects and reloads. Almost all apps in WP8 do this.

Maybe you can't notice it because you have excellent 3G/LTE where you live, I don't.

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Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Windows Phone 8 throws a suspended or shutdown event to every app. If the app does not save state it's because the App writer did not create code for the event and this is not the fault of the OS. I can't name one app designed for Windows Phone 8 that does this can you?

Edited 2013-10-10 11:51 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Pretty amazing since the OS is only like a year old.


It's not a year old. The OS is quite older than that. The UI layer is at least 3 years old, if not more... I mean didn't they have Zune with that UI paradigm?

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