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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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:

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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