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'm inclined to agree. I still have my HTC Arrive, even though I'm not on Sprint anymore, and even after the 7.8 update it still had its annoying bugs. I had played with a Nokia phone with 7.8 and not a single one of those bugs existed. It's certainly plausible that he has bad hardware.

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Nelson Member since:

So you have a phone running and OS we're not even talking about and you're inclined to agree. Actually, no you're not. I'm surprised by your comment.

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Morgan Member since:

Wow, even when I agree with you, you attack me. I was talking about it being a hardware issue, as you suggested. I could have said my old Motorola Cliq had isssues my HTC MyTouch didn't and the meaning would have been the same.

See a doctor, please. You're psychotic.

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