Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Dec 2013 22:57 UTC

Microsoft is preparing to ship its Windows Phone 8.1 update with two significant changes: a notification center and a Siri-like personal assistant. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently beta testing copies of Windows Phone 8.1 internally, with plans to fully detail its features at BUILD 2014 in April. A highly requested notification center feature will be added to the software, and we're told it's enabled by swiping down from the top of the screen in a similar way to iOS and Android.

Pretty sure this update will turn it all around.

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RE[3]: Voice interfaces
by darknexus on Tue 17th Dec 2013 23:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Voice interfaces"
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Not to troll or anything, but the Moto X and Nexus 5 just respond to "ok Google". No buttons to press or anything. I agree 100% that the whole button press to speak was a significant detriment to adoption. I'm going to use google now a lot more now.

I would, if it was reliable enough to respond every time I say "Ok Google." Problem is, more than half the time it doesn't seem to be listening. I have to repeat and repeat before I get a response. It always listens once it responds or else I swipe up and hit the voice input button, so there's nothing wrong with the microphones. There are also privacy concerns involved in an always listening phone, and not just the listening part. Remember what Motorola did, sending commands in clear text?

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