Microsoft has accidentally spilled the beans on Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and it’s going to be a relatively small update for users, but a big one for OEMs and thus the platform. The number of user-facing features is small (Windows Phone is finally getting folder support!), but it increases support for different resolutions and screen sizes – up to 7″.
More features might be coming that aren’t yet leaked, but the focus of the update is clear: hardware support.
Does that simply mean users will now have access to a file manager? Or does it mean you can connect to a PC and drag and drop files to the phone like a regular thumb drive? IRIC, WP used to require the Zune software for file transfers, but I’m not sure if that’s still the case. (If that WERE still the case, that would be a definite deal breaker as far as I’m concerned. iTunes has always been horrible, but the Zune software brought that kind of shittiness to a whole new level.)
So what else does WP have going for it? Are there options for wireless tether and ad blocking across the phone, even if you have to jailbreak? Are there any decent Google Voice apps? Do they have anything like dynamic notifications?