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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to introduce folders, VoLTE support

Could arrive as early as next week
Mon Jul 28 2014, 10:56

Nokia Lumia 930 has a 5in 1080p HD screenMICROSOFT HAS DETAILED the first update for Windows Phone 8.1, which could arrive as soon as next week.

Microsoft has published details about Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 on its developer website, revealing that folder support will soon be coming to its mobile operating system. The update will finally allow users to drag one Live Tile onto another to create a folder - a feature that has been available in iOS and Android for years.

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support will also be included in the update, allowing Lumia smartphone owners to make phone calls over a 4G connection. There will also be support for 1280x800 screens in the update, as will support for 7in screens, suggesting there could be some Windows Phone phablets in the pipeline.

Interestingly, Microsoft's incoming Windows Phone update will also add support for interactive cases, suggesting the firm could be working on a cover similar to HTC's Dot View Case, which allows users to view notifications through the case. The Verge notes that HTC could be working on a version of its One M8 handset designed for Windows Phone, so this could be the first device to make use of this added support.

Windows Phone 8.1 will also bring with it a phonebook entry for Cortana enabling integration with a car's navigation system, a medium Live Tile for the Windows Store app, and support for Network Time Protocol.

While Microsoft has yet to announce release date for the update, "sources familiar with the company's plans" have told The Verge that it could arrive as early as next week.

News of Microsoft's impending update comes as the firm debuted its latest Windows Phone 8.1 advert, which shows Cortana humiliating Apple's Siri. µ

 

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