Microsoft is gearing up to release Windows Phone 8.1 in April, and one major step towards this goal is giving developers access to the relevant pieces of code ahead of time, to ensure their applications are ready for when the OS is available to the public.
Microsoft has been sending out invites giving select Windows Phone developers access to Windows Phone 8.1 SDKs and operating system builds. The updated OS is set to be detailed in full at Microsoft's BUILD 2014 developer conference in April, after which it will be available to all through the Windows Phone Preview for Developers program.
Ahead of BUILD, Microsoft is reportedly planning on sharing many Windows Phone 8.1 details behind closed doors. A "confidential" event for close partners is being held in London on February 28th, where business customers will be briefed on Windows Phone 8.1's technical details and roadmaps.
Also in the lead up to Windows Phone 8.1's release, Microsoft will make an appearance at Mobile World Conference towards the end of this month to discuss their plans for growing Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8.1 won't be specifically shown off at this event, as Microsoft has yet to publicly acknowledge the existence of the operating system update.
New features to expect in Windows Phone 8.1 include a notification/action center, which was pictured yesterday, as well as a voice-based personal assistant (similar to Siri) codenamed 'Cortana', separate ringtone and media volume controls, and screen mirroring settings.
The Lumia 1520 is the first 6-inch device from Nokia. It comes loaded with the latest version of Windows Phone, Update 3, which adds a third row of Live Tiles to the Start screen. There's also a 20-MP PureView camera with image stabilization and oversampling technology. The Lumia 1520 is powered by a Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 3,400 mAh battery with wireless charging, 32 GB of storage and a microSD card slot.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first smartphone featuring a 41 MegaPixels rear camera and 2-MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens. The Lumia 1020 is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, along with a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED touchscreen. Last but not least, you get WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS.
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