Microsoft Devices on Monday announced that the Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphone family in the region will receive the new Windows Phone 8.1 update on all Lumia devices in the coming weeks.
"The upgrade allows consumers to make their Lumia handset more personal, fun and indispensable, with the new features there to make life simpler. With this latest upgrade, our customers will receive an unbeatable smartphone experience with Windows Phone 8.1 and signature Lumia design and experiences," said Vithesh Reddy, general manager for Lower Gulf at Microsoft Mobile Devices. The update will see the home screen have a third column of customised Live Tiles, plus a feature introduced with Windows 8.1 that allows consumers to use a photo as a background image on the Start screen. The People Hub will also get better, and is the one-stop shop to the address book and social networks. The Action Centre is the key to all settings and with one swipe it acts as a mini-dashboard to make the Lumia experience even faster. Consumers can now easily customise settings and app notifications as well as change settings such as Wi-Fi and flight mode.
Wi-Fi Sense automatically connects a Lumia device to free Wi-Fi hotspots around the world and even takes care of the time-consuming part of putting in personal details automatically. Word Flow is the most intuitive smartphone keyboard; when gliding a finger over the letters on the screen, the new keyboard will do the rest. Word Flow will also correct words as a user swipes and predict the most frequently-used expressions.
The Windows 8.1 update will also improve the already powerful
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