Next week, Redmond-based software giant Microsoft is expected to make official its next mobile operating system version, which is believed to land on devices as Windows Phone 8.1, and some more info on it is now available, courtesy of a leaked video.The clip (which can be seen below) has emerged online in China and shows the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 OS version running on a Nokia Lumia 630 smartphone, it seems.
The clip is not of the best possible quality, but it does get through some of the main features of the mobile platform, allowing us to make a better idea of what will be coming out from Microsoft’s labs in the not too distant future.
According to the guys over at WPCentral, there’s no question that the smartphone in this video is indeed the Nokia Lumia 630, given the placement of the volume and power buttons on its right side.
The handset will arrive on the market with a 5-megapixel camera on the back, no flash, as well as with a speaker placed in the lower right corner on the back.
The Windows Phone 8.1 build loaded on top of the device appears to be a current one, with soft keys packed inside, which eliminates the need for hardware buttons on the phone itself.
The clip does not offer many new details on what the platform will have to offer to users when made available for download, but it does bring to the spotlight some of the features that it has already been rumored to include.
Among these, we can count the action center, along with a brand new Podcast app and a new FM Radio application, which has been extracted from the Music Hub.
The video also offers a glimpse at the Video and Music Xbox software in Windows Phone 8.1, which were a single app before, while also unveiling the Windows Phone Store, which will feature a brand new layout in the upcoming OS version.
The Internet Explorer browser was also modified, now featuring a new Tab section, as well as support for private navigation. Furthermore, IE tabs are now displayed in multitask view, it seems.
In Windows Phone 8.1, users will be able to pull down to close apps in multitask, while also enjoying pre-loaded apps such as Storage Sense, Battery Sense, and Data Sense.
There is also a new stock Photos app, which features sections such as All, Albums, and Favorites, each on separate panels now, as well as a refreshed layout for the stock camera.