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# 148576 23-Jun-2014 23:39
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I have a samsung ATIV S windows 8 phone and it is fast and not laggy like an android phone.
Cant wait for 8.1 to arrive
Does anyone know when

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  # 1073048 24-Jun-2014 06:05
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Yeah I do.

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  # 1073051 24-Jun-2014 06:23
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This thread is amazing.

Also - release date is apparently today? http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/mobile-phone/3510108/windows-phone-81-cortanan-release-date-new-features/

H
owever the actual date/time it is released to your phone depends on your phone manufacturer and telco I believe.

Update: Lumia updates look to be hitting mid/late July. Samsung may be similar.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1073119 24-Jun-2014 09:29
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freitasm: If you register as a developer you can have Windows Phone 8.1 installed now.



if you don't mind little bugs/using pre release software.

My 1020 occasionally hangs the wifi connection when trying to use internet sharing - suspect Cyan update will fix that.

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  # 1073137 24-Jun-2014 09:43
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Ive been on the 8.1 preview for about a month now, no issues. Had Cortana running as well, but for me, I dont see the point of it really apart from as a party trick, asking it stupid questions.





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  # 1073152 24-Jun-2014 09:51
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xpd: Ive been on the 8.1 preview for about a month now, no issues. Had Cortana running as well, but for me, I dont see the point of it really apart from as a party trick, asking it stupid questions.


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  # 1073311 24-Jun-2014 11:39
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xpd: Ive been on the 8.1 preview for about a month now, no issues. Had Cortana running as well, but for me, I dont see the point of it really apart from as a party trick, asking it stupid questions.


Best thing about Cortana is being able to set geographical reminders - eg Remind me at Home/Work/Location about XYZ

 
 
 
 


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We are working on bringing Bing properly to NZ right now

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  # 1073350 24-Jun-2014 12:25
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bigreddog:
Best thing about Cortana is being able to set geographical reminders - eg Remind me at Home/Work/Location about XYZ


Not sure if it was Cortana or not, but the other day I had a meeting appointment setup across town. Around 25 minutes before the appointment my phone suddenly chimed up that "based on current traffic conditions you should leave now for your meeting XYZ" - I thought that was quite cool. 

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  # 1073352 24-Jun-2014 12:27
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sidefx:
bigreddog:
Best thing about Cortana is being able to set geographical reminders - eg Remind me at Home/Work/Location about XYZ


Not sure if it was Cortana or not, but the other day I had a meeting appointment setup across town. Around 25 minutes before the appointment my phone suddenly chimed up that "based on current traffic conditions you should leave now for your meeting XYZ" - I thought that was quite cool. 


Yes that's Cortana

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  # 1073708 24-Jun-2014 21:13
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Read on the Windows Phone website that Cortana is only available in the US at this time. You can apparently change your phone's region settings, or something, but personally I'd prefer to keep my phone set to home.

Anyway, can't wait for 8.1, looks really good. going to wait for the official release from 2degrees :-)

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  # 1074111 25-Jun-2014 11:53

xpd: Ive been on the 8.1 preview for about a month now, no issues. Had Cortana running as well, but for me, I dont see the point of it really apart from as a party trick, asking it stupid questions.



I always avoided the Bing button on previous releases of Windows Phone. It was my least favourite dedicated hardware key on any platform, hearkening back to the Internet Explorer and Mobile Outlook buttons on Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. I'd press it by accident, & hastily hammer the back key to get away. Were it a contextual search, e.g. tap it in the store to search apps, it would have been much more useful - when Android had a hardware search key (It was standard in the US until 2012), this was how it behaved, and I used it a lot.

With Cortana, I gladly open it up on a regular basis, it's a welcoming, useful utility, where the Bing page was an irrelevant image and text field that didn't give me what I wanted when I wanted it. While I don't enjoy Bing as a direct Google competitor, I find it useful as a backbone for other services such as this. Cortana is fantastic, has oodles of personality, is clear-cut in terms of what information is and isn't provided to it, and really is the most exciting feature ever to come to Windows Phone IMO. So glad they called it Cortana, it leverages Microsoft's pop culture strengths in positive ways, and adds an engaging identity to the platform that has been lacking up until now.

I find Cortana much more fun & welcoming than Siri (Or dare I say it, S Voice), although I think Google Now is more useful at this point as there are more features available in more regions.

moosh101: Read on the Windows Phone website that Cortana is only available in the US at this time. You can apparently change your phone's region settings, or something, but personally I'd prefer to keep my phone set to home.

Anyway, can't wait for 8.1, looks really good. going to wait for the official release from 2degrees :-)


Change the language & region to English US, turn on location services, & boom, there it is. You can change those back just as easily. Well worth having a tinker with.




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  # 1074184 25-Jun-2014 12:43
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kiwibro111: I have a samsung ATIV S windows 8 phone and it is fast and not laggy like an android phone.
Cant wait for 8.1 to arrive
Does anyone know when


What type of Android fone are you comparing it to?  Non of my current Android fones are slow..




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  # 1074236 25-Jun-2014 13:17
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old3eyes:
kiwibro111: I have a samsung ATIV S windows 8 phone and it is fast and not laggy like an android phone.
Cant wait for 8.1 to arrive
Does anyone know when


What type of Android fone are you comparing it to?  Non of my current Android fones are slow..


I doubt we really need to have this conversation again.

More than likely a bargain basement junker android. 

Android on a decent handset is great and runs smooth.

Windows Phone runs smooth on low spec hardware.

Android is a lot more configurable and has a significantly larger app selection

Everyone is entitled to have a favourite and we are all beautiful unique snowflakes.

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# 1074248 25-Jun-2014 13:39
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See? Saved 8 pages of comments.



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