Microsoft will begin to rollout Windows Phone 8.1 on 24 June, according to numerous reports.
The release is likely to coincide with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 930 smartphone.
Microsoft formally announced its plans to update its Windows Phone offering at last month’s build conference in San Francisco.
New features such as an updated user interface and the Cortana virtual assistant application will be introduced, and a series of incremental updates will be delivered over the next three years.
Powered by Bing, Cortana records user interests and provides proactive, useful recommendations based on these. Cortana will launch in beta in the US alongside the phone’s launch, with the application to be made available in the UK and China in the second half of 2014, and in other countries in 2015.
Other new features include Action Center, which shows new activities and notifications at a glance, and Senses, a suite of features that simplifies data use, storage space and battery life management.
In other news, more light has been shed on the details of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1.
With a focus on quick site access, IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 features frequent sites and URL predictions, improved multi-tab browsing, live pinned sites to the Windows Phone start screen and an enhanced reading experience.
Further details can be found on the Microsoft’s IEBlog website in an article written by Amin Lakhani, programme manager of Internet Explorer.
And following a post on Twitter from evleaks, rumours that an HTC Windows Phone is close to being revealed have been fuelled. HTC Windows Phones have seemingly been in the pipeline for many months, but no formal details have been revealed to date.
The tweet from the @evleaks account reads ‘HTC W8#WL: A Windows Phone 8.1 flagship destined for Verizon’ and was posted on 10 May, but no further details were given.
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