According to a recent report by The Verge, Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will feature a drag-down notification center, as well as a Siri-like personal assistant. Citing two unnamed sources, the site claims that Microsoft is currently beta testing the update, bringing the aforementioned features to bring it up to line with Android and iOS.

The Verge also says that the notification center will also allow users to change settings quickly, and view a notification history (obviously).

In terms of the personal assistant, rumours have before suggested that it will be named Cortana and will replace Bing search, enabling conversational interaction, learning from the user themselves, reminding them of things like appointments and telling them information.

Windows Phone 8.1 will also reportedly allow for separate volume controls for different applications, bring Bing Smart Search results, a separate music hub built-in, apps for Xbox Music and Xbox Video, as well as support for social networks in the People Hub.

Rumours are also suggesting that Nokia will be developing new handsets specifically for the update, one of which is reportedly codenamed Goldfinger and will feature 3D Touch, the second is reportedly codenamed Moneypenney and will feature on-screen buttons instead of the usual actual buttons.

The Verge says to expect Microsoft to show of the update at its BUILD 2014 conference in April 2014.

Source: The Verge

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