Boatload of new Windows Phone 8.1 SDK screenshots emerges

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Yesterday we told you about rumors that Microsoft was hooking a select group of Windows Phone devs up with the WP8.1 SDK, and that despite the company’s efforts to keep said devs silenced under threat of NDA violation, we were confident that leaks would soon be coming in. And OH, how they did. This afternoon we shared with you a flurry of early screenshots to go public, and since then the flow has only picked up. Over on Twitter, Roman L. from Russia has been posting pic after pic of the SDK, furthering our look into the updated platform.

We learn about new behavior for the search box, a native “project my screen” screen-sharing capability, a weekly calendar view, and changes to Photos, divorcing it from SkyDrive. Bing News gets cloud-based sync, and we get a closer look at that “Battery Power Sense” feature from earlier. There’s even a new Podcast app that should be making an appearance.

Beyond all that, there are tweaks to Internet Explorer, a leaked list of API changes, and all sorts of sundry adjustments to system settings – it’s a bit much to take in all at once. There’s even mention of support for new resolutions, including the quad HD option that’s rapidly gaining traction over in Android-land.

Whet your appetite with some of these screenshots, and keep checking back as we learn even more about what to expect from Windows Phone 8.1.

wp81leak2Source: AngelWZR (Twitter – dozens of posts: here’s a start), Pastebin
Via: MyNokiaBlog

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