When companies behind the smartphone platforms we use are working on a new release, there are bound to be a few things that don’t make the cut. Maybe we’re talking about features that ended up being a little buggy, or there just wasn’t enough time to give them the polish they needed before launch. Maybe we’re looking at developer features that don’t really serve to benefit end users that much in the first place. Last week Microsoft made available the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, and some users have uncovered a pair of seemingly removed options – with Microsoft’s help, no less.
The USB options you see above aren’t directly accessible through any obvious phone menu, but pull up a Bing search (or just ask Cortana) for USB and Microsoft will point you right in the direction of this hidden menu. The first option there is presumably to present users with a dialogue box asking if they wish to tether a data connection over USB to an attached computer, or maybe to allow users to use a PC as a charger, without connecting as a USB device proper. As for the latter, it would apparently detect when the phone was attached to a low current power source, resulting in a longer-than-average charge time.
Apparently both these options were present in previous dev builds, but have been disabled for the current release. Neither seems fully functional, so really this discovery is more of a curiosity than anything, but it’s still cool to see stuff like this that we’re not normally supposed to. It also gives us a little hint at features Microsoft might be considering for a future release.