Windows Phone 8.1 on the horizon

Windows Phone 8.1 is finally coming to a phone near you. After months and months research, beta’s and updates for specific phones the final release is in site. The OS has been formed enough to be released to the public.

New phones will get shipped with the new OS but your existing WP8 device will be updated over the next few months. A video with some of the new updates will be shown in the demonstration below

One of my favourite updates will be the calendar which will look more like a calendar rather than a scribble on a piece of paper with a date on it.

What updates are you expecting to see in this new OS?

Read the whole article at the Windows Phone Blog:

Cortana (yes!) and Many, Many Other Great Features coming in Windows Phone 8.1.

6 ways to clear some space on your “Windows Phone 8” device


Since December 2012 I have been using the HTC 8S and with that I took the plunge into Windows Phone 8 (Windows Phone 8 will be referred to WP8). It is the younger sibling of Windows phone 7 (now on version 7.8). WP8 looks great, but still has a lot of “beta” like feel to it. The majority of the apps aren’t that well developed and some of the basic functions are kind of, flaky.

One of the quirks is the way WP8 is the way it handles it’s internal storage space. A lot of users have complained about the fact that when you are looking at your storage usage there will be category defined as “Other”. This category can eat up quite a big chunk of your internal storage space. There is some speculation that the “Other” category is some sort of caching directory in which space will be reserved for updates and temporary storage for certain installed apps.




There are several ways to clear up storage space but it isn’t a guarantee that they all will work for your configuration:


Do you have any tips on how to clear storage space on your WP8 device? Leave a comment below



Clear up your caches to free some space on your Windows Phone 8 device

By clearing up your history of Internet explorer and the caches which are used by Maps you will be able to win some of precious storage back on your Windows Phone 8 device.

How to clear your Internet Explorer history:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Tap on “more”
  3. Tap on “Settings”
  4. Tap on “Delete History” and acknowledge the the message

Microsoft: Tips for Internet Explorer on your WP8 device

How to clear your maps cache, it’s the same as for Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Maps
  2. Tap on “more”
  3. Tap on “Settings
  4. Tap on “Delete History” and acknowledge the the message

Install WP8 apps directly from the SD card


Installing apps directly from your SD card will prevent storage from being used in the “Other” category.

Instructions for installing apps from the SD card:

  1. Go to the Windows Phone app store
  2. Locate the app you would like to buy and scroll down to the bottom of the page
  3. Click on “Download and install manually
  4. Save this .XAP file to a location which you prefer
  5. Copy the .XAP file to your phone’s SD Card
  6. Open the “Store” app
  7. Click on “SD Card” and press on the title of the app which you would like to install.

Use Shrink Storage to clear some space on your Windows Phone 8 device


If you have a Windows phone which is eating up your storage space as Cookie Monster devours cookies, you should try out “Shrink Storage”

It is a simple app which is based on filling up/maxing out your “Other” designated memory and than releasing it. The amount of space cleared does depends on your configuration.

Instructions for use:

  1. Install Storage Shrink from the Windows Phone store
  2. Start Shrink Storage and press “Fill Phone Storage”. This might take several minutes.
  3. Reboot your phone
  4. Start Shrink Storage again
  5. Press “Clean Phone Storage”




Storage Shrink @ Windows Store

Save space on your Windows device by disabling the Skydrive auto-upload function

I have noticed on my HTC 8S that when the phone stops responding and it reboots or I will give it a reboot, I will have extra copies of pictures on my phone depending on the amount of reboots the phone has had. This resulted into a lot of excessive use of extra storage space. The only program I could think of  which would do something like this would be the backup function so I disabled this.

Also someone of the team behind Windows Phone has announced to disable the Auto-upload function

You can disable this by doing the following:

  1. Open you app list
  2. Go to “Settings” -> Backup
  3. Disable the auto upload by pressing the function you would like to have disabled. (I would recommend to disable the “Photos” and “app list + settings”)
  4. Reboot your phone

Tip: If you choose to disable the auto upload regarding you “app list + settings”, I do advise to still do this manually every once in a while. If something does happen to your phone you can always retrieve a copy of your settings.



A quick look at the HTC 8S

After having a lot of trouble with my Blackberry 9790 due to technical (read: Apparently I bought a grey market phone, which imei number was blacklisted) problems I switched to the HTC S8.

At the local Starbucks I had some room to setup this little companion and to be honest it went quite smooth:
-Insert microSIM
-Turn the phone on
-Wait for a while (Microsoft!, why no statusbar 🙁 please read your design 101s for Appdesign)
-Type in your Live/Microsoft account
-Wait again (Again no statusbar, please do note that I can be very impatient on some moments)

E-mail, contacts, LinkedIn and Twitter were all on my phone, and it scared me SH*TLESS. I totally forgot that I connected my social accounts when I was using a trial version of Windows 8. To be honest the 1 account-to-rule-them-all is pretty easy to have, but for all the security- and privacy-minded type of people be aware of ANY account (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc) you are going to ADD on your phone and if you want them to be automaticaly connected to your Live/Microsoft account)

After a half day of use the following things caught my eye:
+ My “Tour” Beats by Dre earbuds work! at least the play/pause button, have seen a lot of phones which doesn’t accept the input of the remote at all.
+ There is nothing easier then the live tile setup, I just love the overal view
+ You can connect multiple Microsoft accounts (I have set it up with a Hotmail and Office 365 account)

– 1.4 GB of FREE space left on a brand new phone! (to be honest it is a budget phone, but 1.4 GB free out of 4 GB seems a little bit out of order)
– No week scope/view in the calendar!
– The colorschemes at which the phones are available are provider specific (was looking for the Grey-Yellow, couldn’t find it anywhere 🙁 )

I am using this phone as my main phone at the moment, and will give you my thoughts about this phone in about a week.

Photo: My HTC 8S next to my “old” Blackberry Bold 9790