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New Windows Phone 8.1.1 Update Brings Improved Battery Usage Scaling and More

By Radu Tyrsina / November 13, 2014 / Windows Phone 2239

Microsoft is quite busy these past few months, preparing for the launch of Windows 10, but also with the release of new Windows Phone version. Now we’re talking about the latest one that has been apparently pushed to developers.

According to a recent story run by WindowsCentral publication, Microsoft has recently revealed a new update for their Battery Saver app and subsequently, updated the Windows Phone software, as well.

The most recent build of Windows Phone 8.1.1 enables a ‘Real Time Live Tile’ for Battery Saver, which is the first time when this happens for Windows Phone. The ability for users to add Battery Saver to the Quick Settings found in the Action and Notification Center is another new feature.

Here’s the full changelog of the new features for the Battery Saver app:

Foreground vs Background metrics: Usage bars now show foreground and background, revealing how much power a particular app consumes whether you’re using it or not.

Time Filters: a new filter has been aded in the usage view where you can now specify the timeframe of data to look at.

Real Time Live Tile: If you pin the battery saver app to start, it now updates in real time! (Requires build 8.1.14203 or higher.)

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Quick Settings: You can now add battery saver to the quick settings menu and cycle through the battery saver options there. (Requires build 8.1.14203 or higher.)

Turn On until next charge: We added a new option to let users turn on battery saver until next charge!

Improved Battery usage scaling: The usage data now scales to actual device battery capacity with full width mapping to 100% capacity. Additionally, the bars now use a logarithmic scaling algorithm to make the bars more visible when usage is small for a particular app.

At this moment, we’re not sure whether there will be more features being released in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1.1 build update, but we will definitely be keeping an eye out.

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