Mobile Mondays: One Mini, WP8.1 and iOS 7.1

We’re just 9 days before Christmas and we’re still getting a number of tech news from all corners of the globe especially those that concern mobile devices. This week, we get an all-rounder from the top three mobile operating systems in the mobile world. First one up is Android with news coming from HTC. Owners of the mini version of the company’s flagship phone should now start getting the Android 4.3…

We’re just 9 days before Christmas and we’re still getting a number of tech news from all corners of the globe especially those that concern mobile devices. This week, we get an all-rounder from the top three mobile operating systems in the mobile world.

ANDROID

First one up is Android with news coming from HTC. Owners of the mini version of the company’s flagship phone should now start getting the Android 4.3 update to their devices. The update brings to the 4.3-inch handset Sense 5.5 plus a number of software improvements.

These include the ability to create custom feeds in BlinkFeed from new sources, improved Video and Music Highlights section (the new Video Highlights section for instance gets a new interface and users can now add soundtracks to their videos). The update should be arriving to HTC One Mini users in stages in the coming days.

WINDOWS PHONE

A leaked image of the Windows Phone Blue homescreen hints that Microsoft maybe following Google’s lead when it comes to navigation button placement. The leaked image shows the traditional navigation buttons on Windows Phone devices – back, home and search transformed into on-screen buttons.

According to popular leakster @evleaks, Microsoft might be planning to give manufacturers the option to choose between capacitive (hardware) buttons or virtual buttons for future generations of Windows Phones. Other WP Blue rumours include a notification centre, enhanced multi-tasking functionality and a Siri-like AI codenamed as Cortana.

iOS

Last, but certainly not the least, the second beta version of iOS 7.1 is now seeding to developers. Some of the improvements and bug fixes coming with the update include Touch ID and Passcode options in the main Settings menu, a new accessibility setting that allows users to turn on button shapes, speedier animations as well as improved iTunes matching.

Moreover, iOS 7.1 should now be able to bring the option to minimize the top and bottom header of Safari when the page is loading. There should also be a new toggle for car display and improvements in the listing of events in the calendar app.’

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