Video: Hands on with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2

Video: Hands on with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2

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The new Lumia 640 and 640XL ship with an updated version of Windows Phone 8.1 which Microsoft call update 2. When I reviewed the phones I noticed a few changes to the OS but Microsoft have only just officially published the changes in Update 2.

The main changes seems to be categorised settings and the ability to pin settings to the start screen. You can name your phone without having to connect to a PC. There is certificate support for L2TP VPN connections and Bluetooth keyboard support.

In this video I walk through some of the changes to the OS, if you want to see more of the Lumia 640XL checkout our review.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2

Settings. Find your phone settings more easily. Tap one of the new settings categories to jump to it, use Search to find a setting, or pan down to peruse in the traditional way. Additionally, phone settings can now be pinned to Start.

Calendar. Agenda view is back.

Name your phone. Give your phone a name without connecting to a PC. Just tap Settings > About > Edit name to name it.

VPN. Now you can use certificates to sign in for L2TP VPN connections. Always-on VPN profiles are now supported too, so you’re automatically and always connected.

Bluetooth. Type with more than your thumbs. Use an external Bluetooth keyboard and watch the words fly on your phone. And now get your text messages straight from your car if it has a compatible Bluetooth system.

App privacy permissions. Now you control whether an app can access your contacts, calendar, camera, microphone and text messages. Just tap Settings > App permissions to get started

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