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  1. GATT Server API

    Provide a GATT Server funtionality over BLE connection (just like Android >= 4.3) so that devices that work as GATT client can be used with WindowsPhone. For now WindowsPhone 8.1 only provides GATT client.

    1,361 votes
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      Kiran works on the team.

      We published this video for //Build2016 this year – https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2016/P460

      In it, Kiran talk about how we plan to make unpaired BLE interaction available later this year. GATT Server APIs will be available to developers in that update so please stay tuned! I’ll reply back on this thread when it’s ready but suffice to say we’re hard at working making this happen. Thanks again for your support!

    • Fix Altitude Bug in GeoCoordinateWatcher and Geolocator when using in WP8

      Fix Altitude Bug in GeoCoordinateWatcher and Geolocator when using in WP8. On my lumia 520 (WP8) i get jumping values of altitude, even outdor with a strong and good GPS-signal. The altitude jumps from 27m to 200m up and down, 200m is the right value. The values from GPS-accuracy are top. This occurs In both classes on WP8. I always use the DisiredAccuray = high! I have read, that another user have the same problem with WP8-Phone, like HTC. All GPS-App in the store have the same problem with the jumping altitude.
      But i found a solution. If you take…

      116 votes
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      • Acces to raw wifi,bt and cellular data

        Allow access to raw data such as signal strength imformation to allow creation of indoor location positioning using available wifi, bluetooth or cellular networks when no gps data is available.

        31 votes
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        • Provide a way to disable roaming on a specific PasswordCredential

          There are situations in which it's necessary to securely store sensitive credentials but having them roam across devices is undesirable. On iOS, this can be done by creating a keychain item with the attribute kSecAttrAccessibleWhenPasscodeSetThisDeviceOnly. On Windows, there does not appear to be a way to add a PasswordCredential object to the PasswordVault with roaming disabled.

          26 votes
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          • Improve handling of NFC tags with multiple NFC records

            When Windows Phone 8 discovers an NFC tag, it only tries to act upon the first record. If it does not recognize the record, or has no application to deal with it, it stops. There is no message to the user indicating what is going on even. The phone shakes and does its NFC tone, but then stops.

            It would be great if the OS moved on to the second, third, etc, NFC record and tried to trigger off of them until there was a success. This is limiting the potential uses of NFC tags on Windows Phone 8 and…

            16 votes
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            • 15 votes
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              • Allow user selected app to change phone settings.

                Just like the user can select apps that are allowed to run in the background, it would be great if they could select apps that are allowed to change phone settings. For example I would love it if my GPS app could turn location on when the app starts and turn it back off when the app exits.

                14 votes
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                • iBeacons support and BLE scanning - Windows Phone

                  Hello Microsoft,

                  Please provide APIs and support of iBeacons technology and also BLE scanning without pairing just like using "Advertising Package", so that we can exchange data to or from target device.

                  13 votes
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                  • IsolatedStorage Record Wave file can save to MediaLibrary

                    In IsolatedStorage ,image file can save to local MediaLibrary,why not record wave file can not?

                    12 votes
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                    • Allow PeerFinder/Proximity tracking in the background

                      I'd like to be able to ping for nearby devices running an app using PeerfFinder, but while the app is not in the foreground. If I understand correctly, this is not currently possible. Would it be practical to make it so that a user could authorize proximity tracking in the background so that an app could utilize it?

                      12 votes
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                      • semi automatic brightness control

                        lets keep the automatic adjustment of screen brightness with manual compensation that increases or decreases the value automatically set

                        10 votes
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                        • Enable video playback & game sounds on bluetooth!!

                          I have cribbs about the lack of file transfer over bluetooth but the inability to play video and game sounds through a bluetooth headset is very, very lame.. I get to play music etc with by bluetooth headset. the moment I open a video, the sound's played back using the devices back speakers???

                          10 votes
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                          • How to continuously monitor GPS position and Bluetooth (rfcomm) in the background

                            Continuous GPS monitoring in the background is available for Windows Phone 8 but not on Windows 8, so it won't work on tablets.
                            I would also like to see the hability to read a Bluetooth socket in the background, to communicate with external GPS devices

                            Here is the full forum thread about it:
                            http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsapps/en-US/1963767c-86d7-4caf-87af-e5d693583319/how-to-continuously-monitor-gps-position-and-bluetooth-rfcomm-in-the-background?forum=winappswithhtml5

                            9 votes
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                            • Fix unreliable Geolocator implementation

                              The new Geolocator API and implementation is so unreliable, that it can't be used with any confidence in a product. Problems I have encountered:

                              1) While using PositionChanged event Geolocator.ReportInterval seems to be ignored. The simulator does a reasonable job of honouring the reporting interval, phones seem to ignore it completely e.g. ReportInterval set to 1 second, the phone would regularly take 30 - 45 seconds and sometimes minutes to report.
                              As a developer I expect the ReportInterval to be honoured with a high degree of accuracy. If the Phone doesn't have an accurate location, simply return what it does…

                              9 votes
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                              • "Bluetooth smart 4.2"

                                The Bluetooth Smart version 4.2 specifications were officially adopted in December 2014 (ttps://www.bluetooth.org/en-us/specification/adopted-specifications) however according this document ( https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn133849(v=vs.85).aspx) no version of windows supports it. If Microsoft really wants to get into the IOT, they should really support version 4.2 with IPv6 communication over Bluetooth

                                8 votes
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                                • 8 votes
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                                  • Allow setting and getting the senisibility of the proximity sensor

                                    As my and many other lumia devices stay dark during phone calls or notifications it would be nice to calibrate the proximity sensor (and i do not mean any nf-stuff, i mean the sensor that detects wheather the phone is close to your head or not) to a lower sensibility.

                                    7 votes
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                                    • Improve MIME type support for NFC tags

                                      Windows Phone 8 already handles some media type (MIME) NFC tags, but it could be improved upon substantially. We have developed a dynamic NFC tag that can broadcast NDEF Message up to 4 GB in size, and change the contents on demand. With this amount of space, we can share MP3 files, photographs, and other data that is typically too large to fit on an NFC tag. The problem is that Windows Phone 8 seems to have an artificial limit of 4 KB for how large of an NFC tag it can read. We would like to see this limit…

                                      7 votes
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                                      • Bluetooth in background

                                        Have an API for an application to interact with and listen for incomming connections from paired bluetooth devices while in background.

                                        One possible use case:
                                        A smart watch that uses the phone as a way to access information in the internet. For the most time the watch is disconnected from the phone, but from time to time it could connect to a service running on the phone (maybe timed, maybe because user presses a button on the phone) to send a request, which the service on the phone then handles (some additional data transfer between the phone and watch and…

                                        4 votes
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                                        • API for USB communication on Windows Phone

                                          Please provide an API for usb communication on Windows Phone. My ideia consists in make a client-server program to emulate commands on the Windows Phone (key events, touch events, lauch apps, etc) via another device. Thanks

                                          4 votes
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