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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.

    540 votes
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      The Bluetooth team is hard at work adding GATT Server APIs to Windows and we expect GATT Server should be in the Windows Insider Preview builds and SDK later this year. When APIs get added in to the OS and SDK, any developer can start updating their app. Once the next release of Windows is available, any app that want to use these new features will be able submit an update to the Store.

    • 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…

      41 votes
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      • Low Level NFC Support to access SmartCards via ISO14443 compatible Protocoll

        At the moment there are only APIs for reading and writing NFC Tags. Unfortunately this is only a very small part of the NFC capabilities. With an ISO14443 Smartcard support, you would be able to communicate with Smartcards like being used in public transport or supporting payment via NFC Credit Cards.
        These capabilities are well supported by other platforms and I would like to see this support on WP8 too.

        13 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.

          12 votes
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          • 9 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.

              9 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.

                7 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…

                  7 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?

                    5 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

                      5 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.

                        5 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?

                          4 votes
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                          • 4 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???

                              4 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.

                                3 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…

                                  3 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…

                                    3 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…

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Allow to set accelerometer sensor's sensitivity in UWP

                                        In desktop's AP, it can be set by SENSOR_PROPERTY_CHANGE_SENSITIVITY property:
                                        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd318991(v=vs.85).aspx
                                        But it has no similar property on UWP's api.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • read UID on NFC

                                          Microsoft finally developed a library able to handle NFC devices. Unfortunately the library is only able to get the NDEF messages and doesn't give the UID of the card!
                                          Is there a reason why this UID is not saved in the Proximity-Device once the NFC card is read?

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