Leaked Image Shows Separate Volume Control Functions In Windows Phone 8.1

Oh, what would the world be without leaks and early reveals? We got our fair share of them this week, most of them for Windows 8.1 Update 1, but now a new one has surfaced for Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft wants this upcoming version of its mobile operating system to bring the fight to the Android and iOS dominance on smartphones — and the only way to achieve this is to offer an optimized and well-rounded experience in all areas.

This means taking care of the big stuff as well as small details.

And when it comes to small (but very useful) details, an often requested feature in Windows Phone is having separate volume controls for separate functions. Just like it is on Windows, and just like it should be on pretty much everything else in life.

Deep, deep thought, I know, but the good news is that something like this is coming.

This leaked screenshot shows the multiple volume controls in action in the upcoming version of Microsoft’s mobile operating platform. It is simple and unassuming, but provides a lot of hope.

Windows Phone 8.1 will no longer have users tiring from having to turn down their ringtone volume up or down after they finish listening to their music. And though the image above may be in Chinese, the small icons do tell the whole story. Plus, it comes from a (relatively) trusted source.

This is obviously one of the many features Microsoft is planning to include in this update, including but not limited to, on-screen buttons (back, start, search), a notification center and a virtual assistant.

And the best part is that all Windows Phone 8 handsets will be upgradable to Windows Phone 8.1 once it is released later this year, the company has confirmed.