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New Start screen theme functionality lets you personalize your device
As detailed by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview was released for developers to test out before manufacturers release updates to existing devices. WPCentral provides specific instructions for you to get it on your device even if you have never developed an application, since Microsoft allows tech savvy folks to get the update along with developers.
I've captured screenshots showing some of the newest features of WP 8.1 Developer Preview as I have been testing it out on a Nokia Lumia Icon. I will post more of my thoughts as I spend more time with this over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, make sure to read Mary Jo's take on using Windows Phone 8.1 DP.
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New Start theme setting
You can select different background images and then see many of your Live Tiles change to show parts of the image. It's pretty slick how scrolling up on the Start screen scrolls through the full image even if some of your Live Tiles don't show the theme image.
Application launcher clearly shows you new apps you installed