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There are a some changes in the History section of the phone dialer. Repeat calls to the same phone number are grouped together on the history list.
Figure 01: Windows Phone 8.1 History screenshot
As you can see I made two calls to the 555-0101 number, indicated with the (2), then I called the 555-1888 number [*]. Next were four calls the the 555-0123 number. Finally I redialed the 555-0101 number again. Because I made calls to other numbers before redialing 555-0101 the group count is reset.
In the Windows Phone 8.0 history list each phone call is a separate entry. So this 8.1 enhancement reduces the number of items shown in the history list
The grouping disappears when searching the history list.
Figure 02: Searching History screenshot
When I touch the search button, the list updates to show the individual calls.
Figure 03: Search results screenshot
The grouped data is not shown in the search results either. As you can see each individual phone call is listed separately.