Joe Belfiore: Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview is coming next week
Today, Joe Belfiore took to Twitter again to let users know that the WP 8.1 developer preview is coming “early next week.” This probably means that the rumored April 14 launch date is accurate after all. So, anyone having a Windows Phone 8 handset will likely be able to update it to WP 8.1 come Monday, or Tuesday. Although this release will be aimed at developers, it can be downloaded and installed by all users.
Those not willing to try the developer preview should know that, according to Microsoft, the final and stable Windows Phone 8.1 update will be available “in the coming months” to all current Windows Phone 8 handsets.
9. omar300 (Posts: 193; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
everyone has registered as dev to get this update :p
19. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)
Registered since GDR3 and now can't wait to get the update for my Yellow Lumia 1520!!
11. akki20892 (Posts: 3651; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I can't wait to get 930....I guess I have to wait around 4 months.
2. papss (unregistered)
Me either❕❕❕ ill be getting it
5. papss (unregistered)
No and you don't have to be. You can sign up for free if you have the right phone
17. Penny (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Works with any phone from what I understand. Very easy to sign up to, only takes like 5-10 minutes to register.
18. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Share a sign up link ;) . I too, wanna register as a DEV
20. Penny (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
First, sign up as a Dev with "Windows Phone App Studio" (free). Not sure if we're allowed to post links here, but it is appstudio.windowsphone.com, or you can just do a Google search for it. Use your Microsoft (Outlook/hotmail) account to sign up.
Second, download the "Preview for Developers" app on your Windows Phone. Launch it, sign in using your Microsoft account, and just make sure to check the box that says "Enable Preview for Developers."
That's it, you'll be signed up now and will receive your early updates like you normally do, in the Phone Update section of your phone's Settings.
24. sip1995 (Posts: 939; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Note everyone,If you have a free account on the appstudio, you can only download the dev preview on 1 device.
25. elitewolverine (Posts: 2052; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
It allowed me to download it on a htc 8x and 925 with the same account login.
10. akki20892 (Posts: 3651; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
N8 or E7, X7, N9 and 930. Are sexiest too.
7. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
L930 if you want to give WP a try and if you want a smooth and fast phone with a great camera. If you want to customise the hell out of your phone and want it to be waterproof, the Z2. :D
8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Well, there won't be any problems with performance on either of them, they'll both be very smooth and responsive.
The Lumia 930 will probably take better pictures, and has OIS. It's also much smaller while having a similar screen size, so it'll be easier to handle without leaving you wanting for screen real estate.
The Z2 has front facing stereo speakers and is water/dust proof. It has a great camera, but lacks OIS. It has an extra GB of RAM, but it won't be that noticeable in real usage.
Android has more features and Sony's UI adds more to it, but you'll have to deal with delayed updates, unless you're into rooting and using custom ROMs.
WP has more unified updates and is more consistent in it's design than Sony's custom UI, but it's lacking in it's feature set and ecosystem, and it'll be a while until it's fully caught up with Android.
Choose what matters to you most out of these, and you'll have your answer.
12. papss (unregistered)
Well said!! I agree with all of those statements.
14. SleepingOz (unregistered)
How do you know the 930 will take better pictures? The Z2 has actually dethroned the 1020. Check DXO Mark review.
15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It also says the 1020 is worse than the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S. I don't find that very credible, considering the Lumia 1020 was placed on top of the smartphone camera world by literally every tech site except for DXO Mark. So, I feel like their "tests" should be left out.
22. lalalaman (Posts: 387; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
its one of the best out there and it is almost a year old.....the only thing lacking is its speed....it takes so much longer for the next shot.....u are kinda blind if u say it is the worse.....may b ur saying this coz u have seen 5mp shots of the camera
s4 is so much bad indoor....and there is when 1020 shine....i would say they both area the best for outdoor sunny day :)
21. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I never said that the 930 will take better pics than the Z2. And I don't find DXO Mark's review credible.
16. Penny (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Sweet, can't wait! Although usually, I look forward to new releases with excitement and then just kind go "meh" a few days later. Really only so much time you want to spend on your phone anyway.
Just happy that Microsoft has this Developer Preview system going. It's like an opt in "Nexus" program for those that want to think about it in Android terms. You get the latest stock builds OTA from Microsoft directly.
23. arturmeireles (Posts: 18; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Where can I register as a developer so I can get the update on April 14?
26. volcano (Posts: 267; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
sign in with your Microsoft account herehttp://appstudio.windowsphone.
com/in order to register
then download this app on your windows phone
then open the app on your phone and sign in