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Microsoft testing Windows Phone 8.1?

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Microsoft testing Windows Phone 8.1?
A developer in China named Tom Myles has found something interesting on his logs. He spotted a phone running Windows Phone OS version 8.10.12166 installing his app. The developer, whose claim to fame is Chinese app Love Wallpaper HD, also has spotted phones installing his app that were powered by Windows Phones OS versions 8.10.12073.0, 8.10.12086.0, 8.10.12100.0 and 8.10.12102.0.

The highest version of Windows Phone that the average Joe has access to is 8.0.10328.78. Considering that the first three numbers on the mysterious versions are 8.10, what Myles could have discovered is Microsoft doing some internal testing of Windows Phone 8.1.

Expected to be coming on Windows Phone 8.1 is a notifications center along with improvements to multi-tasking capabilities, and a screen rotation lock. It seems that Microsoft will push out the GDR3 update prior to the Windows Phone 8.1 update and that some features, like the screen rotation lock, require GDR3 to be installed first. This means that you shouldn't expect Windows Phone 8.1 to start rolling out until sometime in 2014.

Back in June, mobile ad network AdDuplex spotted Windows Phone 8.1 being tested on a trio of devices including the Nokia P4301 test device, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X.

Windows Phone 8.1 was spotted on one Chinese developer's logs

Windows Phone 8.1 was spotted on one Chinese developer's logs


source: WPDang via WPCentral

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posted on 22 Aug 2013, 00:06 3

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1138; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Hummm, playing catch-up. Ok Windows 8.1, lets update.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 00:28 8

3. Penny (Posts: 1136; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


True, but as a Windows Phone user, I'd rather they play catch up than say "oh, you don't need those features."

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 01:17 21

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 762; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


What's wrong with that??
Windows Phone is much younger than both iOS and Android. So it have to add some basic must have features. So "playing catch-up" is not a bad thing at all
even iOS got multitasking only on iOS 7 a 7 year old smartphone OS. So basically everybody playing catch-up, iOS and WP playing catchIng-up to Android while android playing catch up to be like pc.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 01:54 4

8. vivzek (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Yes. Rightly put up...

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 00:08 1

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1811; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Sweet!!! This should blend win8 and win8.1,together?..some how. :-)

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 00:35

4. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


"This means that you shouldn't expect Windows Phone 8.1 to start rolling out until sometime in 2014." ROTFLMAO!! That last line. I was seriously expecting to read "sometime next week or month". RIP Windows 8.1 By then Android 5.0 KLP will already be out.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 01:00

5. Penny (Posts: 1136; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


This has been known for quite some time for those who have paid attention. GDR2 was due out this summer, GDR3 by October-ish, and 8.1 by early next year (my guess if February).

One of Microsoft's goals with the restructuring was to be able to make faster progress/more frequent updates with Windows Phone. So hopefully, if this pace continues, we will get more updates not too long after 8.1 as well (probably June-July 2014).

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 02:25 4

11. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Android 5.0 still won't solve the back door master key trojans built into the OS. WP8 may lack features, but Android is like a car with no locks. Everybody has access to your personal data and financial information...

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 07:57

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 2879; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Misinformed... keep using your under power under dog Windows RT and Windows 8 phone.

I will take a second look at it end 2014 maybe it will be better than android but we shall see.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 05:22 2

12. gazmatic (Posts: 600; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


every single android release is riddled with bugs

http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list

shotgun releases introduce new issues and many many many many old issues are not even fixed

google doesnt test its products

end users are always the beta testers

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 07:37 5

15. Shatter (Posts: 2016; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Android is open source so you can see all the problems with it, WP8 and IOS are locked down so nobody has any idea how many problems like that there are.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 01:09 7

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 762; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


A notifications center along with improvements to multi-tasking capabilities, and a screen rotation lock.
that some cool features......

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 02:06 1

10. vincelongman (Posts: 1133; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


On-screen buttons would be great too

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 06:19 1

13. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1264; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


And smaller on-screen buttons.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 01:54 1

9. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 213; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


No surprises here. MS have been testing 8.1 for quite some time now. The real question is ..When are they releasing it?

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 08:59

18. Credo (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Nobody other then God knows, i think even Microsoft don't know when they are going to release it ... Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to Slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 06:25 1

14. StreetNerd (Posts: 703; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


most important for me is the ability to close apps from multitask screen...

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 08:26 1

17. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2586; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Bring it on MS, you already late.

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