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Report: Windows Phone 8.1 to be released between July and August; Developer version coming earlier

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Report: Windows Phone 8.1 to be released between July and August; Developer version coming earlier
Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to bring plenty of new features with it. On Saturday, we ran down all of these new features for you, and now Windows Phone users can't seem to get this update out of their mind, wondering when all of these new capabilities will be theirs. According to a published report out of China, the Windows Phone 8.1 update will be sent out between July and August of this year.

A source with inside knowledge of Microsoft's plans say that a developer version of the updated OS will be available starting in April. Those with an App Studio account will be able to access the Developer Preview of Windows Phone 8.1.

According to the report, at the same time that Windows Phone 8.1 will be pushed out, a number of new handsets will be released, to take advantage of the improved operating system. The report didn't mention any specific brand or model.

Even if Microsoft releases the update in the July-August period, many won't see it for weeks afterward as the revised OS goes through carrier testing.

source: WPBar (translated) via WMPoweruser

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posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:11 8

1. karim77 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


I don't have any problem with time as long as WP 8.1 will be released to consumers perfectly without any faults

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:42 13

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3327; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


A lot features are coming guys. A lot features are not in sdk. A tons of features coming.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:51 4

7. LoveHater (Posts: 116; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Yes in that list ,, there was not mention of ie11 and new camera app,,, they are there surely

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:41 4

17. noler (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


True.
@tomwarren
"Reminder: there’s a lot of Windows Phone 8.1 features that aren’t in the SDK, and a lot that is hidden. A lot."

It seems that all user requests comes with a WP8.1 :)

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 00:06

61. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


as long as it is released for my Lumia 520 i am happy !!!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 07:30 1

66. akki20892 (Posts: 3327; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Be ready for 8.1 for your cute 520. U won't gonna miss.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:25 5

13. lalalaman (Posts: 310; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


I was hoping for june...but july will also work....thank god I have unlocked device=)....no carriers

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:54

53. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yeah, and this is the time frame everyone is expecting anyways..

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:37 12

2. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I have a feeling that this is going to be the last update, since by the time this gets out, it will be almost past the 24 month support promised by MS. What's more, even WP8.1 doesn't seem to address the pressing issues and the severe lack of features. This is why MS seems to be delaying updates even for such trivial and mundane features.... Consumers screwed AGAIN by MS.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:45 11

5. papss (unregistered)


Give it a rest... For effing sake.. If you don't like it then don't buy it.. Simple as that, vote with your wallet.. I do and will continue to support m$

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 16:14 2

33. sgodsell (Posts: 1094; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


But the world hasn't voted for them. WP has a tiny marketshare. With declining sales from the previous quarter, to rumors of running Android apps on WP devices, and Nokia releasing an Android device. Microsoft may as well just ask Google and Apple what they should do next.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:31 1

55. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕❕❕... As much as you guys trolling comments make me sick,,, I have to admit that was kinda funny..

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:47

58. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I definitely won't, but i expect that they improve what i had supported already. By the way, i was supporting Nokia, not MS, by getting their Lumia, hoping they could earn more and part ways with WP and MS.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 21:36 1

59. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


What's up dude?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 01:51 2

64. nokia12 (Posts: 313; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


exactly... wait for sales to start falling once they remove NOKIA name from their phones

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 08:20

67. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That probably will happen initially if MS doesn't do some major, I mean major, Lumia brand awareness marketing.. But, I mean it would have to be stupendous marketing!!!!!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 08:21

68. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


But, that's ok, and it is expected.. It's really nothing to panic over, and sales will bounce back with time.. It's more about the long run...

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:40 4

16. lorenzattractor (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Everyone says lack of features, this and that and fail to say which ones.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:47 9

18. noler (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


The Lag feature are missing.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:00 7

20. AfterShock (Posts: 2756; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Transitional animations.
Lag is there, they just covered it up.

When feature parity actually matures, we'll see it for what it is, like iOS.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:29 3

24. papss (unregistered)


I agree.. if theres going to be flaws we will see them after this update. This is where m$ should show their strength though so I hope not many surface... no pun intended

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 00:47

62. AfterShock (Posts: 2756; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Dirty franking truth is, I want to snag an alternate os, but at this point, bb has software upper hand imo, and wp the hardware.
So Frak me if its not a lowered expectation on either, at this point.
They need to be spurred harshly, android an iOS are not waiting around.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:31 5

26. noler (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


So It's a shame that all Android transitional animations fail to covered the Android lag.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 15:15 3

31. Awalker (Posts: 233; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


There's only a few transitional animations in Android and it's mainly in the app drawer.

The animations in Windows take a long time compared to Android and iOS. I've never really thought about it but maybe it's there to cover up lag .

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 15:42

32. noler (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


The transitional animations in Android is also between home screens, home screens to app drawer, app drawer to home screens...
The animations is to cover up loading time and not lag.
You can see stares in Android transitional animations
and the lag is built deep in to the system.

"Galaxy S4 Lag Fix Makes it 10 Times Faster! "
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeKoJfuiy_Y

"5 Common Causes To Laggy Android Devices (And How To Fix Them)"
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/speed-up-android/

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 17:57 2

46. joey_sfb (Posts: 2780; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


The only lag I see now is WP fan inability to see the plain obvious.

Nokia is producing android phone. Microsoft secret project in lab is Normandy X, an Android fork.

They have throw in the towel already for wp, my brain lag wp fans. LOL!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:41 2

57. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Dude, you're hilarious... Keep telling them pathetic trolls what's up..
.......................
The truth is that for every issue they bring up about WP there's also one for Android... Android is far from perfect, and not closer to perfect than WP.. Actually, I would say that for what WP does have, or do, it's more perfect than Android will ever be because it does what it does well...
........................
I'd rather have a stock Ferrari with only 400hp than a super tuned mustang with 800hp... The mustang, no matter how much you customize it, will never have the feel, and class, as the Ferrari... Like Android a mustang has to be modified to attempt to have the experience of a Ferrari, but with even more "power under the hood" it still doesn't perform well...
........................
It's quality over quantity... A concept that these trolls will never understand... So sad.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 14:52 2

29. hurrycanger (Posts: 985; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Agree. The lags are there! Sometimes it's really bad. The smooth "loading" animation really covers it up (which is a good thing). I've compared the Lumia 521 to the LG Mytouch 4G, and the 521 was not any better than the Mytouch. Sometimes it was worse, especially when switching back to the navigation app from the music app. Most of the time, the 521 is just stuck with the loading screen forever with the smooth animation. xD

(You can check the specs and compare. It's kinda interesting.)

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 17:31 3

44. elitewolverine (Posts: 1433; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I have and do own a 521, nothing that I would not expect of a 70$ phone. I do not get the lag you do, perhaps the developer unlock has fixed some?

Then again when a note 3 lags with much more hardware, there is an apparent issue. There is posts all over the web, and even apps to fix a laggy droid.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:01 1

47. joey_sfb (Posts: 2780; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Android is a breast, not for the weak. The weak does not known how to maintain their smartphone in tip top condition that their business.

My note 2, note 3 rock! And I like it that others Note lags or explode whatever! Blame it on their inability that my view.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 00:54

63. AfterShock (Posts: 2756; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


The animation cover up has been there since its release.
It just beautifies the transition, hood winks user.
No harm no foul honestly an better then lag android use to have, now its so brutally fast, its obnoxious to hear a couple wp trolls spew lag lies.
Truth is with current hard ware, why is there still animation transitions on wp?
Whose lagging?

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:54 3

19. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Sorry, but this is pure BS. WP 8.1 addresses a ton of features that WP users have been asking for. It's doing exactly the opposite of what you say, end of story.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:02 1

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2756; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Doesn't wp updates normally require a new phone?
They did first few releases lol.
Its planned.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:18 4

22. sip1995 (Posts: 777; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Correction..... 24 months became 36, just like Apple does.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 17:16 1

42. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


What sip1995 said... 36 months of support.

As for past performance- not a lot to debate there. MS needs to provide and push this support. That is the only way they live down their decisions from years past.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:10 1

49. sip1995 (Posts: 777; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I just checked something and i read that Windows Phone began the general availability on 14-12-2012 and the the support from Microsoft ends on 12-1-2016....Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a period of 36 months after the lifecycle start date.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:38 5

3. papss (unregistered)


I figured it would be a bit of time after before we see it. I'm fine with that.. Just in time for me to purchase a new wp8 device.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:09 3

10. SAO101789 (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Nokia Lumia 1820 ^.^

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:11 2

11. papss (unregistered)


That's my thinking as well. I currently have a 1520 but will own the successor when released.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:53

28. SAO101789 (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Isn't the 1820 the successor of the 1020 tho? I like the 1520 size but I want the powerful camera of the 1020 but improved if I'm making since.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:50 2

6. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Now everybody, be sure to have the 'developer' account and install that 'preview'!!! And please don't start these wars all over again between other operating systems

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:26

14. sbw44 (Posts: 384; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


How do you get an developer account?

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:24 3

23. sip1995 (Posts: 777; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


1)You need a Microsoft account(create one) 2)Go to windows phone app studio.com 3)Click on "Start building" 4)sign in with your Microsoft account. NOTE: This is a program from Microsoft to to help you build an app in few steps, you have the permi

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:31 4

27. sip1995 (Posts: 777; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


permission to download the developer preview to only 1 device because this is a FREE program with a FREE developer account....not the paid one(developer account).

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 15:02 1

30. sbw44 (Posts: 384; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Thanks!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 16:23 1

35. sgodsell (Posts: 1094; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Paid will give you 3 devices.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 16:54

40. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Hi sip, thanks for the answer to sbw44 :) i readed that it is only for one device ... Currently i have the Lumia 920 and i installed the GDR3 preview. But i'm planning on buying the Lumia 1520 and i really would like to install Windows Phone 8.1 Preview on both of them. So if i first install it on the 920, then i set it back to factory settings and don't sign in with my developer account, but instead i log in with my developer account on the 1520, does that mean i can install it then also on the 1520? I'm a little bit confused :) Thanks!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 16:49

39. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Right, sip1995 is right :)

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:05 1

48. sip1995 (Posts: 777; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Once you install the developer preview in your phone, you can't delete it from it. Then when you install it, the preview is connecting with your Microsoft account (so you CAN'T use the same account on 2 devices...it may show you that you have already use the preview on another phone) you have to create an account for each device.
NOTE: With the developer preview, you're losing the phone's WARRANTY, be careful you're doing this with your own risk.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:42

51. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Thanks! I have another question lol :D, uhm i was thinking about using another email adress (account) for my future 1520, if i update the device with my secondary account, and then set it back to factory settings and login with my primairy email adress which i already used on my 920, will that work? Because i don't know how to transfer everything into my other account, it's from hotmail to outlook and i don't know how to transfer contacts, agenda, and most importantly, all my skydrive storage .... You know how to do it? Thanks again, aprreciate :)

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:03

54. sip1995 (Posts: 777; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I'll will contact with Windows Phone live support...and ask them your questions :)

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:35

56. sip1995 (Posts: 777; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


The only way to move information on a Skydrive is to literally save that information to your PC and then open the Skydrive website up with your new Microsoft Account and save it there.For contacts, we do have a process for moving contacts across Microsoft Accounts.You literally go to Contacts.live.com and select the option for Export. It will export a simple text document to your computer. You open the new account and select import. You import from that simple text document to move the contacts over.To move the Agenda, you have to go through the Calender.live.com website and do the exact same thing.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 04:46

65. lalalaman (Posts: 310; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Hey sip, one question if u install dev edition in your phone, u can install Nokia's version of update on it? Will it get OTA??

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:57 2

8. Feanor (Posts: 295; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Isn't Nokia supposed to release WP 8.1phones at MWC by the end of February? How will that be possible if the update arrives late in summer?

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:25 2

12. noler (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Lumia 1520 comes with GDR3 but this update comes later for the rest of WP8 phones.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 11:59 1

9. SAO101789 (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


I am honestly sad for not doing it in April but if it comes out at the same time as the next Nokia 1020 comes out I'll be happy. Iphone 6 will be my second choice IF they decide to do something better than last years model. Not a apple fanboy I just prefer iphkne because I have lots of media on itunes. I don't care for apps windows phone makes it look more organized and hope some if my favorite apps come to WP soon. Ipad or mac for media, nokia for social, camera, fun!!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 12:30 1

15. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Cannot wait for WP8.1.
Great work by MS. :)

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 13:30

25. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1057; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Like Any Windows phone 8 Owner I want the updates to keep coming ASAP. I think it's the
work that Microsoft is doing to make all it's operating systems be able to use the same Apps that might be holding back the update. frankly I think MS wont ever be able to make smooth running Universal Apps for all it's Computer devices because Windows smart phones and Windows RT Tablets use ARMS CPU's rather than the Intel X86/AMD CPU's used on full Windows 8.1 OS PC's and Tablets like the "Surface Pro and Pro 2. The CPU programming language differences may be too great to over come. Apple did not even bother to try to do that. An Apple Imac and Mac PRO's OS is way different than the Ipod, Iphone, Ipad OS.
I wish Microsoft luck but it could hold back features People want now not later for their devices. I think they should give an earlier smaller update that gives what they already have finished and ready for Windows 8 smart phones and tablets

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 16:37 1

37. sgodsell (Posts: 1094; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


WP 8 was using xap files (silverlight) across all their platforms, but who is making silverlight apps? So WP 8.1 is going to start using appx with html5 and javascript. This way they can use existing html5 and javascript from completely different platforms.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 16:20 2

34. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Lord, late summer?

Plus carrier testing?

They might be shooting themselves in the foot here...

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