Windows Phone 8.1 being tested, according to AdDuplex data
the new Blue version of Windows Phone featuring IE11, it also could be the minor GDR2 update that also is expected. Back in March, we brought to your attention a job posting for Microsoft seeking a test engineer for Windows Phone 9 which is a separate project than Windows Phone Blue. The latter is more about merging different variants of Windows. Last month, speculation had Windows Phone 9 launching in October.
source: @ailon via WMPoweruser
1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Are Windows Phone updates free? I'm asking cause i don't have a WP, but a Sony Laptop that runs Windows. My phones are Apple and Android.
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Yes, Microsoft isn't great but at least they're not Apple. Apple is the only one that charges for updates on their phones.
5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Huh? I didn't know that Apple will charge their users for updating their phones! Are you sure?
All I know is that Apple have too many limitations, no freedom at all.
36. metemd (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 May 2013)
Actually Apple charged their users back in 2008 and 2009, at least i remember paying 2.99 (or 1.99 i'm not sure) for my ipod touchs iOS upgrade!
6. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
WTF?! Talking outta your ass again! Apple NEVER charged for iOS updates on its iPad, iPhone and iPod. The updates have been and will always be FREE.
7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking! Why would Apple charge their users for updating their phones? It's just an update.
Even though Apple have too many limitations, but Apple won't do that!
Apple is the only one that charges for updates on their phones? NONSENSE!
19. moroninc (Posts: 171; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
head out of a$$ please... Apple never charges for mobile updates.
Microsoft however are very..cunning case and point, version 7.5 to 8 debacle (yes you didnt have to buy the updates but you needed to buy a new phone - Same thing chico)
most likely if you want the new update it could be you need to buy a new phone again, Lumia 920 perhaps
4. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
Yeah, it's free. If your phone supports WP 8.0, then it will receive and will run the 8.1 update when it's out. However, major updates, like WP 9.0, will most likely only be supported/available on more capable new phones, but there might be some exceptions for the current high-end WP phones, although there's no knowledge at this time of the hardware requirements to run WP 9.0.
10. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 880; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
disagreeing you with you there windows blue update is supposed to work on that issue and make it possible for wp9 to be available for this generation devices
12. sukimtk (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 May 2013)
i dont think that that will heppen, probably every wp8 phone will get updates, i mean lumia 520 ,620, 720, htc 8s will be outdated ?
and 520,620 and 720 are relativly new phones, if they do that lots of ppl will be pissed on MS and nokia and probably will get lower sales :/
that is just my opinion, and every1 know if you treat your csumers good they will stik with you and that is what ms and any wp8 manufacturer need
18. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Agree with you both. Of course, there may be some issues with those lower end WPs with less RAM then others, but MS has stated repeatedly in no uncertain terms that there will be a path for WP8's to get all updates over the next 18-24 months.
I will say this: From Windows Mobile getting discontinued for WP7, then the kernal issue ending WP7when launching WP8, MS has left a ton of users out in the cold. They need to prove they mean what they say.
27. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I don't k ow of any MOBILE OS that has paid updates,but apple foes charge for OSX updates for each new cat iteration (lion, snow leopard, etc)
8. Hemlocke (unregistered)
Screw IE11. My biggest complaint with WP is the fact that no decent browsers are on the platform. Mobile IE sucks.
11. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Who said that Mobile IE sucks? IE is better than many browsers, it is safer, faster, and easier to use!
13. Hemlocke (unregistered)
WebKit based browsers destroy mobile IE. Dolphin and Safari are more standards compliant, faster, and they don't look like crap. Chrome is close, but not quite as good. Take off your fanboy glasses and actually try the different mobile browsers, and you will see how bad mobile IE is. The BB10 browser is new, and it makes IE10 look silly.
14. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
You need to take off your 'anti-WP' glasses as well, if you didn't try IE10 before, don't act like an expert.
16. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
He's right, WebKit is becoming the standard for web developers : Chrome uses it, safari uses it, even firefox and opera uses it, only IE doesn't and use their own engine, and there are tons of unoptimised websites for IE 10, just look at these :
And these are just examples. So stop being everyone's fanboy because it's becoming raeally pathetic.
17. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
When I read your comment, I'm trying to be calm, but until I read the last sentence, it's over.
I'm not being everyone's fanboy, I'm just being fair.
Geez...........Butthurt and unacceptable.
20. Shaznek (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
Chrome is actually moving from webkit to a new engine called Blink, so webkit is far from becoming a standard for web browsing,and just because IE doesn t use it doesn t mean it sucks.
25. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
It's more pathetic that you attack someone because they like something else that you may not like. And the examples you gave are from Google sites, which are known not to be optimized for IE. Which is probably purposeful. IE10 mobile browser is perfectly fine. I use it all the time compared to my Android and it's much faster. Well, that may or may not be true depending on the phones hardware, but nonetheless, it's browser is perfectly fine.
28. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Symbian's browser was Webkit-based, wasn't it?
33. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
You are probably right but there's no need to screw Windows Phone or users. Just let them know what you have found about your research. And yeah WebKit is becoming standard and improving.
21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Dolphin Browser BETA is much smoother than this ™
22. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
What a pathetic and useless platform, it dosen't have other browsers to download!
You are forced to use what MS has told you to: i don't like to be controlled or being told what i can use and install, no freedom, my foot™
Bing is another scrap™
31. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
hey TROLL, im just curious. what mobile phone are you using right now? is it the S4?
34. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Waiting for S4 Exynos™
23. CardiWPfan (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
This coming from someone who is a trol, just saying!!
24. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Was that you're best answer™ is that all you could come up with®
26. papss (unregistered)
Troll just stop the reaching... You must be lonely.
Bing is far from crap, in fact I completely stopped using google aka big brother in favor of Bing and its great reward system. IE10 is pretty good and looks far better than than the goofy chrome with its odd button layout. Maybe a foxfire would do well.
29. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Troll, how much are you paid by Google to BS.
30. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Troll, show me a browser that's actually smother other than the default browser, like I/E. I guarantee you're full of s**t just like some of the pa staff fanboys.