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Windows Phone 8.1 update could be released as soon as April 14

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Windows Phone 8.1 update could be released as soon as April 14
Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 yesterday at its Build Developer Conference, at the same time mentioning that current WP 8 devices will be updated to the new version of the OS “in a few months.” Well, it looks like that might mean this month after all.

The Verge can reportedly “confirm” that Microsoft is planning to launch a Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview on April 14 - although this date “could slip” eventually. While the WP 8.1 developer preview is, as its name suggests, aimed at developers, anyone owning a Windows Phone 8 handset will be able to use it and get the new WP 8.1 OS on their device.

The Verge’s story corroborates with an email received by Neowin, which was allegedly sent by Microsoft to one of its Windows Phone partners. The email seems to further confirm that Microsoft does indeed want to roll out the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview this month.

Windows Phone 8.1 is shaping up to be the most important update for the WP platform since its initial release. It will bring lots of new features, including Microsoft’s own digital assistant called Cortana, a more personalized UI, Action Center, Internet Explorer 11, and so on.

sources: The Verge, Neowin

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posted on 03 Apr 2014, 13:42 13

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3222; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Cooooool.......I can't wait to get 930 orange.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:29 4

12. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 298; Member since: 07 May 2012)


loving the update so far

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 15:03 2

17. yahiaM (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


Very lucky

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 17:38 1

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3222; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Do u have any plan to get new lumia or you wanna wait.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:11 1

26. lalalaman (Posts: 275; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


i really wish nokia had gone red cyan yellow with 930 instead of just orange and green...is there ant way to get petition???

and yea...how is the camera of lumia icon???i heard its not as gud as 20mp of 1520...any comments??

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 07:25 2

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3222; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


1520 have great camera, but icon have little lower quality than 1520. BUT in 930 we r seeing 8.1 and its a new software so hopefully we will see great quality photos from 930. Let's wait for camera comparison.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 07:26 3

28. akki20892 (Posts: 3222; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


And one more thing Im guessing Nokia will introduce new colors soon for 930. I don't know why they didn't choose yellow, cyan, and red.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 15:22 2

19. mousesports (Posts: 236; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


i will get a white one ! :D:D:D:D:D i will replace my 920

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 17:37 1

20. akki20892 (Posts: 3222; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


You gonna like this device more than 920. I bet yea. Because I use icon.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:37 1

25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


And I want silver white.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:14 1

30. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1636; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The green and orange ones look really attractive. :)

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 13:43 2

2. Kishin (Posts: 578; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Yeahhhh!

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 13:47 2

3. SAO101789 (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


I hope you can put in your own music and videos in there music and video apps.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 13:54 4

4. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1647; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Can't wait :)

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 13:55

5. hassoups (Posts: 250; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


That wallpaper thing is so ugly.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:18 5

7. Birds (Posts: 956; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Aesthetically, I find the new tiles a mixed bag. I like the new ability to put a background on them but the borders between the tiles should have been shrunken so you can focus more on the background to show off how gorgeous the screen is.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 21:26

33. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3197; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I was thinking the same thing.. They should've brought it in just a tiny bit more.. But, MS's designers really think hard about every little detail, and in recent years they have rarely got design aesthetics wrong with WP.. They apply math, and proven art laws, so maybe we should trust them with this... Nevertheless, I don't think smaller gaps would've hurt anything... What if MS gave us the option to increase, or decreases, the gap? I'm all about options when it comes to stuff like this, and that would be a great idea.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:35 4

13. brrunopt (Posts: 389; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


the right wallpaper is the key

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 15:12 6

18. DFranch (Posts: 135; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


That's your opinion. I think it looks better than Android or iOS.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:03 2

6. Sire3008 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Not to troll or anything but I don't in anyway see d option for A FILE MANAGER. Why leave this out MS!!!!!

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:18 6

8. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 363; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Because an average user will not have to use one. Remember. TIP NO.54.001 geeks, tech geeks, etc do not represent the majority of people.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 03:32

32. Sire3008 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


I bet u don't use WindowsPhone or probably never used it to receive PDF files, Videos and other documents via bluetooth. They will certainly disappear with no hope of recovery if u don't open the file immediately u receive it. And stop giving me that "average" user crap. A file manager is not a geek feature and it will certainly not kill an average user when made available. Writing from L920!

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:28

11. Birds (Posts: 956; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


A unified notification system for core functions such as cellular connectivity, radio, battery, alarm and multitasking, a file manager and an even more minimalized approach to the tile design system would have been perfection. Like seriously, it'd be cool to drop down your notifications bar to see which tasks are running in the back ground, which apps just got updated and where your batter percentage is as well as how many projected hours of juice is left depending on CPU pull.

As for the file mananger, there are sooo many cool ways I can imagine it!

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:18 7

9. Liveitup (Posts: 802; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Onedrive is the modern file manager.

Definitely upgrading.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:26 4

10. papss (unregistered)


I love my onedrive account.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:46 1

14. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Misleading title... -______- but, eagerly awaiting for 8.1.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 15:01 4

15. yahiaM (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


Cant waiaait

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 15:03 3

16. yahiaM (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


Cant wait ;) but cortana wouldnt be available in the middle easy untill last of 2014 :(

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 18:34

22. djripster (Posts: 118; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


I thought the update was previously expected on April 10th ?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 22:44 1

23. ZPM101 (Posts: 25; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)


They need to take their time and deliver an optimal product. I don't mind waiting a bit longer for a more complete experience.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 23:58

24. ryq24 (Posts: 466; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


When making a call on windows phone, once you press the phone key, the contacts appears then you press another key to go to the keypad. Why can't it just go straight to the keypad? So annoying! I hope this update correct this stupid function.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 13:46

31. Deaconclgi (Posts: 203; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


When I press the Phone icon on my iPhone 5s and Nexus 5, it brings me to the same place, History. I still have to press the Dialer icon at the bottom in iOS and Android.

Are you saying that you have a phone with another OS that goes into the dialer when you press the Phone icon OR are you saying that you wish that smartphones would go to the dialer instead of the call history?

I just wanted to point out that it isn't a Windows Phone design choice but rather "How it's done currently" or to meet consumer expectations or have feature parity with the competition.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:24

29. PK1983 (Posts: 163; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Looks good. Might be picking up a Lumia 930.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 18:15

34. DisCHORD (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Just got a Lumia 925 with T-Mobile, and since I doubt that they will get the 930, I'm content... It also helps that 925 is the best feeling and looking Lumia thanks to its aluminum.

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