Are all Windows Phone 8 handsets upgradeable to WP 8.1? Microsoft exec seems to say yes

Are all Windows Phone 8 handsets upgradeable to WP 8.1? Microsoft exec seems to say yes
When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 back in 2012, it left existing Windows Phone users angry: their devices, running Windows Phone 7.x, weren’t going to be upgraded to WP8. Fortunately, things will be different when the new version of the OS, expected to be called Windows Phone 8.1 (Blue), is unveiled.

According to Computerworld, which recently talked to Greg Sullivan, Windows Phone director of public relations at Microsoft, the next-generation Windows Phone OS will be backward compatible with WP8. Mr. Sullivan said that, unlike WP7, Windows Phone 8 is a “powerful” platform capable of supporting upgrades, suggesting that all current WP8 devices will get the newer version of the software - provided that wireless carriers (in the case of locked devices) would distribute the update.

The Microsoft exec did not confirm the name of the next OS iteration (it may not be Windows Phone 8.1 after all), and neither the fact that it would be launched this spring. He did add, however, that the company’s current policy is to support updates for 36 months (3 years) on a device.

Yesterday, Nokia - which agreed to sell its mobile division to Microsoft - started rolling out one of its own software updates. Called Lumia Black, the update will be gradually released to every Windows Phone 8 Lumia device. All in all, things are looking good for Windows Phone users lately, isn’t it?

source: Computerworld

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16 Comments

1. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

This is good to know that even my 520, which is most frugal of the bunch will receive WP Blue. Currently I'm waiting for the Lumia Black, but it seems that it won't benefit much because devices with 1GB RAM are entitled to most exciting features. Here's the catch, they will indeed provide WP Blue, but with much stripped down version with very less added features. Just like what Apple does with their major update. Clever trick by the companies. They can all brag about distributing the latest build to the oldest devices but the actual benefit they do get is minimal.

6. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

if they don't update lumia 520.. Microsift is screwed.. 30-40% marketshare is of lumia 520 alone.. and didn't they released the official statement back then that all wp8 will be upgradable to wp 8.1.. i thought it was a general knowledge or so that all wp8 will get updated.. if they DON'T update then it could be called as NEWS.. but there was hardly any need for this article...

12. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Yeah, like the time they didn't update WP7, and WM6. Microsoft has a fantastic reputation for updating!

13. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 881; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I wanted to know what about 1st series of WP devices? Can Lumia 710 be updated to WP 8.1?? If yes, why didnt MS release any update and told that those devices are incompatible(hardware wise) with Windows 8.1? Coz I dont think a 1.4 Ghz Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM is a bad configuration...

16. sgodsell

Posts: 6588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The problem with the latest update is you will not get everything for WP devices with less than 1gb of ram. For instance the new Nokia refocus app which requires the black update needs 1gb of ram in order to run the app. So the 520, 620, 625, 720 will not be able to run Nokia's latest refocus app at all. I guess that's why the 525 is already out now which is replacing the 520. The 525 is the exact same as the 520 except it has 1gb of ram instead of 512mb.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If this is the case and it's true then it's very good. Otherwise Lumia 800 and some other earlier devices were stuck on 7.8.

14. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

nobody said that ALL lumias will receive the update,only the WP8 devices it seems

3. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

respect to apple for updates !!! no one couldn't be like apple in every section !!!

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

No one gives a damn about updates (at least ordinary people). The only reason they upgrade is because they get a notification about an update, and unknowingly accept it

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

What is the difference between all iPhone?

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1742; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

number and letter

15. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Design,SOME of the components,size of screen

5. papss unregistered

Glad to see a change for them here. I'm sure my 1520 will be supported for a good bit. I'm certain "people" will find a way to complain about this though.

7. thecorrescode

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Microsoft once said that Windows 7.5 phones are eligible for Windows 8 update... and guess what happened next... Hope that it won't be the same here... Oh, Windows 8.1 aka Windows 8 Service Pack 1...

8. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

He is a liar, windows promised to give the Here Maps to WP7.5 phones never happened. They will never give 8.1 to entry level WP8 phones

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They might. It would certainly be in their interest if they are planning on merging rt with winp8 in 2 years or less.

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