Microsoft could add firmware to the Windows Phone Developer Preview

Microsoft could add firmware to the Windows Phone Developer Preview
As a way to bypass slow moving carriers (Verizon, is that you?), Microsoft offers the Windows Phone Developer Preview program. While the "wink, wink" reason for its existence is to give developers a heads up on the next update of Windows Phone, it is also used by non-developers to get access to the next build of Microsoft's mobile OS before an actual OTA update is pushed out by a carrier.

Of course, that is all well and good unless part of the update is contingent on a firmware update. A couple of examples would be the Bluetooth LE addition that was part of Lumia Cyan, and the improvements to the camera that are a part of Lumia Denim.

But there is some good news. According to Paul Thurrott from the Windows Supersite, Microsoft is considering adding firmware to the software preview that it makes available with the Developer Preview program. This change, if it does take place, probably won't be seen until the Microsoft Build Developer Conference next year, which is scheduled to take place from April 29th through May 1st, 2015. At that point, we could see the firmware included with the Windows 10 Developer preview.

source: WMPoweruser

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13 Comments

1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

This is great! I hope it comes sooner, but this allows even "abandoned" devices like the 810 and HTC/Samsung models to get support into the future, including Windows 10!

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Unless ms changes their mind, non lumia devices cannot get dev updates.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

What?

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is awesome! Microsoft is really making some great consumer-centric moves as of late!

3. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Excellent Microsoft ur really taking the consumers interest at heart I'm so exited with whatever you're going to bring.

4. Said1995

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

I don't understand whats Microsoft is doing can explain it to me plz

8. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

If you bought a Windows Phone on a carrier say like the 1020 on AT&T and not unlocked. Previously you were able to sign up for the developer preview to get newer versions of WP such as WP.1 and all of the GDR revisions. But you weren't able to get the firmware updates provided by specific manufacturers like Nokia's Amber, Black, Cyan and Denim (I have no idea what HTC and Samsung calls their updates) unless the carrier provided the OTA. Now Microsoft is allowing you to be able to get both the software updates and fireware without it needing carrier approval if you sign up for the developer preview.

10. Said1995

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

Do I still need to sign up for developer preview or how will it work cuz I have a lumia 925 without developer preview

11. Leandrop

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Yes, you'll need to sign up for Dev Preview

5. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Unifying apps for all the ms system making it available for all windows 8 phones.

7. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Nice.

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft has to do this because of some smart phone carriers will not give their Windows smart phones customers Microsoft's' or Nokia's updates for Windows smart phones. take Verizon for example they got the Windows smart phone update to Windows 8.1 months ago and have not given it to it's customers. Verizon windows smart phone owners like myself are thinking of buying our nexr Windows smart phone from AT & T. they got their updates

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I got mine from ATT from Amazon, came with Cyan unlocked and works on LTE with Tmobile, paid less than 400 with overnight shipping. (1020)

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