Microsoft testing Windows Phone 8.1?

Microsoft testing Windows Phone 8.1?
A developer in China named Tom Myles has found something interesting on his logs. He spotted a phone running Windows Phone OS version 8.10.12166 installing his app. The developer, whose claim to fame is Chinese app Love Wallpaper HD, also has spotted phones installing his app that were powered by Windows Phones OS versions 8.10.12073.0, 8.10.12086.0, 8.10.12100.0 and 8.10.12102.0.

The highest version of Windows Phone that the average Joe has access to is 8.0.10328.78. Considering that the first three numbers on the mysterious versions are 8.10, what Myles could have discovered is Microsoft doing some internal testing of Windows Phone 8.1.

Expected to be coming on Windows Phone 8.1 is a notifications center along with improvements to multi-tasking capabilities, and a screen rotation lock. It seems that Microsoft will push out the GDR3 update prior to the Windows Phone 8.1 update and that some features, like the screen rotation lock, require GDR3 to be installed first. This means that you shouldn't expect Windows Phone 8.1 to start rolling out until sometime in 2014.

Back in June, mobile ad network AdDuplex spotted Windows Phone 8.1 being tested on a trio of devices including the Nokia P4301 test device, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X.


source: WPDang via WPCentral

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18 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Hummm, playing catch-up. Ok Windows 8.1, lets update.

3. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

True, but as a Windows Phone user, I'd rather they play catch up than say "oh, you don't need those features."

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

What's wrong with that?? Windows Phone is much younger than both iOS and Android. So it have to add some basic must have features. So "playing catch-up" is not a bad thing at all even iOS got multitasking only on iOS 7 a 7 year old smartphone OS. So basically everybody playing catch-up, iOS and WP playing catchIng-up to Android while android playing catch up to be like pc.

8. vivzek

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Yes. Rightly put up...

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Sweet!!! This should blend win8 and win8.1,together?..some how. :-)

4. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

"This means that you shouldn't expect Windows Phone 8.1 to start rolling out until sometime in 2014." ROTFLMAO!! That last line. I was seriously expecting to read "sometime next week or month". RIP Windows 8.1 By then Android 5.0 KLP will already be out.

5. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

This has been known for quite some time for those who have paid attention. GDR2 was due out this summer, GDR3 by October-ish, and 8.1 by early next year (my guess if February). One of Microsoft's goals with the restructuring was to be able to make faster progress/more frequent updates with Windows Phone. So hopefully, if this pace continues, we will get more updates not too long after 8.1 as well (probably June-July 2014).

11. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Android 5.0 still won't solve the back door master key trojans built into the OS. WP8 may lack features, but Android is like a car with no locks. Everybody has access to your personal data and financial information...

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Misinformed... keep using your under power under dog Windows RT and Windows 8 phone. I will take a second look at it end 2014 maybe it will be better than android but we shall see.

12. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

every single android release is riddled with bugs http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list shotgun releases introduce new issues and many many many many old issues are not even fixed google doesnt test its products end users are always the beta testers

15. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Android is open source so you can see all the problems with it, WP8 and IOS are locked down so nobody has any idea how many problems like that there are.

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

A notifications center along with improvements to multi-tasking capabilities, and a screen rotation lock. that some cool features......

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

On-screen buttons would be great too

13. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

And smaller on-screen buttons.

9. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

No surprises here. MS have been testing 8.1 for quite some time now. The real question is ..When are they releasing it?

18. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Nobody other then God knows, i think even Microsoft don't know when they are going to release it ... Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to Slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

14. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

most important for me is the ability to close apps from multitask screen...

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Bring it on MS, you already late.

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