Windows Phone 8.1 available to developers and non-developers that want it bad enough

Windows Phone 8.1 available to developers and non-developers that want it bad enough
Microsoft delivered on its promise and released a working build of Windows Phone 8.1 to developers. Great news if you are a code-churning machine, but it turns out regular users can get a taste of MS's new mobile medicine pretty easily. If you have a WP8-running Lumia device and are willing to give up your warranty until the official update comes up, you must carry out a very specific procedure. You must become a developer without becoming a developer in the process! Whaaat? Look, it's really simple:



  • Visit the Windows Phone App Studio website
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account and create a project
  • Download the Preview for Developers app on your WP8 handset (click here) and sign in with your MS account
  • The phone should detect the WP 8.1 update is available





Before going for it, keep in mind that the update doesn't include Nokia's Windows Phone 8.1 workings - the navigation core and the new imaging SDK. You also won't be able to downgrade to WP8 if you experience problems after the early update, but the Preview app should be pushing fixes to you until WP 8.1 is ready for all. As previously noted, Cortana is only available for US residents, although you are free to change your smartphone's location and use it in exchange for any local functionality you might be trusting upon. Also, custom lock-screen isn't available in the developer preview version. But Action Center is, and for some of you, it might be worth the update on its own.



source: Microsoft, The Verge

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49 Comments

1. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

My body is ready

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

For what?!?

10. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

but your phone isn't....

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hidden features.... Will come out soon

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

It says "participation in this program may void the warranty with your operator and your OEM" I'm hesitant now, considering Microsoft's ability to mess things up.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Have you got a windows phone ?

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Unfortunately, yes.

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Really cuz as i can from your comments here in PA, it sounds that you hate WP more than everything.

11. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Unlike many, i don't support a platform just because i own it. I call it as it is, and if any platform i see is bad, i let people know. For now, Windows Phone = bad.

20. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

lol i will up vote you cause your funny, good job

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So then I should go into every droid article and let people know how bad droid is because of my Note 3 issues, the issues with my S3, and about 5 other droids? No the platform is not bad, for you it is bad, for others like me, we see your comments as nothing more than fun things to poke and laugh at and respond to for kicks and nothing more.

34. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"So then I should go into every droid article and let people know how bad droid is because of my Note 3 issues" This is an open comments section, so why not? You're letting others know. Also, do so, in Samsung articles, since you keep mentioning their devices in particular. But i can say, for sure, that those issues would be nothing compared to the issues that WP has. "No the platform is not bad" It IS. "for you it is bad" For people who are unbiased and want a good OS. "for others like me, we see your comments as nothing more than fun things to poke and laugh at and respond to for kicks and nothing more." Of course. How else would you take the comments, that tells the truth about the platform of your choice?

40. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1. I don't because there is no point, no point in hounding articles of every droid article. You can say for sure that when google play refuses to launch and needs a master reset out of the box, that the process.android.phone, process.andoid.(something) has stopped all within 1 day of owning the phone, is nothing? That is why your comments are laughable. The issue was 'fixed' with my 3rd note 3, I choose samsung cause i like their UI over the other droids, as well as other factors, like me enjoying samsung products in general. But no it is not 'nothing' compared to what my WP experience has provided. I have owned a total of 7 droids, lived with 10 droids, i have yet to have a droid, whether it is by htc, sony, samsung (my favorite) that did not have some sort of OS error that just ticked me off and continue to tick me off. What is the point of having 'background or notification bar' etc, when the phone just poofs on you every day? Is not bad, you say it is. This is tied into my comment above, your reality is not everyones reality. Your gripes about IE, comes down to lazy dev coding on PA, not the windows team, though i agree they should make up for lazy html coders. Gripes about so many other things do not affect me, as a result it is bad for you not me. As well, it is entirely subjective to the point i know my gripes about Droid are just that as well. And is why i bring it up here and there but i continue to recommend droid, bb, ios, and WP on a daily basis to multiple walks of life. At the moment so far ios and wp seem to have the happiest experience at my job. So again i understand subjective you do not. Take the comments that tells the truth? Truth according to you? Or according to say, three people that ditched their s3's in favor of a 925 and 1520, and not looking back? Like semper has stated, everything you have noted is subjective.

44. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"1. I don't because there is no point, no point in hounding articles of every droid article." There is. You would warn users of whats in store, if they get it. Just like i warn others whats in store if they get WP. "You can say for sure that when google play refuses to launch and needs a master reset out of the box, that the process.android.phone, process.andoid.(something) has stopped all within 1 day of owning the phone, is nothing?" I’d say no, but since we’re comparing it with WP, i’d say yes. "I choose samsung cause i like their UI over the other droids" Maybe the issues you claim are due to Samsung’s heavily loaded UI. "But no it is not 'nothing' compared to what my WP experience has provided. I have owned a total of 7 droids, lived with 10 droids, i have yet to have a droid, whether it is by htc, sony, samsung (my favorite) that did not have some sort of OS error" WP does not have features that Android has, to produce errors, for you to notice. "What is the point of having 'background or notification bar' etc, when the phone just poofs on you every day?” What is the point of ‘poofing’ when WP can’t do anything correctly, anyway. (Note:I’m not defending Android, if it does crash, Google needs to fix it. Just pointing out why you don’t notice it on WP) "Is not bad, you say it is.” It IS. "Your gripes about IE, comes down to lazy dev coding on PA, not the windows team” Thats just an excuse for a bad browser. Bad coding or not, you don’t see Android or iOS messing it up. Those are good browsers. "And is why i bring it up here and there but i continue to recommend droid, bb, ios, and WP on a daily basis to multiple walks of life.” I’ve recommended every OS except WP. I simply can’t recommend it for the simple fact that some of the basic design have flaws which in particular show how incompetent WP is, as of now. "So again i understand subjective you do not.” I do. But if the OS is bad, at the basic level, i can’t dismiss it as being a subjective dislike. Microsoft NEEDS to improve. "Take the comments that tells the truth? Truth according to you?” According to one who calls it as it is. "Or according to say, three people that ditched their s3's in favor of a 925 and 1520, and not looking back?” I too liked it, initially, when i moved from Android (2.3) to WP, enamoured by its smoothness and its unique look (i liked the tiles, at first). After spending a lot of time, i noticed lots and lots of (mundane) flaws. "Like semper has stated, everything you have noted is subjective.” Not in this case.

35. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Dude you are a joke. Your every comment is laughable. I own a Nexus 5 and a Lumia 925... guess which I use as my daily/go-to phone? Why? Is it because Windows Phone is better than Android? FOR ME, YES. FOR YOU, NO. And since you love quoting "For now, Windows Phone = bad" That statement is 100% subjective. For some people, a smartphone OS is not preferable, and they stick to an old Nokia or Motorola RAZR feature phone. Some people like Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, WebOS, MeeGo even though they are now defunct and not supported as much as WP, Android, and iOS... BUT THEY ARE OK WITH IT. You are NOT ok with Windows Phone, we get it. But you are not RIGHT, and people are not WRONG.

48. DCSeerIvan

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

I don't know why do you buy windows phone and says negative to it. You should know that every OS has their own flaws.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Void warranty for a OS update, lmao.

14. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

One of those ignorant votes. Not unless done by the service centers, updating your phone, WP or not, void your warranty. On most warranties, they only cover service on the version that xome preinstalled on your phone.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Let me know how that rom flash, launcher, and other droid open platform experiences go for your 'warranty'. Also when the update is official it will not void your warranty. Because it is not supported by carriers yet, when you tell them you have a different OS version that belongs on the phone it will void your warranty exchange. This goes for ANY device not just Win OS

39. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nexus user, insult don't apply sorry try again.

41. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not an insult it is the reality. I declined have to, warranties for non proper os roms etc. That is until they unroot, then if the phone is bricked and can't unroot then bam

36. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Still much safer than the unlock bootloader - install recovery - flash - install gapps procedure. I've extensively flashed 2 droid phones and I know what I'm talking about.

38. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Lol well, for those that are in a position not to really care about the warranty anymore. For example, I'm eleven months into my contract, so I don't care about one more month of warranty since the warranty only lasts for one year anyway. It's a price some people are willing to pay for early access. Everybody will get the update eventually anyway, but this is for your early adopters who value early access more.

8. Popeye1

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

I updated my Nokia Lumia 520 but it didn't work, it just say's that I have the Lumia black only

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Cause it is not a lumia update, it is a windows update. Lumia is for Nokia solely. Go to settings-about, software will read 8.1

9. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Wow this funny cortana is not available for the rest of the world and only in the us and the 930 is not available In the us but available to the rest of the world

19. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Anyone living outside the US can change their location and region to USA and can use Cortana.

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because it is a pre-release, because as the app grows, so will cortana. Let me know when any 'pre-release' software has included all services. I have a bridge to sell you.

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

gooooooooooooooood lord, my 1520 I'm all in love like the first time I open the box

15. Jay-C

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 10, 2011

Insatlling as I type! Can't wait!

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