Windows Phone 8.1 being tested, according to AdDuplex data

Windows Phone 8.1 being tested, according to AdDuplex data
A tweet from Alan Mendelevich from mobile ad network AdDuplex reveals that Windows Phone 8.1 testing has appeared on the network. Mendelevich calls this a final tease before AdDuplex's May report. According to the data, the new build of Microsoft's mobile OS has been seen on the Nokia P4301 test device as well as on the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920.

While Windows Phone 8.1 is rumored to be the new Blue version of Windows Phone featuring IE11, it also could be the minor GDR2 update that also is expected. Back in March, we brought to your attention a job posting for Microsoft seeking a test engineer for Windows Phone 9 which is a separate project than Windows Phone Blue. The latter is more about merging different variants of Windows. Last month, speculation had Windows Phone 9 launching in October.

source: @ailon via WMPoweruser

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37 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Are Windows Phone updates free? I'm asking cause i don't have a WP, but a Sony Laptop that runs Windows. My phones are Apple and Android.

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Yes, Microsoft isn't great but at least they're not Apple. Apple is the only one that charges for updates on their phones.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Huh? I didn't know that Apple will charge their users for updating their phones! Are you sure? All I know is that Apple have too many limitations, no freedom at all.

36. metemd

Posts: 1; Member since: May 24, 2013

Actually Apple charged their users back in 2008 and 2009, at least i remember paying 2.99 (or 1.99 i'm not sure) for my ipod touchs iOS upgrade!

6. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

WTF?! Talking outta your ass again! Apple NEVER charged for iOS updates on its iPad, iPhone and iPod. The updates have been and will always be FREE.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking! Why would Apple charge their users for updating their phones? It's just an update. Even though Apple have too many limitations, but Apple won't do that! Apple is the only one that charges for updates on their phones? NONSENSE!

15. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

damn i did not knew that :O

19. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

head out of a$$ please... Apple never charges for mobile updates. Microsoft however are very..cunning case and point, version 7.5 to 8 debacle (yes you didnt have to buy the updates but you needed to buy a new phone - Same thing chico) most likely if you want the new update it could be you need to buy a new phone again, Lumia 920 perhaps

4. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Yeah, it's free. If your phone supports WP 8.0, then it will receive and will run the 8.1 update when it's out. However, major updates, like WP 9.0, will most likely only be supported/available on more capable new phones, but there might be some exceptions for the current high-end WP phones, although there's no knowledge at this time of the hardware requirements to run WP 9.0.

10. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

disagreeing you with you there windows blue update is supposed to work on that issue and make it possible for wp9 to be available for this generation devices

12. sukimtk

Posts: 13; Member since: May 04, 2013

i dont think that that will heppen, probably every wp8 phone will get updates, i mean lumia 520 ,620, 720, htc 8s will be outdated ? and 520,620 and 720 are relativly new phones, if they do that lots of ppl will be pissed on MS and nokia and probably will get lower sales :/ that is just my opinion, and every1 know if you treat your csumers good they will stik with you and that is what ms and any wp8 manufacturer need

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Agree with you both. Of course, there may be some issues with those lower end WPs with less RAM then others, but MS has stated repeatedly in no uncertain terms that there will be a path for WP8's to get all updates over the next 18-24 months. I will say this: From Windows Mobile getting discontinued for WP7, then the kernal issue ending WP7when launching WP8, MS has left a ton of users out in the cold. They need to prove they mean what they say.

27. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I don't k ow of any MOBILE OS that has paid updates,but apple foes charge for OSX updates for each new cat iteration (lion, snow leopard, etc)

32. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yes they are Free

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Apple doesn't charge for update.

8. Hemlocke unregistered

Screw IE11. My biggest complaint with WP is the fact that no decent browsers are on the platform. Mobile IE sucks.

9. MultiYouTroll

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

no it doesn't..

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Who said that Mobile IE sucks? IE is better than many browsers, it is safer, faster, and easier to use!

13. Hemlocke unregistered

WebKit based browsers destroy mobile IE. Dolphin and Safari are more standards compliant, faster, and they don't look like crap. Chrome is close, but not quite as good. Take off your fanboy glasses and actually try the different mobile browsers, and you will see how bad mobile IE is. The BB10 browser is new, and it makes IE10 look silly.

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You need to take off your 'anti-WP' glasses as well, if you didn't try IE10 before, don't act like an expert.

16. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

He's right, WebKit is becoming the standard for web developers : Chrome uses it, safari uses it, even firefox and opera uses it, only IE doesn't and use their own engine, and there are tons of unoptimised websites for IE 10, just look at these : http://www.neowin.net/images/uploaded/gmail_wp8.jpghttp://www.smartphonefrance.info/news/1496531894652314986.png And these are just examples. So stop being everyone's fanboy because it's becoming raeally pathetic.

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

When I read your comment, I'm trying to be calm, but until I read the last sentence, it's over. I'm not being everyone's fanboy, I'm just being fair. Geez...........Butthurt and unacceptable.

20. Shaznek

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Chrome is actually moving from webkit to a new engine called Blink, so webkit is far from becoming a standard for web browsing,and just because IE doesn t use it doesn t mean it sucks.

25. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

It's more pathetic that you attack someone because they like something else that you may not like. And the examples you gave are from Google sites, which are known not to be optimized for IE. Which is probably purposeful. IE10 mobile browser is perfectly fine. I use it all the time compared to my Android and it's much faster. Well, that may or may not be true depending on the phones hardware, but nonetheless, it's browser is perfectly fine.

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Symbian's browser was Webkit-based, wasn't it?

33. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You are probably right but there's no need to screw Windows Phone or users. Just let them know what you have found about your research. And yeah WebKit is becoming standard and improving.

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Dolphin Browser BETA is much smoother than this ™

22. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What a pathetic and useless platform, it dosen't have other browsers to download! You are forced to use what MS has told you to: i don't like to be controlled or being told what i can use and install, no freedom, my foot™ Bing is another scrap™ Google Ftw®

31. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

hey TROLL, im just curious. what mobile phone are you using right now? is it the S4?

34. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

S3 IP5 Htc one Lg nexus Waiting for S4 Exynos™

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