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Windows Phone 8.1 reference found in Windows Phone Store

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This manifest file shows that Windows Phone 8.1 is the name of the next build for the platform

This manifest file shows that Windows Phone 8.1 is the name of the next build for the platform

While trying to install some Nokia exclusive apps on a non-Nokia model, someone apparently found a reference to Windows Phone 8.1 inside a manifest for an application. If legit, this would pretty much seal the deal that the next version of Windows Phone will indeed be called Windows Phone 8.1. It also means that the OS is undergoing testing this year which means it could see the light of day earlier than expected.

Last month, we told you that mobile ad network AdDuplex spotted Windows Phone 8.1 being used on the Nokia P4301 test device along with the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920. Back in March, we saw Microsoft advertising for a test engineer for Windows Phone 9.

Now that we know the the name of the next Windows Phone update, now we need to come up with the launch date. You might recall that early this month, a Nokia Lumia 920 bought from eBay contained parts of the Windows Phone Blue update including an improved calendar, and a new notifications page. Microsoft not only bought back the phone from the buyer, it also gave him a free Nokia Lumia 920. This all adds up to the possibility of a Windows Phone 8.1 update coming as soon as Q3.

source: WindowsBlogItalia (translated) via WMPoweruser

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posted on 24 Jun 2013, 22:27 3

1. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I would think it was closer than q3

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 22:29

2. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Wasn't there a 925 that leaked with a different version of the OS a few days ago? Wonder if Microsoft will buy that one back, too.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 22:45 1

3. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I'm guessing 9 will be the unifier of desktop and mobile platforms

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 22:49

4. DerryAhmad (Posts: 287; Member since: 05 May 2012)

I think the next WP8 Update will be GDR2 (Amber for Nokia Lumia, found in 925) and will roll out to other devices starting in Juli. The EOS will bundled with Amber as well. While the GDR3 (Blue) will be announced with the new Nokia Flagship in September with quadcore processor and possibly 1080p display.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 23:27 2

5. mottykels (Posts: 387; Member since: 15 May 2013)

I hope wp8.1 is have more improvement :D

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:16 5

6. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

Go WP!! Go WP!!
be the best and beat the rest!!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:07

7. Cod3rror (Posts: 135; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)

And so it begins... "wait till Windows Phone 8.1, it'll really change things!"

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 09:10

8. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

the windows Blue updates will be on all Microsoft devices and software before the year is out.
before the end of summer perhaps we will see more 7 and 8 inch tablets running ether Windows 8 or the touch screen apps only Windows RT. on the Windows 8 Desktop the Blue update will bring 1=User Can go directly to desktop., 2=ability to make smaller an larger tiles, 3=user can have the desktop and Modern UI screen have the same Wallpaper so it wont be so shocking to change screens. 4=more and better sized windows multitasking screens on desktop. 5= improved apps. 6= a new desktop start button many people will scorn because it only tskes you back to the Modern UI start screen. that's just a few goodies Windows 8.1 will bring to the desktop/Server/Laptop computer. in fact this week a Windows 8.1 pre release version will be available for the public to test but beware if you use it because you may have to reinstall all your non Modern UI programs

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