Windows Phone 8.1 reference found in Windows Phone Store

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



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I would think it was closer than q3

2. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

4. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 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.

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

I hope wp8.1 is have more improvement :D

6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

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

7. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

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

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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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