Windows Phone 8.1 update could be released as soon as April 14

Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 yesterday at its Build Developer Conference, at the same time mentioning that current WP 8 devices will be updated to the new version of the OS “in a few months.” Well, it looks like that might mean this month after all.

The Verge can reportedly “confirm” that Microsoft is planning to launch a Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview on April 14 - although this date “could slip” eventually. While the WP 8.1 developer preview is, as its name suggests, aimed at developers, anyone owning a Windows Phone 8 handset will be able to use it and get the new WP 8.1 OS on their device.

The Verge’s story corroborates with an email received by Neowin, which was allegedly sent by Microsoft to one of its Windows Phone partners. The email seems to further confirm that Microsoft does indeed want to roll out the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview this month.

Windows Phone 8.1 is shaping up to be the most important update for the WP platform since its initial release. It will bring lots of new features, including Microsoft’s own digital assistant called Cortana, a more personalized UI, Action Center, Internet Explorer 11, and so on.

sources: The Verge, Neowin

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34 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Cooooool.......I can't wait to get 930 orange.

12. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

loving the update so far

17. yahiaM

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Very lucky

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Do u have any plan to get new lumia or you wanna wait.

26. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i really wish nokia had gone red cyan yellow with 930 instead of just orange and green...is there ant way to get petition??? and yea...how is the camera of lumia icon???i heard its not as gud as 20mp of 1520...any comments??

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

1520 have great camera, but icon have little lower quality than 1520. BUT in 930 we r seeing 8.1 and its a new software so hopefully we will see great quality photos from 930. Let's wait for camera comparison.

28. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

And one more thing Im guessing Nokia will introduce new colors soon for 930. I don't know why they didn't choose yellow, cyan, and red.

19. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

i will get a white one ! :D:D:D:D:D i will replace my 920

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You gonna like this device more than 920. I bet yea. Because I use icon.

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

And I want silver white.

30. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The green and orange ones look really attractive. :)

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Yeahhhh!

3. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I hope you can put in your own music and videos in there music and video apps.

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Can't wait :)

5. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

That wallpaper thing is so ugly.

7. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Aesthetically, I find the new tiles a mixed bag. I like the new ability to put a background on them but the borders between the tiles should have been shrunken so you can focus more on the background to show off how gorgeous the screen is.

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I was thinking the same thing.. They should've brought it in just a tiny bit more.. But, MS's designers really think hard about every little detail, and in recent years they have rarely got design aesthetics wrong with WP.. They apply math, and proven art laws, so maybe we should trust them with this... Nevertheless, I don't think smaller gaps would've hurt anything... What if MS gave us the option to increase, or decreases, the gap? I'm all about options when it comes to stuff like this, and that would be a great idea.

13. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

the right wallpaper is the key

18. DFranch

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

That's your opinion. I think it looks better than Android or iOS.

6. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Not to troll or anything but I don't in anyway see d option for A FILE MANAGER. Why leave this out MS!!!!!

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Because an average user will not have to use one. Remember. TIP NO.54.001 geeks, tech geeks, etc do not represent the majority of people.

32. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I bet u don't use WindowsPhone or probably never used it to receive PDF files, Videos and other documents via bluetooth. They will certainly disappear with no hope of recovery if u don't open the file immediately u receive it. And stop giving me that "average" user crap. A file manager is not a geek feature and it will certainly not kill an average user when made available. Writing from L920!

11. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

A unified notification system for core functions such as cellular connectivity, radio, battery, alarm and multitasking, a file manager and an even more minimalized approach to the tile design system would have been perfection. Like seriously, it'd be cool to drop down your notifications bar to see which tasks are running in the back ground, which apps just got updated and where your batter percentage is as well as how many projected hours of juice is left depending on CPU pull. As for the file mananger, there are sooo many cool ways I can imagine it!

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Onedrive is the modern file manager. Definitely upgrading.

10. papss unregistered

I love my onedrive account.

14. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Misleading title... -______- but, eagerly awaiting for 8.1.

15. yahiaM

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Cant waiaait

16. yahiaM

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Cant wait ;) but cortana wouldnt be available in the middle easy untill last of 2014 :(

22. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

I thought the update was previously expected on April 10th ?

23. ZPM101

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

They need to take their time and deliver an optimal product. I don't mind waiting a bit longer for a more complete experience.

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