Another update rolls out to Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers

Microsoft is rolling out another update to the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers - its third since launching the preview almost two months ago. The first update came in mid-May, bringing bug fixes and improved battery usage, while a further update arrived earlier this month.

In a post on the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc confirmed that the company began to deploy this third update today, although those hoping for a big boost in features will be disappointed. He said that the update simply "enables some newly commercialized devices and tweaks a couple of new APIs, so you won't see a difference on your device".

While many who have installed the preview might lament the lack of new features in this latest update, there may at least be some joy for the developers that use those amended APIs. Nonetheless, LeBlanc suggests that anyone already using the developer preview should ensure that they update to this latest release. 

This update bumps the Preview for Developers up to build 12397; the most recent non-developer build, so far available only on the recently launched Lumia 630, is 12359. 

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The only real issue for me remains the scratchy audio at the end of each track played.

The fact it's been broken all the way through the preview has me hoping it's something that will be fixed with the cyan firmware update.

My brother has this same issue with his device, but I've as yet unable to duplicate on my Lumia 521. The only issue I have is that the start screen freezes for about 10 seconds after I hang up from a phone call.

Bluetooth has been a nightmare since I've started using preview anyone else having the same experiences such as not reconnecting, skipping for 30 seconds as soon as it does

JoeBee said,
Bluetooth has been a nightmare since I've started using preview anyone else having the same experiences such as not reconnecting, skipping for 30 seconds as soon as it does

Mine has been fine since the last update before this.

"tweaks to a new APIs"
Yayy... I'm guessing this is related to the new lockscreen customization app coming and the Music animated live tile that Joe promised! :D

Installing the update now, and hoping they fixed the issue(s) I'm seeing with moving/deleting email.

Ever since the first Dev Preview Update when I select multiple emails and then try and delete or move them to the Junk Mail folder, it goes wonky sometimes and stays at the grayed out processing screen for quite a while. A couple times it's just hung and I've had to hard reset the phone (Lumia 1020).

Other than that everything seems to be working just fine.

Forgot, download emails is slow as heck too often now as well. Doesn't matter if I'm on WiFi or AT&T. The header info downloads, but the content of the email takes 20+ seconds.

As someone who didn't jump on this bandwagon... if I were to update now, I'd get everything including this latest update in one go, right? I wouldn't have to sit and update, and update and update over and over again, right?

I still think I'm going to wait until the official version comes from the carrier, with all the Nokia & AT&T extras... but I might pull the trigger later this month when the "final" version is officially launched.

pmbAustin said,
As someone who didn't jump on this bandwagon... if I were to update now, I'd get everything including this latest update in one go, right? I wouldn't have to sit and update, and update and update over and over again, right?

I still think I'm going to wait until the official version comes from the carrier, with all the Nokia & AT&T extras... but I might pull the trigger later this month when the "final" version is officially launched.

You'll first get the final Windows Phone 8 updated, if you then check again, Windows Phone 8.1 would show up, including this update.

My experience was different when I have jumped on the preview recently. I was forced to go through every single update released up to now one by one. However, this should apply to the preview only, not RTM.