Microsoft confirms Developer Preview users will automatically get Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Microsoft officially revealed Windows Phone 8.1's first update yesterday, though some questions remained about how users of the Developer Preview would upgrade to get the improvements. According to Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, an executive on the Windows Phone team, those users won't have to actually do anything.

Responding to a user who asked if he'd have to downgrade and then install the Developer Preview again, Belfiore said the update will automatically be pushed out to smartphones in the preview program. As Microsoft announced yesterday, the update will come to Developer Preview users sometime next week, though an exact day has yet to be announced.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is slated to bring several small but requested changed, such as the ability to combine apps into a single tile grouping and a new live tile for the Windows Phone Store. Many of the new features will be specific to certain regions, as Microsoft pushes Cortana specializations out to new markets such as China and the U.K.

Source: Joe Belfiore (Twitter)

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When I applied 8.1 on my HTC 8x, I expected HTC to have already released the relevant firmware behind it already but this is not the case. End result is terrible reception and radio communications. And that is why I am not 100% sure if I want the preview on my new Lumia 930 until it is ready.

Riva said,
When I applied 8.1 on my HTC 8x, I expected HTC to have already released the relevant firmware behind it already but this is not the case. End result is terrible reception and radio communications. And that is why I am not 100% sure if I want the preview on my new Lumia 930 until it is ready.

I do not think that we will see a firmware update for Update 1, again just my guess.

You won't get Cyan with Update 1, so what's the point? We will still have to downgrade if we want to receive Cyan. Personally, there is nothing in Update 1 that I want.

No. There is nothing right now on when anyone will get Windows Phone 8.1 with Update 1 as it just entering the Developer preview, and is likely still a couple months away from carrier testing

As for WP 8.1 with drivers, back in February, HTC said that they would provide the update, but have been quiet about it since

he already said that on his blog post :\
my question if i updated my phone to WP8.1 update 1 will i get cyan ?

Cyan isn't included in the update as that is a firmware update specific to manufacturer. The Update 1 is an OS update that will go to all DP 8.1 devices.

i don't think so you will be updated to update 1 without cyan
i just want to know if updated to update 1 will i be able to update to cyan when it officially released

Exactly. It's ok if I don't get CYAN with this update; however when CYAN is available for my phone on my carrier in my country, I hope I don't have to restore, update firmware, and then update to the update again. :)

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview is not Cyan that end users get its a minor version difference, this is why you can not upgrade to Cyan, but you need to reinstall your phone to 8.0 which removes Developer Preview and in turn updates your phone to Cyan!

But as Joe stated if your running Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview you just have to wait and your get the new 8.1 Update 1 (again this is not Cyan, that is currently rolling out and might be named something else or not!)

But I would think again this is not the same as what will be released to users from the mobile operators!

Uhm, no, the reason Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview devices can't go to Cyan is because of issues with Bitlocker, something Microsoft is about to fix, probably with this update. Further more, the version of Windows Phone 8.1 that comes with Cyan is the exact same thing as that is now in the Developer Preview channel (or one of the previous builds, as there have been 4 minor updates since then).

"such as the ability to combine apps into a single tile grouping"
Nice, sub folders. There's drifting / evolving from there original concept, with this however.
I look forward to this feature.

yardmanflex said,
Ask your carrier.

Not necessarily: my 920 is Country Variant therefore I am waiting for my OEM... which happens to be MS.

It would be useful if they were a bit clearer. My understanding is that Lumia owners will need to downgrade if they want to get the Cyan firmware update so I presume that means that they will then need to reinstall the Dev Preview if they want to get Update 1. The only people who don't have to do anything will be non-Lumia owners or Lumia owners who don't want Cyan.

Also those on developer preview will get cyan! No need to spend hours downgrading and upgrading, just have to be patient!

Well for me, I've got the Lumia 810, which Tmobile decided to drop all together. So I will not be getting cyan anyways

Fred77 said,
Also those on developer preview will get cyan! No need to spend hours downgrading and upgrading, just have to be patient!

That's another thing that we need some clarification on. The Cyan update isn't currently available to DP users because of a bug with bitlocker but MS haven't said when a fix will be available. The only option at the moment is to downgrade.

jakem1 said,
It would be useful if they were a bit clearer. My understanding is that Lumia owners will need to downgrade if they want to get the Cyan firmware update so I presume that means that they will then need to reinstall the Dev Preview if they want to get Update 1. The only people who don't have to do anything will be non-Lumia owners or Lumia owners who don't want Cyan.
Sounds to me like the 8.1 Update 1 preview fixes this bug.

jakem1 said,

That's another thing that we need some clarification on. The Cyan update isn't currently available to DP users because of a bug with bitlocker but MS haven't said when a fix will be available. The only option at the moment is to downgrade.


If Cyan is available For your device yes you can downgrade and get it right away; if it os not... just wait and see what will come first.

jakem1 said,
It would be useful if they were a bit clearer. My understanding is that Lumia owners will need to downgrade if they want to get the Cyan firmware update so I presume that means that they will then need to reinstall the Dev Preview if they want to get Update 1. The only people who don't have to do anything will be non-Lumia owners or Lumia owners who don't want Cyan.
A few I've read in the know... they will be issuing an update that will allow cyan to start coming down for those on preview. Perhaps update 1 is going to include those bits.

Cosmocronos said,

If Cyan is available For your device yes you can downgrade and get it right away; if it os not... just wait and see what will come first.
Exactly what I'm doing. Cyan is not out yet for my phone variant, so I'll go with the Update 1 and see what comes after. :)

wv@gt said,
Well for me, I've got the Lumia 810, which Tmobile decided to drop all together. So I will not be getting cyan anyways

Register as a developer and you'll get everything.

wv@gt said,
So if I'm on 8.1 DP right now, Am I on the final version of 8.1 already? I show no updates
You must remember. The Preview does not include updated firmware which is required, in some cases, to light up new features (Miracast for example).

wv@gt said,
I was referring to if the current DP version is the final version of 8.1

Actually I think DP users right now have a newer build than the RTM 8.1 that 8.0 users get. The build of 8.1 I have on my 8X is 12400 iirc (without looking) but I think those not in the DP who update to 8.1 officially get build 12397 or something around there?

MrHumpty said,
You must remember. The Preview does not include updated firmware which is required, in some cases, to light up new features (Miracast for example).

Unfortunately, Tmobile dropped the Lumia 810, so no new firmware or cyan for me

Well with 8.1 its shaping up like carrier exclusives are on their way out. I've had my 810 for almost 2 years, already planning to upgrade anyways to what ever the next 1020 will be