More evidence that Windows Phone 8.1 is in testing

We know Microsoft is working on the next iteration of its mobile OS, Windows Phone 8.1, but so far we’ve seen very little of it. However, the evidence is quickly mounting and now we have a few more build numbers to add to the list.

A Chinese developer is reporting via WPDang that he’s been seeing his app being used on a version of Windows Phone 8 that’s not on the market yet. According to this info there are several Windows Phone 8.1 builds out there: 8.10.12076, 8.10.12166, 8.10.12073 and so on.

We’ve previously seen other build numbers being logged by apps and networks, and it’s definitely nice to see Microsoft iterating on its builds. We might have even seen an image of Windows Phone 8.1 courtesy of Joe Belfiore.

The update itself is expected to be officially released early next year though no exact date has been announced. Windows Phone 8.1 will bring many changes and improvements to Microsoft’s OS including enhanced multitasking, a notification center, which might arrive earlier, as well as an “enterprise feature pack”.

Source: WPDang

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There are only really 2 features that I want, VPN and the ability to remove Multi task items from the Multi task menu rather than just opening an app and spamming the Back button until it closes.

littleneutrino said,
There are only really 2 features that I want, VPN and the ability to remove Multi task items from the Multi task menu rather than just opening an app and spamming the Back button until it closes.

Yeah, VPN is a necessity at this point.

It is a question that involves more than Microsoft actually.
When Microsoft is going to complete WP 8.1?
When the phone hardware manufacturers are going to validate WP 8.1 on their models?
If and when the carriers are going to publish WP 8.1 to their customers?

Many more actors are involved and ultimately we, customers, might not have a lot of to say about it.
Heck, I still have not figured out which OS updates my 925 had.

1. It doesn't matter, you won't get it.
2. It doesn't matter, you won't get it.
3. It's up to Microsoft.

This "carrier needs to test it" stuff is crap. Otherwise all unbranded WP8 devices would already have GDR3 installed. Especially Nokia's Lumia phones.

Seriously, app updates don't go through carrier approval on any phone platform. iOS, Windows Phone, or Android. If the carriers really needed to test things, they'd especially block apps on Android, which can do anything at all (especially if the phone is rooted).

Edit: Microsoft's servers serve up the updates to Windows Phone 8, not the carriers. the carriers couldn't really do anything to block them.

Where did you get the idea current WP8 hardware will not support/get WP 8.1? It has been widely communicated that they will. Obviously the additional (hardware) functionality not available on current hardware will not be available..

Vykranth said,
It is a question that involves more than Microsoft actually.
When Microsoft is going to complete WP 8.1?
When the phone hardware manufacturers are going to validate WP 8.1 on their models?
If and when the carriers are going to publish WP 8.1 to their customers?

Many more actors are involved and ultimately we, customers, might not have a lot of to say about it.
Heck, I still have not figured out which OS updates my 925 had.


Testing to make sure it works on all networks without problems is a good thing... I really don't understand your rant at all. Nor do I understand how you can be unable to find out what updates your 925 has (It shipped with GDR2).

paulheu said,
Where did you get the idea current WP8 hardware will not support/get WP 8.1? It has been widely communicated that they will. Obviously the additional (hardware) functionality not available on current hardware will not be available..

It's been widely reported that Microsoft would start and enthusiast program, but that hasn't happened. Most things MS has said about Windows Phone haven't happened the way they said they would.

I have a Lumia 925 which says that the version is 3040.0005.1323.3005 and the phone says that there are no updates.
Nokia page (in French on http://www.nokia.com/fr-fr/support/produits/lumia925/) says that the latest version is 3047.0000.1326.20xx.
3040 vs 3047, it looks like a minor variation and the phone is working extremely well so maybe I should be overly concerned about it.

If anyone has a good explanation for the difference, I am all ears.

Rosyna said,
1. It doesn't matter, you won't get it.
2. It doesn't matter, you won't get it.
3. It's up to Microsoft.

This "carrier needs to test it" stuff is crap. Otherwise all unbranded WP8 devices would already have GDR3 installed. Especially Nokia's Lumia phones.

Seriously, app updates don't go through carrier approval on any phone platform. iOS, Windows Phone, or Android. If the carriers really needed to test things, they'd especially block apps on Android, which can do anything at all (especially if the phone is rooted).

Edit: Microsoft's servers serve up the updates to Windows Phone 8, not the carriers. the carriers couldn't really do anything to block them.

Agreed. I was trying to explain to another member awhile back that this thought of 'oh, we need to save the Lumias last for updates because they are the largest market' is asinine. Unlike Windows on PCs, it's one model. The two things that could break it would be carrier differences and apps installed. Once it's proved that it works on the carriers, you would assume that apps would be fine because they are all developed with the same software. So, I can't understand why us Lumia owners have to wait the longest.

Well duh. Isn't this kinda like pointing out that the sky is blue and water is wet? Of -course- WP 8.1 is going to be in testing by now... Microsoft don't just leave things to the last minute... They'd have been working on 8.1 before 8.0 was even on the shelves.

kinpin said,
Or perhaps it's more close to release than we thought .

I hope so, but I would be surprised. Microsoft dog foods rather early anymore, so it doesn't mean a ton to see someone there using it. I'm really hopeful 8.1 has some good features and am willing to wait for them if it means we'll have a more complete OS.

tomwarren said,
Indeed, Windows Phone 8.1 has been in testing for months now.

yep, and on a lot of devices Many out there at the moment.