New rumor claims Microsoft has two Windows Phone 8.1 updates planned for 2014

Microsoft hasn't even completed work on Windows Phone 8.1, but a new report from WPCentral today claims, via unnamed sources, that the company has plans to release at least two firmware updates for the OS later in 2014.

The Nokia Lumia 930 will be one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 devices to be released.

WPCentral also said that a third update could be released in early 2015 before the next major version of Windows Phone is launched. That could happen sometime in the spring of 2015, alongside the next iteration of the Windows OS, which reportedly has the code named "Threshold"

The updates, which will likely be labeled as GDR 1, GDR 2 and GDR 3, will almost certainly offer users a few new features as well as some bug fixes and improvements but won't offer a ton of new additions to the OS.

As we previously reported, Microsoft is expected to complete the final build of Windows Phone 8.1 one week from today on April 14th. The company should release a developer preview of the OS sometime soon after that. The first phones with Windows Phone 8,1 out of the box are expected to be released sometime this June and over the air updates for existing Windows Phone 8 devices should also begin this summer.

Source: WPCentral

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deadonthefloor said,
Microsoft needs to pull an Apple and get out from under the carriers.

Only market share will accomplish that.

Apple produces their own hardware, so they don't even have to wait for OEM testing.

Once Microsoft completes the purchase of Nokia, they'll fully control the hardware for 95% of Windows Phones. That will probably go a long way towards solving that problem.

In any case, for anyone who cares, they already did. Sign up for free, install the dev preview app, and you bypass the carriers. It's a pretty good solution without upsetting carriers.

deadonthefloor said,
Microsoft needs to pull an Apple and get out from under the carriers.

Only market share will accomplish that.


OEMs are part of the problem, too. That said, Google has the market share, but I don't think they're able to do that yet. Not officially. Sure, you can flash your rom, but that's at your own risk, isn't it?

Very true, sites like XDA were my go to place for bypassing the carriers for past updates. It was the only way to get WM6.5 for some devices. Of course, the carriers warranty went out the window the second I did that.

zeke009 said,
Very true, sites like XDA were my go to place for bypassing the carriers for past updates. It was the only way to get WM6.5 for some devices. Of course, the carriers warranty went out the window the second I did that.

Has anyone actually ever used the carrier warranty?

deadonthefloor said,
Microsoft needs to pull an Apple and get out from under the carriers.

Only market share will accomplish that.

One thing to note is that Apple has the ability to push out updates without the carriers as part of it's deals with each of them. There's also other deals around price and so on and what Apple gets paid from the carriers which is why all of them want to get away from the iPhone as bad as they can. On the one hand it brings them users but on the other they're not making what they make when they sell you that WP or Android device.

Enron said,

Has anyone actually ever used the carrier warranty?

good point, I cant think of a device I've had that 'just stopped working'. I mean Ive had to use the insurance for cracked screens etc. but not warranty.

Enron said,
Has anyone actually ever used the carrier warranty?

The warranty for the carrier I work for is 1yr against manufacturing defect.
Return policy is 15 days or 100 minutes.

Thought that was pretty much the same all around. I've had friends use my company's warranty and they said it was the most painful experience ever.

MS have finally come to the agreement with users that major updates have been too slow in the past. and its good now they finally realize this.

korupt_one said,
MS have finally come to the agreement with users that major updates have been too slow in the past. and its good now they finally realize this.

From the sounds of everything that's coming (8.1, Windows 8.1 Update 1, Universal apps, etc), and everything that had to be done last year (Windows 8/1 and the XBO), I wonder if they were stretched thin? Hopefully they'll be on a regular schedule from here on out.

I'm hoping that we won't have to wait another 18+ months for the next major update. They don't need to as as huge as 8.1 (Peter Bright said that's so big it might as well be WP9), but wP8.5 this time next year-ish would be fine.

New firmware or software updates? They are not the same thing even thought a software update may be packaged with a firmware update.

I'm eligible for an upgrade in November (phone contract-wise)... here's hoping the 930 or 1030 is available in the US on AT&T by then! Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy the updates on my 920.

Good, gooooooooood! Now I just need to decide if I should get one of the current Windows Phones off contract and save the upgrade for one of the new ones coming out later. Either way, I need to decide by next week.

I know but I don't want to wait. I'm thinking I could get an older model cheaper right now off contract and use the upgrade on the 1030 when it comes out later. Either way I'm upgrading from a WP7 so it'll be a big step up.

Enron said,
Good, gooooooooood! Now I just need to decide if I should get one of the current Windows Phones off contract and save the upgrade for one of the new ones coming out later. Either way, I need to decide by next week.

Get a cheap one now and wait for Goldfinger; it is the one supposed to have the 3-D gestures. If the carriers will allow you to get it of course....

I'd go the route of a 625 or other budget device for now, not second had just cheap but perfectly functional device running 8.1 then get the big upgrade when the new devices are here.

Problem is even when MS release something it doesn't mean we'll have it on our phones for 12 months. Losing patience with MS at an accelerated rate!

trip21 said,
Problem is even when MS release something it doesn't mean we'll have it on our phones for 12 months. Losing patience with MS at an accelerated rate!

You can download the preview for developers app, register for a developer account, and get it before the end of May if you really want it right away.

trip21 said,
Problem is even when MS release something it doesn't mean we'll have it on our phones for 12 months. Losing patience with MS at an accelerated rate!

That's not Microsoft's fault. That's the fault of carriers and OEMs.

Furthermore, Microsoft has offered you a way to bypass them on OS updates. Just sign up for the Developer Preview program. It's free, and it gets you the latest and greatest software from MS as soon as it's available.

Stokkolm said,

You can download the preview for developers app, register for a developer account, and get it before the end of May if you really want it right away.

I am both aware and part of that program

Mordkanin said,

It's free, and it gets you the latest and greatest software from MS as soon as it's available.

Cortana coming 2015 globally!*

*Delays expected

trip21 said,

I am both aware and part of that program

I don't get the issue then, 6 days away from 8.1 and in the UK I have to wait longer for cortana, but the amount of updates 8.1 brings leaves me not caring (now anyway) as there's plenty of new stuff. 7

I know its been stagnant for a while but seriously, cant you sense the major gear shift lately?

trip21 said,
Problem is even when MS release something it doesn't mean we'll have it on our phones for 12 months. Losing patience with MS at an accelerated rate!
Yea, lets bash them for something they don't have any control or influence on (yet).

complain to your friendly cell phone carrier who hold updates to get you to upgrade your phone more often

zeke009 said,
Yea, lets bash them for something they don't have any control or influence on (yet).

then why can Apple release iOS updates immediately and globally? They don't seam to care about carriers.

omg.. SIRI isn't available globally yet, and that's 3 years after its release.
We in the Nordic countries have to use the English version if we want to use it, making it a stupid gimmick, but do we get a price cut? No, we actually get to pay more.

CAP-Team said,

then why can Apple release iOS updates immediately and globally? They don't seam to care about carriers.

Because when iPhone was 'revolutionary' and carriers desperately wanted to sell the thing, apple made them agree to a list of demands before they allowed it. Its also the reason I don't get visual voicemail on the UK's EE network with my lumia 1020 even though its fully supported for the iPhone. Carriers hated giving that control over, but apple also does the support and has a store chain people can walk into.

Also, apple has a very easy job of supporting a limited number of devices that they and only they make, its absolutely different that a system where multiple OEM's make multiple devices running on multiple networks.

EE have been pretty good though with updates, only lagging a few weeks behind the nokia hand off.

duddit2 said,
EE have been pretty good though with updates, only lagging a few weeks behind the nokia hand off.
Really??? Which handset do you have? I have a Nokia 920 and I'm probably going to switch networks when my contract's up as I'm fed up of waiting weeks or even months for EE to release the updates after O2 and Vodafone are already out the door. For the last few updates, they are competing with 3 for the slowest UK operator.

I might be wrong but I really thought EE was one of the first, I'm on the preview program but my girlfriend asked about updating hers and when I looked it was available (not long after becoming available from Nokia).