Windows Phone 8 'Update 3' preview for developers released

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced a new program that, among other things, promised to give Windows Phone app developers earlier and faster access to OS updates. Now Microsoft has issued the first of these faster updates, with the debut of a preview version of 'Update 3' for Windows Phone 8 developers.

The preview, which can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store, is designed to give app makers a heads-up on the new features that Microsoft will be rolling out to Windows Phone 8 device owners in the coming weeks and months. They include support for screens up to 6 inches, quad-core processors and more.

Developers who want access to this preview version must have an active Windows Phone Dev Center or App Studio account and a developer unlocked device. The device itself must also be running Windows Phone version 8.0.10322.71 or greater. If they do download the 'Update 3" preview, the devices cannot be reverted back to a previous version of the OS. Finally, the preview version is just of the OS update and does not include the individual drivers and firmware for each Windows Phone 8 device.

Source: Windows Phone Store via The Verge | Image via Microsoft

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installed on 920, not noticed much difference TBH (other than the driving mode and screen lock, and sounds). Not that I should.

Now that GDR3 is done, and quad core along with higher resolution is taken care of I hope we will see a lot more feature rich updates (as in added functionality to core apps - or maybe even separate them finally as they are in windows 8 so they can be updates as a separate app).

Wow, that was an easy process... checking for updates and downloading updates now! I am glad to hear that we will still be able to update to official-release GDR3 and have firmware updates etc from Nokia et al. after this.

Signed up for it, and downloading updates now so glad Microsoft finally lets us access this stuff quickly.
(Unlocked 920, originally Vodaphone currently using it with GoPhone SIM, will update if/when it works)

Edit: Download took max 2 minutes, extremely fast (even on my 300 KBps connection)
Edit 2: As usual with WP updates the install is taking quite a while. But there's a progress bar during the gear screen

Edited by Matthew_Thepc, Oct 14 2013, 9:29pm :

Works well on Lumia 820. Took about half an hour to download and install.
At last I can get some new tones and hear the difference between sms and email.
Current tones are to similar so I always have to check what's what.

aberg said,
Works well on Lumia 820. Took about half an hour to download and install.
At last I can get some new tones and hear the difference between sms and email.
Current tones are to similar so I always have to check what's what.

AN HOUR?! what the...

aberg said,
Works well on Lumia 820. Took about half an hour to download and install.
At last I can get some new tones and hear the difference between sms and email.
Current tones are to similar so I always have to check what's what.

I just installed on my 920 , it took less than 20mins to download, the part that takes the most is migrating my data.. but other than that i was fast.

Don't need the sdk.

Create app. Apply cert to company apps in email from app link after generation.
Install above app, then do a check for updates from phone

Cyborg_X said,
Don't need the sdk.

Create app. Apply cert to company apps in email from app link after generation.
Install above app, then do a check for updates from phone

you are right. I just tried this on my other non dev unlocked phone and it worked. registered for an app studio account,clicked the link in the email they sent me to install the cert,clicked and installed the app above,went and checked for updates on the phone and it did the update.

BajiRav said,
You don't need to do any of that. I just registered for AppStudio and installed the Preview app.
It worked!

Does it erase all amber stuff? like glance etc

Edit: nvm "doesn't include drivers/firmware"

ians18 said,

Does it erase all amber stuff? like glance etc

Edit: nvm "doesn't include drivers/firmware"


its works with app studio account and also bypass T-Mobile tethering lock on my Lumia 521, yay!!!

Can anybody report back if everything works out well on the Lumia 520.
The article states you have to have a developer unlocked device, is this correct?
I thought you only needed a valid App Studio Account

vcfan said,
if you have a valid app studio account, then you can unlock your phone. to unlock your phone,you need to install the wp8 sdk,and in the sdk there is an application called windows phone developer registration. open it up,connect your phone through usb,and it will do the unlocking.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...neDeveloperRegistrationTool


I have read on wpcentral that you don't even need to unlock, just have an account.

BajiRav said,

I have read on wpcentral that you don't even need to unlock, just have an account.

yeah I just read the app description on the Microsoft Store site in the link above, and it says dev account,,app studio account OR dev unlocked device. in the article above on neowin it says app studio account AND dev unlocked,which is incorrect. so as you've stated you read elsewhere is correct,no unlocking necessary.

vcfan said,

yeah I just read the app description on the Microsoft Store site in the link above, and it says dev account,,app studio account OR dev unlocked device. in the article above on neowin it says app studio account AND dev unlocked,which is incorrect. so as you've stated you read elsewhere is correct,no unlocking necessary.


Yeah, the preview app makes you login with Microsoft account - that's how they verify.

BajiRav said,

Yeah, the preview app makes you login with Microsoft account - that's how they verify.

its works with app studio account and also bypass T-Mobile tethering lock on my Lumia 521, yay!!!

Could you all let us know your carrier/phone. I was about to do it when I read about the firmware/driver bit. I want to make sure that I don't loose the Amber bits for my 920 by going to the preview.

Zedox said,
Everything went smooth with ATT 920

Do you still have the features of the Amber update on your 920? I'm tempted to update but don't want to lose Nokias updates and apps.