Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview gets first update, bug fixes and improved battery performance

It's been exactly one month since Microsoft released the Developer Preview version of Windows Phone 8.1 to the general public. Today, the company has released the first update for the preview version of the OS.

The announcement was made by Microsoft's Windows Phone leader Joe Belfiore on his Twitter account:

Users who have the first version of the developer preview can download and install the new build for Windows Phone 8.1 by going to Settings, tap on Phone Updates, and then tap Check for Updates. Based on Belfiore's message, this is mainly to address issues in the first version of the preview and does not contain any major new features for the OS.

Microsoft recently revealed that the official lifecycle of Windows Phone 8.1 will begin on June 24th, which likely means that the "final" version of the OS will be made available on wireless carriers at that time. Microsoft will then update Windows Phone 8.1 for at least 36 months, or three years, after its lifecycle begins.

Source: Joe Belfiore on Twitter

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Does anyone have the Lumia 1020? If so, have you noticed any problems or seen any issues on the 1020 after the 8.1 update? Thanks guys!!

Wolverine86 said,
When you install windows phone 8.1 for developers, then the update, can you still install the real, final version on June 24th?

Yes, without any Hassel you can get official update too

update is finishing up on my 925 as we speak .. going smooth so far (knock on wood) , though i had to delete about 500mb of songs cause of the storage bug .. i dont get why that bug is taking so long to fix ... its like the phone doesnt register the correct amount of free space and says your phone doesnt have enough space when you know it does ... other than that 8.1 is awesome , cant wait to play around with this update ...

also, kudos to MS for the timely updates, their really basically keeping their word on things and are really delivering ... gone i hope are the days of waiting months if not longer for updates or software MS promised would be released then would get pushed back, etc ... its a good thing when the company makes it seems their as enthusiastic about the product/software as you are ..

Well my battery life improved significantly. Off the charger for 5 hours, still at 87%. Did three calls, whatsapp, and like 8 emails

So i've installed this at 0930hrs this morning after charging all night (100% battery)... not touched the phone and now the battery is at 18% 3 hours later...
Assuming the install has eaten the power otherwise its not looking good for battery consumption

b_roca said,
Still can't install the [last 2] Xbox Music updates after this update, getting error code 80070127. :(

Just unpin all the music tiles from the start screen and kids corner. You will then be able to update the Music app

The install was fine. No issues. I've not noticed any battery issues before this update. Before I would get a good 8 to 10 hours. It will be interesting to see what I get now.

Aaaaand nope it doesn't.
When is this update officially out ? Is that june 24th date a worldwide thing ? I really hope it gets fixed before that at least.

The most annoying bug I had with the preview was the noise I got in between tracks when listening to music. This update didn't fix it.

protocol7 said,
The most annoying bug I had with the preview was the noise I got in between tracks when listening to music. This update didn't fix it.

that is xbox music app problem !
Bring Back the ZUNE !!!

protocol7 said,
The most annoying bug I had with the preview was the noise I got in between tracks when listening to music. This update didn't fix it.

Me too. That and alarms not working anymore.

Right, folks...
I just did the update on my Lumia 920, and now have no swipe thing on the keyboard.
Anyone else get that issue...?

What a pain in the arse it is having to type each letter now. Don't know how much longer I can go on like this... /P

At least your letters are all still on the same place, I guess ? Mine are wrong since the first 8.1 preview and have still not been fixed.

There's still half a second delay from when I hit the lock key to turn off the screen until the point I actually hear the lock sound, on my 520. Didn't use to do that before I installed the dev preview...

Accented letters still not proposed while writing, backup still gives error at 96% and data sense still has months ending on 28 for resetting status... Not too much for an update... :s

DClark said,
There is a reason why months end at 28 for resetting... because February only has 28 days, except for leap year.

Yes, that's the reason. But why can one have boundles resetting at 30th or 31st of a month? Maybe they have to rethink at the hole thing... :) maybe an every x days starting from dd/mm gives some more flexibility... :)

ngc891 said,
Hmmm, that has never happened to my 1020. Its weird that the same phones can behave differently.

Yeah happens regularly but randomly as well, not occurred since new update.

The only issue I notice with my Lumia 521 is that it freezes for about 15-20 seconds after I get off a call. The Start screen doesn't scroll. If I switch the screen off and back on, though, it's back immediately. I hope this update fixes that.

please let this fix the issues i had with the first developer preview with the phone shutting off the wifi and requiring a restart to turn it back on. and the other issue with the phone just shutting off on it's own.

Same here. Just completed the update without any problems and I hope it fixes the WiFi problems that started when I installed the first version. What phone do you have? I have a Lumia Icon.

seb5150 said,
Same here. Just completed the update without any problems and I hope it fixes the WiFi problems that started when I installed the first version. What phone do you have? I have a Lumia Icon.

HTC 8xt

Aw, man! This makes me so happy! WAY TO GO MICROSOFT!!!! Updating now! :)

Update edit: Just finished installing on my 520. Seems a lot faster, and I know it's not placebo, because all of my apps open at least ten times faster than before...now I get to see if battery life increased. I sure hope so! I'm loving it so far, though! Good job, Microsoft!

Edited by Obi-Wan Kenobi, May 14 2014, 7:33pm :

Dont send your appreciation so quick Obi Wan... a wise man would wait a couple of days, use this software, and observe the stability, speed. For example IE11 crashes nearly every 5 minutes on the youtube mobile page, and also more frequently on other webpages than back in the IE10 days. If it still works like a charm, no new -hidden- ugly things comes to the surface.. then and only then should you say any positive review. Dont let the unreasonable euphoria fool your rational thinking.

soder said,
Dont send your appreciation so quick Obi Wan... a wise man would wait a couple of days, use this software, and observe the stability, speed. For example IE11 crashes nearly every 5 minutes on the youtube mobile page, and also more frequently on other webpages than back in the IE10 days. If it still works like a charm, no new -hidden- ugly things comes to the surface.. then and only then should you say any positive review. Dont let the unreasonable euphoria fool your rational thinking.

That's funny. My IE hasn't crashed on YouTube not one single time. O.o Maybe you're doing it wrong? Works fine for me. (Y)

No issue with apps reinstalling, and i have not noticed anything yet in the update, just the standard possible placebo speed boost.

Scabrat said,
I am checking for updates and didnt find any...

Make sure that you have the dev preview app installed and the respective option enabled within the app.

tanybeen said,

Make sure that you have the dev preview app installed and the respective option enabled within the app.

Oh, yes. Thanks! I forgot I wiped my phone after the preview was installed so I needed to set it back up. =)

Yep smooth.. but takes a bit of time.. Plus just after the update give it 10-15 minutes to install the apps which are sitting on the SD card.

Yes the update went smooth for me....it was at 1% for along time then zip to 100%....so if it takes long for you..do not panic..just wait...

Pretty f-ing awesome, I must say. There are some quirks, like the "Me" tile (if you keep it on the start screen) sometimes loads half a second after all the other tiles. I've experienced two system crashes so far, both when launching Bing search (I don't use Cortana because it replaces the old Bing search altogether, which I don't really like - plus I'm not really into personal assistants and all that).

There is also half a second of delay from the point you turn off your screen until it actually plays the lock sound, even though the screen turns off immediately. I've found that if I turn off the screen, then tap it before the sound, it sometimes actually registers the tap; this is particularly annoying when playing music because I always seem to hit the "repeat one" option (I always keep repeat all when listening through my music albums) - also, sometimes the Bing voice search (not Cortana, the old "press and hold the search key" function) is activated when I lock the screen as well lol

But all in all, smooth as butter. Just downloaded this update, gonna wait till it finishes migrating my data and will test it out in the morning to see if some of those bugs were fixed.

yardmanflex said,
Yes the update went smooth for me....it was at 1% for along time then zip to 100%....so if it takes long for you..do not panic..just wait...

Thanks for that, almost started freaking out for a second there xD

Scabrat said,
Anyone have a 520 running WP8.1? How does it run? =)

I'm having no issues on the 520 with the OS itself. It's Microsoft's choice to castrate the messenger app that makes it suck, probably on every phone. Without being able to use messaging as an IM client you ate forced to use Skype, and Skype absolutely blows. It is just horrible. It takes forever to load and to resume, and more than half the time you don't get notifications that someone has sent you a message. Aside from that it is great. If you don't use Skype/MSN chat or Facebook it won't bother you at all.

Darrian said,

I'm having no issues on the 520 with the OS itself. It's Microsoft's choice to castrate the messenger app that makes it suck, probably on every phone. Without being able to use messaging as an IM client you ate forced to use Skype, and Skype absolutely blows. It is just horrible. It takes forever to load and to resume, and more than half the time you don't get notifications that someone has sent you a message. Aside from that it is great. If you don't use Skype/MSN chat or Facebook it won't bother you at all.

I dont really use the chats, but I want to use skype more. But, no one does so I dont =/. But thanks for letting me know how it runs! =) Should be getting it tomorrow. =)