Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview rumored to launch April 10


The rumored Nokia Lumia 630 is reportedly going to have Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.

Microsoft's BUILD conference is scheduled to start on Wednesday in San Francisco, but the thousands of software developers who are attending the event may have to wait slightly longer to get their hands on Windows Phone 8.1. A new report from WPCentral claims the Developer Preview version of the mobile operating system won't be made available until the week after BUILD 2014.

Specifically, the report says its sources claim the preview version won't be launched until Thursday, April 10, by Microsoft. That means developers will be able to check out the many new features of the OS a couple of weeks after the RTM version was completed and send to hardware makers, including Nokia.

Microsoft first introduced its Developer Preview program for Windows Phone app creators in October as a way for them to get the latest updates for the OS in a faster time period. However, the program is designed to be open to anyone who signs up for a free App Studio account. It allows them to download the OS, via a special Windows Phone app, a number of weeks before wireless carriers begin their over-the-air updates.

The Developer Preview program does come with some strings attached. People who decide to update their current Windows Phone 8 device to 8.1 through this program could void their warranty. It also doesn't come with firmware updates for specific devices. Finally, once the update is installed, it cannot be rolled back to a previous version of the OS.

Source:WPCentral | Image via evleaks

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The WPCentral post doesn't mention the source of the release date being April 10th either. I call malarkey. WP 8.1 will be available April 2nd. The developer preview program didn't need to wait for carrier approval when Update 3 was made available.

I have to say, that stock pic on this photo actually has the home screen very well done. Funny to see the need to pin the camera app though.

korupt_one said,
because as we know the 630 does not have the hardware camera button on the phone.

Really? That's one of my favorite Windows Phone features... I love the camera button on my 620.

rfirth said,

Really? That's one of my favorite Windows Phone features... I love the camera button on my 620.

I have to agree, but lately the only time I find myself using it is when I'm holding it down to do a series of fast shots. (Which can also be duplicated in software now.)

Most users won't notice it missing though, especially if they are buying lower end devices.

If this is true, it's yet another #### up from MS
Why can't they ever get things right?
You have a huge developer conference and you don't have the bits ready for all the attendees?

I like MS a lot, but I wish they would look out for the details a bit more like Apple does

I'd rather they postpone the release than release something that has a show stopping bug....

Apple has it easy, code for two devices they make where MS has to code for a broader range of devices...

I understand all that, but come on. They always do things like this.
announce the surface and release it only 6 months later. Can't think of any others but I have had this thought a lot in the 25 years that I have been using MS products

They never come out with a bang like Apple does. Announce today, available for everybody tomorrow. That kind of thing

The way they handle the new Win8.1 update is more like it. Available for all the attendees first day of the conference, available for all the week after. That's the way it should be

Stoffel said,
I understand all that, but come on. They always do things like this.
announce the surface and release it only 6 months later. Can't think of any others but I have had this thought a lot in the 25 years that I have been using MS products

They never come out with a bang like Apple does. Announce today, available for everybody tomorrow. That kind of thing

The way they handle the new Win8.1 update is more like it. Available for all the attendees first day of the conference, available for all the week after. That's the way it should be

This is just complaining for the sole purpose of complaining, yes it would have been nice if they would have it available on April 2nd, but it is apparently coming a mere 8 days later, that's good enough for me and many others no doubt.

From what I've read not only will the attendees get the bits, they will get a Nokia 630 to play around with. I am sure everything will be available to download and the SDK ready to be used on the 2nd for all developers.

This is talking about the dev preview program which lets just about anyone load 8.1 onto their phones. To have that ready and let people get the newest version of the OS on their phones without waiting for the carriers just one week after announcement (I assume in case of any show stopping bugs) is great news - so stop complaining!

TheShark said,
From what I've read not only will the attendees get the bits, they will get a Nokia 630 to play around with. I am sure everything will be available to download and the SDK ready to be used on the 2nd for all developers.

This is talking about the dev preview program which lets just about anyone load 8.1 onto their phones. To have that ready and let people get the newest version of the OS on their phones without waiting for the carriers just one week after announcement (I assume in case of any show stopping bugs) is great news - so stop complaining!

The article clearly states that they expect that everybody, including the attendees from build, will have to wait.

All I'm saying, as a pretty big MS supporter, is that it would be nice if MS could tie up all loose ends for once and come out with a bang. Most of the time there is always some sort of downer.

primortal said,
I'd rather they postpone the release than release something that has a show stopping bug....

Apple has it easy, code for two devices they make where MS has to code for a broader range of devices...


True but not as broad as Windows....

Stoffel said,
They never come out with a bang like Apple does. Announce today, available for everybody tomorrow. That kind of thing

Come on that's not fair. Apple could announce a new colour scheme and the web would explode as it's "revolutionary". There's a certain level of euphoria that needs to be discounted from any Apple announcement to get to the real truth.

They ARE releasing the SDK on Wed, and that's what the conference is about: devs. What this article is referring to is actually having the whole OS out, and that will happen on Apr 10. Everyone who wants to will be able to get it Apple-style, even non-devs, although the whole thing is called "dev preview".

most major developers probably have a build of wp8.1 for them to do the work they need to do, this dev preview is for enthusiasts and other devs, so waiting for a few more days to get it on all your phones is not such a big deal.

Stoffel said,
If this is true, it's yet another #### up from MS
Why can't they ever get things right?
You have a huge developer conference and you don't have the bits ready for all the attendees?

I like MS a lot, but I wish they would look out for the details a bit more like Apple does

Wow... You realize Apple has had several conferences with 'no bits' available to developers. So you get your wish, they are 'more like Apple'.

Developers will get the 'bits' for development on their PCs, with many already having a previous build. Waiting a week or so for the final 'bits' for their device is not even remotely an issue.

You are creating drama out of nothing.

Stoffel said,
I understand all that, but come on. They always do things like this.
announce the surface and release it only 6 months later. Can't think of any others but I have had this thought a lot in the 25 years that I have been using MS products

They never come out with a bang like Apple does. Announce today, available for everybody tomorrow. That kind of thing

The way they handle the new Win8.1 update is more like it. Available for all the attendees first day of the conference, available for all the week after. That's the way it should be

It is worse than that - announce the Zune and finally gets to my country 2 years after its release and 6 months before it is killed off.

Surface, announced and takes one year to my country.

Honestly, someone needs to go into Microsoft and knock heads together because this US-centric way of viewing things is killing the company. The world is a single giant marketplace - launch it on day one globally, no excuses.

I am rather certain that they are going to talk about the Dev Preview to some capacity on Wednesday. And once it has been released i can do a full review on it :D