Windows Phone 8.1 might start rolling out today [Update]

While many of us are already enjoying Windows Phone 8.1, through the Developer Preview program, most users out there haven’t yet had a chance to check out Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. But that may change very soon, as the update is rumoured to launch officially later today.

The Developer Preview was launched not long after Microsoft’s BUILD conference but so far the official launch of the OS hasn’t taken place. The company did say however that WP 8.1 would start rolling out to all users during June. Now, as we’re nearing the end of the month, the likelihood that the update will go live increases with every passing day.

NDTV is reporting that Windows Phone 8.1 might actually launch later on today, which means that some users, especially those with unlocked devices, could start receiving update notifications by tonight. Of course this doesn't necessarily mean the update will hit all users' phones straight away, as rollouts are generally staggered over several weeks, with launch dates varying by market, carrier, manufacturer and model.

OEMs will also be releasing their own firmware upgrades to take advantage of new features in Windows Phone 8.1, like the upcoming Lumia Cyan update, and these too will have their own delivery schedules. 

The launch may also see Cortana reaching new markets beyond the United States. Microsoft has said that Cortana will launch in China and the United Kingdom "this year", although one source told Neowin to expect a UK launch this month.

If you want to learn more about WP 8.1, be sure to read our full review, and you can also take a look at our continuing in-depth coverage of the Lumia 630, as that handset is already on the market with Microsoft's latest and greatest mobile OS.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment but until they answer back please take this info with a pinch of salt. And whether it arrives today or not, one thing’s for certain: Windows Phone 8.1 will start rolling out in the near future.

Source: NDTV via: Winbeta

Update: Nokia has officially started rolling out the Lumia Cyan update in certain regions on select devices. Lumia Cyan, which comes with  the latest handset firmware as well as Windows Phone 8.1, is showing up for users of the Lumia 925 in FInland. For now this is only for a limited number of devices, which is typical with a staggered release. As time goes on, especially if no major issues arise, more and more devices will start to receive the update. And remember this is also dependent on your carrier and location so hitting the Check for updates buttons might not do you much good.

Additionally Winphonemetro is reporting that Argentinean Windows Phone users are also receiving the update for the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 925, but so far these reports haven't been confirmed. While most of you will still have to wait awhile before receiving the update it's great to see Microsoft's latest mobile OS being officially distributed to end-users.

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Nothing yet on open market 520. I was expecting August/September. Nokia's updates page hasn't even been updated yet.

Nokia (Microsoft Mobile) has a list about the status of each major update for each type of device and country (and sometimes carrier, if applicable).
Where can I find the status of the Cyan update for my 920?
I found links when the previous updates were on their way.

To get Cyan for my 920 when it's released that already has Developer 8.1 preview installed, do I need to un-enroll from the developer preview inside the app, or does it matter?

arunmadhu said,
Folks.. I just received an update to my Lumia 630. Install in progress.

From what I can gather from a forum post at wpcentral it just brings the build you have up to the DP build.

neo158 said,

From what I can gather from a forum post at wpcentral it just brings the build you have up to the DP build.

I'm updating my L925 to the newest (?) version now too. It says on Nokia's website that they will update your phone's firmware for free in Nokia Stores (in Aleksanteri Street's store/Helsinki, Finland) and that new L925s are being sold with the Cyan update pre-installed from now on. Cool! :-)

"Windows Phone 8.1 might start rolling out today" - Or it might not...didn't actually. :-) But apart from a few freezes, DP is working great on L925.

I'm hoping they've fixed the stability issues IE has. Web pages seem to crash tabs sometimes. I've sent multiple diagnostic data to them...

elenarie said,
19:00 CEST is usually when updates on Windows Update are released. Perhaps we will see it then.

Any idea if this will be just 8.1 or 8.1 +firmwares?

itisomegakai said,
Ah great
firmwares should fix battery drainage issues

thanks

Battery drainage have been greatly improved for me even to the point to be better than 8.0 after the latest updates.

Dont worry, it will be by end of August 2014. This article is plain stupid, and clickbait. I dont want to say the name of the creator of this article literally because they dont like it on this site, but if I dont write down his name literally, my comment should stay safe. So: the creator of this article is stupid, and spreads lies in this article.

Everything I've seen, combined with past history, tells me I'll be lucky to receive the update for my Nokia 920 on AT&T by the end of July.

So I'm not holding my breath for today.

Let the checking for updates begin! I started watching for the update at 7:30 - not that I actually expected it that early. I'm eager to try the new features

I dont understand why it needs to be rolled out country by country. Why cant Microsoft, especially in this day and age of everything being instant, can't they roll it out globally at the same time?

Officially, it's because OEMs aren't ready to realease firmware updates. But they could do it, Google now manages to do it (the last update was released to 5 different manufacturers at the same time).

Anarkii said,
I dont understand why it needs to be rolled out country by country. Why cant Microsoft, especially in this day and age of everything being instant, can't they roll it out globally at the same time?

It's called "liability insurance". If you'll be happy to underwrite mine, I'll be happy to take the update first.

By rolling out does it mean it's now up to carriers to sign off on it? As noted little has been said about Nokia's firmware which normally isn't ready until after the OS update hits other OEM's anyway so it wouldn't appear they are at kick off.

Xbox Music has always sucked since day one on WP 8.1 and W8. I use OneMusic on WP for now, and I am still looking for a decent alternative on Windows RT

I still am in disbelief of how bad Xbox Music is on 8.1. Even after all updates its slower, has less features, and is far buggier than the old music hub.

I am still surprised that Nokia has yet to announce a feature list for Lumia Cyan for previous updates they were advertising for a while what their new features would be. this time all we know for sure is stuff about the Camera which was actually released yesterday.

Geoffrey B. said,
I am still surprised that Nokia has yet to announce a feature list for Lumia Cyan for previous updates they were advertising for a while what their new features would be. this time all we know for sure is stuff about the Camera which was actually released yesterday.

They have, if you know where to look.

Interesting - that page is still a strange amalgam of Black and Cyan information. Looks like they're in the process of updating as we speak.

I still wouldn't expect Cyan until the latter part of July at the earliest...

duddit2 said,

Pray tell

Edit: Is it the retail app for Nokia?

Paul Thurrott posted a few days back about updates coming to the Nokia camera.

My partner was at a seminar at Google UK a couple of weeks ago and an MS rep was demoing Cortana. He confirmed that it would be released this month so I wouldn't be surprised if we see it today or tomorrow.

-adrian- said,
I'd rather have Cortana in UK :) ... they said this month

I'm really happy they're releasing Cortana in the UK. It's great to see that she speaks English too.

And for our septic friends, let me translate that:

Wow it be cool dat dat Cortana do be released too in like the UK, you know what ah mean? It's like, y'know, way cool, y'know like it speaks like y'know English too.

RTM in this case should also include GA (wide release). Though Dev Prev was RTM for WP 8.1. Microsoft is playing it fast and loose with this update and they're doing some weird things.