Windows Phone 8.1 Core Is Finalized, but Developer Preview Release Is Still Delayed

The new operating system will not be released to OEMs yet

By Cosmin Vasile on March 27th, 2014 07:51 GMT

Here is some good Windows Phone news for a change after the recent rumors that Developer Preview will not be released next week at BUILD 2014 conference.

According to WPCentral, Microsoft’s core team has already finished development on Windows Phone 8.1, which is great news but does not have any impact on end users.

The next phase in Windows Phone 8.1’s development requires the Consumer Experience team to start working on removing all the bugs from the product. This is a tedious but necessary process that will take some weeks to complete.

Soon after the Consumer Experience team finishes its job, the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system can be sent to OEMs. End users should get it as well in the form of an update, which is currently believed to arrive sometime this summer.

We reported yesterday that the Developer Preview build of Windows Phone 8.1 had been delayed and it looks like it won’t make it to BUILD 2014 conference, which is set to kick off on April 2.

However, those anxiously waiting for the Developer Preview should not worry too much, as Microsoft may have not delayed its release for too long.

Apparently, it has only been pushed back for one week, which means that three weeks from now Windows Phone fans with compatible devices should be able to put Developer Preview on their smartphones.

But there’s more to it. WPCentral’s Daniel Rubino claims that developers attending BUILD 2014 conference will be getting one or more surprises from Microsoft.

While there are no mentions of any devices, we suspect that Microsoft and Nokia may offer attendees new smartphones that have yet to arrive on the market.

Nokia announced a few days ago that it had already packed and was ready for some BUILD 2014 announcements. While the Finnish company did not mention any certain devices, it was a clear teaser for a new lineup of Lumia smartphones.

Microsoft and Nokia are expected to introduce at least two new smartphones powered by Windows Phone 8.1 platform, the Lumia 930 and Lumia 630/635. Aside from these two new handsets, Samsung is expected to release a brand new high-end Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone, the ATIV SE.

Samsung ATI V SE is rumored to arrive at Verizon Wireless on April 18, which means that Windows Phone 8.1 might be ready to be pushed onto devices by that time. More details on the new lineup of Nokia smartphones and Windows Phone 8.1 will be confirmed next week at BUILD 2014, so stay tuned.
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