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Lumia Cyan Update

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New phone alert

All green Lumia 1520 now available from AT&T

Call me maybe

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Cyan on AT&T

Lumia 520 and 925 on AT&T finally get Cyan and 8.1


Microsoft ends Device Hub beta, included in Lumia Cyan

How To

Want the Lumia Cyan update? You need to downgrade your phone first.

How To

Here's how to move apps to your micro SD card


Demo of the Animated Lock Screen for 8.1

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General News

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Long awaited Lock screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 almost ready for public beta

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Windows Phone 8.1

Exclusive - Video hands on with Windows Phone 8.1!

It has been nearly 18 months since Windows Phone 8 was released on October 29, 2012. In that time, Microsoft’s mobile operating system has seen three minor updates. That all changes today. Windows Phone 8.1 was has finally been announced by Microsoft. We go hands-on with Windows Phone 8.1 to give you a first look at the new operating system.

Windows Phone 8.1 builds on the NT kernel that was introduced in Window Phone 8. Users can expect to buy devices loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 later this month.

The introduction of Cortana and a notification center are by far the biggest headline changes coming to Windows Phone 8.1. Although you will find plenty of smaller fixes that all together add up to a substantial new experience. Check the video out above and let us know what you think.

WP 8.1 App

Have any questions about Windows Phone 8.1? Hit up the comments below. 



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papanoongaku says:

when will Mobile Nations have an option for showing Most Recent Comments First so losers like you will fall to the bottom of the pile where you belong?

Once WPcentral 8.1 comes out. I heard they are adding this feature.

alijahg34 says:

yet some how your comment is on topic...... anyway I wonder if there will be a update for the preview program in the coming weeks

Only class 10 SD Card can carry apps intallation opton. Otherwise SD Card not detected

2tomtom says:

So tempted to download the developer preview app...will be too long to wait for the carrier update on this one :D

dhruv07 says:

What about ability to save games on sd card.?

ND the ppl are lucky dere to get free Xbox one nd 500dollars

what is ND and dere?

ymcpa says:

I think it's and and there

TheSuperShoe says:

Nokia's website says the new devices can "save apps and data to memory card."

Srvgodara says:

danial just showed that feature attention

Stunning ! But how come you had this article ready ? SO you did actually have a test piece right ? AND a video ready too, to surprise us ! :)


Anyone got their tounges hanging out yet ?

makarand14 says:

WPC definitely had the 630 since long before

MikeSo says:

Yeah, it's been pretty obvious - they have been TOO quiet about it. :) Personally I am glad they can shut up, that means they can be trusted.

Yeah ! So unlike the media here in India. I love WPC !!

TheMacamush says:

just look at the date in the update history, 2/20/2014, hmm ;)

i am the first guy to comment on the official announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 on wpcentral

i think i deserve a new lumia hahahaha

Lipe13 says:

How about nope?

walter1832 says:

You deserve a nope.

Rawliglat x says:

These nopes seem to be coming faster.

blackhawk556 says:

Nope! Not fast enough.

CJ Thunder says:

Really? Wow. That was today? Lol

TJay86 says:

Expected release date?

wpmartjr says:

Read the article, at the end they say: users can expect to buy phones loaded with wp 8.1 at the end of this month

I think he means for *existing* devices out in the wild, i.e. when will a downloadable update be available.

Considering that most carriers' goal is to get you to buy a new phone, or re-up your contract, the roll out will probably be slow for carrier branded devices.  Yes, probably end of 2014 or this time next year.

Bmrk says:

They said the update is arriving 'in the coming months'

mertzi says:

This is why I'm not leaving android. Until the WP world has something equivalent to the nexus line I wont jump ship. I've been following the development of WP since it arrived and now with 8.1 it looks really attractive. My next phone will probably be a WP device but it wont happen until there's a device that receives all OS updates straight from MS like they do for Windows. I think a lot of people, especially those who like me are long time windows users but with android phones, feel the same.

hs k says:

You can get Developer Preview independent of carriers intervention. Only phone specific firmwares have to be approved by the carrier

Mike Coates1 says:

you seem to know a bit, does carrier refer to network, I have a sim free Nokia what does that come under?

111san says:

well we already have that capability...its called developer preview..many expect we will be able to download winphone 8.1 next week. Looking forward to it on my lumia 1520.

3rase says:

Soon this will happen. Nokia's phone division will belong to Microsoft possibly at the end of the month.

NosRokanaske says:

Same for me. I actually owned a Nokia 920 but switched over to the LG G2 because there was just so much more things on Android compared to WP8, so now it is going to be my travel phone when i go out of country. I was VERY optimistic, maybe even too optimistic, but i was sure that MS would make sure that WP8 would not be left behind, but look where we are now. There's definitely been improvements since launch, but those improvements are almost nothing really. Nothing to the average consumer at least. Remember, you have to appease them not the people who are already sold onto the platform 

I really agree with you and it doesn't necessarily have to be just straight up MSFT to do the update, they just need someone who is going to be pushing updates fast. My LG G2 came with 4.2.2 and LG announced that in Q1 i would get 4.4.2 and on March 14, i got the update. Hell Nokia should sell the phones like Google and update them the same way Google does to Android. Once they have that, then we can see something.

To the people that are just going to say developer preview is the way to get it. The people who are reading this are probably not the "average" consumer. There needs to be a way to get these updates without having to do some workaround. This is what WP needs, a dedicated line up of devices that are guaranteed to be getting the latest and greatest updates straight from MSFT/Nokia

Perenor says:

I was wondering whether T9 is really included?

Eah eah i am crying..

aitt says:

Woah Nelly. Here we go

FeedTheShark says:

I just went into Phone Update and it's downloading something. Have they pushed this for devs already?

Can't watch the video at work, YouTube is banned!

hphbp says:

Ok, but first I'd love to get Lumia black update by end of 2014 ! Is too much to ask??

filfat says:

We already got it months ago...

Lloyd_S says:

Swype, a notification center and personalized start screens are what I thought Android had over WP. Now that 8.1 is on it's way and it's right around the corner I'll not be needing my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 anymore. It's going up on eBay as soon as I can update my Lumias 1020 and 1520.

jackinit says:

Nice! Pull down notifications, independent volume controls, wallpaper, voice assistant! Welcome to Android, circa 2009!!!

Rubios says:

Minus the whole be being a terrible OS running terrible virtual machines thing.

2tomtom says:

Did you say ADdroid

MikeSo says:

I think that's still Android in 2014 actually.

Is wp8.1 will be available for devices like L520..

semihmasat says:

Every WP8 devices will be able to get WP8.1

ravisankhla says:

When is the dev preview expected

Bmrk says:

They didn't say that yet, but i'll Tell you if They mention it

ortizang says:

Ten of this month.

All thes articles with ", we go hands on". I WANT TO GO HANDS ON! NOW!!!

Abhi_k4 says:

Don't you guys think, the next 8 days are gonna seem the longest 8 days in your life?? Sure like hell they are gonna be in my life.. ;)

vkvraju says:

Fantastic run through of the features there, Daniel. Thanks. Impressive updates.

JiroJarin says:

May we know what devices would be compatible for 8.1 update?

gcdc_lumia says:

infinite orgasm


hs k says:

Gotta rush to a sperm bank

vkstarry says:

Mother of update, I can't wait...

Idzaudin Idz says:

Do they removed Facebook chat intergration?

Only available by Nokia? not other brand?

MrSimmix says:

It should be available to all manufacturers that want to make a WP. There are talks that Samsung's bringing us a WP 8.1 device.

wtrmlnjuc says:

Every Windows Phone 8 device will get Windows Phone 8.1.

It looks like Skype still really isn't integrated into the OS.

Maybe, WP9?

If it's treated like a third party service, what was the point of buying it, again.......?

hwangeruk says:

It is more integrated, hence the Cortana control of it.

Its also much faster, and you can uplift a standard telephone call to Skype, the Skype video.

(It will also auto login now based on your MS account)

Its all good now.

Nikhilarthan says:

Does Win phone 8.1 bring three tile option to lumia 9XX devices...??

majortom1981 says:

If your watching the video joe said yes. it will be an on/off switch in the settings.

Looks more complicated but really usefull

blackhawk556 says:

Complicated? What exactly?

ronty says:

Does it get a file manager?

He pulled up a movie to watch on his phone. Is that something that will require an Xbox or will our WP be able to download and play movies independently from Xbox?

MikeSo says:

The service is called Xbox Video. It doesn't require an actual Xbox for use.

darkoman4 says:

Looks like on screen buttons stay even on video playing.

blackhawk556 says:

Yes, thats lame.

anmol_gamer says:

Any news on the availability of developer preview?

Apurv Patani says:


Is it FINALLY possible to add files/attachments to an existing email thread WITHOUT using a damn link to the file?

blackhawk556 says:

Can some one answer this man please?

Seriously - I'm a broken record... Been asking this over and over since WP7!

Everything seems smooth and fast!

vikrant6 says:

I loved the new lockscreen layout Joe showed..

Viipottaja says:

Looks great, although not liking too much how e.g. in the photo gallery there is no longer one of the face pics on the background, and in store no app picture/grahpic on the background. Looks a lot more bland/boring now.

LOVE LOVE LOVE that the space key is a little more to the right. As it is now, I VERY often tap the comma instead.

Kram Sacul says:

Agreed.  The photo "hub" looks very boring now.  Why did they change it?  That was one of the nicest areas of the OS.

damo579 says:

So if I get the preview version on my 1020 will I lose the amber and black updates that are on my 1020?

ravisankhla says:

you will get the NOKIA BLUE update
not 100% sure

MikeSo says:

I'm happy that they keep the "hub" integration of social networks, even if it's in a new form. Looks good.

ramyZgHR says:

Can't wait to hit my 925!!!!

cgold1 says:

I have a question. Do developers finally have access to recorded videos in WP 8.1? I have been patiently waiting for a video editing app to come along.

pattayo_ib says:

God, i can't wait this so much to look for! Please be available as soon as possible!

Bernd Fiten says:

Is it possible to have the menu background photo adapted to the Bing photo of the day? Like you can have now with your start screen with WP 8.

MikeSo says:

If not now, I really hope that comes later. Bing photo of the day is a great feature.

MrSimmix says:

That is a brilliant idea! I really hope they add it as a feature.

Andre Blonde says:

Haven't seen the contest says that it is only for the US residents.

ravisankhla says:

Any idea for the size of the update

aadhuniks10 says:

Does the os have file access to all offline files please reply !!!!!!!!!

MikeSo says:

What does that even mean?

MrSimmix says:

lol I think he's asking if there's a file manager?

aadhuniks10 says:

Can we call cortana with any name?

no need to call cortana, u can start ur question directly.....

23232harshad says:

When it available for phone in india

if u r developer, then 10th april, otherwise after 2-3 months

MrSimmix says:

Quick question, will I lose my warranty if I use the developer preview? 'Cause I don't want to wait for stupid carriers, but I also don't want to lose warranty.

borasar says:

I think you lose carrier warranty, but not OEM warranty

Sambyo says:

Go to Nokia Care and revert it back to black. Carrier won't even know. You can do it yourself too - Use Nokia Software Updater for Retail.

dante501 says:

When do the wp8 devices can update to WP8.1?

Danclego says:

Is windows 8.1 going to be on the Nokia Lumia 521 (t-mobile)



What about File Manager.. This is what I expected Most.....

MikeSo says:

Why did you expect that? There has not been any indication or hint of a file manager. I doubt there will ever be one.

elms_v says:

I wish they add a Q (quick bar) from the bottom and swipe up to quick view your favorite or most used apps like phone, messaging, email and other apps you prefer.  Easier to access your phone/email/messaging instead of pressing the window key or scrolling back when your doing something like watching a movie or playing a game or browing the web.  So whatever you're doing you can launch the Q to make a quick call without leaving the app that you're on.  Just a thought.

elms_v says:

Pressing the window key is now disabled so make something out of it to make it useful and user friendly.  Hold the window key and launch the Q to view the phone/messaging/email or whatever app you want.

mwgeek says:

So dont forget to tell us what happens with things like Bing vision and music now that cortana takes over the search button

MA Square says:

When it wil get to the wp8 phones (update) ?

Mik29 says:

Patience fella. Read though the comments, over the next couple of months for developers. And its easy to sign up as one without being a developer.

Corvodin says:

This month for developers. 

Mik29 says:

Like i said, its very easy to register as a developer and get the updates quicker.

Dave Bhullar says:

When are we getting the update tho?

Bgrubb says:

Can you install games on SD card?

noor khan1 says:

Hy all. When 8.1 is gonna be available for download??

Mik29 says:

Over the next couple of months if you have the developer preview app installed and sign up for it.

papanoongaku says:

So RT apps can be re-coded to use as a universal app on WP8? or can be used as-is on WP8? i was waiting for Build to help be determine whether i'd ditch the 1520 for a Surface LTE, but if RT apps are coming to WP8, then i might just stay with the 1520.

MA Square says:

Shitt no,one is answering

Support to install apps on SD... ?

Bgrubb says:

I had the same question and got a yes but nothing to back it up. Dan didn't say anything about in the video so I'm on the fence

stephking92 says:

He did say that in the video, so why don't you watch carefully next time.

Abrar Shaikh says:

Yes watch the full video, there is an option to install apps on SD card.

g-knome says:

What happened to actionable notifications?

Eby David says:

so, will cortana be available in the dev preview outside US?..
coz in the announcement joe told that cortana will first be available in US then UK and Canada and then rest of the world!...

What about the WhatsApp update!!!!??? It ll b irritating if it still crashes on wp8.1!!!! N Facebook app by Microsoft corporation is bullshit!!! It doesn't have many features like upload photo comments etc etc.. Please concentrate on these issues n fix them...

Dev. Pre. Release date??

Tansen says:

If you have physical capacitive buttons, do the on screen buttons still show?

Abrar Shaikh says:

Well Daniel could you also please do a review on email functionality? I am eagerly looking forward to feature like multiple email attachments.

anky17cool says:

@danielrubino preview for developers release date??

FlorisRe says:

"If you want to try out Windows Phone 8.1 and you are a registered developer, you can update your phone as part of the Developer Preview Program in the first part of April."

apocacrux says:

I believe it was the 10th to be exact. That's the date they announced a while ago anyway.

apocacrux says:

I really like the Windows update. The notification center is identical to the Samsung variation of the notification area. And its really the only thing I missed coming from android, so glad that Windows phone will have it now. It was inevitable, but I understand Microsoft's hesitation, they wanted to be different. Now they're still different with the standard interface and unique wallpaper.

how about the resuming of apps? still on wp8.1? or is it gone?(even on older phones with less ram like l520)??

Is it also gonna be available for Lumia 620?

Minith Jain says:

no file manager? come on MSFT.

Tasosjw says:

What about yellowish pics? Is that fixed??

eetu_77 says:

Does it come for Lumia 720

When this update is going to hit the devices? lumia 820.

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aafa says:

there is no chance I'm letting my carrier take their sweet time giving us the official update of this magnitude! I made that mistake for GDR3, but not this time. Just signed up for the developer preview.


Such a revolutionary update. The video kept making my pants tighter and tighter.

in storage section, does "app" means both apps+gmaes which we can store to SD card right???

Dario L says:

Will it come for L520????

kennyrawlins says:

Still can't attach multiple files to emails,can't attach PDF files.

stephking92 says:

So you have the update already or are you just assuming?

am I the one one who would like to have a picture-password...? like windows :)

Tony Gorham says:

Get a hair cut man! ;)

esslgee says:

Show us screen projection. Is it mirrorcast?

majohnny says:

I hate the seperation into multiple apps, especially if they don't even have the same functionality as they did way before. Like the "swipe to skip to the next song" which isn't there anymore. Great feature implemented by Microsoft, used by others, dropped by Microsoft...

Just had to say that.

bono5112 says:

Great video Daniel

neond123 says:

When does windows phone 8.1 one come out as an update for Nokias running windows phone 8? (Pls spare me sarcasm, I'm not a techy).

SAM 77 says:

3 tiles for all screen sizez yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Damionix says:

The Most important question and the most important feature I want to know if they finally added: IS THERE NOW A SMARTDIALING OPTION in the phone? For the Love of Kittens, it's a phone first, can it do that well first? Please let us know, does it now support smart dialing?



Woooowww! Love WP8.1

ltjordan24 says:

  When I first read about the swipe feature for the keyboard, I wasn't really all that interested but after watching the hands-on demonstration, I'm definitely looking forward to trying it out. And Cortana looks like it will learn and become more self-aware..., I mean useful, as time goes on. Hopefully, Verizon won't hold the 8.1 update back too long for "testing."

knightryderz says:

People where like many features are coming.
But where is the File Manager and Wifi Direct? Ability to store apps on SD card?

Bratnikola says:

I like this NL630, but 512 mb ram is small.

el-ojo says:

At minute 17:02 in Daniel's video you can see they have split up "music + videos." It's only "Music" now. No more hub I s'pose. I guess my gut feeling was correct...Music and Xbox Music appear to be separate.

szastawny says:

Great video - but why the heck was Daniel filming it in Westborough?! I saw the Starbucks location and was like why does that address sound familiar - oh cause its down the road! Want to toss me that Lumia haha

hyperthermia says:

Very nice features, here are the list im wishing they could have included. But im happy with wp8.1, maybe theyll include this soon.

file manager
universal search
multitasking/multiwindow for 1520
updated office
cortana to work on a bing background and not on a black plain background
data toggle on quick access. I wish i just missed it
actionable notification , clicking email notification will open outlook
usb on the go

Better late than never. These features were long awaited.  

Really nice tour as well. Thanks. 

MrSublimo says:

Sooo awesom!! Only one bugger.. I hoped they would update the xbox live tiles so they could match colours :(

1uno1 says:

Anyone know if we can finally save cuss words in the dictionary?


gouboy says:

Joe Belfiore did said the three column live tiles will be available to all screen size right?

Apurv Patani says:

pls tell when a developer preview wp 8.1 will be available?


Dare2Blink says:

Daniel any sign of the file manager at all?

Calogyne says:

did not cover the Calendar app tho?

Omkar Vedak says:

When is the update rolling ?

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slap0rama says:

Well I was wrong, I thought that Nokia would at least stay true to having the camera button but since this phone does not have it, its all over folks :( RIP dedicated camera button!

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karmacoma says:

can we create proper playlist on music hub? please someone answer, i really dont want to carry iPod in my pocket anymore.

mohanparmar1 says:

but where is integreted "File Manager" in WP 8.1?


No File Manager in WP8.1?? Some features have been left out of the leaked sdk. Why?!!

Mik29 says:

It will probably be a separate app and isn't ready yet.

tendoboy1984 says:

Storing apps on SD card is the biggest reason why I'm considering switching back to WP from Android! WHOOOOOOOOO!!!

Also, when are the Lumia 630/635 coming to the US? Are those under-$200 prices off contract?

Alpha Tauri says:

Ah, finally! A magniying glass to search through the music library in the Music app.

Does Cortana work offline?

where is the slide down to close an app


SkyFlyer77 says:

When will be this available offically? NOT the developer preview...

guys, one of the features im looking for is the ability to play media using my micro-USB port, such as connecting to a car aaudio system, which does not have BT. Is that feature enabled in WP 8.1

When this update comes to my phone? And I add one thing I live in Finland.

DanaOira says:

I CANNOT WAIT! My inner fangirl is going to blow up social media with an influx of happiness when Windows 8.1 releases. ^__^

I'm also glad I didn't replace my broken Lumia 928 with the Icon now that 8.1 adds the extra row of icons. I got another 928 and will wait out getting the Icon until my upgrade next year.

b3rni3703 says:

count ma' inner fanboy along!

b3rni3703 says:

bring it on!!!... WP8.1 FTW!!... waiting patiently!

Eral Ocal says:

i could not find an answer while searching so i am asking here. Is there any change about vibration settings? Is it still vibrate then ring or will there be also vibrate and ring choice in settings?