1. GohanGautham's Avatar
    Well the title says it all! How do i join developer preview program?? I really want wp8.1 early cuz i had to wait upto 5 months for Lumia black update for my NL620.. Cud anyone please tell me how to join the preview program and wat wud happen if i join it.. Some say it will void the warranty of my Lumia... Is tat true??? Thanks!
    03-29-2014 11:13 PM
  2. shmsnh's Avatar
    There are three ways to join the developer program. Get a developer account, get an App Studio account, or use the SDK to unlock your phone.

    Installing any pre-release OS updates might void your warranty. This is up to the retailer or manufacturer.
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    03-30-2014 03:52 AM
  3. 2tomtom's Avatar
    Hi, I asked the same question in a WP Central article and got the below response. Hope this helps.

    Your question has 2 points that need to be cleared up:

    a) ANY product/firmware update is risky. ALL of them. Even the ones that come OTA from your carrier. IT is an inherently risky operation since you basically flash the phone's ROM memory. In principle everything should go fine... but this can't be %100 guaranteed. Because of this...

    b)... the dev preview is no better/worse than the carrier OTA. In fact, the dev preview is the EXACT same build you'll get from the carrier. The only difference is the carrier might make some adjustments to their network or add some firmware bits (you don't get firmware bits through the dev preview, just the newest RTM OS version). That said, the dev preview name is very misleading (surely how carriers wanted it) because it suggests some sort of pre-access, as in pre-finished, as in beta. This is %100 NOT the case: the versions you are getting are fully finalized (well, until the next update, no software is ever really final).
    Therefore, having those 2 points into account, you can conclude that installing the dev preview builds is no different from waiting for the carrier. Once the carrier decides to push the update OTA (which takes them forever and they claim it's for testing purposes, when most of the time the REAL reason is that they don't want people with updated phones that work better as this can push them to ditch the phone and get a new one with a shiny new 2 year contract plan continuation) the OEM will add firmware to it. Even if you participate in the dev preview program you'll get the firmware updates once the update is "officially" available through carriers. You won't get the OS update (since you're already running it), just whatever else is released that you don't have yet.
    Dev Preview is a WIN no matter how you look at it. It's designed to bypass evil carriers. This is the one advantage that Apple has over everybody because they were first to the smartphone market and thus got to dictate many conditions. Dev preview is Microsoft's way of doing the same thing, just like Google does this in their Nexus phones that bypass carriers.
    I've done about 4 updates through dev preview by now, never had any problem because it's inherently the exact same process as waiting for the carrier, just earlier. Do it. You won't regret it and your phone will be more fully featured and, most importantly, more secure against threats.
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    03-30-2014 04:21 AM
  4. 2tomtom's Avatar
    For the developer preview try this link:

    Windows Phone Dev Center
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    03-30-2014 04:32 AM
  5. hamidkhatri's Avatar
    Which method is easier?? Plz mention it, i also want to try 8.1 when its up for devs.

    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 620 using Tapatalk
    03-30-2014 04:57 AM
  6. DennisvdG's Avatar
    Which method is easier?? Plz mention it, i also want to try 8.1 when its up for devs.

    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 620 using Tapatalk
    dude it's soo easy, you just register for an appstudio account at the previously posted link and then you log in on the dev preview app!

    more people need to be aware of how easy and useful this is!

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    03-30-2014 05:55 AM
  7. GohanGautham's Avatar
    Ah Thank u everyone.. I just wanted to knw if it was safe and u all made it clear tat it is safe! Thanks! I will create an app studio account now! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    03-30-2014 07:23 AM
  8. Woknox's Avatar
    I just installed it and my phone didn't explode
    03-30-2014 08:24 AM
  9. GohanGautham's Avatar
    Yup am done with it too and i already got an update and installed it too!!
    03-30-2014 09:49 AM
  10. hamidkhatri's Avatar
    So far, which update is available for dev preview..?as I already have black update.

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    03-30-2014 10:05 AM
  11. GohanGautham's Avatar
    As far as i knw black is the latest update! But as soon as i signed up for preview program i got a msft update! But i Still haven't found any changes!
    03-30-2014 11:10 AM
  12. hamidkhatri's Avatar
    done it.. :)
    03-30-2014 01:36 PM
  13. GohanGautham's Avatar
    8.1 Will hit us on April 8th it seems guys! ๐Ÿ˜Š
    hamidkhatri likes this.
    03-30-2014 11:20 PM

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