1. Nitin Jamwal's Avatar
    Just read on WMPOWERUSER that the windows phone 8 devices might not upgrade to windows phone 8.1 and that is disappointing news
    10-31-2013 05:13 AM
  2. Pete's Avatar
    Source:- FUD start churning that WP 8 handsets will not be upgradable to WP 8.1 | WMPoweruser

    Computerworld is positing that current Windows phone handsets will not be upgradable to Windows Phone 8.1Computerworld’s reasons are rather flimsy, based on the opinions of 3 software developers concerned about discounts on current Windows Phone handsets, and ignoring the new generation of WP8 handsets on the way, and the article seems rather inaccurate, stating Windows Phone 8.1 will be released in November this year or early 2014, suggesting they are conflating Update 3 with WP 8.1.
    The article also includes two confirmations from a named Nokia spokesperson that the update will indeed be available, with spokeswoman Nina Ratavaara said first, "We don’t comment on future products, but Microsoft has confirmed that smartphones running Windows Phone 8 will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.1." and then, redacting this somewhat to remove mention of the unannounced product, saying two hours later, "Microsoft has confirmed that smartphones running Windows Phone 8 will be upgradeable."
    Microsoft itself gave a statement, saying Windows Phone OS "is upgradeable … If or how individual devices are upgraded has not been announced."
    Of course the Computerworld article goes on to waffle some more about the uncertainty of it all, and the need for Microsoft to make a clear statement to buyers. We agree with this to some extent – Microsoft is reaping the reward for the fiasco around Windows Phone 7.5 and its upgrade path, and has certainly not earned anyone’s trust back yet.
    I cant help but wonder about Computerworld’s motives however, with the article urging buyers to beware of buying a Windows Phone. Has the OS grown faster than any of the media who spent much of 2012 laughing at Windows Phone expected and are journalists now trying to cut it down to size? I guess we are now beyond the laughing phase into the fighting phase, and we know what comes after that…
    Basically, the first paragraph highlights how inaccurate this "news" is.
    10-31-2013 05:17 AM
  3. Nitin Jamwal's Avatar
    Didn't understand it exactly
    10-31-2013 05:34 AM
  4. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I really, really wish MS would officially say that WP8 phones will be upgraded to WP8.1.

    I think the reason they don't do it however has to do with carriers. The carriers can block updates as we all know so I guess they cannot promise updates. This is the real crime of carriers and allowing them to control updates.

    To finish here. It would look bad on the carriers if they block the updates but they don't seem to care, WP will be the one to suffer. MS would lose customers and consumer confidence completely. If we cannot update to WP8.1 I personally think WP would die almost immediately. I would never touch WP again, personally, if that were to happen.

    I personally think all these rumours are BS and I really wish they'd go away. As for WP9. I'm more forgiving cause I realise hardware changes. I don't really expect my two-three year old phone to be updated.
    hs k likes this.
    10-31-2013 05:47 AM
  5. Pete's Avatar
    The computerworld article it's referring to is here

    Windows Phone 8.0 smartphones may not be upgradeable to 8.1 - Computerworld

    Obviously, the write of the article doesn't know much about Windows Phone since he's confusing GDR3 with Windows Phone 8.1. The whole rumour is based on some older/lower spec handsets being discounted and wildly leaps to the conclusion that they're about to become obsolete (and not the obvious reason of increasing user base by allowing more people to buy them).

    Computerworld is at fault for bad journalism.
    Nitin Jamwal likes this.
    10-31-2013 05:55 AM
  6. Nitin Jamwal's Avatar
    Thanks for the clarification. I would love to have added features on my windowsphone when its come with windowsphone 8.1
    10-31-2013 06:08 AM
  7. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Apple updated iPhone 4 (announced 2010) and newer with iOS7 (announced 2013) hope that Microsoft will update Nokia Lumia 920 (announced 2012) with the coming Windows Phone 8.1 (Say 2014)
    we will see how Microsoft deal with their customers
    You do realize that Microsoft confirmed a 36-month support cycle for all WP8 phones, right?
    10-31-2013 07:29 AM
  8. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    No place for FUD on WPC.
    hopmedic likes this.
    10-31-2013 08:58 AM

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