- Jan 16, 2014
How soon before the actual updates do we developers get the previews? In this case windows 8.1, if we were to get it earlier than everyone else. Does anyone know any info?
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Windows PHONE 8.1
It really varies. "Developers" get it ASAP. Then the manufacturers could add their special sauce or whatever and then fire it off to carriers. Depending on the carrier it could be relatively quick to a wait of several months.
In the case of Update 3, it was made available in October 2013 I believe, and Nokia added black and rolled it out alongside official U3 just this winter. It did pop up on others like the 8X who don't have as many extra custom stuff like Nokia quicker.
I'm one in the camp hoping for developer bits at BUILD. But no, developers do not always get the updates early. WP8 is a prime example. You only got to take part in the WP8 early release if you were a big-time developer, or had some kind of in. I was one of those ticked off developers who got it when I bought a new phone, and had to wait until Verizon launched the 822. Most of us didn't even get the SDK early.
Ummm..... Yeah.... That was back on October 14. Running it since that day. Thanks.That was different. They brought back a Developer Preview fyi. And you don't have to be a big shot. Anyone can enroll for free as a matter of fact. You can see the thread on it in this forum. Starting with update 3, you could get the update earlier than the official rollout. WP8.1 will be the same. It's already basically official. WP8.1 preview will roll out late March or early April, and official rollout will follow by about a month.
Ummm..... Yeah.... That was back on October 14. Running it since that day. Thanks.
That's not what developers really want, though. Developers want access to the SDK for updates, which has not been brought back. So at this point, if you're wanting a "real" developer preview, you do have to be a big shot. This little thing we got on October 14 is nothing more than the enthusiast program that MS touted back in the prior October when they said that they'd create an enthusiast program for those who want updates earlier.
7.5 to 8 was a bigger change than this could possibly be, and they didn't let most of us in on the SDK until AFTER WP8 was launched. Just sayin'..... I'm not holding my breath.Oh I see, thanks for the clarification. I feel like they might release the SDK for developers this time around since WP8.1 is a major update. GDR3 didn't really have too many app-breaking api changes so I think that's why they held off. This will be a lot bigger, and since it will be announced/released at build, they will probably have some sort of beta SDK published at the same time I would hope.
7.5 to 8 was a bigger change than this could possibly be, and they didn't let most of us in on the SDK until AFTER WP8 was launched. Just sayin'..... I'm not holding my breath.
True, and at that point we knew that. But we could have used the emulators with the new SDK in order to update apps. But yes, we'll see, this time around.That's true, but at that point, there were no phones that could even run WP8. Which obviously made it a very different situation. Anyway, we'll see.
True, and at that point we knew that. But we could have used the emulators with the new SDK in order to update apps. But yes, we'll see, this time around.