1. Athull's Avatar
    Since Dev preview is probably coming out tomorrow I was wondering are all WP 8 apps directly compatible with 8.1 or do the developers need to push out an update before they become compatible?
    I have faced this issue on my Nexus 7 last time when I updated to Kitkat and some of my favorite apps become incompatible and didn't work until they pushed out an update....
    04-13-2014 11:56 AM
  2. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    They will work without any issues , remember when windows phone 8 was launched , all windows phone 7.X apps works without Any problem , so same goes for this update. But the new apps coded for wp 8.1 will not work on windows phone 8 or windows phone 7.X
    Last edited by Himanshu Chowdhary; 04-13-2014 at 12:10 PM. Reason: Silly auto correct
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    04-13-2014 12:00 PM
  3. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    I know the answer :)

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    04-13-2014 12:02 PM
  4. SwimSwim's Avatar
    WP8.1 is designed to be backwards compatible, without any effort from developers. Actually, in many ways, thanks to improvements such as a better OS-level handling of notifications and memory managements, all your apps are going to run faster, better and more reliably just by updating to 8.1, regardless if the developer has done anything or not.

    Does this mean everything will work without a hitch? Of course not. After all, WP8 was backwards compatible with WP7.X apps, but some did have compatibility issues, and required updates to work properly. Nonetheless, you'll find that most of your apps will work just fine, and most will work even better than they do now.

    Of course, for WP8.1 specific features (Such as proper integration into and intelligent management of notifications in the Action Center, or proper integration into Cortana voice-controls, enabling hardware-video encoding, easy deployment to WP8.1 and Windows 8.1, etc.), updates will, of course, be required.
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    04-13-2014 12:04 PM
  5. Athull's Avatar
    Ah thanks needed to be sure as I was so frustrated when that happened to my nexus :)
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    04-13-2014 12:06 PM
  6. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    Google, took me 10 seconds.
    https://www.google.com/search?=clien...pps+compatible

    I don't know why here are so many ... People.
    It's so easy to find information, but seems like people don't know how to use the search anymore. Sad...and very annoying!!!

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    04-13-2014 12:07 PM
  7. SwimSwim's Avatar
    They will work without any issues , remember when windows phone 8 was launched , all windows phone 7.X apps works without Any problem , so same goes for this update. But the news apps coded for wp 8.1 will not work on windows phone 8 or windows phone 7.X
    This is kind of true. Can developers chose to make apps WP8.1 only? Of course. Do they have to? Not at all.

    Just like how most apps now rollout only with support for WP8, with WP7.X getting its own app or nothing at all. Developers can code their apps that the exact same app will work on both WP8 and WP7.X, with WP7.X of course not getting to take advantage of all available features. But since the majority of users are on WP8 at this point, WP7.X is largely ignored.

    Now, with WP8.1: developers can chose to make their app(s) take advantage of WP8.1 features, and only be compatible on devices running 8.1. But seeing as it will take quite some time for a majority of devices to update, most developers will chose to make their app(s) work on WP8, with additional features enabled if the app detects it's running on WP8.1.
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    04-13-2014 12:08 PM
  8. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    This is kind of true. Can developers chose to make apps WP8.1 only? Of course. Do they have to? Not at all.

    Just like how most apps now rollout only with support for WP8, with WP7.X getting its own app or nothing at all. Developers can code their apps that the exact same app will work on both WP8 and WP7.X, with WP7.X of course not getting to take advantage of all available features. But since the majority of users are on WP8 at this point, WP7.X is largely ignored.

    Now, with WP8.1: developers can chose to make their app(s) take advantage of WP8.1 features, and only be compatible on devices running 8.1. But seeing as it will take quite some time for a majority of devices to update, most developers will chose to make their app(s) work on WP8, with additional features enabled if the app detects it's running on WP8.1.
    I want deep cortana integration in apps , with custom alert sounds ( I am not sure but I think one will be able to do the same in action centre settings by ) with better me memory management.
    04-13-2014 12:13 PM
  9. K_Arora5's Avatar
    They will work without any issues , remember when windows phone 8 was launched , all windows phone 7.X apps works without Any problem , so same goes for this update. But the new apps coded for wp 8.1 will not work on windows phone 8 or windows phone 7.X
    Are you sure bcoz I'm too concerned about app compatibility with dev preview
    04-13-2014 12:23 PM
  10. SwimSwim's Avatar
    Are you sure bcoz I'm too concerned about app compatibility with dev preview
    A few apps here and there might have issues (Like how Nokia's PlayTo had some issues with GDR3 without Lumia Black), but the majority of apps should be fine.
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    04-13-2014 12:25 PM
  11. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I want deep cortana integration in apps , with custom alert sounds ( I am not sure but I think one will be able to do the same in action centre settings by ) with better me memory management.
    Don't we all? Haha.

    Thankfully, developers can use these features, and still maintain compatibility with WP8. Best of both worlds, really.
    04-13-2014 12:26 PM
  12. andyqkw's Avatar
    They will work without any issues , remember when windows phone 8 was launched , all windows phone 7.X apps works without Any problem , so same goes for this update. But the new apps coded for wp 8.1 will not work on windows phone 8 or windows phone 7.X
    Not entirely true, Tango which is available on Windows Phone 7 is not available on Windows Phone 8.
    04-13-2014 12:37 PM
  13. abhijeetpathak's Avatar
    Not entirely true, Tango isn't available for Windows Phone 8 when it is available for Windows Phone 7.X
    Wut?
    04-13-2014 12:38 PM
  14. SwimSwim's Avatar
    Wut?
    A video call app. I remember it was included by default on my Lumia 900 when I bought it.

    It was one of the only real alternatives to Skype before they FINALLY made a Skype app on WP7.X. Tango has shown very little support for WP, but I'm also not entirely sure anyone actually cares...
    04-13-2014 12:49 PM

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