Windows Phone 8 Devices will get Windows Phone 8.1
I know this made a lot of Windows Phone users happy…
Back in the day of the Palm Pilot and the Compaq iPAQ, getting a ROM upgrade for your device was pretty much a foregone conclusion. They got update support for about 18 months after they were released. It was really a decent experience, as it made you feel as though you were getting a lot for your money. Having a company support the devices they release is always a post-sales selling point. While devices were really nothing more than electronic phone and datebooks, the practice has all but ceased.
Today, except for Apple and the iPhone, updates for ANY smartphone are not a foregone conclusion. Even Google’s Nexus line – the pure Android experience that’s supposed to get updates from Google for at LEAST a year – doesn’t always get them, or get them as long as you might think they should.This usually happens because device makers want you to buy the newest device, if you want the latest OS and/or software updates. Providing an OS update to an already released device doesn’t provide any additional revenue. Apple does it for the iPhone. Google does it for (at least the latest) Nexus device. Every other device maker or provider usually doesn’t. This includes Microsoft, but thankfully, Windows Phone 8 users just got some welcomed news.
Microsoft announced recently that Windows Phone 8 devices will run Windows Phone 8.1, the next, and Windows Blue version of their smartphone operating system. This wouldn’t be news or even of interest to tech news readers if not for two things:
- The trend of device (as well as service) providers to not provide updates in order to push sales of the next generation device, as I noted above.
- Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 device owners are still angry over being left out of the Windows Phone 8 upgrade cycle. Windows Phone 8 was released soon enough after some newer Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices hit the market that many thought an upgrade to Windows Phone 8 was all but a done deal. When that didn’t happen, not only did it cause a huge uproar with those owners of the newer devices, sales of those devices literally tanked overnight.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any official information on the upgrade itself at this time. Microsoft hasn’t released any yet. There are a number of rumors floating around about what might be included in the update, including a much desired notification center and digital, virtual assistant code named, “Cortana.” However, Microsoft BUILD is coming up in April of 2014, and more information should be made public at that time. Stay tuned to Soft32 for additional news and commentary on this as we get closer to BUILD.