The Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview is now available for download, allowing any interested party to install the latest version of Microsoft's mobile platform onto any existing Windows Phone 8.0 device. Key features of the update include the introduction of Cortana (US only), the arrival of Action Centre (improved notification functionality), and a deeper and richer API set for developers.
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In this gallery, we offer a photo-based first look at the Nokia Lumia 930, which was announced at Build 2014 last week. The Windows Phone 8.1 flagship device is a successor to both the Lumia 920 and 925 and has a five inch, 1080p resolution, AMOLED screen and a focus on media capture with a 20-megapixel PureView branded camera with Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash, and quad omnidirectional microphones.
In this gallery, we offer a visual tour of the recently announced Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635, the latest additions to Nokia's mid-range Windows Phone device portfolio. The two devices have an identical external design, but can be distinguished by their cellular specifications. The Lumia 630 is a 3G device, with both single and dual SIM variants, while the Lumia 635 is a 4G device and is only available in a single SIM variant.
In AAWP Insight #94, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we continue our coverage of Windows Phone 8.1. Topics covered included the WordFlow keyboard, updates to the core Windows Phone hub experiences (media, people, messaging), new and updated enterprise features, details on the improved file picking and backup/restore functionality, and some initial thoughts of the Lumia Cyan update.
After surfacing in various rumours, the Samsung ATIV SE has appeared on the Verizon website, with little in the way of an official fanfare announcement. The handset, which is exclusive to the US network and becomes Samsung's flagship Windows Phone device, is scheduled to start shipping next week. At launch it will be running Windows Phone 8.0, but is likely to be one of the first devices to receive the Windows Phone 8.1 update over-the-air (May or June).
In AAWP Insight #93, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk all about Windows Phone 8.1. The first half of the podcast covers some of the headline features and key themes of the new release, including Cortana, Action Centre, Start screen updates, and API depth. In the latter part of the show we cover the Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635.
Today at its Build developer event, Microsoft formally unveiled Windows Phone 8.1, the next generation of its mobile platform. Key highlights include the Cortana personal digital assistant, updated and more personal Start and lock screens, a refreshed notification experience with Action Centre, improved enterprise support, and the advent of Universal Apps that share a common code base between Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
Microsoft's Build 2014 developer event starts today and the opening keynote is expected to include the official unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1. The event kicks off at around 08:30 PST (16:30 BST). We'll be updating this story with our live coverage and analysis as the event takes place.
Microsoft's BUILD 2014 developer event takes place tomorrow and it is widely expected that Windows Phone 8.1 will be officially announced during the main day one keynote. The keynote and subsequent sessions will be streamed via Microsoft's Channel 9 website starting from 08:30 PST (15:30 GMT, 16:30 BST). Nokia also has its own event tomorrow, taking place at 17:00 PST (0:00 GMT / 01:00 BST), where it is expected to announce its first Windows Phone 8.1 device.
The latest set of Kantar Worldpanel data, released today, shows mixed fortunes in terms of the sales share for Windows Phone devices in various market. Figures for the 3 months ending February 2014 suggests a slow down in growth in some of the platform's strongest markets (Italy, UK, France), but there are improved figures in the US and Germany.