Windows Phone 8.1 final version sent to manufacturers, new models soon
Just a week after we heard that Windows Phone 8.1 core had finished, Microsoft is ready with the final version of its platform, with copies reportedly sent to manufacturing partners for testing on old and new hardware. According to different websites, the first Windows Phone 8.1 models will be available on the market on April 23, with Lumia 630, Lumia 930 and Samsung Ativ SE being the main contenders. Other companies such as HTC, Micromax, Ucall and more are also working on new devices, which could launch in Q2/Q3 in 2014.
Around the same time, Windows Phone 8.1 will be available for developers, so any user with an App Studio account will be able to download the new version before the OS becomes available for the individual customers. Updates to WP8.1 for the old phones will roll out later throughout the year, as different firmwares must be developed and tested by manufacturers and carriers.
Windows Phone 8.1 announces this week in San Francisco (2-4 April), while Nokia is holding a separate event on April 2.