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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and Emulators now available for developers

Windows Devs

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is now rolling out to those enrolled in the Preview for Developers program. Enthusiasts and developers can try out the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system by participating in the program. This update introduces new features, like Live Folders on the Start Screen, and also introduces support for new device resolutions. Developers will want to grab the new Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and emulators to test against those resolutions.

Head to the Windows developer site and you'll find the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and emulators package now available. It adds the following to an existing installation of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or later:

  • Windows Phone SDK 8.1 Update 1
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 WVGA 4 inch
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 WVGA 4 inch 512MB
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 WXGA 4.5 inch
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 720p 4.7 inch
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 1080p 5.5 inch
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 1080p 6 inch

Despite there being new APIs with this release, some for smartwatch support in Windows Phone, it looks like developers will only have access to the new emulators.

Full details on the update will be available in a blog post in a few hours. We'll update if there's anything new information.

Any devs out there grabbing these new emulators to test against all the new resolutions?

Source: Microsoft Via: @cliffsimpkins

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and Emulators now available for developers

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I'm confused... What are consumer getting out of this??....
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Oohhhhhhhh.. This is so that developers can make sure their apps scale correctly with the new resolutions that future devices might have... Got it!

The emulators/SDK are for developers. Consumers can download the 8.1 Update 1 from their windows phones if they so desire (and have the developer preview).

Just highlight the app and place it on another app you want to bundle with...they will join side by side and you will have the option to name your group

Long press a tile, and hover it over another tile until it turns into a folder.. You have to make live folders!!!

Xbox Music is a separate app  now, not bundled with the OS. I'm guessing the update with the new tiles, etc. should come out in a day or two now that Update 1 DP is out.

As a dev here is a question to Microsoft : "where is the documentation for live lockscreen APIs" ? There is documented every inch so far and i really like the docs of WP dev center but for live lockscreen apps we have 0. Or i missed the info about it?!

It is still in beta, i guess they will release the documentation together with the full release of the feature.

No, it's better to develop a UI that adapts responsibly to the screen size. You can fit more into a 6" screen, so why not take advantage of it?

I'm probably going to be at Microsoft's Atlanta (Alpharetta) offices tonight for a user group meeting tonight, and that will be my next opportunity to connect to Wi-Fi so I'll upgrade over their Wi-Fi for both the dev bits and the update on my phone.

When is Facebook inc making an Official Fb app?? Microsoft said earlier it is in woks but will it ever appear.

Missing option to pin songs/Albums to home screen. Don't know why Microsoft makes a downgrade everytime. -_-

If you use Bluetooth in your car and want a Siri Handsfree-like experience, enter 555.555.9876 as a voice dial with your car's Bluetooth system. Voice dialing Cortana works like a charm!

IMPORTANT : If you install the 8.1 SDK , you'll see that there is no more limitations to the number of xap apps you can deploy to your phones via Application Deployement !!!!
YAAAAAY

Hey guys, after installing the wp 8.1 update 1 i m noticing my mobile rebooting twice thrice a day automatically (lumia 520), is there anyone facing this issue?

After this update myvwifi connction keeps saying no internet conntion but wn i checked with my other device my Wi-Fi connection is very fine... What the....