Get GDR3 today: Microsoft announces Windows Phone Preview for Developers
Starting later today, anyone can update their phone to Windows Phone 8 Update 3, as Microsoft announces new Preview Program
This morning, in addition to announcing Windows Phone 8 GDR3 (or just 'Update 3' as it is now being called), Microsoft has finally detailed their enthusiast update program so that owners of Windows Phone 8 devices can get the latest version of the OS without having to wait for OEMs or carriers. While technically designated for “developers”, anyone with a Windows Phone 8 device and a few minutes of their time can participate.
The program, detailed on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, will allow those who meet Microsoft’s loose standards to update to GDR3 starting later today. You read that right. The point of the program is to allow developers to try out their apps and optimize their code before the new OS goes live to millions of Windows Phone users, in addition to giving feedback to Microsoft.
Unofficially, it is meant to allow anyone to update their phones over-the-air to the latest version of Windows Phone 8, without carrier interference.
Later today, current registered developers can head the Windows Phone Preview for Developers page (developer.windowsphone.com) to get more information on how to enroll. Uses who accept the terms and conditions can then begin to receive the update through the Windows Phone Store—a method that is very similar to how Windows 8.1’s preview was given to the public earlier this summer. Users will install the new Windows Phone Preview for Developers app, which will allow them to manage the OS updates right from the phone.
Anyone can participate
Although the program is designated for “developers” in reality, any current Windows Phone user, including the "enthusiast” crowd, can participate. That’s because in addition to registered developers (who’ve paid the previous $99 registration fee, or the more current $19 offer), anyone who is also signed up for the free Windows Phone App Studio program (apps.windowsstore.com) can also participate.
While the $19 registered developer program allows you to unlock up to three devices, the free App Studio program allows you to unlock just one. So if you only have one Windows Phone, then you can participate in the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update preview like anyone else.
If that sounds like the “enthusiast update program” that Microsoft talked about in June 2012, you would be correct.
There are only a few caveats users face by participating
- This only includes the OS update, not device specific firmware i.e. this is not Nokia's 'Bittersweet shimmer'; users should remain with their current firmware and will not lose it
- You can only move forward, there is no “going back” to earlier releases
- You need at least OS version 8.0.10322.71 to participate
- You will continue to receive the official update (and firmware) when they become publicly available, so there is no missing out of features, nor will you ever be behind
- This may void your device warranty
It’s important to note that there are no new API changes for GDR3, so developers won’t have too much work to get their apps ready for the new OS. Things like optimizing for 1080P displays is really the only big changes for developers.
We’ll of course cover this program as it goes live later today.
All in all though, Microsoft has seemingly delivered on their promise of a method for enthusiasts to never miss an OS update.
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Edit: its live http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=178ac8a1-6519-4a0b-960c-038393741e96 Edit 2: about to,install!!!
Lets wait and see how this will work out when the terms and conditions go live later today.
Can someone clarify this?
user can't update directly from google.
It's great that Microsoft has finally proven that the "Apple way of updates" is possible, iow bypassing carriers and OEMs (something Google still can't do). But doing this by voiding warranty in the process is a really bad and unnecessary way since this is not at all how it's done on other Windows devices.
Yes, you are correct, it's not beta. Still the same rules can apply. Until the device manufacturer and carrier gives the ok it needs to treated as "as is". It'd be nice though for MS to provide a roll back method since they're providing an easy way for end users to download it.
"Windows Phone Preview for Developers gives you, our developer community, access to prerelease builds of Windows Phone updates on your dev phone before operating system updates generally are available to consumers"
"Points of note about the preview
-When you opt in and apply a prerelease update, you can only move forward with updates. When the update is publicly released for your device, you will once again be in a ‘released state.’
-After you install a preview update, you may void any warranty from your MO and OEM. In the unlikely event you run into an issue after you apply the prerelease update, you can visit the preview program’s support forum."
Until MS announces the official release there are still bugs being worked out with OEMs and partner devs.
Sure, Nokia itself is a litle pickier. (I had a warranty phone returned to me instead of being swapped out because they couldn't find the issue I was complaining about. And it took weeks.) But in that case, just use the new Nokia retail tool to reflash the phone to GDR2, no?
I admit some people have an HTC or Samsung Windows Phone, but, I mean.... uh, err... :-p
How? No Navifirm now and NSU will not go back to an older release. if we somehow hack NSU, it would work, could be doable?
We luckely have very smart hackers/developers at XDA and other locations that can make it LOOK like you can flash backwards. Thats not provided through the OEM and if they OEM KNEW you had previously unlocked your phone you warranty would still be voided. Infact on HTC devices if you unlock your bootloader (even if you flash a stock ROM back) your phone will indicate **TAMPERED** at the top of the recovery page. It has a yellow Triangle for Samsung devices. THEY ALREADY KNOW YOU VOIDED YOUR WARRANTY.
IF you wandering why you havent been charged for this...most OEM's just dont care. For us in the USA our carriers already bought replacement phones from the OEM's and replacing it through the carriers has a very minimal impact on thier bottome line. For every 1 Million devices sold they have to have at least that many replacements at the ready. Out of all those replacements possibly what....50 people are a result of voided warranty through actual flashing of ROM's. When your shipping 10 million units and already sold a bunch a replacement stock to a USA carrier then its just not worth the hassel of having to charge the carrier for the replacement and then having the carrier charge the user for the replacement. Now if your in a region thats not in the business of the carrier replacing your phone and you send it directly to them thats a different story. They then just try to find anything wrong with the phone that wasnt caused by you to they have an excuse to replace you with a refurb or just fix the problem and send it back to you. Its not worth the time unless they device was actually destroyed making it un-refurbishable. That is when they may charge you for being out of warranty.
Fourth worst case scenario you can just wait for the public update to come out. unless you just **** up your phone so bad that it cant even be updated, the official update will override w/e happens with this update and unless OEM's have in place a way to see if you tampered with your device like on Android then they wouldnt even know. even if your phone is not working and its not updatable then it means its likely bricked to where the screen doesnt turn on...then the OEM uses special tools to flash firmware and its back to normal. Lastly thier are stock ROM's out there for Nokia phones so if you search enough you can just flash one of those back (there is no "official" way to go back but since firmware is not affected flashing backwards IS possible just unofficial)
TL;DR Calm down and look at android
Windows Phone doesn't do much in the form of swipy swipe and I like Daniel's UI consistency argument.
Lets wait and see how this will work out when the terms and conditions go live later today.
I have a prototype Lumia 822, it's ALREADY void. xD
If there is no found back once you join the GDR3 Preview does that mean I won't be able to use Nokia Update to get GDR2 & Amber back?
I been posting in the forums to find a way to help her.
Unable to locate package source. When I choose to download from internet and retry, same error over and over.Running windows 8. Maybe server overload?
And over the air means no flashing - doesn't it. So everything will be like the normal OTA updates
@rikycaldeira this point makes me think it'll be GDR3 with Amber but could be wrong This only includes the OS update, not device specific firmware i.e. this is not Nokia's 'Bittersweet shimmer'; users should remain with their current firmware and will not lose it
I have the developer account but couldn't find the preview app !
No reason to void it!
Thanks in advance.
Going to try again tomorrow, maybe it'll be available on this website tomorrow.
I hope Nokia clarifies their position regarding this. If they say the warranty won't void, I'm in!
Otherwise I'll wait. We have 2 years of legal warranty in Europe and I'll not throw that away to get half the update 2 months earlier.
But I want install it anyway, I got my phone last month and I'm very happy that I live in the EU and have 2 years warranty. Dont want to throw that away for a few weeks early access to multitasking app closing.
I'd go as far to say it would be safe to update without any issues. Reading the blog post properly (Microsoft's blog post that is), everything should be preserved. So no need to worry about your Amber update being removed.
I, for one will be updating my Lumia 620 later on.
To download, you must pay a visit to developer.windowsphone.com to enroll in Microsoft's new program that essentially allows users like us(developers) to bypass carrier interference.
For more info, head over to the aforementioned website periodically today to see if they've updated it with the new program.
Finally Microsoft is honoring the "early-adopter" program too bad it's not for everyone but, I have a dev account and cant' wait to download it.
I assume this is the RTM version, as new phones are being created with it already...I would hate this to be a update that has to be Nuked to get the final that the carrier releases (normally comes with FIRMWARE updates from the carrier to fix bugs on the phone itself)
After that has been completed, you may then download this app: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/preview-for-developers/178ac8a1-6519-4a0b-960c-038393741e96
Launch the newly downloaded app and then sign into your "Apps" account (same as your microsoft account), follow the onscreen prompts, yes, yes, ok, sure, why not, blah, blah.....
Check your phone for updates: Settings->Phone Updates
Sit back and let GDR3 wash over you.
I'm all over this ! Just worried about the warranty part
What if I manage to shatter my precious Lumia 1020 a second time? Voiding my warrenty would the accidental damage coverage (which I paid extra for) would be voided also....
Then again, when I broke the first one, the Microsoft people swapped it, no questions asked, after they got my $50 deductable and looked up the account info, so I guess I'll be fine...
Being able to close an app with an x and lock the screen from rotating is pretty cool, but the biggest news that nobody has talked about is that developers can now build calendar apps that allow you to actually edit an appointment!! Since the standard winphone calendar app has not been updated, this is the really big news in my opinion. Now I can use Super Calendar exclusively and I no longer have to resort to the windows calendar app to edit an existing appointment.
any adea when GDE3 release , it's took to much time i dont know why , it is a basic feature only , it should from GDR2 :(
i'm still waiting....