Windows Phone users anxious to get an early start with Windows Phone 8.1 now have access to Microsoft’s Preview for Developers, letting them install the OS before OTA updates for individual models start coming down in a few months. Sure, going this route isn’t without its own risks, but they’ve largely seemed minor in comparison to all the cool stuff WP8.1 lets you do. But now we’re hearing reports of multiple problems with the 8.1 preview on one specific handset, and while they don’t render the phone unusable, the headaches they stand to cause might have you thinking twice about installation.
We’re talking about WP8 newcomer, the Samsung ATIV SE. It just hit Verizon without much fanfare, and while you may expect that a newer model like this would have fewer issues with WP8.1, the phone just really doesn’t seem to get along with the preview, routinely freezing-up, spontaneously rebooting, or experiencing touch screen issues. While users have been able to reset their phones and continue using them, the problems tend to keep coming back.
Speculation points to this being an issue with the current firmware on the ATIV SE. Remember, unlike those OTA updates that will arrive this summer, bringing current phones up to WP8.1 while also installing an updated phone firmware, the dev preview is just 8.1 – no firmware changes. As such, it’s not entirely unexpected that some handsets may behave unpredictably.
If you already put WP8.1 on your ATIV SE you may have to grin and bear it for a while longer, but hopefully that future firmware release will set things straight.