Microsoft updates Windows Phone 8.1 preview release


So far today we’ve seen Apple announce iOS 8, and heard rumors about the possibility of Android 4.4.3 finally arriving, so why not finish out the major smartphone platform trifecta (sorry, Waterloo), with news of a platform update for Windows Phone? Back in mid-May we saw Microsoft release its first update to Windows Phone 8.1 since making it available to users participating in the company’s Preview for Developers program. There wasn’t a ton to that update, though, and really the most noteworthy change we were informed of was an improvement with battery life. Would the next update be more substantial? Today we start getting our answer, with the release of Windows Phone 8.10.12393.890.

Considering that it only weighs-in at 21MB, it’s clear that we’re not looking at anything huge, but we have already heard about a few scattered improvements. For instance, it seems that 8.1’s Quiet Hours feature is getting a tweak, with its settings now applying globally and no longer requiring the use of Cortana to set it up.

You also may notice a new boot screen for your phone, replacing the Windows logo that stood alone with one joined by some “Windows Phone” text. It’s minor, sure, but it brings the preview release more in line with the 8.1 we see on the natively-running Lumia 630 (above).

To get this release, just head into phone settings and check for updates. Let us know in the comments if you spot any additional changes.

Source: WPCentral

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