Just about two months ago, Microsoft introduced us to Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014. We learned a lot about new features, and services like Cortana, and also got our first sense for what availability of 8.1 would like: developer preview first, then native 8.1 phones like the Lumia 630, and finally OTA updates for existing models. Back then Microsoft told us to expect those updates to land “in the next few months.” Subsequently, we’ve heard Nokia talk about distributing its Cyan firmware to its own phones (which will arrive alongside their 8.1 updates) sometime this summer. And while both of those give us a general idea of when updates should be landing, neither is very specific. Today we start narrowing-down just when this software might hope to start hitting users, as a carrier gives its subscribers a little heads-up.
This news comes to us a little second-hand, but supposedly Vodafone Australia has been telling users that WP8.1 updates are due to start landing in mid to late June. Vodafone itself responded to the initial tweet, writing, “you’re right the WP8.1 Blue will be tested soon,” and while that certainly fits with the spirit of a release coming soon, we can’t help but notice how the carrier avoids mention of the June release window in specific.
As such, we’re not sure just how much faith the idea of this firm late June window deserves. And certainly, even if it does represent Vodafone AU’s current plans, testing can always reveal new problems, so it’s possible that delays could creep up on us. Really, considering all this talk of a summer release, mid-June could be a little early, but closer to July sounds like it might be just about right.