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Latest Windows Phone 8.1 update: Installation experience & what has changed ?

WP8.1So, Microsoft has started rolling out an update to devices running Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview. This update takes the Windows Phone 8.1 OS version to 8.10.12382.878. So, here is the update installation experience and what we can find as new or changed.


First things first, please make sure you have “Preview for developers app” still installed and you are signed in and have enabled it for  update. If not, you may not get any “update available” prompt when checking for update.

Now go to Settings—>Phone update—> check for updates. Once prompted let it download the update. 8.10.12382.878 update is about 22 MB in size and the whole installation experience takes 15-20 minutes including data restore post update. Once the update is done you will be informed. Check the above screenshots.

WP8.1 updateChangelog:

While this is mostly a Bug Fixing and Battery life enhancement kind of update, here are few improvements I could notice.

  • New Cortana animations including new bouncing ball avatar
  • Bing rewards are now available and can be accessed from Cortana search settings
  • Battery life is certainly better than before
  • Universal Phone search is much faster now with or without Cortana
  • Music app feels snappier and that loud sound while switching songs is gone
  • Internet explorer has more fluidity build around, it seems

What else you could notice? Do let us know in comments below.

In case you want to read more about Windows Phone 8.1 features, tips, tricks, hands-on, get them all on one page.


Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long.

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  • Chantelle Davoes

    I have installed the update and now cannot hear people on incoming calls unless put onto loud speak, I am not happy!! Does anyone know of any solutions??

  • jose ricardo

    el wattsapp no se puede instalar, ypues haver si pueden hacer un truco para el glance en el nokia 625 por favor de ahi en adelante todo bien

  • neo

    what i dint like is that I can no more install whatsapp on the phone. hope ms and whatsapp work together asap and get back whatsapp on wp8.1.

    if any one has any trick or hack regarding installation of whatsapp please share it here.

    • shivnay

      I also looking for solution . whatsapp also no more available on my phone

  • Not just new Cortana graphics, seems to be smarter, better answers and is quicker to load. Also, post update, my previously fully charged phone can take more…

  • abhi

    Ya I updated my phone to win 8.1 now, I see new changes in Cortana,
    Sound loudness.