Microsoft has confirmed Windows Phone 8.1 to be the official name of the next OS update, through the “Works with” or the compatibility section in the Windows Phone app store website.
Earlier at a press event at Mobile World Congress 2014, the company showcased some of the important and interesting features of the upcoming OS update, but there wasn’t a word about the name.
Over the weekend Microsoft had been paying attention to the compatibility section of the Windows Phone 8 apps in the store, adding Windows Phone 8.1 to the support list, confirming the update’s official name to be Windows Phone 8.1.
Almost all the Windows 8 apps, has now Windows Phone 8.1 listed above the Windows 8 in the “Works with” section, making them compatible with the new updated version of the OS. However, apps specifically designed for Windows Phone 8.1 will not be backward compatible because of API’s and other issues.
Long back Microsoft announced that all the devices powered by Windows Phone 8 OS will get the Windows Phone 8.1 update. There have been lots of leaks with screenshots of the OS, tips along with few demo videos about the update flooding the internet, like a notification center with toggles dubbed the action center, a brand new voice assistant, etc.
Microsoft is expected to unveil the Windows Phone 8.1 update at the BUILD 2014, which is scheduled on April 2, 2014. The company is rumored to release the developer’s preview of Windows Phone 8.1 during the conference. All the existing devices will likely receive the update a few weeks later.