Windows Phone fragmentation? What Windows Phone fragmentation? The mobile operating system’s newest flavor, 8.1, is merely a month old, and four, count’em, four devices have already received their very early updates stateside.
The European status quo is more or less just as rosy, so I guess it’s safe to say Microsoft is doing a much better job than Google in bringing its soldiers up to date. Of course, that’s like comparing apples and oranges, as Windows Phones are really no match for Androids numerically around the globe.
Plus, with Microsoft owning Nokia and Nokia holding the vast majority of the WP market, Redmond handles software bumps directly, not having to wait for third-party manufacturing partners to skin, customize and “optimize” its OS.
But the real hero in this equation may actually be AT&T, given it’s all quiet on the Verizon and T-Mobile fronts at the moment. While Big Red’s Lumia Icon, Lumia 928 and 822 and T-Mo’s 925, 810 and 521 remain grounded on WP 8.0, waiting for carrier-specific “testing” to conclude, AT&T’s Lumia 1020 is all ready to board a quick flight to 8.1, following in the footsteps of the 1520, 925 and 520.
The PureView optics beast scores Lumia Cyan, which is the generic term for a set of Windows Phone 8.1 tweaks specifically designed for Lumias, over-the-air, meaning your effort to flash the port on top of 8.0 is minimal.
Cortana voice assistance leads the changelog, but perhaps just as important, you get new personalization options, a reinvented One Windows experience, improved efficiency, performance and accessibility. Next up, the Lumia 920, right, AT&T?