Preview for Developers Windows Phone Build 14219 now Available

Microsoft has released Windows Phone Build 14219 for those who participate in the Preview for Developers program.  The update is either ready for you in your Phone Update in Settings on your device or can be downloaded by tapping the Check for Update button on the same screen.  While the Preview for Developers program is a free app and service, I’ll remind everyone that it is beta software and sometimes behaves as such.

The biggest news with this update is support for Cortana in France, Germany, Italy and Spain as part of an update posted on the Microsoft blog this morning.  Now Windows Phone users can enjoy the personal assistant feature that has been available to those in the United States and other countries for a few months.

As with many of these build updates, what exactly is addressed in Build 14219 is still a bit of a mystery. Undoubtedly there will be a load of bug fixes and improvements.  Windows Central is also reporting that the ability to toggle Cellular data from the Action Center is now in this build for users to configure.

I have been running the update on my Lumia 1320 and I have not seen any appreciable differences from the prior build 14203 to this one.

For those interested in the Preview for Developer program, just download the app from the Windows Phone store and authorize your phone to download the updates.  Again, remember that it is beta so if you aren’t comfortable with that or can’t live with an occasional bug or two, it may be best to avoid it until the Windows Phone 8.1.1 release is made available through your carrier early next year.

 

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