A week ago, Microsoft pushed build 14203 of Windows Phone 8.1 to all members of Preview for Developers program. The update comes with a very important change that has been unknown yet. After updating to build 14203, the OS can make use of SD card to download/save and extract OTA updates when your phone is running out of free space.
Recently, the Redmond developers has updated Windows Phone 8 update history that reads, “Install updates when you want by scheduling them for a time that works best for you. And if your phone supports SD cards, it will now detect if you’re running low on space when updating and use the SD card. (Scheduling an update is available after updating to build 8.10.14203.206. Support for using your SD card for updating your phone depends on your phone model and manufacturer.)”
The change will definitely please Windows phone users those have low-end devices with 4GB of internal storage and microSD expansion. In fact, the build is a result of feedback by many users who suffered aborted updates because their devices did not have enough free space.
Windows Phone 8.1 build 14203 will bring real-time live tile for Battery Saver app, ability to add battery saver app to quick settings menu that will let you toggle different modes including less than 20%, until charge, battery saver and turned on. Additionally, it will let you choose “preferred installation time” for OTA updates.
As the build 14203 belongs to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 branch, it is expected to be rolled out soon along with the Lumia Denim firmware for older devices by the end of the month.