Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update detailed on official website

By LiveSide | In Mobile | Posted July 11, 2013 18 comments

FM RadioMicrosoft detailed the next minor update to the Windows Phone 8 OS back in May, named GDR2, which came pre-loaded on recent new devices such as the Nokia Lumia 925 and Huawei Ascend W2. Whilst the blog post back then highlighted some key improvements – like CalDAV and CardDav support, FM Radio, Data Sense, and Xbox Music improvements – some of the other improvements were summed up into  “hundreds of other small quality improvements”. Today, the official Windows Phone 8 update history page detailed some of the other enhancements the GDR2 update (version number 8.0.10327.77 or 8.0.10328.78, depending on which device you own) will bring to users, including:

  • Xbox Music. It’s now easier to select, download, and pin music. Plus, music fans will see more accurate metadata (such as song and album information) and many other performance improvements.
  • FM radio. Listen to FM radio right from the Music+Videos hub. (Not available for all phones.)
  • Data Sense. Stay on top of your phone’s data usage with Data Sense. You can set a limit based on your data plan, or just keep track of which apps use the most data. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)
  • Skype. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype now feature improved stability and performance.
  • Internet Explorer. Your web browsing experience is now better than ever with improved HTML 5 compatibility.
  • Camera. Set your favorite Lens so it opens automatically when you press the camera button. (Not available for all phones.)
  • Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.

For Nokia Windows Phone owners, the GDR2 update will be included within the Lumia “Amber” update, which includes other enhancements such as double-tap to wake, flip-to-silence, color profile settings, Glance screen, Bluetooth 4.0, and support for Nokia Smart Cam and Nokia Pro Cam apps. The software update will be pre-loaded on all new devices such as the Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Lumia 1020, Huawei Ascend W2, HTC 8XT, and Samsung ATIV S Neo. Existing users should expect the new update to be rolled out during this summer (depending on OEM and carrier), with reports that the update is already in carrier testing at Vodafone.

Posted July 11th, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Category: Mobile
Tags: GDR2, Windows Phone 8
  • jakelq

    What are the OTHER IMPROVEMENTS, does it include the MOST REQUESTED FEATURE which is the NOTIFICATION and FILE MANAGER/EXPLORER and the FIX for the OTHER on storage,

    Hmmm, seems like the update is not interesting as some users expected for.

    • damaster

      I’m not sure what people had been expecting of GDR2, given the scope of it was pretty much already announced in May already. Only thing new in the above list are the Skype, IE, and Camera improvements. All of the GDR updates (including the Portico update before this) are meant to be minor enhancements and bug fixes.

      Those major new features you mentioned like Notifications Center are expected in the upcoming “Blue” upgrade (Windows Phone 8.1), slated for early 2014.

      • jakelq

        Which means, it takes a year for a request to be granted. Maybe MS should work hard on this, if their target is to be the number Smartphone OS by 2016.

        BTW, maybe the bug fix for the storage (other) is already included, it was already mentioned before that the next update will include an improvement.

  • jakelq

    What are the OTHER IMPROVEMENTS, does it include the MOST REQUESTED FEATURE which is the NOTIFICATION and FILE MANAGER/EXPLORER and the FIX for the OTHER on storage,

    Hmmm, seems like the update is not interesting as some users expected for.

    • damaster

      I’m not sure what people had been expecting of GDR2, given the scope of it was pretty much already announced in May already. Only thing new in the above list are the Skype, IE, and Camera improvements. All of the GDR updates (including the Portico update before this) are meant to be minor enhancements and bug fixes.

      Those major new features you mentioned like Notifications Center are expected in the upcoming “Blue” upgrade (Windows Phone 8.1), slated for early 2014.

      • jakelq

        Which means, it takes a year for a request to be granted. Maybe MS should work hard on this, if their target is to be the number 1 Smartphone OS by 2016.

        BTW, maybe the bug fix for the storage (other) is already included, it was already mentioned before that the next update will include an improvement.

  • Lolly

    So as per usual, Nokia does the bulk of the work. Microsoft meanwhile does a few little things, and then the vague ‘Other Improvements’.

    What’s the point of Uservoice feedback, which has as #1 custom sms/email tones if they’re just going to ignore it. I hardly think holding back on catchup features is the way to win over people.

  • Lolly

    So as per usual, Nokia does the bulk of the work. Microsoft meanwhile does a few little things, and then the vague ‘Other Improvements’.

    What’s the point of Uservoice feedback, which has as #1 custom sms/email tones if they’re just going to ignore it. I hardly think holding back on catchup features is the way to win over people.

  • Mark Gibbs

    what about .wav support I need this back since my voicemail at work send wav files. I don’t know why this is so difficult to add to the phone.

  • Mark Gibbs

    what about .wav support I need this back since my voicemail at work send wav files. I don’t know why this is so difficult to add to the phone.

  • salty walty

    My phone won’t let me get on you tube recently

  • salty walty

    My phone won’t let me get on you tube recently

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  • sun

    This is funny. I remembe reading interview after release of wp8 that they were on the verge of including notification center but had to cut down due to time constraints. I think it takes a year for “on the verge”.

    • sun

      Gdr2 :wp8 = wp7.8 : wp7

  • sun

    This is funny. I remembe reading interview after release of wp8 that they were on the verge of including notification center but had to cut down due to time constraints. I think it takes a year for “on the verge”.

    • sun

      Gdr2 :wp8 = wp7.8 : wp7