While select Lumia users are hunting new features of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones – rolled out last week – However, Windows Phone 8.1 is still breathing, and an update (GDR2) is expected with some interesting surprises.
According to reports, the Redmond developers had planned two GDRs (Global Distribution Release) over the course of Windows Phone 8.1 lifecycle, in which GDR1 came out last year, but GDR2 has been quite skeptical since the announcement of Windows 10 for all form factors.
Lately, there have also been many rumors that GDR2 has been canceled to make room for the development of Windows 10 for phones. Now, Microsoft has published new documentation to its Windows Phone Dev Center website that includes references related to ‘Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2’ and its features.
Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 New or updated features
- Video over LTE – Customize specific settings and behavior for Video over LTE to meet mobile operator requirements including Showing or hiding the LTE video calling switch, Enabling video conferencing, etc.
- Restore Start tile layout – Append the OEM-defined Start screen layout to the bottom of the user’s backed up Start screen layout when the user restores their device from a backup.
- More phone languages – Bangla (Bangladesh), Khmer, Kiswahili, Lao.
- VPN Configuration service provider – New AlwaysOn value in ConnectionType; New Policies/AppIdleTimeout setting in the CSP.
Although, it is a minor update and the list of changes is not quite long, but it may have been scheduled sometime before the Windows 10 launch later this year.
Moreover, the GDR2 as ‘Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2’ could be a reason to unveil new Lumia devices during the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. FYI, Microsoft has scheduled a press event on March 2nd – just a day after Samsung UNPACKED event – and recently rumored low-end, and midrange offerings such as the Lumia 1330 may see the day of light.
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