Are you looking forward to the arrival of the next update of the year to Windows Phone 8? The update known by the codename GDR2 (General Distribution Release 2) is already included in the recent Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020. Soon, all Windows Phone 8 users would have the new version of the operating system. Therefore, the Redmond giant has updated the page that contains the Windows Phone 8 update history and lists the changes and improvements.


Except these two Nokia smartphones, the current version of Windows Phone 8 OS version reads 8.0.10211.204. After installing the GDR2 update, the version of the operating system will become 8.0.10327.77 and 8.0.10328.78 (The number depends on the model and the phone company). The GDR2 would bring enhancements and new features such as FM Radio, Data Sense, new Xbox Music UI and support for CalDAV and CardDAV.

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

Nokia Lumia smartphone users will also receive the new Amber firmware integrating several new features including the Smart Camera and Pro Camera (only for Lumia 920 and 925). The roadmap shows that Microsoft will also release third update (GDR3) later this year that will introduce support for full HD display and quad core processors. However, Windows Phone 8.1 is expected in the beginning of 2014. Recently, the company has also extended support for Windows Phone 8 until January 12, 2016.


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