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Microsoft posts Windows Phone 8 GDR2 changelog, doesn't mention the features we expect

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Microsoft posts Windows Phone 8 GDR2 changelog, doesn't mention the features we expect
We have heard bits and pieces about the next update for Windows Phone 8, codenamed GDR2, and we were getting pretty excited to see some of the features that were rumored to be included. Today, Microsoft posted the changelog for the GDR2 update, and unfortunately it doesn't list the features that we expected to see, although that doesn't mean they won't be in the update. The features Microsoft lists are: 

  • 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.

It's that "other improvements" category that we're interested in, because while the other improvements do sound pretty nice, we had heard that GDR2 was going to bring CalDAV and CardDAV support for Gmail users, which is one feature that we would really like to see as soon as possible. Another rumor was that GDR2 would start the habit of Microsoft updates being bundled with OEM updates. We didn't really expect that to be in the changelog though. 

source: Microsoft via WMPU

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:06

1. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


well, need to wait what we must need, for sure instant upgrades is the key

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:22 2

2. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)


well to be honest I really don't care about CalDAV and CardDAV support for Gmail, I like what's come with the update :)

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:49

3. ZeroCide (Posts: 698; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Awesome update. Is this 8.1 or does that come later?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 23:23 2

7. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


its not 8.1

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:00

4. BesnikRrustemi (Posts: 44; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


Just imagine if that lumia 1020 came out with:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 or 800
And maybe a 1080p display
If they only waited for that GDR update,i would have switched to windows phone without a hesitation.others specs are excellent except that mid range SoC.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 21:53

6. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I think you'll see them produce an updated flagship in the fall that has this camera module as well as the rest of what you're asking for (1080P, better processor, and graphics unit). It's Microsoft that needs to catch up, and Nokia is waiting on them to update their OS...

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 21:24

5. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


so the lumia 1020 comes with this update?

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