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Two GDR updates coming to Windows Phone this year?

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Two GDR updates coming to Windows Phone this year?
Back on Saturday, we told you about a tipster who claimed to work for Microsoft, and passed along the word that the company is now looking to send out feature updates for Windows Phone every 6 to 8 months, with major updates getting pushed out every one to two years. With that in mind a report published on Monday states that Microsoft plans on sending out two GDR updates this year, with a third coming next year before the next major release is rolled out.

The first GDR update for 2014 is expected to come in June, which could be limited to bug fixes for Windows Phone 8.1. That would be followed with a larger update in the November/December period, similar in scope to the GDR 3 update that rolled out last year. And for those Windows Phone owners who suffer from slow carrier updates, a Developer Preview could be made available for those who register with Microsoft as a developer.

Following the two GDR updates, and perhaps a third one in early 2015, Microsoft will send out Windows Phone 9, which is code-named "Threshold". There is speculation that one of the updates will add support for a  gesture-based 3D control system for the handset codenamed Goldfinger, due out in Q1 of 2015.  And down the road, a Windows Phone update could turn on support for a dual-camera setup similar to what is on the back of the HTC One (M8).

Sounds like Microsoft is really on top of things as the tech titan tries to improve upon the strong momentum that the platform built up in 2013, when Kantar called it the fastest growing mobile OS on the planet.

source: WPCentral via WMPoweruser

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posted on 07 Apr 2014, 18:02 1

1. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Like what I'm seeing so far, though, I hate there aren't smaller premium WP models.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 20:01

12. Diezparda (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


and not all model support SD card like 930, i never own windows mobile device and i think it's a good moment but... I have Galaxy Note 3 and it fit perfectly and i compared to 1520 it's so freaking huge, now i'm not sure anymore.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 18:07

2. volcano (Posts: 254; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


same as before we got 3 updates
windowsphone 8.0 general availability on 26 October 2012 and we have 36 months of support I think we might get the next big version too ^_^

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 18:12

3. sip1995 (Posts: 808; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Calm down, we have support until 12/1/2016....but i think that they'll keep supporting the WP8 devices after this date.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 18:34 3

4. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Where is the file manager that was supposed to come with wp8.1? I was very disappointed to see that it was all about 'cortana' because people hardly use virtual assistants tho i'm not denying that its an amaizing piece of tech. But i do belive that whenever m$ brings file manager to wp, it will also bring a metro file manager to both windows pro & rt.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 19:50 1

8. galahad (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


how often do you use file manager?

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 21:08 3

9. express77 (unregistered)


much often.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 21:22 1

10. alterecho (Posts: 1080; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


All through the presentation I was hoping they would announce a file manager. But yet again, they let me down.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 18:38

5. sgodsell (Posts: 1218; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Am I the only one that can see into what Microsoft is doing here. Hey everyone we at Microsoft are going to make 2 updates that will come out this year in 2014. Just so the public can see that we are updating the WP platform. We don't know what we are going to add in each update, but we will add something. Now everyone go buy a WP device and support our platform, because we need to sell some WP devices. Since we only sold 8.8 million devices globally last quarter.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 19:26 5

7. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 749; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


You may be the only one who takes that as a bad thing... WP has always had a VERY solid track record of reliability. So their updates were never half baked (like some other platforms.) If that meant longer periods between releases, as a person who has used WP extensively, I liked it.

Perhaps they are making GDR updates less pronounced and adding little doses of progress, more frequently. I'm sure as the time approaches, people will know exactly what features/fixes/additions are coming.

I don't suppose you expect them to already publicly announce what WP9 will be all about... That will surely thrill people into buying current WP8/8.1 devices.

Microsoft is following industry a bit more so people like you complain less... but it seems like even that can cause complaints?

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 06:48

11. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 966; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


yeah i remember that like that time my friend bought a lumia 800 and 5 month later he got the windows 8 update oh wait ....! that's my 1st point

until now i see wp as playing catch up and Microsoft is haggling i appreciate the quality they put in their updates but they need to hurry up this is Microsoft we're talking about one of the biggest software companies in the world if they can't get it together then they must be doing something wrong

they need to make it more unique already it's an operating system hiding behind a couple of life tiles and nothing else and worst of all it's more closed then IOS !

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 19:36

13. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 749; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Soooo your friend bought a Lumia 800 way late in its life cycle and 5 months later he should have gotten the 7.8 update... Your point is not vaild.

All OSes will - at one point - fragment a bit due to the evolution of technology and added/updated hardware. If your priend had bought the phone (any OS) NEW, he would not miss out on many updates. But there is a reason older phones slash their prices... Because they are nearer to their End Of Life (in a operating system support sense.)

Your second paragraph is subjective, and so is your third.

It is IN MY OPINION very unique, and the best of both worlds. I've played around with enough mobile OSes to know that closed is not necessarily bad - FOR MOST USERS.

MSFT is using expanded icons and merging them with the power of a widget.... TILES are revolutionary (IN MY OPINION) and help my life out a lot. For my taste, only Android is acceptable besides Windows Phone... and Windows Phone is still more organized and efficient.

Plus Nokia made hardware is SECOND TO NONE (this last statement is objective and subjective.)

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 19:19 7

6. Liveitup (Posts: 1204; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Keep the updates coming MS , now that the OS is free others will jump in, with a single committed OEM over 30 million WP were sold, becoming the fastest growing OS on earth. Can only imagine the success off 15 OEM's pushing the free OS. Haters gonna hate.

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