Windows Phone 8.1, GDR1 update in the works, will roll out this year

Windows Phone 8.1, GDR1 update in the works, will roll out this year
Windows Phone 8.1 has barely graced the public stage (officially) and already we are getting word that the first significant upgrade to Microsoft’s wholly revamped mobile operating system is well under development.

Microsoft is in the latter phases of internal testing of Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 (General Distribution Release). Called “dogfooding,” where Microsoft’s own developers are using the platform on their own devices, it does not mean that a wider rollout is immanent, but it does mean that things are usable.

What we do not yet know are the various enhancements that are going to be incorporated with this update. As a result, we also do not know how drastic the updates will be either. If we take the updates that Microsoft rolled out for Windows Phone 8, of which there were three, they will be probably be mostly incremental with possibly a couple extra big features thrown in.  If we had to guess, and it is only a guess, visual and functional enhancements to the Action Center seem to be a good place to start (actionable notifications maybe?).

Another thing we will keep an eye on is when Microsoft will release GDR1 for “developers.” Since Windows Phone 8.1’s current install base is mostly developers and enthusiasts, it is fair to assume those folks will get first dibs once the OS is ready to see light outside of the internal testing teams.

sources: Neowin via WMPoweruser

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31 Comments

1. Sriniva1995

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Way to go Microsoft, the only problem is that these updates are not seen in all the windows phones.only a few phones are updated regularly :-(

2. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

join the dev preview program and you get them instantly when they reach RTM. :P

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

All WP gets updated at least those from WP8. Android has update problems not WP.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah my lumia 510 is so awesome, it has WP7 and its so advanced and functional that it puts lagdroid 4.4 shame. And even 256mb of wp>> 3gb ram of lagdroid. Right?

14. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

You do know why WP7 handsets didn't get WP8. Hope you're not that stupid

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Keep hoping...

24. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Its like saying your Froyo based handset didn't get KitKat. Both Froyo and WP7 came out in 2010. WP8 and JB 4.2.x came out in Q4 2012. Are all those Android devices running the latest version KitKat 4.4.3? In case of WP, all WP8 devices will get updated to WP8.1 irrespective of lowend or highend device. Keep trolling harder..

25. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Man you still at WP7? The world is moving to WP8.1. Do you live in North Korea?

5. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Yes, But it is far ahead of Android.

10. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

If i remember correctly, i got 4 updates already but still the update not satisfied me since i lack of mobile data on the action center and the last update make my phone battery drains so fast. Hope Microsoft fixes it as soon as possible.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This article is talking about the GDR updates, not the Lumia specific updates.. You know GDR1,2,3... Not Cyan, Black, or Amber... ............. The fact is that MS/Nokia updates their devices so much that its hard to keep track of them all... I think their will have been over 15 in 16 months by the time Cyan is released... The only other platform that is that good at updating over 90% of their devices is iOS..

4. naqsh

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Just updated to 8.1. Awesome Stuff. Cant wait for the next Update.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes, it is worlds better than anything we've seen on WP so far... And, we still have at least 2 GDR updates to go for WP8.1, and another major update in the pipes.. There's no telling how feature rich WP will be by then,,, most likely surpassing iDroid in terms of OS features, and functionality.. This is what MS said its goal was after WP8.1, and they seem to be living up to it.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

......

26. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

........

8. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Used to own a Nokia Lumia 920...I really liked that phone but it was less customizable then.....Im probably gonna be one of the first to switch to "McLaren" flagship when it comes out ..fingers crossed it comes on Tmobile. Ill say bye to Android then.

11. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Good for you bro! for me, i am looking for android now because wp not meet my expectation and as you said it's not customizable like my experience with android but i hope will be more open in the future

12. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

It's been rumoured to come to T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T :)

30. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Sounds good. Thanks for the info.

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I went with Windows smart phones and i am not sad i did because Microsoft is making a strong effort to improve the Windows 8 class smart phones . Thanks for the good work Microsoft.

13. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Such a shame Android always have to wait for ages for updates. I'm still waiting for Android 4.4.2 on my LG G2 in my country

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7458; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

KitKat is already available for the LG G2. You could install the update your self.

29. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Do you really need that upgrade? Do you realize people here are talking about windows phone os which is far far behind of what you have from already 1year ago? And now they have hope in the bright distant future when they can enjoy their is like you already done from more than 3 years.

16. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

Some of you need not be apart of the dev preview of you cannot understand the simple fact that singer issue need firmware updates to fix which doesn't come with the dev preview!

17. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yea sure MS, my 1020 still hasn't received the 8.1 update, and anyone who says join the dev program clearly does not own a windows phone, the dev updates don't have any of the Nokia apps, without them windows phone is useless and the dev OS versions are buggy. MS updates are just as bad as Android, the fanboi's who say otherwise are delusional.

18. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that certain apps are restricted on Dev Previews, but I'm running 8.10.12397 on my Lumia 925 and I have all the Nokia apps I want. I don't yet have the Nokia Cyan release (only the new 630 has that, officially) but I will soon, and I'm not limited in any way by not having it.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I can call your 'bluff', running 3 nokia 925's, nokia 521, all have nokia apps, and even running the nokia cam beta app that takes 'live' pictures. HTC 8x running dev preview as well. That makes it 5 phones now with dev preview no issues. Only bug i have gotten, is that one of the phones, the volume wouldnt ring, restarted and fixed. Best part is that, with the 8.1 backup, i am never afraid to do a reset, ever.

23. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What are you talking about??. The developers preview doesn't contain any of the Nokia apps??... Are you trolling?

27. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Are you? The guy clearly doesn't own a WP and is just here to troll, like his club members SEN, alterecho and sgodsell.

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Right.

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