Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 changes tipped – Settings sorted alphabetically, finally

Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 changes tipped – Settings sorted alphabetically, finally
Microsoft's GDR (general distribution release) updates are the incremental patches that Redmond issues to its Windows Phone OS in-between major step-ups. For example, Windows Phone 8 saw 3 GDR updates, prior to the release of WP 8.1.

Windows Phone 8.1 already has its GDR1 update and word is – a second one is on the way. We previously heard a rumor that it will bring support for 2K resolution, as well as allow the platform to operate with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 CPU.

Now, there's a rumor afloat, about some new practical features that GDR2 will bring to WP 8.1 handsets. Reportedly, the Settings menu will finally be sorted alphabetically and will allow users to search through its options, much like one can search through the apps list. Another useful new feature would be the addition of a Mobile data on/off toggle right in the action center. And, of course, the new update will push Cortana to new regions; though, it will still be considered alpha.

Rumors say that the new update should roll out in 2 months. If that's the case – we should expect a Developer Preview to hit select phones earlier and shed more light on the new additions to the OS.

source: Nokia Power User via WMPoweruser



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice, bring it on........

2. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Finally! I really get pissed at the haphazard settings menu whenever I use a Windows Phone, this would really be a good practical update

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Agree. This little feature is really nice addition. I love android's settings menu, those toggles for wifi and Bluetooth etc on settings menu is so cool.. Hope it comes with those toggles too..

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Never bothered me, IOS is not alphabetical nor is android (at least on Samsung), and to be honest it was sorted from most used to not so much. I don't need extras at the top I don't look at extras, or backup all day either. But my airplane, wifi, sharing etc are all near the top since we use them the most. Makes sense really. Imo that is. I hope there is an option of most used and alphabet style.

3. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

WP forever

4. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Always lol'ed from WP settings menu.

5. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

This sounds like a headline form the Onion! I mean it's ridiculous that in Q4 2014 Windows Phone is still ironing out such simple stuff.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, Windows Phone is the newest platform and Android and iPhones get regular updates tweaking settings and interfaces here and there so I think that there's nothing wrong with this update. Hell, it's when a system stops getting frequent updates that you need to be annoyed.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

One could make the argument that Windows Phones is the OLDEST mobile platform as Microsoft has been involved with mobile devices for a long long time. The update is fine, but it really is a sign of a lazy moribund monopoly "finally getting around to basic features".

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I don't count my friend's super old Google phone that was released before Android so... It's all a matter of perspective I guess. Good point though.

17. Dastrix unregistered

That argument is like saying dinosours still exist (in the form of reptiles), and is hence invalid.

7. lucid.brat unregistered

Now wp team is going very still a lot to catch bt anyways its never too late

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Thier always late at everything.

14. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You mean they're?

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Thanks I kNow, I was in a hurry.

18. Dastrix unregistered

LOL you need to go back to school before it's too late.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well hell, if you're going to insult the person at least tell them the difference between their, there, and they're. Think of it as a public service. :P

8. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

I love WP but being how big Microsoft is, they sure move like it.

11. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

WP is still in there teenage stage i will buy one when it gets in there matured form.

15. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

One of the most annoying aspects of WP. Surprised more reviewers don't talk about it.

16. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

One of the most annoying aspects of WP. Surprised more reviewers don't talk about it.

20. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

When my 3 friends saw the toggles they were like- omg this is cool never seen this. And then I had to show them what all things android has before wp. But then they're like- wp will be more awesome ,just wait n watch. What I don't understand is,wp will end up having all features what android has(almost all). Not to mention, they'll never have multi-homescreen,huge development and maybe a place on home screen to put a wallpaper (they have now which is in the background ).

21. theshark

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

Well if your friends didn't know Android already had toggles then they can't know much about phones. Android certainly is ahead of WP in some things, but then the old Windows Mobile & Symbian both had lots of features that even Android doesn't have yet. Android is getting more like them I'd say, than WP getting like Android. WP is just a simple reboot for MS, it provided a better UI for phones than anyone else, it just lacked some necessary features at the start that's hampered it's growth. Android needs multi-homescreens because you have such a basic UI, grids of icons, WP with it's tiles and especially now with live folders doesn't need such a confusing feature. Wallpapers they have on the homescreen and live wallpapers are arguably nicer than those on Android. The main issue it has is development, that's somewhere I can't see it ever catching Android. But more and more devs are building for it, and I'm sure once they finally merge RT & WP next year it will make the Windows ecosystem even more simple and useful to develop for. It still won't be for everyone, especially power users, but for most people it will be the best choice.

22. szaboagoston

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Finally... And please, include a timer/stopwatch app or allow third parties to wake the device.

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