Windows Phone 8.1 about to get its first update

Windows Phone 8.1 about to get its first update
Windows Phone 8.1 may have just started rolling out about a week ago, yet Microsoft is already planning its first patch, and no – it's not a hotfix. In typical Microsoft fashion, it's going to be called GDR 1 (General Distribution Release 1) and is going to bring a few nifty little features for both users and OEMs.

First of all, it seems like WP 8.1 will be able to support smart cases, however it is yet unknown whether Microsoft intends to manufacture its own case, or if it will be left as an option for third parties and OEMs to tinker with. We can also expect support for 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution and 7" screen devices. The update is also meant to enable VoLTE on WP 8.1 handsets – the tech itself may still be rather young and scarcely distributed, but it would seem that Microsoft wants to be well prepared for the near future.

As far as user interface goes – we know there will be folders added to the Start screen. Just like in other systems, the user would be able to create a new folder on the home screen by dragging one Live Tile on top of another. Cortana will now be available as a phonebook entry as well, which will help integrate her better with car consoles that do not support voice activation with Bluetooth-connected phones.

Additional functions for manufacturers will now allow them to hide the "Auto scan for updates" function, rearrange the Start screen layout, and enable/disable the SD card for phone updates.

The Developer Preview of the GDR 1 is expected to arrive in August this year.

source: NokiaPowerUser via Redmond Pie

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26 Comments

1. p211093

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

that the good news 1st os update of 2

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

VoLTE on the Lumia 925!

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is great. MS is really serious about getting back into the smartphone game. Really loving Lumia Cyan and WP8.1 on my L1520. More frequent updates will mean more features on my phone. Can't wait to check out some smart cases for my Lumia 1520!

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The most updated platform alive!!

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

And the most disliked

22. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Go away

24. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!... That would be crazy if that actually worked... Nevertheless, weirder things have happened..

17. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

no 8.1 update yet for india

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Not for any devices??? Are you sure? Check WPC!!!

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Best will get better !!

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Eventually

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice.

6. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

What about 8.1 preview users who are waiting for 8.1 I have Samsung ATIV S, Lumia 520, 625 in my family and none of them has received update :(

20. Doakie

Posts: 2470; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah. So much for Windows Phone rolling out updates simultaneously. I keep checking my 521 multiple times a day with no luck.

26. Totalfixation

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 29, 2014

You know you can just download the Preview Developer app and enable developer mode. This allows you to update any Windows Phone 8 regardless if it's rolled out with the carrier or not.

7. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

'Patience' But i myself don't have that lol so i will just accompany you :D

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

This comment was posted in reply to #6 WTF PA ._.

9. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

We haven't get the cyan !!

10. NateAdam8

Posts: 420; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

OEMs and Carriers need to focus on what's at hand and bring WP8.1 out cause why should I care for Newer updates when my WP8 Device hasn't even gotten WP8.1?

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You should care that WP always has something to look forward to vs no updates... This is real progress, and consumer who opt for WP are getting the best support for their hard earned money...

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

dev preview? yes i agree carriers should be giving the update out, nice thing is though that the update should be given by years end which is a good thing.

14. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

About time. Windows phone 8 came out almost 2 years ago now. And if this rollout is like 7.8 then the carriers probably won't even push it out to most of the phones. Tmobile chose not to push out 7.8 to my HTC Radar.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Not really a good example.. It's just not going to work that way... I can't say that all WP8 devices are going to get the 8.1 update... But, way more are getting updates vs W7.5 devices, and you can count on that.... IT'S ONLY BEEN TWO WEEKS PEOPLE! BE PATIENT!.....

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Tiles into folders? So is this copying or what, to what end, so you can see the background picture, now??? By getting rid of the tiles into folders, no more tiles,how about some fancy widgets too, bahaha. Does the font still run off screen? No wonder Bing search profits have to be shared with OEM an the OS given away. Good grief, no wonder only bottom end sells on WP, it has to be cheaper then a feature phone to be moved. Bye bye tiles, its going to happen.

23. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Relax tiles os not going away its just an added option to make your homescreen even more efficient. WP already is by default added options are welcome. Windows mobile had folders before android, its ok if the son carry on the tradition.

25. ldefcon5l

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2014

Windows major releases are so bad I wouldn't go near a minor one I would guess. In my opinion.

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