Windows Confirms GDR2 Update for Windows Phone 8.1

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft launched its first official Technical Preview of Windows 10 for phones not so long ago, and it seems the company is preparing us for the full release of the operating system later this year. But even if the development of the new OS is in progress, Microsoft still takes care of the current OS, as the new update (GDR2) for Windows Phone 8.1 has been confirmed.
Windows Dev Center Confirmed GDR2 Update For Windows Phone 8.1
GDR2 means General Distribution Release 2, and it follows GDR1 as the update for Windows Phone 8.1. The new documentation for GDR2 update has been published on Microsoft’s website lately, and it contains a lot of details and references related to update. Even though the update was announced in the winter of 2014, it was never released. But now, Microsoft’s Windows Dev Center site confirms that GDR2 update will happen, and here are some of the changes which this update will bring:

  • Video over LTE: New customization options and settings for carriers
  • Restore Start tile layout: “Append the OEM-defined Start screen layout to the bottom of the user’s backed up Start screen layout when the user restores their device from a backup.”
  • Additional phone languages: Bangla; Khmer; Kiswahili; Lao
  • PolicyManager configuration service provider: New policies added
  • VPN configuration service provider: Settings changes

Unfortunately, we don’t have full changelog for this update because Microsoft hasn’t yet officially announced GDR2 update, but they probably will in the near future. It’s very likely that these features are not the only improvements and fixes in the new version, but we don’t have any more information.

We can only guess what other features GDR2 will bring, but we don’t think that these features will be ‘mindblowing,’ because Microsoft is probably saving a lot for Windows 10. We’ll probably find out more about this update next month, when Microsoft is expected to present new mid-rangde Lumia smartphones, at the Mobile World Congress trade expo in Barcelona.

Read Also: Deezer App for Windows Updated to Load Faster, Download for Free

For various PC problems, we recommend this tool.

This software will repair common computer errors, protect you from file loss, malware, hardware failure and optimize your PC for maximum performance. Fix PC issues now in 3 easy steps:

  1. Download this PC Repair Tool rated "Excellent" on
  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
  3. Click “Repair All” to fix all issues with Patended Technologies (requires upgrade).


Next up

Best Windows 10 antivirus software to use in 2018

By: Radu Tyrsina
7 minute read

Update – 2018 will soon come to an end and we already have a guide on what is the best antivirus you should get in […]

Continue Reading

These features are out for good with Windows 10 version 1809' By: Sovan Mandal
2 minute read

Microsoft is all set to launch its next big update, Windows 10 version 1809 in October. While that should be a nice piece of news […]

Continue Reading

Windows 10 18H2 builds no longer receive new features

By: Matthew Adams
3 minute read

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update (otherwise 18H2) rollout might now be two to three weeks away. For the last few months, new build previews […]

Continue Reading