Windows Confirms GDR2 Update for Windows Phone 8.1

By: Ivan Jenic
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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.

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