Microsoft seems to have published a short changelog of the upcoming GDR2 update for WindowsPhone 8. The Nokia Lumia users will get some additional features from Nokia. The GDR2 changelog lists following new features:
Update 8.0.10327.77 or 8.0.10328.78*
Xbox Music. It’s now easier to select, download, and pin music. Plus, music fans will see more accurate metadata (such as song and album information) and many other performance improvements.
FM radio. Listen to FM radio right from the Music+Videos hub. (Not available for all phones.)
Data Sense. Stay on top of your phone’s data usage with Data Sense. You can set a limit based on your data plan, or just keep track of which apps use the most data. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)
Skype. Voice over Internet Protocol/(VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype now feature improved stability and performance.
Internet Explorer. Your web browsing experience is now better than ever with improved HTML 5 compatibility.
Camera. Set your favorite Lens so it opens automatically when you press the camera button. (Not available for all phones.)
Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.
*Your update version number depends on your specific phone model and mobile operator.
They have not made any comment on when this update will be available to the users, but i reckon this won’t be coming this month.
Apart from that, TheVerge also has some information regarding the GDR3 upgrade which is supposed to bring support for high resolution screens, multi core processors, etc. According to them, Microsoft had planned to release updates more frequently but had to delay them due to some major bugs.
We’ve learned that Microsoft had planned to roll out a number of Windows Phone updates more frequently, but delays in testing new chipsets and bugs in some of the GDR updates have slowed down feature additions. One particular bug with unbranded devices not sold by carriers is said to have affected the way a handset is identified on a network. We’re told that Microsoft had a hard time fixing this particular problem, resulting in delays to other planned work.
Windows Blue, which is said to be a ‘big’ update bringing in the notification centre, improved multitasking, etc, has also been delayed a bit and is expected to come in early 2014.
We’re told that the lack of significant changes is due to the focus on Windows Phone’s “Blue” update. The future update, expected in early 2014, looks set to include a notification center, improved multitasking, and changes to built-in apps.