GDR2 Windows Phone 8 Update Rollout Begins; Lumia Users Will Have to Wait Awhile Longer

HTC-8XLooks like Windows Phone users are finally receiving a minor update on their phones. There are multiple reports on Twitter of HTC 8X users receiving the update which is titled General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2).

The GDR2 update bring various improvements to the mobile operating system including enabling Data Sense which is a way to track how data is being used. The other updates include FM radio and the ability to set other applications as the default camera.

But in what is probably the biggest relief to Windows Phone users GDR2 also includes support for Gmail’s CalrdDAV and CalDAV implementation. This is important because Google announced that it would be ending its Exchange ActiveSync service and this would give users a way to continue syncing calendar and contacts.

Other updates include some HTML5 improvements in Internet Explorer and also improved Skype stability.

If you haven’t received the update yet you can force your phone to check for it by going to Settings -> Phone Update -> Check for update. The update is rolling out slowly so may take time to hit your phone.

There is still no news on when Nokia Lumia phones will receive this update. Nokia could choose to include these features when it relase the Amber update soon.  Just yesterday Nokia announced that it had sold 7.3 Lumias in the first quarter of this year. The Lumia series definitely consists of the majority of Windows Phone users so it would be good to see this update sooner rather than later.

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