GDR2 and Amber updates rolling out for Lumia's 820 and 920 today on AT&T [Update]

Rumor has it that the long awaited staggered release for the GDR2 and Amber updates will finally make its way to the 820 and 920 Lumias on AT&T in the U.S. today.

The rumor comes from a post on the AT&T forums and well placed source within AT&T, verified to be a Community Manager, so it holds some credence:

AT&T has completed testing the Nokia Lumia 820/920 Windows Phone software update on our network. We expect Microsoft to make the update available beginning 10/10. When the software update is available for you to download, Windows Phone will notify you so you can download it directly over a Wi-Fi connection. We appreciate your patience.

This update consists of GDR2 from Microsoft that addresses some issues and adds a few features to the Windows Phone operating system. The Amber firmware update from Nokia brings a lot of new features to Lumia smartphones such as call and SMS filters and the Nokia Smart Cam suite. For more info on what the phones are like after getting the update you can check out this thread.

AT&T's 820 and 920 Lumias are some of the last to get the combo update, with users becoming increasingly frustrated especially at seeing other operators push out the updates much earlier.

Nokia's own webpage has not yet been updated to reflect this news.

Update: Nokia has updated their support page, and AT&T users are reporting that the update is being rolled out in the comments.

Source: Windows Phone Central

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nice to finally get the update but the fact that the platform is still missing basic things like custom tones for txt messages is beyond pathetic

AngryOldPerson said,
nice to finally get the update but the fact that the platform is still missing basic things like custom tones for txt messages is beyond pathetic
First world problems right there.

My is downloading now. It's been downloading for 4mins. and I'm only at 7%. At least we have it for download.

I had to check for updates, the phone didn't notify me.

bridges said,
....Maybe My battery won't heat any more.

I've been on GDR2 (920 from Rogers in Canada) now for a few weeks. Battery heating issue still present. Just as sporadic as ever.

bridges said,
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Yes.
At times I can burn through 20% battery in under 14 minutes.
Once I blew my entire battery out before noon, leaving home with a full charge at 07:30.
I find if I keep my image heavy app usage down and turn off wi-fi and only use LTE then it's not quite as bad. I suspect this is in part to DataSense, as it includes the ability to browse a curated list of open Wi-Fi in your area.

I find that most Apps that use animated gif hack really suck up the juice.
Also, Apps written for 7.x seem surprisingly power hungry as well.

My updates are installed. Remember, after the first one is complete, check for updates again to get the second one!

I don't care whose fault it was this is what a lack of transparency and lack of communication does to customer that are waiting. If they would have told us straight up what was going on from the beginning it would not have been a bis issue. ATT is at fault for not communicating properly to it's paying customers.

Here are some comments from Paul Thurrott, within his post:
http://winsupersite.com/window...and-920-starting-october-10

They seem to indicate that something happened, that it wasn't AT&T's fault, and it required a "fixed version of GDR2"... which leads me to believe we were waiting on Microsoft to fix something the whole time!

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An unexpected problem came up. It was fixed. It was tested. And then it was released.
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I agree better communication is necessary. And it would be nice for Microsoft to just come out and say, "hey, something unexpected happened. It wasn't AT&T fault." But they won't say that for some reason. So I will.
Again, this wasn't AT&T's fault.
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There was a problem. Not AT&T being slow. The problem is fixed. AT&T has delivered the update(s). You can relax. And stop blaming anyone. It's no one's fault. Just a problem that needed to be fixed.
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[Replying to: Now we can go ahead and prepare early for complaining about GDR3. ]
No need for that. Stay tuned.
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AT&T wasn't at fault for this delay and had no way of knowing when the problem would be fixed. It delivered the updates as soon as it got a fixed version of GDR2.
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[Replying to: If this alleged error is unspecified, then how is it possible to draw the conclusion that AT&T is not to blame?]
Because I know what happened, and it wasn't AT&T's fault.
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I've explained this throughout the comments. This was not AT&T's fault. I won't explain it further. But AT&T delivered GDR2 (and thus Amber) as soon as it could in this case.
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It must suck to be an AT&T customer, getting everything the last, even though you're the first to get the new device. I've learned one thing: get the unlocked version. By doing so you never have to wait on any carrier that holds the update hostage until they have bleed out every single last month of your contract before providing you with updates.

If you don't mind risking your warranty or loosing carrier customizations (if that's a loss...) you can still use Nokia Software Updater for Retail and load the Country Specific version of your rom instead of the carrier specific

That's what I did for my off contract 920. The french carrier I'm on still hasn't approved Amber

Arkos Reed said,
Pfffff, by the time it's deployed everywhere, GDR3 WILL be ready -_-

I've heard that GDR3 is done, from MS, just waiting for the OEMs and Carriers to do their testing and so on and that probably adds another month or so to it. Still at this point I think AT&T should've just passed on GDR2 and took it's users right to GDR3.

Arkos Reed said,
If you don't mind risking your warranty or loosing carrier customizations (if that's a loss...) you can still use Nokia Software Updater for Retail and load the Country Specific version of your rom instead of the carrier specific

That's what I did for my off contract 920. The french carrier I'm on still hasn't approved Amber

Mine is retail already, where do I find this magic software?

With that attitude we will never get any updates. I'd rather have GDR2 now because we all know GDR3 is at least 4 months away from hitting at&t phones.

GP007 said,

I've heard that GDR3 is done, from MS, just waiting for the OEMs and Carriers to do their testing and so on and that probably adds another month or so to it. Still at this point I think AT&T should've just passed on GDR2 and took it's users right to GDR3.


Steven Parker said,
Haven't got it on my 520 yet either.

when did you pick that up? My mother in law has one and it came with Amber.

Invizibleyez said,
With that attitude we will never get any updates. I'd rather have GDR2 now because we all know GDR3 is at least 4 months away from hitting at&t phones.

I can wait for GDR3, if AT&T delays or passes on 8.1 for old devices I will look for community tools to update. Like WP7.8 for Samsung Focus, had to use a community tool since AT&T passed.

zeke009 said,

I can wait for GDR3, if AT&T delays or passes on 8.1 for old devices I will look for community tools to update. Like WP7.8 for Samsung Focus, had to use a community tool since AT&T passed.

GDRs aside I think MS will push all the carriers hard to get 8.1 out, AT&T might pass on GDR3 now though, so who knows? If the carriers excuse in all this is testing them MS will do as much of it for them and pick up the bill so that they'll not have an excuse in the end. This however doesn't mean that the added time needed to test is gone, so AT&T could once again get the update last after everyone else has.

Steven Parker said,
Haven't got it on my 520 yet either.

The Nokia Lumia 520 already has GDR2 and Amber update. You can view this from Settings > About. Also, make sure to update "Extras + Info" setting from the Windows Phone Store, once you do, the "Extras + Info" setting will show that you have Amber installed.

Arkos Reed said,
If you don't mind risking your warranty or loosing carrier customizations (if that's a loss...) you can still use Nokia Software Updater for Retail and load the Country Specific version of your rom instead of the carrier specific

That's what I did for my off contract 920. The french carrier I'm on still hasn't approved Amber

I didn't know about that. Where do you download it?