HTC 8X receiving Windows Phone's first OTA update

This is a pretty big moment for Windows Phone and Microsoft, as the first over-the-air (OTA) update is currently being delivered to the international Windows Phone 8X by HTC. Previously, updates to Windows Phone have required the device to be tethered to Zune software on a computer, but one of the new features of Windows Phone 8 allows untethered and far easier OTA updates on the device itself.

For the 8X, the OTA brings the software from build 9905 to 10211, bringing a feature that allows Wi-Fi to always stay connected ("keep Wi-Fi alive") as well as bug fixes for spontaneously rebooting devices. Our HTC 8X is an unbranded and unlocked international model, so we're not sure if this update is also pushing to devices on carriers such as AT&T or Verizon, but we assume if not that it'll be coming soon.

The update itself is carried out in several steps: the device downloads and prepares the update for installation, before rebooting into an update mode, followed by a data migration stage once the OS had been updated and reloaded.

It's pretty cool to see Windows Phone finally updated in this fashion, although at this stage it looks like the HTC 8X is the only device that has taken advantage of the process; our international and unbranded Nokia Lumia 920 has no pending updates at this stage. If you have an international HTC 8X, head to Settings > Phone Update to get the update process started.

Via: WPCentral

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This is huge. WP8 only launched to consumers on October 29th and already we have an update which includes bug fixes AND new features AND it's an OTA update AND it appears to be carrier agnostic. Wow.

Kudos to Microsoft, I take back everything I've said about the slow drip drip approach to new features and parity with IOS/Android. Suddenly, I can't wait to upgrade to WP8 as soon as the phone I want becomes available.

This is what WP7 should have been like from the very start; now, evidently, Microsoft gets it.

Downloading and preparing finished. My 8X is rebooting to apply the update

Nice to see Microsoft stick to their promise of OTA early with WP8.

Oh thank goodness it's not just me. I have this problem all the time in my car with my Nokia 920. I take or make a call and it will not go back to the audio book or PodCast I was listening to.
I need the WiFi fix but if they fix the Bluetooth that would be a major plus.
Fingers crossed!

Actually you can see this update process on any phone anytime. Just go to settings-speech and download a langpack, it will load just over Microsoft Update.

Gaffney said,
Anyone not been getting texts? I uninstalled and reinstalled Skype and I started getting them again.

Is this really a problem or are you trolling? Never had this problem on my 920. I also thought the 920 was going to get updates more quickly or that there was going to be a 'beta opt-in' option where we could bypass carriers from holding back updates?

Nothing on AT&T yet... this is where Apple rocks, everyone gets the update the same time... android/wp... wait on carriers.

Timan said,
Nothing on AT&T yet... this is where Apple rocks, everyone gets the update the same time... android/wp... wait on carriers.

The client (the desktop one, the Metro one IIRC is feature complete) they currently have for Windows is still a 'preview' edition which means some features such as updating aren't implemented yet. I am hoping that maybe in the not too distant future such functionality will be added as to avoid the carrier and thus download the update directly from Microsoft.

Timan said,
Nothing on AT&T yet... this is where Apple rocks, everyone gets the update the same time... android/wp... wait on carriers.

I thought OTAs don't involve carriers? In fact, as enthusiasts, we should be able to download pre-release versions without carriers interfering (or caring really).

Timan said,
Nothing on AT&T yet... this is where Apple rocks, everyone gets the update the same time... android/wp... wait on carriers.
There's no evidence that the carriers have anything to do with why everyone doesn't have it yet. In fact, it makes sense that they might stagger the release.

Timan said,
Nothing on AT&T yet... this is where Apple rocks, everyone gets the update the same time... android/wp... wait on carriers.

Could be, but it's also possible that MS is going with a segmented roll-out procedure. After all, this is WP8's first major update, so perhaps they're being cautious.

Android and WP are nothing alike when it comes to updates. On WP, MS provides the updates and carriers simply delay them for testing and validating purposes.

Android updates are a mess.

ahinson said,
There's no evidence that the carriers have anything to do with why everyone doesn't have it yet. In fact, it makes sense that they might stagger the release.

Exactly. Why would you NOT stagger a release like this?

Nice

Are those dirty corners I see on your 8X? People have complained about this problem, coating rubbing off

Flash said,
Are those dirty corners I see on your 8X? People have complained about this problem, coating rubbing off

Indeed it is, seems to be a soft-touch blue coating over a smooth black undercoat.

Scorpus said,

Indeed it is, seems to be a soft-touch blue coating over a smooth black undercoat.

awh. Well that is unfortunate. 8x was my choice after 920. Looks like its just the 920 now

Scorpus said,

Indeed it is, seems to be a soft-touch blue coating over a smooth black undercoat.

Buy an HTC Doubleshot Hard Shell. It is an amazing case and the first color (and only available right now) is California Blue. I ordered one alone with a Black 8X and the case it's the best I've seen/owned. It fits so well people won't notice you are using a case. The feel of the case is similar to the soft-touch back of the 8X.

auziez said,

awh. Well that is unfortunate. 8x was my choice after 920. Looks like its just the 920 now

I was going to get the 8X in blue but that discoloring problem totally put me off

Flash said,

I was going to get the 8X in blue but that discoloring problem totally put me off

yeh. I wouldn't mind it after a year or two. But if this happens after a couple of months then I don't want to know what happens after a year.