Microsoft's head of Windows Phone development, Joe Belfiore, posted a number of messages on his Twitter account today. While his main purpose was to show off more images he took with the newly launched Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone, he also took the time to answer some questions from Windows Phone 8 owners as well.
One post addressed the "other storage" bug that has plagued Windows Phone 8 users for a long time now. It basically puts a section of a device's on-board storage under the "other" tag, but it also takes up quite a bit of space, especially among lower end smartphones that don't have a lot of storage to spare.
In a Twitter post, Belfiore claims that the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update, which is slowly making its way to current devices, fixes this issue:
@Chris_Sewell Don't worry: non-deleted large files (XAPs, eg) that caused 'other' storage issues were fixed in GDR2. on all 1020s.— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) July 27, 2013
That's the official statement, but there are other reports online that claim the bug is still there and that the GDR2 update may have just improved the situation, rather than done away with the bug completely.
On another subject, Belfiore posted up his new Nokia Lumia 1020 images on his Flickr account and he stated today that he is a fan of Yahoo's photo sharing service. However, he also admits that the current official Flickr app for Windows Phone is lacking. In another Twitter post today he stated:
@nok4us Agree! I met with Yahoo awhile ago and pushed hard for a Flickr app update. No news to announce today. I feel that pain too. :(— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) July 27, 2013
The official Flickr Windows Phone app has not been updated since late March. Since then, Yahoo has launched a revamp of the Flickr service, which increased the amount of its free photo storage to 1 TB.
Source: Joe Belfiore on Twitter