Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 (GDR1)

Microsoft has just officially announced the first update to Windows Phone 8.1, called Update 1. Though this isn’t a major update, it does bring some new features that users will definitely enjoy. And it also brings Cortana to new markets which, judging by everyone’s enthusiasm, is a great thing for Windows Phone.

Update 1, or GDR1 as it’s also called, is the first official update launching for Windows Phone 8.1. It’s launching next week for folks running Preview software, with general availability to follow soon after.

Live Folders

The first and probably most obvious feature bundled in GDR1 is native folders. Microsoft calls these “Live Folders” and we’ve known about them for quite a while thanks to a previous leak. Users will now be able to organize their apps into folders on the Start Screen, while still maintaining their Live Tiles.

Folders works pretty much as you’d expect. By dragging and dropping tiles on top of each other they’ll form a folder which users can rename and move around. The fact that apps still have their Live Tiles gives users the best of both worlds.

Xbox Music

The next feature coming through GDR1 is an improved Xbox Music experience. We’re constantly getting Xbox Music updates in an effort to bring the app up to users’ standards and this update will definitely help. According to Microsoft app loading, scrolling and general performance are all improved once this update is applied.

Futhermore Xbox Music is finally getting a Live Tile, the type we used to have before Windows Phone 8.1, and it’s also available in Kid’s Corner.

Apps Corner

A completely new feature coming to Windows Phones via this update is named “Apps Corner”. Through this, users will be able to display apps in a sandbox mode. It’s mainly aimed at businesses or retailers using the phones for display purposes. The whole idea is to offer the user access to select apps in certain scenarios.

Other features

There are also a number of smaller features coming to your device with this update. Users will now be able to select and manage multiple texts in the SMS app. Privacy and security are improved with Update 1 through features such as VPN on public Wi-fi. The Store app will be getting a new Live Tile that display interesting new apps - the same as the one in Windows 8.1.

GDR1, or Update 1, will become available next week to folks using the Preview program. There’s no info on when this will hit general availability, but considering most users have yet to receive Windows Phone 8.1, and we’re already getting the next update it’s obvious Microsoft is doing their best to push their release cycle.

Source: Windows Phone Blog | Images via Windows Phone Blog

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I'm waiting for WP to incorporate a Continuity-like system. While I've seen the elements in many other places, the while feature set is nice, and would be a natural progression for WP and Windows. Is Microsoft can make it a MS thing so its platform agnostic? Even better. I have to use Macs for work, but I do use Office!

So...folders aren't really folders, they're just named groups? If so, I'm happy with that. Having to drill down into folders is stupid IMO. It may be useful on other platforms, but not here.

Weird how is this going to work?

I'm on the dev preview and have not gotten the final Cyan update from ATT. What if I get the 8.1 update 1 update before I actually get the final offical 8.1 update from ATT?

There is a good chance you will not get Cyan at all, I am not sure how MS is doing this, but due to the long rollout out of the carriers (specifically US carriers) Cyan could take another month or two before it reaches all handsets. :/ I'm running 8.1 DP on my Icon and I'd like the official Cyan before I install the 8.1 U1 DP.

swanlee said,
Weird how is this going to work?

I'm on the dev preview and have not gotten the final Cyan update from ATT. What if I get the 8.1 update 1 update before I actually get the final offical 8.1 update from ATT?


The DP 8.1 IS the final 8.1. Your phone is simply waiting for the cyan firmware with the same OS bits.

duddit2 said,

The DP 8.1 IS the final 8.1. Your phone is simply waiting for the cyan firmware with the same OS bits.

And I'll be waiting what, a couple of months for that >.< Yay carrier testing

Martog said,

And I'll be waiting what, a couple of months for that >.< Yay carrier testing


Oh I know, I was simply pointing out that as far as the OS is concerned cyan will bring nothing new, the firmware should enable certain features though and at least give a perf boost. I'm waiting for EE to approve the 1020 cyan but its in for repair atm and I bought a 635 as a spare the other day, cracking little device for the money btw.

I have to say though when black was released it was signed of pretty fast by EE so I don't think ill be waiting long.

Do I really have to explain? If you're first experience with Windows was with version 8, fair enough. :)

Edited by 68k, Jul 30 2014, 9:59am :

francescob said,
But I thought that was an option already both in WP7 and WP8. I don't get what's new.
I think he was just trying to troll. He should work harder.

Rosyna said,
Microsoft is calling it "Windows Phone 8.1 Update" not "Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1". No 1.
The official name is confirmed to be Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, through. They leave the 1 just because Windows 8.1 doesn't use it either, but when Update 2 is released, the 1 will get its rightfull place.

sanke1 said,
My Lumia 1320 hasn't received the update yet.

Go to store, search for Music, then open the music app. The update button should show up.

By the way, Most, if not all, 1320s are already receiving the Cyan update. Check it out.

So if I understood this well, if I run the 8.1 DP currently with black, I will get the 8.1 Update1 sooner, than the official 8.1 RTM + cyan? Will the update 1 introduce also the letter "D" firmware for Nokias, or that is no longer the tradition?

soder said,
So if I understood this well, if I run the 8.1 DP currently with black, I will get the 8.1 Update1 sooner, than the official 8.1 RTM + cyan? Will the update 1 introduce also the letter "D" firmware for Nokias, or that is no longer the tradition?

Yep that's as I read it.

So it should also mean the entire Developer Program is still not a trap for us when getting the final update1, and run into another kind of bitlocker issues?

Nice list of updates, and we also know more are coming in the fall/winter with update 2, just don't have any details yet. I like this faster speed though, seems the plan for now is to have the 63x and 930 with stock 8.1, and the rumored 730 or 830 with 8.1 GDR1. Then they can release another few phones later this year with GDR2 and so on.

Also saw a post that said over 12% of all WP devices are already on 8.1, so it's looking good.

"Also saw a post that said over 12% of all WP devices are already on 8.1, so it's looking good."

I have a high bet that number is so high just because 90% of that 12% is phones running the DP 8.1 and not the RTM 8.1. From that viewpoint is more of a sad statistics, that people have beta since middle of april (3,5 months) and the deployment of the final 8.1 is still just at the first 5% progress.

soder said,
"Also saw a post that said over 12% of all WP devices are already on 8.1, so it's looking good."

I have a high bet that number is so high just because 90% of that 12% is phones running the DP 8.1 and not the RTM 8.1. From that viewpoint is more of a sad statistics, that people have beta since middle of april (3,5 months) and the deployment of the final 8.1 is still just at the first 5% progress.

The Developer Preview IS the "RTM" (for as far as we can speak off an RTM version with any Windows Phone release). There is no difference between de Developer Preview and the thing that comes with (ffor example) Cyan - except for the firmware.

That will likely never happen in the lifetime of this platform. Unless it becomes #1 complaint point on uservoice forum (which I hardly expect).

Damn eddman, I am sh*tting my pants! So that means the feature is all there, its the arrogance of Nokia f*cking with their consumers when change an XML tag from TRUE to FALSE. I have no words for this idiocracy! I would accepts this type of ignorance, if it was a stupid carrier, (like all of them are greedy and stupid). But I woudnt expect this from an OEM like Nokia!
By the way this seems to be applicable to 8.1, as the page has a very recent date: July 22, 2014
Hoping country variants will have more feature-freedom than enslaved carrier-bond ones.

Checking the other pages, this URL seems to be a gold mine for people to dig out those discovered but disabled things and put on uservoice to apply pressure on MS making those mandatory enabled.

soder said,
Damn eddman, I am sh*tting my pants! So that means the feature is all there, its the arrogance of Nokia f*cking with their consumers when change an XML tag from TRUE to FALSE. I have no words for this idiocracy! I would accepts this type of ignorance, if it was a stupid carrier, (like all of them are greedy and stupid). But I woudnt expect this from an OEM like Nokia!
By the way this seems to be applicable to 8.1, as the page has a very recent date: July 22, 2014

This applies to 8.0 too. My friend used to have a 620 with 8.0 black and it was possible to edit wi-fi's IP.

I just don't understand why nokia enabled it on 620 but not on, for example, 820.

I think using DHCP IP reservation based on MAC address is a better solution but I can't see the point in disabling the static IP option.

Good to know! I have never seen any 620 owner comment on any of those static IP complaints (maybe in this topic the community wasnt loud enough), so even myself believed its a global issue.

I have 520 and it doesn't have that. :(

Because of no one in my company uses WP. Our company wifi can only be use with fixed ip settings and no they do not add all of the mac addresses only the important ones are added.