Unlocked HTC 8X getting Windows Phone GDR2 right now

If you’re a HTC Windows Phone owner we have some good news for you. Starting late last night users of the HTC 8X have been receiving the Windows Phone GDR2 update. This comes only a couple of days after Samsung devices started receiving the over the air update.

General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) is a Windows Phone update from Microsoft designed to fix some bugs and bring small new features to the OS. Users will now be able to listen to radio on their devices directly from the Music Hub. Improvements to Skype, Lync, Internet Explorer and Xbox Music are also packed into this update. Some features, such as Data Sense, depend on your location and carrier, so not all users will receive them.

GDR2 is hitting unbranded/unlocked HTC 8X devices around the world right now. Some folks have also received a firmware update directly from HTC though the availability of said update seems to be limited right now.

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. Depending on your current OS version the update will take about 10 minutes to install.

It’s clear that Microsoft is pushing out this update in waves to make sure everything goes smoothly, so here’s hoping we’ll see an update notification on our unlocked Lumias in the next few days. Though of course, the Lumia updates go through Nokia, and they will also be bundled with the Nokia Amber update.

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It's times like these that I wish my HTC 8S is factory unlocked. I gotta wait for my mobile provider to release the update.

Got it. No DataSense, I am very disappointed.

I wonder if Microsoft will uncouple the carrier dependency on a future update, it's becoming embarrassing seeing this feature touted and no-one except Verizon users (it would appear), has it. All I want to know is how much data an app is using. It doesn't have to be on carrier data, what about Wifi?

Also, just some basic information on how much room a particular app is taking up would be useful. I grow tired waiting for actual improvements. Roll on GDR3, WP8.1, WP9.....

VZW customers also receive SMS notices when minutes/data usage hits various milestones: 50%, 75%, 95%, 100%.

Shame Nokia weren't first with updates for bragging rights purposes, looking forward to getting on my Lumia 920.

L920 said,
Shame Nokia weren't first with updates for bragging rights purposes, looking forward to getting on my Lumia 920.

No, they wont get updates first as MS would not want to screw up a LOT of phones in case something goes wrong.
It makes sense that firmware updates will always be rolled out in stages starting with lesser used phones.

L920 said,
Shame Nokia weren't first with updates for bragging rights purposes, looking forward to getting on my Lumia 920.

You should be lucky you've got a Nokia, be patient. They have many more WP devices than HTC do. Alongside GDR2, Nokia is rolling out 'Amber' which includes improvements and Nokia specific features. They have a lot more to test. HTC has added nothing to the 8x and so they can afford to push out GDR2 as quickly as it's ready. I've got GDR2 now on my 8x and the only improvement I can see is that the FM radio is back.

CtrlShift said,

You should be lucky you've got a Nokia, be patient. They have many more WP devices than HTC do. Alongside GDR2, Nokia is rolling out 'Amber' which includes improvements and Nokia specific features. They have a lot more to test. HTC has added nothing to the 8x and so they can afford to push out GDR2 as quickly as it's ready. I've got GDR2 now on my 8x and the only improvement I can see is that the FM radio is back.


Well the 925 already have GDR2 and Amber; maybe Nokia is holding it to push the 925.....

Crimson Rain said,

No, they wont get updates first as MS would not want to screw up a LOT of phones in case something goes wrong.
It makes sense that firmware updates will always be rolled out in stages starting with lesser used phones.

That's kind of a stupid reason. You'd think that QA would be a lot easier to manage with a single headset model.

briangw said,

That's kind of a stupid reason. You'd think that QA would be a lot easier to manage with a single headset model.


Your comment doesn't make any sense.

L920 said,
Shame Nokia weren't first with updates for bragging rights purposes, looking forward to getting on my Lumia 920.

I'm on the same page as you but for my dad's Lumia 820

Crimson Rain said,

Your comment doesn't make any sense.

Makes perfect sense. You're just not reading it right. Lumia 920 is a single handset model, not thousands of different model-configurations like those of PCs for Windows Updates. So why hold it off, not wanting to screw it up when it's a single model? They could test it out on one or two Lumias through Verizon or AT&T and call it good if no issues.

briangw said,

Makes perfect sense. You're just not reading it right. Lumia 920 is a single handset model, not thousands of different model-configurations like those of PCs for Windows Updates. So why hold it off, not wanting to screw it up when it's a single model? They could test it out on one or two Lumias through Verizon or AT&T and call it good if no issues.


lol ok.

briangw said,

Makes perfect sense. You're just not reading it right. Lumia 920 is a single handset model, not thousands of different model-configurations like those of PCs for Windows Updates. So why hold it off, not wanting to screw it up when it's a single model? They could test it out on one or two Lumias through Verizon or AT&T and call it good if no issues.

May be now you will understand: http://www.neowin.net/news/som...g-bricked-after-gdr2-update

briangw said,

Well, that doesn't make sense as most people with those devices are working fine. The next question is, what did the owners have/do on the phones that were different from the majority that worked fine?


Yes, it doesn't make sense to you but to everyone else it does make sense.

When you have a complicated device like a smartphone deployed all over the world, testing a critical firmware update on one sample device is not the way to go.

Testing occurs in stages. First one device, then one device of each model. Then all other variants, followed by increased volume.
Finally, when deploying, it is deployed in steps so minimize any issues that was able to escape QC.

OK, I am a systems administrator. I build and patch servers for a living. You're not getting what I'm saying here.

On my systems, I have thousands of different variants. Between different RAID controllers, motherboards, iDRAC models, storage arrays, the configurations are endless.

The Lumia 920 is a SINGLE model with a configuration that doesn't change. You can't add a different storage type, you can't change out the proc or RAM. It's static except for two things: carrier and software installed.

The carrier should be tested yes. That's the main difference between all of the 920s. The second is what is installed and that is tougher to gauge. MS can't even comprehend all the different configurations of software installed, so they test some with different software to see what happens.

So in theory, MS should have an easier time with their smartphones than the thousands of configurations of server/PC hardware all over the world.

Wow, all I was doing was initiating conversation. I only asked a question, not saying what they should/shouldn't do. Way to take the high road there.

Indeed, the 8S is getting the update also. However, I can't install as I get the message it has shortage of internal memory. I got nothing special running in fact and use external memory for storage of photos and music. Any advice how I can get the update install on my 8S? I have the 8X as well and non problem at all during install.

Thanks. I was afraid of that. So effectively for the 8S each Windows Phone 8 update will mean a factory reset to enforce the lasted OS version to install. Makes me picky which OS update to install and for now, I'll skip this one I guess.

I hope this fixes xbox music for good. Sick and tired of it grouping all my songs under "unknown artist" and sick and tired of music on my SD card being listed twice

Can anyone who got this yet say if xbox music is giving more accurate results back if you use it to update metadata etc?

When I got my 520 last week I copied over a few albums and one had half of its tracks renamed from (Deluxe Edition) to [Deluxe Edition] splitting the album in two.

The changelog says so but I don't see any difference, though I haven't copied any new music to my phone. It should at least work better for the Xbox Music Store artists.

I hate when it does that. I don't understand why it randomly updates metadata for some content. Almost everything on my phone is from Xbox Music Pass, but I have several albums downloaded from the service that later split into two because they removed the "(Deluxe)" label, changed it to square brackets, or some other odd and unnecessary modification to the metadata.

Yeah, that's why I'm hoping to hear that it doesn't do it with the new update.

Ideally there should be an option to choose whether to update metadata or not. I just want it to download the backgrounds and artist info etc and leave the tags alone.