Windows Phone 8 "Portico" update could be released today

The first software update for Microsoft's newly launched Windows Phone 8 OS could be made available to some people in the US later today. The firmware update, which has the code name "Portico", is scheduled to be launched on two US wireless carriers for three Windows Phone 8 products.

WPCentral.com reports that T-Mobile owners of the HTC Windows Phone 8X have been informed via email they will receive their update later today. A separate report claims that AT&T will begin to roll out the Windows Phone 8 update for Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 owners today; the update will require an WiFi connection to download.

Microsoft, Nokia and HTC have not said anything officially about what the first Windows Phone 8 update will include. However, early reports claim that the Portico upgrade will improve battery life in the phones along with a new feature that will allow users to mass select their SMS messages. There is also supposed to be a number of performance and stability improvements.

There's no word as to why AT&T's version of the HTC Windows Phone 8X is not getting the update today. T-Mobile's Nokia Lumiia 810 is also not scheduled to get the firmware update today, nor are Verizon's Windows Phone 8 products.

Source: WPCentral.com

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When I got home today and was connected to the wifi, I checked for an update manually through the phone, and it was available. Now I have to wait for my battery to have enough charge to apply the update.

Cool. I always love when WP gets an update (Even if I'm still on 7... lol). I can't wait to upgrade to 8 though. Hopefully VPN Support isn't far off...

M_Lyons10 said,
Cool. I always love when WP gets an update (Even if I'm still on 7... lol). I can't wait to upgrade to 8 though. Hopefully VPN Support isn't far off...

Why do you need VPN on a phone?

My 8X arrived with the update I guess. Got it a couple of weeks ago part of my Virgin Mobile contract. I also received a bunch of WP8 updates last week that one thing for sure, gave me reply with text option when someone calls.
*shrug

Went to Settings, Phone Update, Check for Update and my 920 on AT&T is pulling it down too. I checked an hour ago and it wasn't there.

What's the word on adding new notification settings to the lock screen like with the iPhone? I know there's the email indicator but wasn't there talk of bringing snippets of email to the lock screen similar to the iPhone?

Aletheia said,
They gotta fix Family Room. I can't invite my wife to the room who uses WP7. But overall, HTC 8X and WP8 rock!!!

Clarification needed, because you can invite iPhone, Android, and even dumb phone users to a Room.

thenetavenger said,

Clarification needed, because you can invite iPhone, Android, and even dumb phone users to a Room.

When I invite my wife (WP7) to the family room, she gets error message. And I cannot see her in the Family Room. There is an article written about it - it is a known issue.

TH3ROOKIE said,
What is the OS version of Portico? I have the option to mass select SMS on my Samsung ATIV S. OS v.8.0.10211.204

Probably the OEM's had early access to this update and your Ativ has it already preinstalled by Samsung ...

Hopefully MS will actually post today exactly what this update does, being as it's out today, although they should have mentioned it and the features/performance/fixes in advance. I hate how MS just leave you in the dark with this stuff. They're very poor at communicating information regarding WP.