Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 to RTM soon, possibly this week

In the coming weeks, Microsoft will push out Windows Phone 8.1 to existing devices around the globe. But, that build of Windows Phone has been completed for some time and in fact, Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 is nearing completion.

While the features of GDR 1 will not be as expansive as the 8.1 update, it will bring native folder support to the platform; folders are currently only available via an app and expect the native feature to be more fluid and transparent. The other good news here is that for those of you in the developer program which allows you to get these updates by bypassing the carriers, you will soon be able to get your hands on this update.

GDR 1 is nearing completion and will be hitting its RTM milestone very soon, possibly this week. Following the signoff, it will be pushed out to the developer program and eventually to all devices once carriers get done testing the update.

With these rapid updates to the core OS as well as Cortana, Microsoft has been able to close the feature gap between iOS and Android. In fact, in terms of Cortana, it has surpassed Siri in capabilities and Microsoft shows no sign of slowing down. 

Microsoft is all-in on the rapid release with everything from Windows Phone to Visual Studio pushing out updates at a feverish pace - of course - you can't forget Windows too that will have Update 2 released in August as well.

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I hope the leave the old music app when the final bits are released because Xbox Music App sucks. I have't touch that crap since the old hidden app was discovered.

If this is true I'm flag that Microsoft finally allocated more resources to WP. The past 3 years were way too slow.

And the next update is about to RTM. 3 months is fast between releases.

If the rollout to devices is 3 months behind RTM it's not so bad. Android isn't really much faster, and as long as they don't lag behind that it's fine. Especially with the dev preview getting it right at RTM.

neonspark said,
I don't care for it. we need Cyan to address the challenges of running 8.1 on 8.0 devices.

Exactly.

I'll happily enroll in 8.1 GDR1 preview only AFTER I get Cyan through official update.

I got the Cyan about a week ago to my 925.

edit: just noticed it's only a pilot here in Finland for lumia 925.

Edited by Hebulba, Jul 8 2014, 7:46pm :

nyolc8 said,
So when gdr2 will be released, I'll be happy if I get my 8.1 rtm from my carrier...

Or the carrier can skip vanilla 8.1 and push out 8.1 GDR1 to your phone, that's always an option.

nyolc8 said,
So when gdr2 will be released, I'll be happy if I get my 8.1 rtm from my carrier...

Buy an unbranded phone and forget about bloody carriers...

George P said,

Or the carrier can skip vanilla 8.1 and push out 8.1 GDR1 to your phone, that's always an option.


If only that was true and not some fairy tale.

"With these rapid updates to the core OS as well as Cortana, Microsoft has been able to close the feature gap between iOS and Android. In fact, in terms of Cortana, it has surpassed Siri in capabilities and Microsoft shows no sign of slowing down."

I'm not aware of UK non-devs getting an 8.1 update yet. UK (i.e. English Traditional) users are not getting Cortana this month. Goodness knows when this Update will filter down to UK Ativ owners. The 8.1 preview has been a buggy experience (with the Ativ in my experience). Such statements as above smell a bit of the Kool Aid.

If you're on the dev release (and who wouldn't be) the update notification would need to be pretty specific to allow skip 8.1RTM but accept GDR1. I'm pretty weary of loosing Cortana and Quiet Hours.

IF you're using the Dev Releases, you are already PASSED the 8.1 RTM (compared to some phones). Unless you haven't updated of course.

I hope they are going to wait till 8.1 is officially rolled out everywhere. At lease with the Nokia's you want the Cyan firmware update first before updating to GDR1.

Son_Of_Dad said,
If you're on the dev release (and who wouldn't be) the update notification would need to be pretty specific to allow skip 8.1RTM but accept GDR1. I'm pretty weary of loosing Cortana and Quiet Hours.

What are the pros and cons of using dev releases?

Well, the pros are obvious, there must be some cons, right?

There's only one con really, but it's a big one. By doing so, you void your warranty. Anything happens to your phone after the upgrade, even if it wasn't related to the upgrade, and no warranty support, repair or replacement for you. That's why I'm waiting ... Nokia Care have been great to me and replaced my phone once already. Don't want to lose that until its 2-year warranty period is up anyway.

D. FiB3R said,

What are the pros and cons of using dev releases?

Well, the pros are obvious, there must be some cons, right?

You lose your warranty, for one.

Timble said,
There's only one con really, but it's a big one. By doing so, you void your warranty. Anything happens to your phone after the upgrade, even if it wasn't related to the upgrade, and no warranty support, repair or replacement for you. That's why I'm waiting ... Nokia Care have been great to me and replaced my phone once already. Don't want to lose that until its 2-year warranty period is up anyway.

Mulsivaas said,
You lose your warranty, for one.

Ha! I laugh in zee face of warranties!!!

I was thinking more along the lines of some sort of software issues like those mentioned here http://www.wpcentral.com/downl...pers-and-get-gdr3-right-now

But it's a Lumia, so I don't have to worry about OEM drivers/firmware.

Not being able to revert could potentially be an issue at some theoretical point in the future, but I'm looking to upgrade soon anyway, so...

well, with my HTC 8x since using the dev builds I have frequent crashes after which the phone reboots (about 2-3 times a week) and my battery life has shortened a bit I think. But it's worth it for the additional features, and who knows when I would get 8.1 from HTC.

XerXis said,
well, with my HTC 8x since using the dev builds I have frequent crashes after which the phone reboots (about 2-3 times a week) and my battery life has shortened a bit I think. But it's worth it for the additional features, and who knows when I would get 8.1 from HTC.

I have an 8X and have had zero crashes, the battery did drain faster on the first 8.1 build but since then MS has pushed out 2 updates to 8.1 and my battery is back to how it was with 8.0.

Just goes to show you that they might look the same but these silly OEMs somehow manage to not make the same device, yours must have some minor difference that gives you crashes that mine doesn't have.

+D. FiB3R said,
Not being able to revert could potentially be an issue at some theoretical point in the future, but I'm looking to upgrade soon anyway, so...
Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention that, too. But as a Lumia user, you can back up your whole phone, effectively creating a "restore point" to which you could revert if you ever had any issues with pre-release OS versions. Lucky you.
XerXis said,
well, with my HTC 8x since using the dev builds I have frequent crashes after which the phone reboots (about 2-3 times a week) and my battery life has shortened a bit I think. But it's worth it for the additional features, and who knows when I would get 8.1 from HTC.
Same, actually, but I have the 8XT on Sprint. The rebooting issue, I believe, is Wi-Fi related since the current version of the HTC firmware and the 8.1 software don't play well together. I have to keep the Wi-Fi off most of the time, because it causes so many problems otherwise.

Mulsivaas said,
Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention that, too. But as a Lumia user, you can back up your whole phone, effectively creating a "restore point" to which you could revert if you ever had any issues with pre-release OS versions. Lucky you.

Damn, wish you would have reminded me of that sooner. Oh well, not to worry, the update went well, even though it took about 8 full updates until it was finished, including enabling Cortana outside the US.

It was worth it though, seriously great update, very happy :)

Nice. Wonder what improvements will come with that? Hopefully they somehow try to figure out how a Message Hub could be used to centralize communication

elenarie said,
Rapid release. Please do enjoy getting the update in 2015. :laugh:

Skip the stupid carriers already, for crap's sake.

All you have to do is download an app and sign up for a free dev account that you don't need to touch again. Then viola: skip the stupid carriers :p

And thank god for that because you're right. Who knows when AT&T would send this out...

spenser.d said,

All you have to do is download an app and sign up for a free dev account that you don't need to touch again. Then viola: skip the stupid carriers :p

And void your warranty...

spenser.d said,
All you have to do is download an app and sign up for a free dev account that you don't need to touch again. Then viola: skip the stupid carriers :p

And thank god for that because you're right. Who knows when AT&T would send this out...

And what features ATT will leave out by offering "a better option" *cough* datasense.

Probably announcment with Windows 8.1 Update 2 then. :)

I'm looking forward to what we will get this update. The latest known build of Windows Phone is build 8.10.14130.0, while the current 8.1 build is 8.10.12397. I'm impressed that they went up almost 2000 builds, as the gap between 8 Update 3 and 8.1 is smaller.