Windows Phone update to improve camera app, podcast support and more

While Nokia has been launching phones left and right lately, Windows Phone itself has been left to the side. We knew there would be a small update coming in the near future called GDR2 but its upcoming features were a bit of a mystery until now.

Ars Technica reports that at today's Nokia London event they had a chance to play with an updated version of Windows Phone 8 and while there aren't many new features, the ones being added will surely make some folks happy.

First up is the ability to set a camera lens as default so it starts up automatically whenever you launch the camera app. Lenses are apps such as the freshly announced Hipstamatic that can tie into the camera app and give the user extra functionality. Until now, users had go into the camera app, tap lenses, select the desire lens and then finally take the picture. But with the upcoming update, folks will be able to simply set a lens a default.

Second, there's the addition of FM radio capabilities to most phones. All you have to do is plug in your headset so it can act as a radio antenna and you'll be able to listen to whatever is in the airwaves around you; this was one of the features we already knew was coming.

The update will also bring CalDAV and CardDAV support so things like syncing contacts and calendars with your Google account should work once again.

Lastly, and this seems to be like the most important one, podcasts support finally goes international. Folks that have switched over from WP7 to WP8 may have noticed that there's no way to access podcast through the Store if you don't live in the US. But, with the upcoming update, all users will be able to access the podcast catalog or at least add their podcasts manually.

Source: Ars Technica

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Still waiting for a capital 'I' in sentences where it is needed .... like at the beginning of a sentence. i wonder why it takes so long to add? T9 can iText damn even my old Motorola can but WP8 can't ...

Oh and custom SMS alerts - that are louder so you can hear them somewhere the ambient noise level is higher than a silent room.

Surely people must care the i is not the right case?

I'm still waiting for my 7.8 update, running HTC Mozart which is supposedly meant to be getting 7.8 but nothing from the Zune update, so either Orange/EE are being lame or MS is.

Munroe said,
I'm still waiting for my 7.8 update, running HTC Mozart which is supposedly meant to be getting 7.8 but nothing from the Zune update, so either Orange/EE are being lame or MS is.

You can download seven-eighter app from windowsphonehacker.com, it will definitely update ur mozarr, i have updated my omnia 7 with that application

I believe it's General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2). GDR3, which should be released by the end of this year, will add support for 1080p devices and new Qualcom processors.

The major update that most people are expecting is Windows Phone Blue (WP8.1).

Anaron said,
I believe it's General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2). GDR3, which should be released by the end of this year, will add support for 1080p devices and new Qualcom processors.

The major update that most people are expecting is Windows Phone Blue (WP8.1).

So is 8.1 supposed to be GDR4? If so. That sounds depressing. Long time. Glad I have two phones, one with Android and my Lumia on WP8.

Anaron said,
I believe it's General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2). GDR3, which should be released by the end of this year, will add support for 1080p devices and new Qualcom processors.

The major update that most people are expecting is Windows Phone Blue (WP8.1).

Unacceptable that they are making their customers wait so long for a feature update.

wow look like Microsoft is on fire with these updates, glad to see they adding more new features to windows phone i mean sure someone will say its not enough but for me its enough to keep me happy

Edited by Mr.mister, May 14 2013, 8:36pm :

On fire? They haven't released an update in months. These phones are lagging behind, they should be pumping them out.

Mr.mister said,
wow look like Microsoft is on fire with these updates, glad to see they adding more new features to windows phone i mean sure someone will say its not enough but for me its enough to keep me happy

On fire with the updates? They only just added draft messaging in Portico. They still have a lot catching up to do.

ok my word of choice wasn't that good but what I should of said that they are starting to come out with updates and they more are on the way or at least that is what I have read on Neowin

There have been more updates on the way for months. MS needs to pull their finger out if they want to do good in the mobile arena. Right now, they're acting useless.

Nashy said,
There have been more updates on the way for months. MS needs to pull their finger out if they want to do good in the mobile arena. Right now, they're acting useless.

Well I wouldn't call them useless I mean sure they take their time to realece update,which i agree that they should hurry, but I think the reson why they do is because they have to make sure it works semi good ( no update is perfect ) I would rather have them come out with a good update than a half baked update like a certain OS that released an update with map issues or an update that makes the phone useless or unstable

I really hope Microsoft has some killer new feature coming. They do one major update a year to WP so it better actually have something. A notification center would be welcomed by users...

As much as I'd like a major update, it probably won't be released until Windows Phone Blue which could come as late as early-2014. I really wish Microsoft would speed things up because something as big as a notification centre before the end of 2013 would be amazing.

subcld said,
also there is some improvement on xbox music, datasense will be available on more carriers and quality improvements
http://blogs.windows.com/windo...eet-the-sexy-lumia-925.aspx

Data Sense is something that should have been available without carriers interaction; maybe not in the same form but the fact that WP8, in 2013, do not have the ability to show voice and data traffic is ridiculous. I had it in 1990 on my Motorola MicroTac .....

Vlad Dudau said,
Because that's a Nokia specific update while this is coming to all Windows Phone 8 devices from Microsoft

No date being rumored yet though?

Sounds like an O.K. update. I'm still hoping something useful gets added...

But it's nice to see it under active development.