By Stephen Schenck | July 11, 2013 4:15 PM
Right now, the only way to get your hands on a Windows Phone 8 smartphone running the very latest iteration of the platform is to buy a brand-new handset like the Lumia 925. That’s because Microsoft’s GDR2 update has yet to become available separately for installation on existing hardware. We’ve been wondering when that might change, and the rest of the WP8 pack could hope to see their own updates arrive. It looks like we’re getting one step close today, as Microsoft posts the GDR2 release notes on its Windows Phone 8 update history page.
Unsurprisingly, there’s little here we didn’t already know – mentions of tweaks to apps like Skype and Internet Explorer may have just been too subtle to notice – but the mere fact that Microsoft’s even publishing this list right now could be very telling on its own.
After all, we’ve already seen evidence from carriers indicating their expectation to approve GDR2 updates right around now, in early July, which might suggest distribution in just another couple weeks. We haven’t been able to narrow things down any more precisely, but this move by Microsoft just might suggest we’ve been on the right track.