Microsoft’s latest platform update for Windows Phone is nearly upon us, with the company making its big WP8.1 announcement at Build last week, and the first handsets running the software arriving shortly. But once 8.1 is here, and existing phones have made the update to 8.1, what then? We’re quite used to Microsoft pushing out smaller general distribution releases between the bigger ones – you might remember three such GDR updates that came between the Windows Phone 8 launch and the arrival of 8.1. We’ve already heard a little about what Microsoft might be thinking so far as its next major platform update goes, but before that so-called Windows Phone 8.2 gets here, rumors suggest that Microsoft will release at least two GDR updates later in 2014.
WP8.1 GDR1 and GDR2 may be on-track for 2014, and there also might be a GDR3 a little bit later on, sometime in early 2015. For the moment, few details have been attached to these builds – really, they’re just picking up pieces from rumors about upcoming hardware, like how one of these GDRs might lay the groundwork for the 3D camera-based gesture tracking we’re expecting for the Nokia device codenamed Goldfinger, which rumors currently anticipate for a 2015 release.
Over the next few months, expect whispers to start getting a lot more specific about a possible WP8.1 GDR1 feature set.