We had heard that Microsoft was planning two major GDR upgrades for Windows Phone 8.1, but with all the Windows 10 buzz, it was easy to assume that GDR2 was dead. Many of us are already testing the Windows 10 preview for phones, so it really doesn’t make any sense for there to be Microsoft resources working on an update in between. Still, Microsoft is Microsoft, and some new documents prove otherwise.
Internal Microsoft documents that are usually only shared with OEMs and carrier partners claim that Microsoft is still working on GDR2 for Windows Phone. The document is dated on January 28th, so it does seem like if there will be action even while Windows 10 gets polished for the public. All this being said, don’t expect a major upgrade, as the minor list of changes rumored mentions updates like:
Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 changes and updates
– Video over LTE – Customize specific settings and behavior for Video over LTE to meet mobile operator requirements including Showing or hiding the LTE video calling switch, Enabling video conferencing, etc.
– Restore Start tile layout – Append the OEM-defined Start screen layout to the bottom of the user’s backed up Start screen layout when the user restores their device from a backup.
– More phone languages – Bangla (Bangladesh), Khmer, Kiswahili, Lao
– VPN Configuration service provider – New AlwaysOn value in ConnectionType; New Policies/AppIdleTimeout setting in the CSP
We still don’t have any solid dates for this update to become public, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we learn more.