You must be knowing that Microsoft has released the first technical Preview of its latest Windows 10 OS for phones just two days ago, and every Windows Phone user was occupied with the news of it since two months. In the first release, only a few of the Lumia devices have been listed as eligible to grab the first technical preview of Windows 10, so the users of the rest all Windows Phone devices are still probably waiting.
While you wait, you have another news, no, it’s not about Windows 10 this time, but about the next update to the existing Windows Phone 8.1 OS. This OS was mentioned to have at least two updates over its lifetime, one of which was released via the preview for developers last year. This was the GDR (General Distribution Release) Update 1 which brought folders to the start screen of Windows Phone and also expansion of Cortana to more countries other that the U.S.A.
The next update to this Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is the GDR 2, about which, until now, nothing has been made clear. But now, the information about this update is spotted in the documents that Microsoft published on the Windows Phone Dev Center website.
Listed below are some of the changes that the GDR2 update might bring to Windows Phone 8.1:
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
- Setting the default value for the switch
- Customizing the name/label of the switch and the description
- Specifying the timeout, in milliseconds, for the phone to remain in video transition state
- Enabling video conferencing
- Specifying the amount of time before a video call is downgraded to a voice call due to low video quality
- Hiding the video charges dialog that is displayed when the user turns on the LTE video calling switch
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:
Include support for these additional phone languages:
- Bangla (Bangladesh)
VPN configuration service provider
- New AlwaysOn value in ConnectionType.
- New Policies/AppIdleTimeout setting in the CSP.
For more, read the complete document here.
Users should bear in mind that the changes listed by Microsoft could be only a few of the many that could come with the update because these documents are mainly towards manufacturers and carriers, so you must not be whining over, if you feel that these are very few updates to come with GDR2.
However, eventually Microsoft has plans to update almost every device running Windows Phone 8.1 (GDR1 or GDR2) to the latest Windows 10. So if there are not major changes or improvements via the GDR2, we should not be surprised.
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