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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 will receive two ‘GDR’ updates this year

Rumor : Windows Phone 8.1 will receive two ‘GDR’ updates this year


GDR - GENERAL DISTRIBUTION RELEASE 










Windows Phone 8.1 isn’t even on any devices yet, and we already know a lot about it from our Build 2014 coverage.
 What we didn’t know was what’s next for 8.1, and if the operating system would follow a similar schedule as 8.0 before IT







Editor Daniel Rubino stated that Windows Phone 8.1 will be updated twice in 2014 and once in early 2015 with new GDR (General Distribution Release) software updates. 

Recall that Windows Phone 8 had three small operating system updates between its release in late 2012 and late 2013 codenamed GDR1,GDR2, and GDR3, but they were known publicly as Update 1, Update 2, and Update 3.

 Rubino says the same rollout plan is game for 8.1, and later this year we’ll receive Update 1 and Update 2. Rubino predicts the former to arrive this Summer, while the latter should reach devices around “November/December”.

 Finally, Update 3 is likely going to be a Q1 2015 release before Windows and Windows Phone receive their next-generation ‘Threshold’ update.





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There’s little doubt that one of those [updates] will probably include the so-far secret ‘3D gesture system’ that powers mystery device ‘Goldfinger’ as revealed by the Verge. That technology could prove to a real game changer by not requiring any buttons for user interaction. I’ve noted previously that Goldfinger is not expected to be ready until Q1 2015.

I’ve also heard rumblings of a dual-lens phone from Nokia later this year, where two cameras would be used perhaps for a multi-focus, Lytro type effect. Extensions of the OS for support of both of those features would be required for new hardware. More than likely we’ll also see the usual bug fixes and minor feature improvements as well in those GDR updates..
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