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Upcoming Windows Phone 8 update (GDR2) tidbits revealed, should be rolling out soon

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8

While many Windows Phone 8 users are eagerly awaiting for Microsoft to roll out the next update to the software giant’s mobile operating system, details of said update have been published on Microsoft’s update history webpage. The upcoming update, GDR2, brings along a few new features to the platform.

The current version of Windows Phone 8 is build 8.0.10211.204, but with the upcoming GDR2 update, the build number will be 8.0.10327.77 or 8.0.10328.78 depending on the phone and carrier. So what exactly does this new update bring along with it? Here’s what Microsoft’s update history page tells us:

  • Xbox Music. It’s now easier to select, download, and pin music. Plus, music fans will see more accurate metadata (such as song and album information) and many other performance improvements.
  • FM radio. Listen to FM radio right from the Music+Videos hub. (Not available for all phones.)
  • Data Sense. Stay on top of your phone’s data usage with Data Sense. You can set a limit based on your data plan, or just keep track of which apps use the most data. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)
  • Skype. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype now feature improved stability and performance.
  • Internet Explorer. Your web browsing experience is now better than ever with improved HTML 5 compatibility.
  • Camera. Set your favorite Lens so it opens automatically when you press the camera button. (Not available for all phones.)
  • Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.

No word on exactly when this update will hit Windows Phone 8. But it is obviously near if Microsoft has already published the update history. Stay tuned as we keep you posted on this new update.

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