On the Windows Phone Blog on Wednesday, Microsoft went into details about their upcoming new updates coming to Windows Phone 8. The announced update in May is finally rolling out to users, known as GDR2, and has been slowly making it out to Windows Phone 8 users over the past few weeks.
Initially the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia Lumia 928 were the first phones to get the update, but Lumia 822 users and others will start seeing it in their settings menus on their phones. The updates as listed seem rather interesting and should make users happy.
The first item is Data Sense, and it is a way to help users stay on top of their phone’s data usage. Users can set limits based on data plans, and can compress web page data as your browse, and get up to 45% more on the same data plan as before. Originally only available for Verizon Wireless customers, it is available for all to use.
FM Radio and Camera Updates
Microsoft and Windows Phone brought back the FM Radio feature from Windows Phone 7, and users of the Windows Phones can listen to FM radio on their phones. In addition, zooming in on high-res photos, and changing which photo app opens when the camera button has been introduced. By going into the Settings > Applications > Photos + Camera, users on phones like the Nokia 1020 can choose between camera apps.
Voicemail and Group Messaging
The last noted updates includes additional support for audio codecs so voicemail messages are emailed correctly and played correctly in the .wav format. With Verizon Wireless customers the new support for group messaging has been enabled. Now, users can send texts to a bunch of people, and you can keep replies on one thread versus many.
The updates are rolling out soon, and other notes including Google Support and Other Storage support have been updated as well. Xbox Music has been improved on phones to help users manage their music on phones, along with easing Syncing features. Users should find that these updates are rather large to the Windows Phone, and should enable users to use their phones even more.
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