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AT&T Amber and GDR2 updates for the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are now live!

The wait is over.

Yesterday we reported that AT&T was planning on releasing the double punch Amber and Windows Phone 8 GDR2 OS update today. As predicted, the update has begun at 1 PM ET / 11 AM PT and users should now be able to head into their Settings > Phone Update > Check for updates to initiate the process. The update will bump the firmware to 1325 and the OS to version 10327.

Nokia and AT&T have been working on bringing the coveted updated for a few weeks now, coming in near last in terms of the global rollout. Nokia had previously stated that the Amber update should be completed by the end of September and while that was accurate for most users, those on AT&T had to sit by as T-Mobile and Verizon both beat them to the delivery.

Microsoft’s GDR2 OS update brings some improved features like better ‘Other’ storage support, reducing the bloat that many users have experienced, in addition to fixes for Xbox Music, FM Radio, Me Tile image and greater core access for Nokia.

Nokia’s accompanying firmware update, dubbed Amber, allows such new features as:

All in all, that is a significant amount of “stuff” that Lumia 820 and 920 users will now be able to take advantage of (not to mention today’s Glance Background app).

Most of those features will require the user to have the latest updates from the Nokia Collection and you can use an app like SysApp Pusher to check for those (it’s free).


Nokia's proprietary 'Glance' screen with an always-on clock

The update will require a Wi-Fi connection and it could take up to 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much data needs to be backed up. You should also have at least a 50% charge or keep the device plugged in to an AC outlet. Users are urged to make some free space on their device if they have less than 2 GB of available storage.

Getting the update? Do you have the update? Sound off in comments.

Important 1:40 PM ET: If you experience the message "The update was downloaded but couldn't be opened. (8018830f)", don't fret. Just try again and re-download the update.

If you have questions, you can head into our Lumia forums to get help from others:  forums.wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-devices/

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AT&T Amber and GDR2 updates for the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are now live!

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Kidding, just glad for you all, I've had it for months and im also glad I won't see these posts for awhile.

Imagine how long GDR3 will take after that performance. And att customers STILL got the update before me... Nowhere to be seen like two-three months later. Come on Nokia :(

Oct 10 is the new July 4 for 'Murica I guess!! 
 
I mean it guys, 
 
Congratulations!!

American Tele & Trust is a Truly American Company
The update was tested by National Security Agency
All your phone calls are now tested for security!

Thanks, but both Verizon and T-Mobile have had this update for well over a month now.  It's just AT&T that was slow... like always... because they have to first remove the great features that their customers want.

I got so nervous when I saw those dang blasted cog wheels turning but it seems the update is downloading just fine. Hooray!

How long did yours take because mine has been going since 6:00PM Central time and it is currently 9:30PM Central time and the cog wheels are still spinning on my screen.
 

Well....mine took under 20 minutes so at this point I would look for a fix or a thread somewhere in the forums. The holding the volume down and power button tricked worked perfectly fine for me and I did not lose any of my music, pictures, or settings but I would double check before trying that trick.

How long did your gears keep spinning. Mine has been going on for about three and a half hours now....
 

My phone has found the update and the update status now says "An update is ready to download".  Wish I just had a WiFi connection to connect to right now so I could download it. :(

They removed DataSense because AT&T wants people to go over their data limit... so they had to test it longer to make sure it didn't break anything.

hahaha, that would have been funny if I hadn't waited sooooo long. Honestly I was just about to upgrade to a 1020, but when I saw it was available I figured I could a little longer lol.

Ditto.  Got the unexplained 8018830f error, so I'm trying again.  It's gotten further this time: "Preparing to install 95%"
UPDATE: Now it seems to be fine.

That's the NSA security agent that makes sure all your phone calls are safe.
If you already have it then it installs right away

What about snapchat? I wanna see those snapstories but swapchat can barely hold its own.

Use 6tag, much better than Instagram on iOS and Android, plus it has more features than the 1st party apps. Instagram has made regram an option in their API, but isn't available on their app. 6tag has it! 

Yea , I know , I use it all the time.
I was being sarcastic. He was asking what are we going to complain about, now GDR2 for AT&T Lumia is out

Now the comments will be lagging, worse battery life, "other" not fixed...the usual.
Downloading now...preparing to complain (I kid, I KID!)

You aren't wrong on other storage, mine is already at 1.2gb and I have had it for a while with no massive apps installed or ever downloaded. It will pile up as time goes on. Sucks everything works well though, sadly glance on 920 sucks as it has a cheapper screen than a 1020.

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1.2GB is normal on every single smartphone on this planet. Should be expecting 2-3GB as normal. Over 5GB is when you start to complain. 1.2 is nth. Unless u meant 12......

i got 2 updates. first one wasnt gdr2 because none of the new features showed up. press check for updates again if you are experiencing this

congrats to all AT&T people, god knows you've waited much longer than necessary for this! Hopefully GDR3 will be better

ok so here is my logg for the update on the 920: i did this on our works WIFI network; i disabled WIFI on the phone to access the update, check the update button on my lumia and WALA!!! there it was, then i changed over to WIFI so here is the log
started 1:29pm ( it stayed at 100% for a few mins maybe 5 to 7) gears started at 2;21 pm, Almost done ( migrating data) started @ 2:33pm update done at 2:45pm. i turned off my phone and turn it back on just to clear everything. 
all together it took around 1hr 20 mins...just be patient..

Dowloading now in California. It's about time, but at least they got there in the end. I just wish they'd been more transparent.
 

I got a different error, 80072f76... which I believe is a connection error  It might be because I'm at work and my work wi-fi has a lot of access lockouts.
 
When I turned off my wi-fi, my phone found the update... but is waiting for me to turn the wi-fi back on. LOL.  If I can't do it at work, I'll have to wait until I get home...

Haha yah possibly! I tried again and it worked thankfully! My guess would just wait till you get home to a stable internet connection

I have decided to make a twitter account just to bug at&t about this. I suggest that we all go and flood their inboxes with messages.
 
also, does anybody know Ralph de la vega's email address?
 
 

Because they don't want people to monitor their data because that decreases the chance of customers going over and that means less money for AT&T.

I WANT TO THANK ATT FOR FINALLY GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY OF GDR2+AMBER! AND MAKING THIS HAPPEN, THANK FELLOW CARRIERS FOR SUPPORTING OUR LONG ASS WAIT....THANK NOKIA AND MICROSOFT FOR SUCH BEAUTIFUL DEVICES..

BUT...

REMEMBER GUYS, WE WILL BE BACK FOR ANOTHER WAITATHON FOR GDR3 ON ATT!.

(NOTE THE SARCASM...)

Brazilian carrier Vivo also released it, last night. It's part of the Telefonica group, but I don't know if the whole of it got it too. Includes Data Sense.

Finally! I'm with EE and got my update a few weeks back but even I was getting frustrated with the delay to AT&T customers!

My battery is too low to update my phone.. :( couldn't wait.. now charging.. .. .. . .. . .. .. . . . 

Downloading to my 920 right now.  Finally, my 920 will be on par with my 1020 (minus the camera, of course).

So now people are out in there cars, honking there horns in roundabouts? Like the great Limp Bizkit song. "Its a party on the back porch"

If you guys thought this wait is bad, thank goodness you're not an Android user! (save for the Nexus series)

I am an Android user in addition to WP, iOS and Belle FP2....whats worse than not getting OS updates on android devices? Buying an app on your old phone, buying a new more powerful phone that is technically capable of running every app in the Play Store.....going to download your paid app to your new phone....just to get a message that says "This app is not compatible with your device!!!" aaarrrgggggggggggghhhhhhh!!!!!

Thurrott is hinting that GDR3 should come rather quickly to ATT

mike7
on Oct 10, 2013

Now we can go ahead and prepare early for complaining about GDR3. :)

pthurrott
on Oct 10, 2013

No need for that. Stay tuned.

I know what I am saying is probably old, one reason I love Windows Phone over Andriod. One can get update when it is availabe.
Now I guess I will be waiting for GDR3 when it becomes available, maybe by then , I will get a new phone.

Downloaded the update, pressed installed, the phone restarded and now I get spinning gears...?
What happened?

I panicked cuz my mom had Lumia 620. 1 week ago the phone restarted and had spinning gears, no way I could bring it back to life so I had to return it, we bought the phone in may :D

That's normal. It will reboot again in a while and you will have the update. Mine has been on gears for 20 minutes now.

Whooo.  I'm freaking out over here after about 15 minutes of the spinning gears.  I do have a lot of information to back up though.

I believe the spinning gears portion varies because of the data backup that happens during that time.  Just let it run a while and you should be ok.

finally done after almost 25 minutes. But once my phone goes to "Lock Screen" the screen doesn't recognize my touch, so I cannot unlock my phone and I have to restart every time :-( 

Me too, only min etook 5 hours and many reset to get that far. Nokia Customer Support ran me through the usual suspects of key preses, but to no avail.  I used the software Factory Reset and all I got was a night os spinning gears.
Time for a new phone. Good job Nokia!
 

WHere do you find the data sense? I don't have it on mine.
Is it because I have tmobile with my att lumia 920?

Data Sense must be carrier supported on the back end or it won't work. AT&T apparently is not supporting it so it isn't in their update.

Not ture, Data sense works by itself. At&t simply doesn't want you to have the limited data access control, this evil company wants you to go over the limit to pay them more.

Well I have tmobile 500mb 4g + unlimited 2g, but still I wanna know when the 500mb is done.
Even though I don't really use 4g that much, or it's not even available...

the "My Account" app from tmobile doesn't let you do that, unless you're talking about another one?
Let me know though.

So what does Data Sense do that the AT&T app doesn't? I can check how much data has been consumed on my plan by me or any of the family members at any time.

data sense will also turn off background tasks and your data connection when you hit certain thresholds, so you don't go over your data limit.

in your app list under the letter 'D'
 
AT&T stripped it...but then we all knew they were going to, didn't we?

These are system apps that may need to be downloaded separately from the windows phone store.  As the article states you can force a download of these apps by using an app like SysApp Pusher.  After installing the GDR2 update they are greyed out on my phone, but I just checked for updates again and it is downloading a second update, hopefully they will be usuable after this second update.

It's already in Tucson so I guess it's going through some rigorous security checks at the border, either than that you should be getting the update in Mexico some few minutes from now. Sorry for the delay pal

520 came with the pre - start 3043 with amber ... tbm he will win an upgrade from AT & T for the final version of amber with early 3046?

I updated my phone, but when all was said and done, my phone still did not have Amber/GDR2. It just went back to the previous state. What should I do about this?

Those who were successfull in installing this update, do you see FM radio and DataSense or is it removed by ZT&T (Z since they are last ;) )?

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