Windows Phone OS Portico Update

Windows Phone Portico update rolling out in new wave, including Verizon’s HTC 8X

Looks like another wave of Windows Phone Portico (build 10211) OS updates have begun rolling out as we’re getting flooded with tips from various regions.

So far we’ve heard the Lumia 920 in Russia (via and New Zealand are both getting the over the air OS update as we speak. In addition, Verizon users who have the HTC 8X can finally rejoice as that phone is also getting the feature packed OS update, according to reports.

Verizon HTC 8X UpdateWindows Phone 8 10211 aka ‘Portico’ features a fix for stability (random resets and freezes) and adds some new things too including SMS call reject, mass select, SMS drafts, persistent Wi-Fi connection (when display is off), Wi-Fi hotspot finder and even a feature to turn of image-downloads in Internet Explorer.

The update should take 20-30 minutes and it will include both an OS update and new firmware—the latter will also improve the Lumia 920’s camera.

Is your Windows Phone getting the OS update? You can check by heading into Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates. You will need a Wi-Fi connection to download the files and your phone will not be wiped of data, just updated.

Sound off in comments if you have an update waiting, including phone model, region and carrier!

Thanks, Steven P. and Paul N. for the Verizon images, Andy Z and Denis for the tip!


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Windows Phone Portico update rolling out in new wave, including Verizon’s HTC 8X


Fixes for stability? My phone now needs a soft reset 2-3 times a day! Not happy. Hard reset hasn't fixed it either.

I am in New Zealand, the unlocked, unbranded 920 I imported from Clove got Portico today.

  • Model = RM-821_eu_euro1_276
  • Operator = 000-GB

This means that particular model got the update today, right? And it's just a conindence that 920 from TelecomNZ happened to get the update at the same time?

Finally! US Verizon HTC 8X downloading update now. Lets hope I don't have to hard reset my phone to clear out Other to make room. Thanks for the tip.

It seems to be a cache of app installer files, since it grows while downloading and installing apps. The problem is that it grows 3 times the size of an app, when you install one. And doesn't shrink much after you uninstall it.

You have to hard reset to get rid of the "other" storage?? Or does it free itself when you get the update?

Some people are lucky and it frees it up automatically when needed. Most people need to hard reset to clear other. It's a major flaw that Microsoft won't address. 

So I deleted some games to free up the space it needed. I get through downloading. Then get 85% through "preparing to install" after 30 minutes. Then it says "you need to free up 400 MM of space" and reverts me back to the download button. It "downloaded" in a few seconds which means it was cached and now it's started "preparing to install" all over. Worst Updating System Ever.

Wow. It failed again. This time it wants me to free 250MB. I deleted a few things. Soon' I'll have no apps left to delete. I guess I'll now wait another half hour before my "smartphone" "prepares to install" and realizes there's not enough room. 

The phone managed to install the update on the third try after I deleted some games. I took took me three freaking hours to update my phone. Great job, Microsoft!

Today Polkomtel's update for Lumia 820 showed up. In Poland to be more precise, as a last one here (others got updates at the beginning of a month)

My unbranded red 820 (rm-825_eu_poland_295) is now preparing for installation - whatever that means and whyever it takes like forever. A notice keeps popping up that my phone is low on memory, as the bloody "other" took 3GBs of it. I hope it won't crash mid-through because of that. I can't loose my game saves!
The update showed up today as well, it wasn't available just yesterday.

I'm in the UK and my unbranded 920 direct from Nokia got the update today. Model RM-821, carrier CV GB, I'm using it on O2 UK. Always-on WiFi ftw!

Same here, dev phone 920 in Norway. Lots of reboot issues before, not too high hopes, since my wife's 920 didn't get better since she was updated a couple of weeks ago.

Downloading it now; HTC 8X, Verizon, USA.  The crazy thing is that I just tweeted to Verizon support on Monday about the Portico update.  They responded and said that they had never heard of the update but to check back later.  They went from never hearing of it to releasing it in 2 days.  Sounds like really poor communciation on Verizon's side.

Lumia 920 uk on EE, I asked EE about this on twitter and they don't seem to have any info on it :S Been checking for the update for the past 3 days

I hear that one!  I have been hounding Verizon for a while about it.  I am still uncertain if this was MS or VZW that delayed it so long.

Lumia 820 UK O2 contract - for days I have been checking for updates - just got totally bored and had the nokia care suite up and running and just googled how to complete it!  WPCentral App popped up with this article checked my phone and Holy Heck its only downloading :-)

Weird had 10211 since day one on my ativ s, my friend got it a long time ago on his htc 8x, we are both on bell

not that i can see...applied it and still no group messaging option in messaaging settings....dang verizon

Wait really? I asked Verizon on Sunday (via Facebook) when we'd get Portico and they said "we do not have any information on when this update will be available."

Yeah, I just checked, nothing for my 822 either. Is this because there were more pressing issues for the 8X? Or it's a smaller sample size for them to test out? I hope this means 822's update is coming within the next week or two.

Hoping for a 822 update as well. Love the phone but have tons of issues with random freezes especially when using Bluetooth. Hopefully portico helps with this.

red verizon 8x, i live in jersey but i'm currently on vacation in florida and i'm now updating.  if this update gives me group messaging i will be delighted.  that's all i want

That's strange. I just saw this and apparently I have it (multiple contacts with message, message drafts, in-call automatic text responses...) but I just got my 8x from AT&T on the 17th which was Sunday. I guess they already had a mandatory rollout with the stores. Cool, that saves me some waiting time.

Just got it for my Verizon 8x, downloading as I type this. Any significant firmware changes like the camera for the 920 that anyone knows about?

What's awesome (and / or strange) is that I got the update for the Verizon HTC 8X, yet am still awaiting the update for the Lumia 920 that I got from the MS Build conference a few months ago. I know some Lumia 920's around the world got the update a month or two ago (T-Mobile I think got it for their HTC 8X's back in December), but the roll-out strategy seems confusing for 920 owners especially.

Updated, Verizon 8X. Clicked check for updates as soon as i saw this article and it took about 35 minutes, start to finish.

Got it 2 weeks ago, Unlocked 8x in Bulgaria. But strange, I had it preinstalled since day one, around one month ago! I checked a video I made the first hours when I bought it showing 8.10211.204 in About. 2 weeks later I got an update with the same number. Think there was either a fake/beta preinstalled or a bug in the update system.

The words "about effing time" get thrown around a lot.
Of course it's now taking forever because it's on my awful campus wifi.
If only it actually let me download updates over LTE which is easily 10 times faster even here in the middle of nowhere. I'm not even close to my cap which resets in two days anyway.

SMS call reject not working on 2 verizon wireless HTC 8x's ...I checked the setting and call reject is on...ANY IDEAS?

see Verizon users! we got all the updates, we just have to wait a little longer! didnt we get the tango update before otbers as well?

Before the update, I have no random reboot issue. But this happens for 2 - 3 times per day after the updates. I'm using Lumia 920 in Sydney Australia.

Lumia 920, Hong Kong, Smartone "Preparing to install" right now. Hope it doesn't mess up my perfectly working phone!

I was able to manually initiate and run Portico upgrade on an 8x tonight. (USA). I never tried to use multiple addressee on texting before the upgrade, but yes I can now click a soft button below the list of contacts, which turns on multi-select check boxes to allow the selection of multiple addressees for text messages.

From Michigan. I received my update (had to look for it) for my Verizon HTC 8x tonight. The download took 18 minutes. The install took another 10 to 15 minutes. I'm still looking to see what changed. My build and version numbers are correct but I don't see any of the changes. Hopefully it won't freeze up like it did before.

Its set to download here,Nigeria unbranded Lumia 920,but I dnt have WiFi so I wanna tether it to my blackberry,but I wanna ask does anyone know how large the update is?

Received the update this morning as well, in Indonesia. Unlocked Lumia 920 RM-821. 
But no information on how big the update is. 

Finally got in Spain (uk unlocked Phone). Funny thing, the 'advice me when update is available' didn't work...I had to search manually for it. Took 6minutes to download then stopped because 'battery was not full enough to continue'....It was plugged in and being charged....I assume it needs a minimum % charge to continue, even if plugged in to mains.
Done. Compared photo with galaxy note...still not sharp enough :(

Just received my update which took about 45 minutes from finding it to rebooting after update.  I have an unlocked 920 from Clove UK (bought Dec 2012) working with an O2 UK SIM.  It's taken time to receive this update (goodness knows why) but immediately I notice the wifi connection is now permanent/instant when resuming from sleep.


already updated my Verizon HTC 8x. Still has issues sending SMS when using other network. When replying or sending a message with country code, the message wont sent. Phone is suppose to be unlocked. I should have bought the 8x of AT&T


Finally today got Portico Update on my unbranded Lumia 920 purchased from GSM Nation. Model : RM-821_eu_poland_360. Thanks MS and Nokia.

HTC 8x Verizon, got my update lastnight about 8 PM CST.  None of the space issues mentioned above.  I have not checked the group send yet.

Do anyone knows whether user in Singapore will get the update, I just download an update by the version seems to be different, it states 1232.5951.1249.1023

Nothing for my 822 but that is not surprising. I love the phone but it seems like it is the forgotten windows phone. I did not expect that since it is one of only two at verizon that you can get, and the only Nokia model.

So anyone else not seeing some features after the update? Like, for me I can't ignore a call with a text despite the option being turned on. That's the biggest, but I think I'm also missing the set an MP3 as a ringtone option because I can't find it. It's somewhat frustrating. 

I got the update for Lumia 820 via Vodafone AU, but I'm more waiting for the Nokia firmware update to fix the micro SD issue (Lumia 820 has compatibility issue with class 10 micro SD cards)

What a funny surprise. I just update my lumia 920 and i cant get auto-suggestion and correction for text and programs again. Whats the way around that - is that me or windows flop again?

Got my update last night.  Improved my Blue Tooth connectivity with my car.  Have not noticed anything else as of yet.

Updated to Portico on the 21st.   Been waiting a couple of days to see if the main problem (random shutdowns) has been fixed.   Unfortunately NOT - it did another shutdown overnight last night.  Sod it!
And from reading around on the matter, it seems (Nokia and MS included) still have no real clue to the problem!