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Some HTC 8Xs reportedly getting Windows Phone GDR2 OS update today

Windows Phone Central has begun to receive reports from users that their HTC 8X (UK Virgin Mobile and non-branded) are receiving updates today. The update, most likely a combo of firmware and the coveted GDR2 OS update (build 10327), will enable things like FM Radio, Data Sense (carrier dependent) and other improvements. This update follows Samsung's recent ATIV S update for unlocked devices.

We have not found an update for our AT&T-branded 8X, though we’ll update this article as more information comes in.

For those with the 8X, you may want to head into Settings > Phone Update and use the force-check to see if something is waiting for you. If you do get an update, please post your carrier (if any) and any new changes in comments. You can also find more information and discuss the update in our support forums: http://forums.windowscentral.com/htc-8x/

Thanks, Steffen S., Dennis A., and Plasmid, for the tips!

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Some HTC 8Xs reportedly getting Windows Phone GDR2 OS update today

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I noticed that. Kinda miffed as i expected it yesterday. I have a suspicion it maybe due to the Verizon exclusivity in the States. Maybe they are trying to lockdown the change of region work around.

My Nokia Lumia 820(Unlocked) didn't get the update yet how come HTC sent before Nokia this time, Good for HTC ppl.. :)

These other manufacturers will likely get the updates before Lumias because there is less in them... with Amber being included with Nokias.

Yeah I agree... there is a lot of feats in Nokia's Amber update to be tested where as HTC I guess is pushing it vanilla?

I wonder why it takes Nokia so long to get this update out to customers. The 925 is pretty much identical to the 920 and you can buy that with GDR2 already...

Makign sure it works properly on all devices and dealing with the logistics of doing the mass update. Not to mention dealing with the individual carriers.

after 1308 vs 1314 debacle, I would rather Nokia take their time and make sure nothing like that happens again, instead of rushing to beat HTC

Just a bit of info - it starts downloading straight away - doesnt come up with an option saying an udpate is available to download - so make sure your on wifi before you check that its there.

It's a Unbranded HTC 8X and we live on Aruba, so we are not locked to a carrier & my friend has gotten the update / installed it. I'm still waiting for it on my L920

When will nokia releases the amber update. And if ever they release it, will it be worldwide? Im using a unbranded Lumia 920 globe carrier Philippines.

Ahaha good to know that. Me too!! I wanna try their new app. Forgot the name. And i hope nokia will make nokia camera pro free for all lumia 92x devices too.

i chatted with a nokia rep and they said more likely next month but no specific date.. hahahaha.. it's again down to our carriers.. I remember itching for my BB 9360's BB 7.1 update.. it took forever and it wasnt even updated through Globe.. good luck to you bro.. Hahah.. by the way, i envy your 920.. hahaha.. you must be rich.. hahaha..

Ahahaha tnx. No,im not. I saved my salaries for this. Ahahah took me 4 months to buy it ahahaha. Its a tough phone! I'll tell you that! Ahahaah

Are you having trouble with the notifications? Like facebook, viber, any apps that has notifications. Especially my online messaging.

some of them but that's not a huge issue for me.. i can still deal with it.. maybe because I am not a daily user of viber or other IMs. facebook is kinda late since the app is technically managed by MS and not by Facebook itself..

pinoy here. my unit is unbranded lumia 620 using sun cellular. just tried it but decided to eventually replaced my aging LG 2X android phone. waiting for lumia 925 though. does any of you experienced internet connectivity problem? like your phone is switching to 2G automatically when connection is unstable? if yes, you can force it to "3G only" or "LTE only" for 920 by doing these procedures:
1. Dial ##3282.
2. Tap Accept button.
3. Tap ...  at the bottom right of the screen.
4. Tap settings and select network type to 3G only or LTE only for 920.

You keep writing "data sense (carrier dependent)".

Since I can't see a single reason for that "dependence", I would appreciate an article explaining that as probably someone at WPCentral will know more about that issue than us, the average Joe. Unless, of course, there's no real reason and Microsoft just lied to everyone upon launching of the WP8...

I just watched an intro to WP8 video by Belfiore (shot last year), and he never said it was coming to all phones. In fact he said they expect to expand it to other phones in 2013... which they are. I don't see where we've been lied to.

Microsoft always explained Data Sense being carrier dependant as it was designed to both give customers the visibility of their usage as well as give features like data compression and probably statistics to the carriers which they wanted.  MS never lied about Data Sense.

At least I see Data Sense on 925 unbranded version while 32GB Vodafone version does not have Data Sense.......

The compression is the only useful part of data sense, the actual data count is way off. It said I used 1.7 gigs of data while Verizon said I barely used 1 gig.

My 8x is downloading the update right now, its a SIM-free phone working on "zain" network in the middle east. I'll post the changes when it finishes the update.

This made me jump from my chare :D its been quite a while since the last update.

Downloading it now on my UK unbranded 8X while I wait for those on Redmond to start lifting and release Spartan Assault

Just downloading update on HTC 8S, unbranded Play network in Poland. Needs minimum 329MB free space on phone storage.

I've been calling my wife to see if she has had time to check. I'll let her no update for her Verizon 8X

Nothing on Verizon. They haven't been too bad about delaying updates so far so hopefully we'll get it soon. What I am much more concerned about than the general GDR2 improvements is did they finally re-enable group messaging.

In January Verizon calimed to be supporting group sms in a mid-year 2013 update. I have the letter at home, can upload tonight. The letter was a response to an FCC complaint I filed. 
I would interpret this update to be a mid-year update and therefore should add group SMS support. If group sms is not in the update, then I will certainly notify the FCC. 

EDIT: Here is a Google Vocie transcript of the voicemail I recevied (in addition to a letter). Names were Removed.
Hello Mr. ###. This is ### the present here at verizon wireless we spoke the other day. I do have a response for you. It does appear that we are working with Microsoft to provide group text messaging capability on your device as quickly as possible. I the feature will be added with the mid year software update. So I just wanted to let you know that that is the case, we are working to get that at it. And it you know, should be out of. I've made here. So if you have any additional questions, you can reach me at (xxx) xxx-xxxx Beyond that, I'll be sending a response to the never communicated Commission's with this information and you'll be copied on that you receive a copy. So, again. Thank you for calling. If you have a great day bye bye.

Hopefully a group messaging fix is included and I've seen enough similar responses posted to give me some hope. If it isn't, I'm going to try what some seem to have had success with, as follows:
1) Get an AT&T HTC 8X, sign-in and restore apps and settings from my Verizon HTC 8X (turn on settings backup).
2) Enable group messaging on the AT&T phone.
3) Backup up settings from AT&T HTC 8X
4) Wipe Verizon phone
5) Restore apps and settings to Verizon HTC 8X, as if you had a new/repacement phone
I've seen some people indicate this fixed the group messaging issue on Verizon phones, including the HTC and Nokia phones.

Unbranded 8X, Czech Republic - downloading now. It's got to be a massive update though, because it takes ages to download.

Alright Verizon, get this update through quick, and I'll cut you some slack on the uber long delay for Jelly Bean on the Xoom that is way past over due now.

Receiving now on my HTC 8x, although I don't use it because of switching to Lumia 920. But when I take 8X in hand I really love its weight and design :(

Just updated to GDR2, got radio but no data sense........
Mine is Hong Kong version, not sure if this matters.
Some storage is being freed up, but not sure if the boom will come up again.
 
Data sense is somehow important to me as I don't want to surf in GPRS one day after my 3G data limit is over.

yep also downloading on kpn in the netherlands, unbranded htc 8x
got 8.0.10327.77 succesfully
 
 

I just installed it on unbranded and unlocked HTC 8X on Orange UK. Radio is there, but where can I find Data Sense? Does anyone know if Orange supports it?

This upsets me, still waiting for mine to install. Was hoping for Data Sense. Doesn't look like any of the phones being updated today have Data Sense.

nokia wont push a update before augast 15 for sure. so relax lumia guys !!! thy have to bundle amber + gdr2 . so it take minimum tha much of time .

YAY! I got the update from checking, I am on T-Mobile UK (AKA: EE) my handset is unbranded though as I got it from Phones4u =)

Got GDR2 update on my 8X. Why are people surprised? HTC was first to release Portico as well - in fact a cool two months before I got it on my Lumia 920. 

Just manually searched for update and it's now downloading, yay! Unbranded 8X on O2 UK.
 
While I'm not as impressed with HTC's support of Windows Phone in general, they've been brilliant at getting updates pretty quickly and that is appreciated.
 
Just a shame there's not really all that much to talk about in GDR2... :/

Croatia, T-mobile, phone updated... i was really hoping for small things like separate volume controls or stop button in music player... now, i'm just disappointed
 

I got a notification for an update !
I already got 2 small updates this morning & now that makes 3 !
Unfortunately, I'm outside right now & low on battery ... Ugh !
Unbranded international 8X , Saudi Arabia .

Hi :)
 
Just in the process of updating my unbranded HTC8X here in Germany :)
There are three updates ...

Only just got round to installing this update after reporting it earlier. Data sense isn't included since the Virgin Mobile HTC 8X is effectively unbranded. No noticeable improvements around Skype though the OS feels a tad nippier. Yet to try the FM Radio etc.

Unbranded phones4u 8X from the UK downloading update now. Wasn't on wifi when it checked, so it just says 0%, but I can confirm that I should be getting it :)

i need help here. i am stuck on the "running gears" icon for almost 2 hours (after downloading and installing the updates), so the battery was drained.
when i got home, i charged it and still stuck on the "gears" icon.. TIA
 

Unbranded 8x on O2 in the UK.  I've just installed the GDR2 update which bumps the OS to 8.0.10327.77.  The firmware got a big bump to 3030.0.33501.401 but I'm struggling to see any improvements, features, anything.  No wonder why HTC are always ahead of Nokia in this regard, they have nothing to add so testing is that much quicker.
 
Yes, the radio is now back but that is all.  I guess this is mostly under-the-hood stuff we don't care about.  No DataSense, no custom tones for Alarms, voicemail, messages, no visual voicemail, no fix for 'Other' storage or improvement to managing installed apps or app data.  Nothing worth talking about at all.  I suppose I should be glad that it's not broken anything (yet) but seriously, Microsoft (yes I'm looking at you Tony Myerson and Joe Belfiore), what are you guys doing all day?
 
By the way, for those of you clamouring for Spartan Assault, it's just arrived in my marketplace (UK) and it costs £5.49.  You'll need plenty of room, the download is 691MB!  I thought this was exclusive to Verizon (US) for 30 days?

I agree Envio! Very Very disappointed here with this update, yes they are quick at rolling out updates! They never add anything.......wont be buying HTC again poor support.

Unbranded 8X in The Netherlands (my wife's phone): Update, but gives an error :( Tried 3 times, no luck. Trying again tonight...

I dont have any internet connectivity problems. The lumia 920 and lumia 925 is basically the same phone, same specs, but the lumia 925 has 6 lenses to 920's 5 lenses. And minus the wireless charging capability, and the 925 runs on nokia's amber update. To answer your question. Yes on the setting i can choose between 2g, 3g, and LTE..

No Data Sense on my Hungarian T-mobile 8X. :( But why? Some said it's carrier dependent, some said it's not. So what's up now?

Biggest disappointment ever GDR2 - upgraded here on Virgin Mobile (UK)
Disappointment why did I expect anything else from HTC?  Yes they are quick with updates because they never add any value to their phones, no extra features no nothing!
 
HTC have had all the £ they are going to get out of me, and I will be buying Nokia next time!
 
So disappointed

   While this is great news, unfortunately, I'm on Verizon, which means I won't be seeing this update until everyone else is getting GDR3. And while we're on the topic of updates, what the hell happened to the 7.8 update on my Trophy?

yesterday i updated my htc 8x , and today suddenly while watching movie on it , went dead , but the lcd led is on . confused ....
before update all was merry and fine , is this a bug in the GDR2 update