Me Tile: GDR1 vs GDR2

One of the bugs that some of us noticed on Windows Phone, possibly starting after the GDR1 OS update, was a fuzzy and low resolution image of ourselves for the Me tile. It was particularly frustrating on devices with high resolution displays, as everything would look sharp and crisp except for your blurry mini me. Despite re-uploading the photo numerous times, the service, tied to your Live/Outlook account, would downgrade the image and push back a fuzzy version within a few hours.

We now have three GDR2 devices including the Lumia 520 (AT&T), Lumia 925 (T-Mobile) and Lumia 1020 (AT&T) and all three have high resolution images for our tile. On every non-GDR2 device, it’s the opposite: fuzzy and low resolution. In the image above, you can see the Samsung ATIV S (left) running GDR1 and the Nokia Lumia 925 (right) running GDR2. The difference is night and day.

While this is a tiny fix, it’s a welcome one. Windows Phone 8 build 10327 (GDR2) has started a limited roll out for some unbranded devices and it is expected to go wider in August. For Nokia phones, it will be packaged with their Amber firmware update.

Do you suffer from low-resolution Me Tile images? Has GDR2 fixed it? Let us know in comments.