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GDR2 for the HTC 8X on Verizon shows up on support page, could be coming soon

HTC 8X on Verizon

Sorry friends on AT&T, no GDR2 today for your Lumia 920. Instead we’ve got some good news for everyone on Verizon with the HTC 8XGDR2 is coming soon for you. The little update that brings new features like FM radio support, improvements for Xbox Music and more is right around the corner.

We’ve already seen the GDR2 update appear for the 8X on AT&T and T-Mobile. Now Verizon is prepping to jump on the gravy train. We just checked with our 8X on Verizon and don’t show an update just yet, but the fact that a support page already has a little promo page ready tells us it’s coming sooner than later.

The PDF shows a software version build number of 3030.0.34201.605 and baseband of 0.17.50.0603. When you do update to GDR2 on your HTC 8X you can look forward to:

  • Make assisted calls more easily while roaming in select international destinations
  • Access song and album information more accurately with the Xbox Music experience
  • Enjoy better web browsing with improved HTML5 compability in Internet Explorer
  • Connect with greater stability when using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype

New features to the 8X will include FM radio, group text (which will be off by default and you’ll need to turn on), and support for IMAP for email, CardDAV for contacts and CalDAV for calendar when setting up a Gmail account.

All these features will come when the GDR2 update for the 8X hits. Like we said, we didn’t see it on any devices we have, but will let you know when it comes.

Source: Verizon Support (PDF)

Thanks for the tip Derrick H!

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GDR2 for the HTC 8X on Verizon shows up on support page, could be coming soon

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It's a fair question. I thought Microsoft was going to streamline this and offer an optin program for early updates bypassing the carrier.
The problem isn't waiting a few extra weeks, it's 1.5 years from now when the Lumia 920 is a distant memory and AT&T will never approve anymore updates though the phone can support it.

Exactly. Where is the work around to skip the carrier we were promised, Microsoft???? The whole WP / Windows 8 thing is starting to stink.

Its was in news couple months ago MS decided to handover updates back to carrier responsibility. Its a shame MS and their back pedaling. Hopefully, a new leadership will whip those employees back into shape.

We've always had exclusives and special stuff, so we are getting GDR2 late, meh. I mean I wish we got it already, but I'll just be happy if they announce it. At least I think they will support the 920, because they wouldn't be that dumb.

How is that At&t is America's biggest carrier, and the 920 is the most popular window phone out there, but it still has no update?

AT&T is actually number 2 in the U.S. Verizon is the largest carrier, both in subscribers and in coverage areas. AT&T is clearly the carrier that supports Windows Phone the most tho.

 

I facebooked ATT about it. No reply as I would expect. Though the majority of complaints I've seen so far is small. But the majority of hate and anger is "my god" high!

Damn no credit for the tip I sent this morning... :( its okay I'm still excited for group texting

Doesn't anyone remember the radio problems on the 920 on at&t on gdr1. If it means it works the first time, I'll wait.

Except the 1020 which only boasts more memory, different screen and the camera. Is already running gdr2 on at&t's network. So.... There is no good reason for a holdup

Gettin reaaaal sick of your shit AT&T. Starting to remind me of getting some of the updates for the Titan and Lumia 900. They've got a new darling now and are forgetting about us.

No l don't think it lacks the hardware.behind closed doors Verizon want to keep its 928 users using more data for streaming. On the Verizon and windows website it used to say the 928 supported radio,after the update they both changed it that it doesn't support radio.Bull

Then why would they activate it on the 822 which sold much better? Seems if it was a conspiracy to get more data usage, they would have kept it off their highest selling WP.

why would they advertise it having Radio capability? if it isnt something to lure people into getting it. thats false advertisement. they should know what their phones are capable of doing before advertising. 

"why would they advertise it having Radio capability?"
It's just a guess but I think a well founded one...

Given the most critical hardware for FM radio is having the necessary chipset (which the 928 does), I'm sure Microsoft looked at the device and made the assumption (just like the rest of us) that since the chipset is there, surely Nokia wouldn't cut corners on the rest of the build of a "premium" device.  Fooled me once Nokia... won't happen twice.

To be honest, I have seen very little improvements to Xbox Music. As a matter of fact, even more albums are missing album art. Genres do seem to be correct though.
Syncing hasn't got any better at all and the Windows Phone app is still crap, it wouldn't sync a single song. The Windows Phone App for Desktop actually synced the songs, but still nothing syncs playlists.

Yeah the WP music app is terrible. Its appalling how bad missing album artwork is and syncing. As a heavy music listener, that stuff is extremely important

Agree, the last song of an album I downloaded from Xbox music randomly created its own album for some Obama music album. I don't understand it.

Windows Media Player does sync'ing of everything including music playlists. My gripe with the Xbox Music player is how lame it is in terms of managing playlists on the phone, and some issues with bluetooth connectivity preventing me from shuffling songs in a playlist. I hope those issues are resolved in this release. If so, I'll get onboard to the Xbox Music pass again.

I'm not upset about waiting as much as I am of the total lack of communication. Just give us a damn date for crying out loud.

I know what you mean. I check the nokia page and it says the update is waiting for approval.....

Verizon was the same way as far as communication. I was asking if they could confirm that it was actually coming to the 822 and made it clear that I wasn't asking for a date of release - just whether or not they planned on releasing it at all. They didn't even try to answer me, just sent me a link to their support site... that was just hours before they released it. Not sure if they ever actually announced it.

I'll be honest, all I really care about is the potential other storage fix on my Verizon 8x..

I'll be honest too. I just want the Amber update. MS hasn't given me anything to look forward too besides the Xbone and Nokia.

Same here, and maybe FM radio. I hope they include it... I wish you could listen to radio from all around the world (like TuneIn). I would use TuneIn, but the app is awful. I'd rather have a native solution.

I guess this is a window on how at&t is going to handle GDR3 an Windows 8.1 updates for 920, so I would get used to it.

I think wpcentral isn't aware that 8x on t-mobile never received the gdr2 update, it was reported to come on July 22....still waiting :(

When I heard ATT had a Uverse app and was getting the 920 I walked away from the carrier I was with. I got the Nokia 920 and love the phone... kicking myself in the butt ever since for leaving my carrier. ATT has a Uverse app, which they proudly promote working with iPhone and Android. They have other features too on the other phones. You need a PHD to find out how to talk to a human there.. oh and heaven help you if you are crazy enough to buy insurance with them. My son's Android crapped out, called to get a replacment.. um yeah.. might as well buy one new... some insurance. Yeah... come on contract and expire.. Going to Bob's phone service before I ever go back to ATT. Oh what the heck.. while on a soap box. Uverse.. Seems to go up over the months. Got a 250 month tv bill and don't even have all the channels. Called to ask why on TV they show commercials for things like 99.00. Told them I want that! Told me no way, that's for new customers. People loyal to them get the much higher prices... like double.  Okay, enought soap box. Sorry to vent, but I am flustered.
 

For those tv bills you pretty much have to call and threaten to leave every 6 months to keep the good rate. the only trick is you really have to be ready to leave them, because it could come to that. I know people that bounce between services just to keep the lower startup rate.

When did the GDR2 come for the HTC 8X for T-Mobile? I remember they put it out there but quickly removed it because of the issues that arose. When I look for an update it says its up to date but I was never able to install GDR2.

They didn't put it out for T-mobile 8Xs. They released it to the unbranded 8Xs and removed it due to the majority of users having problems with it. HTC announced that a T-Mobile version was going to be released on July 22nd, however, no update... Sure hope they're finishing it up and will release it soon :(

Have been checking the forum and net at least a few times a week for gdr2 news for 8x Verizon. Glad to see some confirmation it's still coming finally.

This is why MS needs a Surface Phone. They control it and have the OS the way its meant to be without carriers or MFR altering anything. Stock.

No it means they have to wait till Nokia sends OTA. What made the Nexus series so great is they came direct from Google. No carriers. No mfr. Google. Apple gets updates straight from Apple. No carriers. IMHO MS needs a phone that gets straight updates direct from them. Surface Phone would be a great idea in that aspect. I would buy one in a heartbeat no questions asked. These kinda things is the reason I hate branded phones. If MS had a surface phone you would had GDR2 when it first dropped. It is what it is.

I'm tired of this.
C'MON I HAVE A UNLOCKED/UNBRANDED LUMIA 820, WHERE'S MY UPDATE DUDE ?
FUCK.
EVEN SOME COUNTRY ON AFRICA GOT THE UPDATE. GO FUCK YOURSELVES FUCKERS.

I tweeted Verizon a few days ago and this was the response

@VerizonWireless it's moronic that service providers regulate which phones do and do not receive updates. Still waiting for GDR2 on my #8X

@DJmichjournal We just want you to have the best wireless experience! All updates are not helpful. Stay tuned, bit.ly/n5snpq

I really wish T-mobile would release the update, it is indeed on the htc support page from 6.22.13 yet still.. nothing.

Still need the update for CV GB 920 phones o2 networks getting it now despite it sais coming soon on the Nokia website

I love how this is an article about Verizon and its GDR2 update but was hijacked with att and tmo comments. LoL

This is normal practice with ATT. They don't release updates when they got updates phones being released. Watch. They won't release the update till the 1020 shows down in sales and after the release of the 925. Prediction. 

I've got *.34101.401 which bumped after a recent post GDR2 update. This version is even higher. I guess Verizon is not only catching up but goes ahead of the unbranded ones.

Verizon has really impressed me with the GDR2 updates. Hopefully Nokia/Microsoft launch more flagship devices on Verizon instead of ATT in the future.

I've learned my lesson.

Microsoft is unable to deliver timely updates and features in comparison with the smartphone competition.

The fact that im waiting for GDR2 still doesn't begin to address the shortfalls of WP8 we have been asking for a fix since release.

iOS gets their new OS soon, and I guarantee that ALL their supported devices will be able to update the day of release. No AT&T approval bullshit. As much as I dislike Apple, at lease their experience is light years better.

Android is more iffy. The manufacturers are tye ones who deploy the updates. But if you get on a Nexus device or a flagship device, it seems the updates are available. And again, you don't have to wait for the carrier from what I understand.

But beyond updates, there are so many features MS should have addressed 6 months ago. And their sync makes me ill. Its so bad I started to think iTunes wasn't so bad. Seriously MS, your making an avid hater of iTunes into more of an Apple fan.

I'm crazy disappointed in Microsoft. Nokia, your awesome for trying so hard to make it work. Its a shame your partner can't seem to compete in the market.

Um MS released GDR2 months ago. Mfr and carriers are the delay... But I feel you. Its why I said MS need a phone they control.

Got it 2 days ago on orange uk for my HTC8x but not really impressed with the UI for the radio.
Nice to get something at last for HTC wp