Verizon now pushing out GDR2 OS update for HTC 8X Windows Phone

Last night we teased you with Verizon’s official changelog (PDF) for the HTC 8X software update, also known as GDR2 (for the OS) and accompanying new firmware.

At the time, we suggested that the update was imminent and sure enough, starting at 1PM ET it has gone live nationwide. That means if you head to your Settings and go under Phone Update, by utilizing the Check for update feature you can start the process (you’ll need to be on Wi-Fi).

The update will bring a software version build number of 3030.0.34201.605 and quite a few new additions, including:

  • 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 capability in Internet Explorer
  • Connect with greater stability when using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype

Other new features 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.

Overall, that’s a pretty snappy update. So stop reading this and go get it now.

Thanks, TheDon8650 and David, for the tips!


Reader comments

Verizon now pushing out GDR2 OS update for HTC 8X Windows Phone


Glad to see Verizon supporting the Windows Phone 8 platform. Updated my 822 last week and can't wait for GDR3!

I am hoping this is a joke, but I also know people dont read wpcentral every day.  928 was one of the first to get the update, I have been rocking it on my 928 for almost two weeks now....LOVING windows phone 8 and vzw!

no worries, and I wasnt trying to get at ya in anyway...thats why I wrote I know people dont read wpcentral everyday in my sentence...enjoy, 

AMG? Um ya they do from the ground up the SLS was all designed by AMG..... People please do research before trolling.

Already downloaded and installing. This is such a lovely phone. If it had a better camera I would say it was the best Windows Phone.

I got my update for my 810 two weeks ago and this phone is considered EOL. Are you talking about HTC 8x?

I have an idea.  I'm sure it prob won't work, but wth.  All of us AT&T 920 owners should click on the 'check for updates' button in settings at the same time.  Lets say 3pm EST.  That will overrun the ATT network and send them a message that we want it now.
What say you?  Do you want to give it a try?

Good to hear. Now all the wp8s in my house are updated. Out of curiosty, has anyone checked on the status of the ativ odyssey? With the exception of that, all Verizon models have now gotten the update before at&t has released it for the 920

Microsoft and Nokia still not done field testing the platform/OS of the 920 in the hands of the people. Maybe....just maybe, after the update from at&t my phone will stop having a mind of itself. Waiting here!!!!!

Funny how all the Verizon hate has turned around so quickly. I swear just last everybody was whining about Verizon having the worst support and slowest updates and now all of their WP now have GDR2! (I don't consider the Odyssey a WP)(even if I did I would easily blame Samsung for not providing it to Verizon)

Well if anyone is wondering...i just downloaded the update for my 8x. Before the update, I had 5.43 GB of other storage, after the update and running shrink storage once and restating the phone its down to 5.07gb. I now have about 1.43gb free, about a gb of that was space given back to me that I had to clear up from deleting music to download the update initially. Im not sure how much of a other storage fix this brought. I have read basically all the articles on here about the storage problem and realize that I may need to approach no remaining storage before the other storage goes down significantly? Also, opening the HTC make more space app shows that I have over 2 GB of temp storage, and like everyone else who tried, when you click to delete it, nothing happens.

Why can VZW release GDR2 on the 8X, when the identical hardware on ATT has to wait? ATT is terrible, so much for being the premiere carrier.
Oh, wait...

Here's a dumb question...what does GDR even stand for? I must have missed that somewhere...

Uninstall non-essential apps.  I had to do this on my 822 with 7.2 GB Other.  Multi- attempts failed with 801882e8 error until I had removed enough apps to give 1.2 GB of Free Space.  Then it installed.

installed this a bit ago on my 8x.
music now only has a changing track skip but it's very minimal and the annoying skip that happened during the last seconds of every song that was played prior to gdr2 is gone.
no good examples to test xbox music album art or search feature fixes.
group texting back of course and working.
fm radio is there and working fine.
messing with storage still, i had 7.00gb before downloading and installing gdr2, after install it's down to 5.55gb and the make more space app shows 3.15gb in temporary files and tapping does nothing.
on my wife's nokia 822 i was able to remove temporary right away with their app after gdr2 so it's probably just the capability of this crappy htc app that is lacking.
will find out if there's any changes with messaging being read aloud over bluetooth in my car on the way home.  i don't see any fix for this out there on verizon site but i know there were some bluetooth fixes on MS site for gdr2 so i'll keep my fingers crossed and report back.

Verizon 8x working well even after GDR2 update.. No SIM lock.. Phone still unlocked. Using in India. FM radio rocks.

Can anyone check on call blocking with their 8X. Verizon listed it as a feature initially, then changed their PDF once it was discovered that they gimped it on their network to make mo' money.

They charge for the ability to block calls on their website. I think the last time I looked it was a few bucks to block only 5 numbers. Versus blocking up to 1000 for free. Also, in the 928 sub-forum, some users have reported it working when using another carriers SIM card.

Did anyone else loose 3G with the update, my phone now goes from LTE to no service, i cant make calls from my house anymore, it worked fine before the update??

How is it that I have only 3.2gb used up from games, apps, pics and vids, and have 7.4gb of "other"? The update changed nothing. This is nuts!

Run the Shrink Storage app a few times, I got back a gig or so and the other storage seems to be very slowly decreasing on its own as well

I no this is the wrong thread but does anybody no when this update will be out for 3 mobile in the UK

Downloading now @ work... anyone know if they addressed shuffling of playlist songs while connected to a bluetooth device?

After getting this update for the Verizon HTC 8X I have an intermittent issue where I get "Can't Send" errors when sending text messages even though I have full bars.  Restarting the phone or turning airplane mode on and off usually fixes it. 
Has anyone else been having this problem?