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AT&T says GDR2 and Amber update ready, should come tomorrow for Lumia 820 and 920

File this one under hopeful, but AT&T via their support forums have confirmed that the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 OS update and accompanying Amber firmware from Nokia has been cleared for the Lumia 820 and 920.

ETA? Tomorrow, October 10th.

Now we should be clear that this isn’t an AT&T or Nokia press release and Nokia’s own webpage (opens in new tab) has not yet been updated to reflect this news (it still says ‘waiting for approval’). However, a Community Manager did post the information, and it seems too detailed and confident to just be a rumor. Indeed, the Community Manager is an employee of AT&T so it has some credibility to it.

The posting specifically states:

“AT&T has completed testing the Nokia Lumia 820/920 Windows Phone software update on our network. We expect Microsoft to make the update available beginning 10/10. When the software update is available for you to download, Windows Phone will notify you so you can download it directly over a Wi-Fi connection. We appreciate your patience.”

That sounds like a slam dunk to our ears but of course until we start to see it rollout, usually at 1PM ET, we’ll still take it with a grain of salt.

The AT&T Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 are some of the last devices to get the GDR2 and Amber updates. Users have becoming increasingly strident at the delay, becoming very vocal in AT&T and Windows Phone Central communities. At least now there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

It was just nine days ago that AT&T stated the updates were coming in the “coming weeks” and that now appears to be the case.

Nokia’s Amber update will bring improved image processing, flip to silence, FM radio, call + SMS blocking, Lumia color profile and Nokia Smart camera, while Microsoft’s GDR2 will fix Other storage and improve things like Xbox Music.

Source: AT&T Forums (opens in new tab); Thanks, Owen H., M and Caddy, for the tips

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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Poppin' bottles.
    Not really. I'm on Verizon, but I'm sure AT&T customers will be excited.
  • Is this real life?
  • About damn time! If it's not we Riot!!!
  • But where the fuck is GDR3???
  • Lol
  • +920
  • +920
  • 3 months after everyone else gets it ;)
  • I think your math is off.
  • maybe they had trouble with the wiretapping or something..
  • Ask microsoft.
  • Ha! Was thinking the same...ciming very soon, I suppose!
  • Where is GDR4?!?!?!?
  • 2014, lol
  • Is this just fantasy?
  • Caught in a landslide...
  • No escape from reality...
  • Open your eyes...
  • Look up to the skies....
  • Look up to skies and see
  • Mamaa, I just ...
  • Killed a man....
  •   Put a gun against his head...
  • Called him Tigger, but he's Fred.
  • Ok, now... Ok, now I.. I have two fingers. Four fingers.
  • Love how he says we expect Microsoft to make the update available from 10/10 as if it was Microsoft holding it back when it was AT&T.
  • Everyone is using Microsoft as a scapegoat nowadays.
  • It comes off the Microsoft update servers.
  • Life has just begun!
  • oops... nevermind
  • Yeah, but remember. We don't get data sense. Another reason to not be that stoked about this.
  • I thought Data Sense went to everyone with this update?
  • AT&T stripped Data Sense from the Amber/GDR2 version that was delivered on the Lumia 1020s, and I was told by an AT&T representative that the update also would not include Data Sense.  The representative said that initial tests had some network problems caused by the update, but I don't buy that argument.
    When I heard that Data Sense would not be coming, I went ahead and flashed the ROM on my Lumia 920 to unbrand AT&T (flashed to Rogers and European Developer versions), then it immediately received the complete Amber/GDR2 update (including Data Sense) and my phone has not experienced any network issues.  In fact, it is working better than ever.  If not for the voided warranty and small risk of bricking the phone, my wife would also flash her phone.  I won't update to a new device (e.g. 1020) until AT&T begins delivering the full OS and updates, or I may just move my family and company accounts to Verizon.
  • Which euro rom did u flash to? The one I tried gave me a load of trouble. The LTE showed up as L. And anytime I would try to make a call it would drop it and I'd get a ton of reboots/blackouts. Luckily I was able to flash back to stock and replace the device at my device support center. Didn't flash the replacement so I'm not sure if it was that phone or a bad flash. Also I have grandfathered in unlimited data so I won't miss data sense at all.
  • I thought no one was able to flash back to stock rom. Most people were saying once you take the ota on pre-portico Rogers, you cannot get back. Can you share how you flashed back on juan6996's guide post in Lumia 920 forum here?
  • I used the Rogers pre portico rom then flashed back to stock at&t. The trick for me was trying different versions of NCS. I kept getting the incorrect FFU error so I would just uninstall NCS and remove all traces of Nokia on my system reinstall oldest version of NCS that I could find with the usercfg hack. And I was able to flash pre portico Rogers. I tried for days and it finally worked.
  • please let me know which version of NCS you used. thanks
  • Please share instructions, i want to get rid of the AT&T build, it has lots of restrictions.
    AT&T arm twists nokia to remove some settings and features, u cannot swap between 2g and 3g. 3g drains a lot of battery and there is no way in hell to move to 2g to save battery life. There is no data sense and there are many other settings missing. 
  • This is something a custom rom can fix. Unfortunately, the last time I checked (it's been awhile thought), no one over at XDA-Developers has put out rom tools for the new Windows Phone 8 rom format for all of the device roms.
  • Everyone voice your concerns here.!/ATT?hc_location=stream
    I did so and pple are getting pretty vocal.
    UPDATE2: Nicole also replied from AT&T. She is probably an intern...
    UPDATE: Tracie A. (AT&T FB page manager) responded to my post. So if you want to give her a piece of your mind comment here (on my post).!/ATT/posts/10151886780983909?comment_id=29647...
  • I just pooped a little...
  • You can say that again.
  • He just pooped little.
  • a cup?
  • Two girls.
  • I just pooped a little...
  • You can say that again again
  • He just popped little for twice now.
  • Sharted
  • In a cup?
  • a cup?
  • Two girls
  • As long as it wasn't Church of Fudge!
  • Does this now mean WPC's comments will halve because people will stop talking about it?! ;-)
  • I'm praying to the god I don't believe in that this happens, lol
  • Just post more stuff about Fox News if comments are too few.
  • Or better yet, post an article about how MSNBC and Al Jazeera are all using iPhones and iPads. ;-)
  • Instagram❔❔❔❔❔.. Lol❗
  • Please don't write that again I think no one saw it......
  • lol!
  • Ha ha ha
  • thor god of thunder hearing your prayers will smash at&t if they don't deliver.
  • Hulk smashes, Thor hammers.  Together they make at&t have Sense.
  • You have probably seen this.  It is worth an article.  Very cool...  I see a Lens within the Nokia Camera to take images that will work best on the Glance screen.  I tried to use a regular photo, but it doesn't come out too well.  But the stock images they include look great.

  • Nah, they're gonna start with commenting about how they will not get the upcoming GDR3 lol.
  • We'll see if we can get GDR3 on time from ATT. :)
  • You will as long as you are willing to change your personal definition of "on time" a bit.
  • Maybe they will be replaced by italian 920 users.
    Take a look at this and look the Italians 920 country variant :/
  • Yeah, if even the unlocked/unbranded country variant for the Italian 920 isn't released yet then AT&T people need to shut their pie holes. I mean, carriers is one thing but a country variant not released yet? That is absurd!
  • This is completely untrue: I have an unbranded Italian 920 and I received Amber in early September
  • You are one of the few, or maybe your phone isn't italian... what does it say under manufacturer name & mobile operator?
  • Not really...
    I am Italian and I bought my phone in Rome.
    IT Country Variant
    Firmware 1326.2006
    Mobile operator 000 IT
    Besides all my friends there who own a Lumia have received the update.
  • I don't know.
    There are a lot of 920 unbranded without amber, and I have one of them.
    You can see the discussion about that here:
  • By any chance is your Firmware:
    1232.5957.1308.0003 ?
    If so it is a well known issue and no new build to update that specific firmware has been released.
    Anyway you could manually update to the latest without risk for the warranty:
    Post #42
  • Yes, I have that firmware.
    And no, I don't want to update manually... mainly because I will lose the apps data that, thanks to MS, I cannot back up. Thanks anyway.
    Anyway, Nokia has just released the amber update for the 820s *.0003, so I hope that for the 920s may be relased anytime soon.
  • The thing is that if you have an at&t (rm820) 920, you can't safely flash it with another rom (I mean completely safely) if you have an rm821 you can. For example we don't have Amber in Peru yet, but I had flashed an 620 and its working like a charm, plus now its unbranded
  • No, we don't have GDR3 yet :(
  • dang it... nevermind again... I really should read the full string of comments before commenting... lol
  • Hope it doesn't do to your 920's what it did to my 928...
  • Elaborate!
  • Usually fine, but my screen often becomes unresponsive and I have to lock then unlock the phone or do a soft reset. Hard reset didn't solve the problem
  • That's been happening on my 920 without the gdr2/amber update.
  • That has been hapenning to my 620 since day one. Amber actually reduced the number of screen freezes from tens a day to two times since the update... :/
  • I sometimes get this problem in specific apps. Also, the time it takes to soft reset was increased, I think. That threw me off at first. Other than that, GDR2 has been flawless on my 928.
  • This... I've had apps I had to remove too and once I did, everything was back to normal.  i'm about to get rid of Tetris Blitz because its wonky and freezes sometimes.
  • My 928 works fine...what happened?
  • ❔❓❓❓❔❓
  • My 521 will randomly do that too actually
  • I get this sometimes on the 1020 and previously on the 920. Don't know if it's Microsoft or Nokia, but it's not a big deal.
  • That's hardware related. My 2 month old cyan 920 just went through that... Crappy ATT warranty. I lost my cyan 920 ended up with white. Nice but not the color I wanted.
  • let's see how many phones will get bricked during this update lol
  • Don't say that❕
  • Haha!
  • Half the Lumia phones are already bricks anyway.
  • Bro, do you even lift?
  • I lifted once
  • It was awful
  • Yes I love at&t now again
  • ...for now
  • Nah, AT&T can still suck my hairy nutz. Terrible CS and second only to Verizon in cost, even with my work discounts.
  • Shiit I have had an incredible experience with customer service, and cell service.
  • Yes I love at&t now again
  • I disagree with you, AT$T is still Gucking Freedy!!!
  • Seriously... Tbh I would have gotten a BB10 phone this year if not for their required "business" plan, which is complete fucking bullshit
  • I use the business plan anyway due to the discounts I get, comes out to about the same as a regular plan, and I get 5GB data and tethering. Didn't realize how much I like tethering.
  • that does sound like a good deal for your situation, but there's no way i'd ever use up 5 gb anyway. tbh my 2gb plan is already too much for me. i'd be paying twice as much money (since i'm part of a family plan) for features i don't even use. but i guess in that sense it's analogous to requiring a data plan for smartphones.
     blackberry should really get att to change that policy since it's clear with BB10 they are trying to break into the mainstream market.
  • Ummm....bucking fullshit, there, I corrected that for ya.
  • HAAA! I see what you did there! ;D
  • We expect Microsoft to make the update available starting 10/10. I thought they made it available months and months ago.
  • Yep. Gotta love their careful wording there
  • Yup those are at&t words always saying its someone's else fault.
  • Awesome keep it coming with the good news for Windows Phone!
  • How is it possible the AT&T update comes this early? GDR3 and the 1520 aren't even released yet!
  • This is gdr2 not 3
  • He was being sarcastic lol
  • Sarcasm doesn't travel through the internet very well lol
  • It does if you take a second to think...
  • I think that AT&T should still give us a prize or a credit for being this late though. Dont you think yall?
  • Agreed. But only if other carriers also do that. There are still a few 820/920 devices in the world not updated by their carriers. So if they also gonna give credit then I'd agree.
  • Ooh, a prize!! Any old company can give me a credit on my bill... I'll prolly just spend it at the bar anyway... Nope gimme that oversized stuffed tiger!
  • so what are you guys gonna moan about next when AT&T finally get the update ready? seriously EVERY post on WP central had a comments about AT&T!!!!
  • We had every right to. If you don't have ATT then you really have no business whining about those who do and spoke out.
  • You do realize that there are still even some unlocked/unbranded country variants that haven't released Amber yet, do you? Let alone carriers. I'm not saying you didn't have the right to, I'm just saying that there are people outside of AT&T also still waiting.
  • I disagree @DaveGx. You don't have a "right" to spam our comments with AT&T-focused complaints on non-AT&T articles. It was very frustrating and disappointing to see that behavior here. Frankly, I'm embarrassed by the frequency of hyperbolic and overly-dramatic complaints about a simple OS update, all coming from one group of people.
  • Well, that what make WPcentral fun. We talk about what makes up happy and we complain about things that get in our nerves, regardless of the article's topic.
  • Theres this thing they call 'forums' for that.
  • So,,, all those off topic comments I'm always making you don't like❔ Wow.. I didn't know I was so hated here... Going to put my head in a wall now....
  • Haha!
  • Daniel, this site is so much fun because of the community. I even laugh out loud at the some of the comments and the way that community comes together around topics and even each other's comments. I understand that it takes away from constructive conversation, but most of the time that happens when there is something to talk about. Otherwise, it is just the community expressing their feelings. Forums are fine, but the diversity is found in the comment section.
  • +0.5
  • ditto... most places I don't bother with looking at the comments.  Here I've got to.  Whether it's an article I actually care about or not, I want to see what some of the comments say.
  • Are you really talking about the weather there? :s
  • duh.... fixed it.
  • In other news, I have NY cheesecake in my refrigerator
  • Sharing is caring
  • Well, I can agree with np spamming. But I think we've a right to complain not just die to the wait. But how were getting screwed out of data sense as well
  • It wasn't any worse than the Cult of Instagram spamming every article and even with options available to them, they STILL complain.
    The off-topic stuff should all cease. With that in mind, I'm glad that AT&T will be releasing this OS update. I'm annoyed that they'd remove Data Sense.
    Should we start PRE-complaining about GDR3??? :)
  • " Daniel, That's your moral compass but what good is it to me? "  
  • +920
  • You win.
  • I have to disagree with you on this point. If this is a sign of things to come, whats not to say that when a major update does come out like, for example, 8.1, that it too will be delayed for months. AT$T is a huge company with unlimited resources in one of the richest countries in the world, there should be no excuse as to why their customers are not receiving the updates on day one, in fact they should pride themselves on that.
  • This might be a first, definitely can't remember another time, but I do not agree with you. As to your last comment. Any and every complaint made is always coming from one/group of people. So in this instance you failed to see the point therefore you were "frustrated and disappointed". I felt the same frustration about stupid instagram, however over at&t I found myself amused and relieved at most comments. So there you have two examples two different groups one I liked one I didn't but that's what makes this place so great. When I come here I never know what I'm going to get and it leaves me coming back to this specific community more than any other. Just my opinion though, hopefully it will ease your frustration. :)
  • I on the other hand voice simple complaints on point in the right posts about the company getting so many exclusives taking so long on a update. Give me a break they certainly don't waste any time collecting my money for there overpriced service.
  • I use T-Mobile but my 920 is the at&t version. So should I whine?
  • There is a time & place though. Raging about AT&T in a game review, for example, is pretty rude and has nothing to do with the article.
  • In soviet Russia, the game review article spam you!
  • Instagram...