The GDR 2 Update or also called Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 is a bit of a mystery since the release of Windows 10 Mobile is almost ahead which will bring a completely overhauled operating system and with it a totally new Settings app, which is also one of the biggest changes which is coming with the GDR 2 Update for devices with Windows Phone 8.1. However Microsoft has started to roll out the OS Update some time ago and started with a few devices now the company is slowly starting to expand the number of devices which can receive and install Update 2.
According to WMPowerUser their readers are reporting that the 830 is getting this Update now and also an Indian author which is part of the WMPowerUser team has reported that he is getting the new software update for his Nokia Lumia 830. You can check in settings if you have already installed this update or if it should be available for your phone. Therefore you can simply go to ‘about’ in settings and have a look at the OS version which should be like this: 8.10.15148.160 if GDR 2 is installed and the firmware versions looks like following: 02177.00000.15184.36003;
It was quite some time ago when we first saw devices with the GDR 2 Update preinstalled and after some time there was even a way to install the update on any device through the Windows Insider App. However you might not know all features which this updates brings anymore, so I have listed them below for you once again:
- Settings App:
The settings app is now sorted by specific sections which allows you to quickly jump between these sections and finding settings easier. It is also possible to search for settings.
- Calendar App:
The Calendar App can now display the week number if you are using the monthly view inside the app.
- Action Center:
A feature which tons of Windows Phone users have asked for, the mobile data toggle is now included in the action center which makes it a lot easier to turn them quickly on and off.
Cortana, the personal assistant of Windows and Windows Phone, receives additional language support with the latest Update 2 for Windows Phone. She speaks now French, German, Italian and Spanish.
- Nokia Lumia 830 exclusive
You can finally use 4g – LTE on your Nokia Lumia 830 if you have successfully installed the GDR 2 Update.
Apart from the Nokia Lumia 830 there are a couple of other devices which are currently updated, however this is only a Firmware Update and does not include the GDR 2 Update. So if you own a Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 1320 or a Lumia 930 you might check for updates as well. Whereas the latest Firmware version for the Lumia 1520 is 02540.00019.15236.45004 according to WindowsCentral. The Updates do not include a changelog or anything so it is not clear yet what these updates are exactly for but if you notice any changes or improvements feel free to drop me a comment below.
So head over to the settings app if you own the Lumia 830 and let me know in comments below if you are receiving the update or not. Stay tuned for more information about new Windows Phone Updates and new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Builds.
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