Microsoft this week divulged a few details on its upcoming General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2), which is expected to roll out very soon. The update won’t be flagship in the sense of major features and fixes, but it will include a few small additions that’ll add value to the platform longterm. For starters, Microsoft is introducing a new FM radio feature, along with the ability to set a lens app as the default camera. For the most part, it seems as though the update will be more of a teaser.
In addition to the updates mentioned above, Microsoft is also tweaking HTML5 in Internet Explorer, improving Skype and Lync stability, and Gmail CardDAV / CalDAV support. According to sources speaking with The Verge, Microsoft is waiting to introduce flagship features when the Windows Phone Blue update hits. For now, the company is allegedly in a “shut up and ship mode,” regarding GDR2.
When the Blue update does arrive, sometime early 2014, it’ll come with features such as improved multitasking, changes to built-in apps and the inclusion of a notification center, which is a pretty big update for Windows Phone users. The Verge said some of the Blue features might make it into an update set to hit later this year, though they’d only support future hardware running GDR3.
Going forward, Microsoft changes are allegedly focused entirely on hardware; software will be designed around that. The reason Microsoft hasn’t been able to turn out Windows Phone updates more frequently is because of problems testing on new chipsets and bugs with GDR features. However, the company is hoping to address that later this year and beyond.