Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 ‘Amber’ Update Detailed

Microsoft continues to update its Windows Phone 8 software, detailing today the ‘Amber’ or GDR2 update. The update adds a slew of functionality to the OS, such as FM radio support and an improved Xbox Music and Skype app.

Here’s what’s new in versions 8.0.10327.77 and 8.0.10328.78:

  • Xbox Music. It’s now easier to select, download, and pin music. Plus, music fans will see more accurate metadata (such as song and album information) and many other performance improvements.
  • FM radio. Listen to FM radio right from the Music+Videos hub. (Not available for all phones.)
  • Data Sense. Stay on top of your phone’s data usage with Data Sense. You can set a limit based on your data plan, or just keep track of which apps use the most data. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)
  • Skype. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype now feature improved stability and performance.
  • Internet Explorer. Your web browsing experience is now better than ever with improved HTML 5 compatibility.
  • Camera. Set your favorite Lens so it opens automatically when you press the camera button. (Not available for all phones.)
  • Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.

While a huge overhaul of Microsoft’s mobile OS isn’t expected until early 2014, this update will hopefully keep Windows Phone 8 users happy until then. Look for the update to be rolling out to devices soon.

[Via: Mobile Syrup , Windows]

  • Revxx14

    actually, Amber is an update from Nokia for their Lumia handsets. This update is codenamed “GDR2” for “General Distribution Release 2,” meaning the second release of Windows Phone 8. Many people are getting Amber and GDR2 confused, since they’re being released around the same time.

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