Verizon's HTC Windows Phone 8X receiving its GDR2 update

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: August 28, 2013

Verizon HTC Windows Phone 8X

Just a couple of weeks after AT&T's HTC Windows Phone 8X began receiving its GDR2 update, 8X owners on Verizon are getting their own helping of the new software. Verizon has posted the official support documents for the 8X's GDR2 update, revealing it as build number 3030.0.34201.605. What changes does this update include, you ask? Here's the list:

KEY DEVICE ENHANCEMENTS ENABLE YOU TO:

  • Make assisted calls more easily while roaming in select international destinations
  • Select, download and pin music with the Xbox Music Experience
  • Access song and album information more accurately with the Xbox Music Experience  
  • Enjoy better web browsing with improved HTML 5 compatibility in Internet Explorer
  • Connect with greater stability when using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype

NEWLY SUPPORTED CAPABILITIES INCLUDE:

  • FM Radio 
    • The latest software allows you to select, listen to and save your favorite radio stations (requires headset as antenna)
  • Group Text 
    • Note: This feature is off by default, but users can configure via the Messaging application by selecting Settings, Group Text, and changing the toggle to On
  • IMAP for email, CardDAV for contacts and CalDAV for calendar when setting up a Gmail account

Even though the changelog for this update may not be huge, there are some pretty worthwhile goodies baked into GDR2. That includes group texting as well as CardDAV and CalDAV support, the latter of which will allow Google users to keep the connection to their calendars and contacts up and running.

Verizon hasn't made any official announcements regarding the 8X's GDR2 rollout, but several owners are reporting that the update is already making its way into the wild. If you're rocking a Verizon 8X that's still GDR2-less, you can try to snag the update manually by hopping onto the nearest Wi-Fi connection and heading into Settings > Phone Update > Check for Update.

Via WPCentral, Verizon Wireless