Depending on your phone model and carrier, here’s what’s coming in the latest update: As the era of unlimited cellular data plans fades, it’s more important than ever to be smart about how you use your smartphone. The feature—previously available only to Verizon Wireless customers—helps you stay on top of your phone’s data usage (including keeping track of which apps use the most data) and set a limit based on your data plan.Data Sense also has the ability to compress web page data as you browse, so you can surf up to 45 percent more on the same data plan with the feature turned on. The new update brings Data Sense support to more Windows Phones, and last I heard a number of carriers around the world were planning to offer it on their networks.Did you know Windows Phone can double as a portable radio?
To use it, tap Music + Videos, then flick to Collection. But if yours does, you’ll see the Radio menu option here after you’ve installed the new update. The update includes several tweaks that will please photographers.
It improves what you see when zooming in on high-res photos in the viewfinder.
On certain phone models, you also now have the option of changing which photo app opens when you press the Camera button.
You’ve probably heard that we’re rolling out a new update to Windows Phone 8.
First announced in May and unofficially known by its internal shorthand, GDR2, the update has been trickling out to existing Windows Phone 8 smartphones for several weeks. Last week the HTC Windows Phone 8X on AT&T and the Nokia Lumia 928 on Verizon Wireless started receiving it.
Today, Lumia 822 owners on Verizon will start seeing update notifications.
(On top of our update, some Lumia models are also getting a companion upgrade from Nokia called “Amber,” which you can read more about here.) We always publish a brief description of official Microsoft updates for Windows Phone.
But I’ve seen a bunch of questions and some confusion around this latest one on Twitter and in forums.
Now that more folks are beginning to get it, I thought it would be a good time to recap what’s in our latest update and what it means for you. The software updates we push out between major releases are primarily designed to make existing Windows Phone 8 features work better, bring Windows Phone to new carriers like Sprint and China Mobile, and enable cutting-edge new devices like the Nokia Lumia 1020.
But we still try to squeeze in some fun extras, too.
For example, our first official Windows Phone 8 update released earlier this year included handy upgrades like the ability to reply to an incoming call with a text.