WP8.1 GDR2 skipped, Windows Mobile 10 to be the next preview update.


Windows Mobile 10We have expressed our doubts about Microsoft skipping on Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 earlier too and now it seems more or less confirmed.

As per our sources, Microsoft is going to push Windows Mobile 10 or Windows 10 Mobile preview to “Insiders” pretty soon. It will be announced during 21st event. This in fact is in line with the original schedule of Windows Phone 9 (Windows Mobile 10 now) that we had reported long time back.

GDR2 was supposed to be out in October but it was later scraped it seems and some of its tipped changes like “Mobile Data Toggle” and Cortana for more arrived with GDR1 version 8.10.14219.314.

Now, it seems the broader hardware support and other UI changes that GDR2 was supposed to bring will come with Windows Mobile 10 preview. So, GDR2 is mostly done away with unless there is some change in plans later. For your information GDR2 update has been ready for sometime now and skipping it means Microsoft has to do away need for “one more cycle of update” after Lumia Cyan and Lumia Denim.

It will be a welcome move though, if Microsoft releases Windows Mobile 10 preview soon, as that will mean, we can expect a high-end device running Windows Mobile 10 by MWC 2015.

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  • King

    its already late feb till there is no notifiacation of windows 10 update in india! Is there is any hope to provide update for lumia phones?

  • So regular users, those that do not are using the Preview on their phones (the majority of the users) will not receive any kind of update until the final version of Windows 10 be released in the end of this year??

    • Kamal

      Let me put it like this. Currently I heard discussions are around cancelling GDR2 for preview devices and directly push Windows Mobile 10 to “Insiders”. Coming to regular users, it is bit tricky to know what exactly will happen. Most of us haven’t tasted Denim yet. So, if that goes till end of Q1 and Windows Mobile 10 comes by August (bit earlier than expected) then we hardly have space to accommodate GDR2 and its firmware there.

    • regular (Majority) users will get windows 10 final version through carrier, not just dev preview users, its the same method, but dev preview is directly from Microsoft.

  • You are my go to site for solid news updates and leaks on the Windows phone platform. You even stated that with any of these roll outs MSFT may just change their minds at the last minute which it seems as what has happened here.
    I’m feeling confident with your prediction of a flagship Windows 10 phone at Mobile congress… Who knows, maybe there might even be a mention at the 21st Jan talk.
    Loving your work Kamal, its very much appreciated. Cheers Adam
    I’d actually like to throw it out there that after watching Intel’s keynote at CES (Especially a PC running Windows 10), that Windows 10 for mobile will take advantage of the 3D gesturing in the new Intel mobile chips…. Now that will be one hell of a device which would have the ability to go beyond a finger print scanner with 3D face recognition scanning as well (This was demonstrated in Intel’s IoT with being able to unlock homes and devices by face recognition)… These are exciting times and I’m hoping that MSFT don’t disappoint.

    • Kamal

      Thanks Adam for your great words and the way things are turning out recently, I too am growing in confidence about a high-ender.