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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2: Official Changelog

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Some of the smartphones are getting GDR2 Update

The second major update of Windows Phone 8.1 is now rolling out to select phones – Lumia 730/735, 830, 640 and 640 XL, plus a couple of non-Lumia devices – HTC One M8, LG Lancet, BLU Win HD and others.

This is the latest major update of Windows Phone before the transition to Windows 10 later in the year. Microsoft has already confirmed that only a limited number of phones will be upgraded to GDR2, while the majority of the hardware will jump straight to Windows 10 Mobile.

Here is the official changelog for Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (GDR2):

  • Settings. Find your phone settings more easily. Tap one of the new settings categories to jump to it, use Search to find a setting, or pan down to peruse in the traditional way. Additionally, phone settings can now be pinned to Start.
  • MKV video support
  • Calendar. Agenda view is back.
  • Name your phone. Give your phone a name without connecting to a PC. Just tap Settings > About > Edit name to name it.
  • VPN. Now you can use certificates to sign in for L2TP VPN connections. Always-on VPN profiles are now supported too, so you’re automatically and always connected.
  • Bluetooth. Type with more than your thumbs. Use an external Bluetooth keyboard and watch the words fly on your phone. And now get your text messages straight from your car if it has a compatible Bluetooth system.
  • App privacy permissions. Now you control whether an app can access your contacts, calendar, camera, microphone and text messages. Just tap Settings > App permissions to get started.
  • Double tap on the bar to turn off the screen: for phones with on-screen buttons

In addition, Microsoft improves the overall performance of the operating system under the hood.

Source: Microsoft