GDR2 and GDR3 delayed due to bug fixes, the real fixes will come in 2014 with Windows Phone Blue
On Thursday Microsoft has announced details for the upcoming update of Windows Phone 8. The update, known as General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) has several changes such as fixes to Xbox Music for more accurate metadata, FM radio, Data Sense app, and a new option where you can set Lens app as the default camera. Along with these changes there are HTML5 updates in Internet Explorer, Gmail CardDAV / CalDAV support, and enhanced Skype and Lync stability.
However, these changes are a bit slight for a release like this. According to The Verge, that`s because Microsoft has focused on Windows Phone Blue update. This update, expected to be available in early 2014, will include an improved multitasking, notification center, and changes to built-in apps. The Verge argues that some of the new features in Windows Phone Blue, such as a rotation lock option, will be embedded in the upcoming GDR3 update which is expected later this year. The GDR3 update will provide hardware improvements such as quad-core processor and 1080P screen resolution support.
It is argued that Microsoft has planned to release more often updates for Windows Phone 8, but „delays in testing new chipsets and bugs in some of the GDR updates“ have changed their initial intentions. The Verge states that one of the specific bugs has led to a problem how a handset is identified on a network. Microsoft has had a hard time resolving this problem which has led to delays in the company`s schedule.
Source: The Verge