New Windows Phone Update Doesn’t Sound Like WP 8.1
Microsoft’s Michael Stroh jumped on the Windows Phone blog on Tuesday and confirmed that an update to Windows Phone 8 will arrive this summer. He said that it includes a small number of improvements and upgrades, and is similar in size to the update that was released earlier this year. That said, it doesn’t sound like the Windows Phone 8.1 update we’ve heard about in the past that will be covered in the “Windows Blue” blanket.
“The new update, which is expected to start rolling out to existing Windows Phone 8 phones later this summer, brings back support for FM radio (we heard you!) and makes the Data Sense feature of Windows Phone 8 available for more carriers to offer,” he said. “The update also makes it easier to select, download, and pin tunes in Xbox Music and improves the accuracy of song info and other metadata—something I know music fans will appreciate.”
FM Radio and Data Sense availability depend on your phone model and carrier, he added.
The Windows Phone update also includes “hundreds of other small quality improvements,” and support for Google’s newest sync protocols — CalDAV and CardDAV — so that the Windows Phone platform will continue to work with Google services. Meanwhile. Google said it will extend support for new Windows Phone connections via Google Sync until July 31, 2013.
Tuesday’s blog also talks about the upcoming Nokia Lumia 925, which was revealed at a London press event earlier this week. It’s slated to debut in June on Europe’s Vodafone network, then China Mobile and China Unicom. The phone will then eventually launch on T-Mobile here in the United States later this year. It’s the first Windows Phone to incorporate aluminum into the design, and features advanced new camera software and the updated Windows Phone 8 platform.