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Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update but Full HD support still on hold

Microsoft has confirmed that its inaugural Windows Phone 8 (opens in new tab)update will be an incremental boost dubbed the General Distribution Release 2, or GDR2.

Some of the main changes set to be rolled out by Big Blue include general performance and stability upgrades for Xbox Music and Skype, while Internet Explorer will benefit from improved HTML5 compatability.

Elsewhere, select devices will now be able to tune in to FM radio, and Microsoft is also introducing a new Data Sense app to help users keep track of their data usage. The native Windows Phone Camera app has also been tweaked to allow you to set a default lens.

However, while this all sounds hunky-dory, many users are waiting for a more significant update à la Windows 8.1 (opens in new tab), which is pegged for early-2014. According to The Verge (opens in new tab), that upgrade will feature improved multi-tasking and a new Notification Center.

In the meantime, a second incremental boost, GDR3, is lined up to arrive this autumn and bring much-needed support for super-sized Full HD displays and quad-core chipsets.

Pointing to the recently released Nokia Lumia 1020 (opens in new tab) as an example, Microsoft said that it was committed to working with its OEM partners to furnish the most relevant hardware and software improvements for Windows Phone 8.

"I wrote more than 10 pages of feedback myself on the Nokia Pro Camera app as it was being developed," noted Microsoft's Joe Belfiore.

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