Have an unlocked Samsung ATIV S? You might be getting GDR2 right now

Samsung ATIV S GDR2

In the world of Windows Phone one it’s easy to forget that companies besides Nokia make devices. They tend to dominate the airwaves, but other companies do make some solid devices out there running Windows Phone. One of those devices is the Samsung ATIV S. That with a little bit of push from Samsung could have been so much more. If you happen to be holding one of those devices unlocked and free of carrier branding you might be able to get the GDR2 update for it right now.

Our pals over in Germany at WPArea.de have been receiving tips and screenshots showing off the Samsung ATIV S humming along at OS version 8.0.10327.77 – which as you remember is GDR2.

Samsung ATIV S with GDR2

What can these folks look forward to in it? You’ll be getting some small improvements in usability and performance within the Xbox Music app. FM radio is now supported as long as you plug in a pair of headphones. Data Sense is included. Skype and other VoIP apps (like Lync) have improved stability and performance. Improved HTML5 compatibility in Internet Explorer. You can select your favorite lens to automatically open when you press the physical camera button. IBM Notes Traveler and Sina Weibo (China), CalDAV and CardDAV support.

Oddly, the folks over in Deutschland aren’t seeing FM Radio or Data Sense show up in their update to GDR2.

Have an unlocked/unbranded Samsung ATIV S? Check to see if you have an update and let us know below!

Thanks for the tip Enis!

Source: WPArea.DE



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ricbon says:

HA!! read it fast "Thanks for the tip Enis"

I don't get what is so funny. Can someone erect an explanation?

Dancsi31 says:

read fast "tip" + "enis" and you will get the joke, i hope

frett says:

Read Mike's post again....

You guys are having a ball with this. This thread is getting elongated. Hard to follow, really long.

Sam Sabri says:

Your humor is tough to swallow. 

This has made my morning at work.

Way to blow that joke Rodney... 

x I'm tc says:

Wow Rodney, you must be really popular at parties.

rodneyej says:

Lol❕... I thought that looked funny.

WP7_Genius says:

Lumia 920 next.com thanks lol

desolateone says:

My phone isn't branded, but it is locked to Telus here in Canada and sadly I haven't gotten any update :( But this is a good sign of things to come!
Regarding why FM and Data Sense aren't available yet; the phone probably needs a firmware update too. That's just my guess though.
All I really want to see in this update is Xbox Music not suck... Seriously, Zune was so good! How did they mess it up so bad? I don't understand.

Silver Arrow says:

Other than the Nexus 4 and iPhones all Canadian devices are branded. They may not say it there but they are running carrier specific firmware. It is up to Telus to push out the update. 

DrewLumia900 says:

It scares me that Telus can decide not to push out the firmware update.

Dancsi31 says:

You are wrong, i had a Nexus S from Fido (i am still with Fido btw) and it was not branded neither locked to Fido. i was able to put a rogers or bell sim card and it worked fine. Check wikipedia, you will find some phones that are not carrier locked or branded. Fido is one of them, compared to Rogers who brand almost all their phones and they are the same cie/brand.

DrewLumia900 says:

Is it just me or does Telus take their sweet time with firmware updates?

WhippedKream says:

I hate telus, that's why I left them. Friggen scammers they were upping my bill every month for mistakes they were making -_- just bought the 8X off Rogers, because they are more reliable with updates, and then went with Fido. Win-win

walter1832 says:

So what, maybe 5 people got the update?

walter1832 says:

But seriously, it must be easy to push out an update when you're not adding anything to it (Sammy/ HTC).

peterfares says:

It's funny how Nokia fanboys can turn this positive news into something negative. 

neo158 says:

Well at least we don't have a fragmented marketplace unlike Nokia!!!!

It is pretty easy to release without any additional features. But in Germany 90% of mobile phones are unlocked and without carrier branding. There are more than 5 guys out there :)

That Ativ S is a nice phone, it was thin, had removable battery and SD slot, I agree with a little push from Samsung, that phone could have made some noise in the marketplace, hell they got enough cash... O well

kwajr says:

Did this thing show up at any carrier in the us

UzaiBaka says:

I think Verizon but I'm not sure.

dakranii says:

Nope, Verizon had the ATIV Odyssey. Not nearly as impressive.

MSFTisMIA says:

Sprint. Called the Ativ S Neo. Just isn't released yet.

karelj says:

There is a good chance I would have gotten this if it was available on AT&T.

Cubeddd says:

What's a Samsung?

tbonenga says:

W8 phone with the largest screen, largest battery. Has a SD memory card slot. Has a removable battery. Basically has everything Nokia should be giving us but hasn't.

WhippedKream says:

And HTC. ESPECIALLY the 8X with 8GB of memory. Who the eff thought it was smart not to have that?

220SeaChaser says:

8X has 16GB, though more like 8GB with the other storage problem.

WhippedKream says:

Not all of them. Some have 8GB Variants. I live in Canada and that's what I have. Kinda regret it a lot lol only cuz of other storage. Without memory overload, I think id have 1.5 GB of free space, which is more than enough for me loool

Some HTC 8X's only had 8gb. of storage. They came in two varieties.

Josh Harman says:

Hmmm... My Nokia has the smallest screen of any WP8 (why I bought it) a more than adequate, removable battery and currently has a 64 GB SD card in it.

tbonenga says:

Oh yeah, I forgot about that butt ugly phone T-Mobile had. Doesn't the 810 only have 8GB internally? I run outta room with 32GB on my 920. I've got about 10GB in music with 20GB in apps/games. There's no way the 810 would work for me. Like I said Nokia should've had these features on a high end phone like Samsung did.

20gb of apps/games? Did you download the entire marketplace? I have a L521 (8gb internally, :-\) and my apps/games only equal 1.8gb. Like everyone else though, it would be nice if something was done about the 1.63gb I have sitting in other storage. Really doubt that my IE history and uploads to Facebook here and there take that much space. Temp files also refuses to clear completely even after I press the button.

tbonenga says:

I do have about every Xbox live game. I also do have alot of apps. I could probably fill up 64GB :)

It'd be nice if we could install apps to the SD card like android, though. 8gb internal isn't even close to good enough.

kwajr says:

My 810 has a big enough screen fits great in pocket,has SD slot removable battery and was not an s3 with wp8

neo158 says:

Why not, the S3 has decent hardware it's just a shame that it shipped with Android instead of WP8!!!!!

bjerry101 says:

I have the Samsung Ativ S switched from Nokia Lumia 920 (gave it to my wife) and was the best decision I've made this week. Seriously the phone is super light, 8.7 mm thickness super thin, 4'8 super amoled screen with microSD and plus i get all the HERE Drive, maps, transit. We need more devices like Samsung Ativ S... but with the outside design on Nokia Lumia 920.

uopjo6 says:

That failed. 920 users have a smaller screen, non removable battery no SD and still going strong. 820 has a SD slot btw. Incase you forgot 820 is from Nokia too.

Robert Grant says:

8X user here, so I'm still wishing I had an SD slot, but even with an SD card the phones fill up quick because apps and maps can't be put on there.

w8vi says:

A Nokia Fanboys dream

Rick Smits says:

About time. I want Amber in my life.

Sam Sabri says:

Pssst... Amber is only for Lumia devices ;)

tbonenga says:

Hahaha, that's a good one

Rick Smits says:

@Sam I have a NL920 ;)

rodneyej says:

Come on Rick❕... Get wit tha pigaty, pigaty, program❕❕.. Yeeeaahhh Boy❗

migueli2 says:

Not in here! Unlocked European version. Still no update!

AlexanderJJJ says:

None for my i8750 unlocked ATIV S that I'm using on AT&T in America :/

How are your speeds with the i8750? I got the the t899m and I can get LTE. 

neo158 says:

HSPA+ is fast enough for me, LTE is a gimmick at the moment as most networks have speeds that barely exceed HSPA+.

ruddevil says:

No update yet on my unlocked Ativ S in Indonesia.

spawn360 says:

Me too, sigh...

topleya says:

This update doesn't excite me. Until they fix the temp files issue, I don't yet care.

x I'm tc says:

Does this really not fix the other storage bug? If not, then MS has proven they can't handle WP, and it is time to bail.

PicodeGalla says:

Too bad I tried to buy one of these but it appears that android told them behind close doors not to because of the galaxy. I know it is all hearsay but the focus was one of the best wp7 devices, made no sense for them not to release another signature like that in America.

neo158 says:

Google had nothing to do with it. The ATIV S is coming to Sprint as the ATIV S Neo.

Samst22 says:

Isn't DataSense not available to certain (most) carriers? Do we have a list of carriers which will be supporting DataSense yet?
Hopefully HTCs will be getting updates next before Nokias :P. That's something I gues...

With GDR2 Data Sense will be available to all WP8 devices regardless of carrier, if I understand it correctly.

Samst22 says:

That's good news. In the official Microsoft update history page it says: '(Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)'. Which I took to meaning their way of saying only a couple will be supporting it.
I shouldn't be so pessimistic though

DenniSundaY says:

No, they only provide more carriers to apply datasense to there phones. So unlocked phones won't get it for sure.

vafo says:

I am so hoplessly hoping this is not true.

Well then how come a user has it his 925 is unlocked your comment fails

DenniSundaY says:

Well that's not my problem and can you speak normal English like everyone else...

neo158 says:

Maybe because his carrier actually supports it!!!!

rockstarzzz says:

No love for WP 7.8? :P

rodneyej says:

Lol❕... No love for Windows ME..

Dancsi31 says:

ME as in mierda edition? ;P

rodneyej says:

Millennium Edition❕

Dancsi31 says:

i know i was only joking.

iamoniwaban says:

What about my treo 620?

rodneyej says:

It gets no love... G's⬆ Hoes⬇...

Josh Harman says:

No love for WM6.

rodneyej says:

Lol... No love for Atari 2600?..
Clicks, sticks, and stones?.. Lol

Oh dude. Time to let it go. I rock the L800 and am a pretty happy camper. I've had both this and the Ativ and my Lumia is more solid.

vafo says:

Not yet here!

genuinefrand says:

Nothing for Ativ S in France unlocked and unbranded

Gilceleb says:

Yes, nothing in France on an unlocked and unbranded ATIV S bought on a cdiscount web site and used in a French Department Overseas, Reunion Island.

index1366 says:

Who's Samsung in Windows Phone industry?

rodneyej says:

Oldsmobile in the Auto industry❕

cdbstl76 says:

Great comment!

xankazo says:

They might be pretty decent, but my heart belongs to Nokia.

A company that people piss on even though they never used the ATIV S.

Nope im sorry but sammy phones are not quality :)

neo158 says:

That's called an opinion and you know what they say about those......

Irrelevant to my comment. Thanks for playing.

I would care if the L920 & L925 form Nokia didn't exist but they do so sorry Sammy lol.

Sam Sabri says:

Sorry Samsung or Sam? :P

Chef316 says:

Haha...you crack me up Sam!!!

No updates for my unlocked Ativ S in Norway

Mocah says:

Changing the lens default! Droooooooooooooooool.

Josh Harman says:

SWISSCOM says amber/gdr2 coming at end of July for their devices.


neo158 says:

Why should Samsung owners care about this?

bjerry101 says:

I care, and I have gotten the update yet. Unbraded Samsung Ativ S with Straighttalk. I want the update now, even if all what the update do is updating the OS version number :-D

Lol you hate everywhere dont let me put vb2012 on you and yea his arguments do not fail unlike yours

neo158 says:

No, I just hate blatant Nokia Fanboys turning what is positive news into negative news, then expecting everyone to be happy when there's some news about Nokia. His arguments fail more than mine do, I don't spout bullshit like vb2012 does but whatever helps you sleep at night!!!!

Oh and you really need to work on punctuation, I couldn't read all of that without having to pause to talk a breath!!!!

dbam987 says:

I dream of Amber... And of Blue...

Not sure how jayz would feel about that.

irvin792 says:

Give us the enthusiast program you guys spoke about last year!!!!

tiziano27 says:

That phone looks really good.

Ocelotty1 says:

I love my Ativ S - I had a L920 but lost it (don't ask) so I picked up the Ativ S - you immediately notice the extra screen real estate, the replaceable battery & the extra storgae option (which is essential to me)
OK it doesn't have all the great apps from Nokia, but for my needs it is pefect - now Samsung need to come out with a 5" plus model :)

raccoon210 says:

How'd you lose your 920?

Josh Harman says:

He said don't ask. So you probably don't want to know. Limiwinks style.

bjerry101 says:

Couldn't agree more. Just got my Ativ S yesterday, switched from Lumia 920 and I immediately noticed a huge huge difference... weight, size, MicroSD, this phone is unbelievably light. When I opened the box I thought I got scammed and got a display dummy. I still get all the HERE Drive, Maps and Transit so there was little need for Nokia Lumia 920.

Lol wireless charging, fast touch, lte and more both phones have their cons

neo158 says:

Except the T889M version has LTE, wireless charging is a fad that I guess will die out eventually so that only leaves fast touch.

theefman says:

So far no one else can confirm they received this update. Could this be a false alarm?

Josh Harman says:

Maybe just no one here from Germany?

WPfreak08 says:

That's right, a reader at wmpu has also got the update!

theefman says:

Hard to believe there's not even 1 WPCentral reader that can confirm it.

Mr.Moonlight says:

I have an unlocked, unbranded ATIV S in Germany and I just checked for an update after reading this article. No dice.

Maybe they're not pushing it to all devices at the same time. It's anyone's guess.

BTW, this is actually a pretty awesome phone. I've got 80 GB of storage, it goes two whole days on a charge and Samsung has been updating their apps pretty regularly as of late.

So the haters can say what they will, but this phone has been incredible. Nokia has obviously put an amazing amount of effort into their WP products, but that doesn't change the fact that the ATIV S a great phone.

vafo says:

Annoying thing aout samsung app updates is no changelog --

peterfares says:

Oh. What's that? The EVIL SAMSUNG who doesn't care about WP8 is the first out with a GDR2 update?

Nonothx says:

Yes, that same Samsung who updates "Mini Diary" and "Photo editor" every week and released "Ativ Beam" a few weeks ago. And they don't care about WP 8 they say.

Don't forget updates to "Now" and various settings over the weekend. Wow, they really don't give a damn!

Josh Harman says:

Actually, it came out on the Nokia Lumia 925 first. Try again.

peterfares says:

GDR2 update

The ATIV S also got Portico before a lot of Lumia phones (other than the ATT 920 which got a month or so before everything else)

Josh Harman says:

Like I said Nokia Lumia 925 was the first WP8 to come with gdr2.

Keep trying.

Josh Harman says:

Yeah... On the Nokia Lumia 925... First.
Am I missing something here or are you?

peterfares says:

The 925 was RELEASED with GDR2. The ATIV S was the first pre-existing phone to get UPDATED to it. 

Josh Harman says:

Geez, semantics.
And your comments says "first out with the GDR2 update". Not first to have it pushed as an update... but whatever helps you sleep at night.

Getting into arguments on the internet, apparently.

peterfares says:

He's the one that started arguing, bro. 

Hence the reply was meant for him.

peterfares says:

With A GDR2 update. 
That implies an update to an existing phone, not a new phone with GDR2. 
It's not semantics if it actually has a different meaning. 
You're the one that started arguing. Now that you realize you were being dumb you try to pass it off as it "helping me sleep at night"

Josh Harman says:

Calm down buddy, I was simply correcting you. Apparently it is a misunderstanding over semantics.
No need to resort to anger and name calling.
I'm sure your Samsung is a great phone, but it was not the first WP8 with the GDR2 update.

peterfares says:

Now you are just making stuff up to not look silly

  • * I said first with A GDR2 update, which implies it being an update, not a new phone with it already installed. As I've already said.
  • * It's not argument over semantics. Look up what that means. You simply read my first post incorrectly. 
  • * I'm not angry or upset. I'm simply responding to your false replies. Telling people to calm down and not be angry in an argument is usually done by the side which doesn't have a valid argument. 

My first post was just poking fun at the Nokia fanboys always hating on Samsung, then you started replying after misunderstanding what I said. And you're STILL replying as if I said first with the GDR2 update, when I said first with a GDR2 update. I don't know why you don't just admit you read it incorrectly and stop going back and fourth. 

Josh Harman says:

GDR2 is an update, it doesn't matter if a phone is preloaded with it or not. It is still an update to the WP8 OS.
Maybe if you were more clear on your meaning from the start... so, yeah, semantics.
Anyway, you are right, Samsung is apparently the first to push the update out to existing phones. So, we have cleared up what both of us mean/meant and I am done with it because you're coming off a bit psychopath-ish.

rodneyej says:

Been a real slow day around here.. I demand action.. And, no my wife refuses❕

Robewms says:

I came from a focus to the Ativ S, removable battery and storage card was a no brainer, but I'm really waiting for my Radio to return.

rodneyej says:

So, what do you plan on purchasing next❔..

iknowsingh says:

Will the Sprint ATIV S Neo be released with GDR2 before other US Windows Phones get it? That'd be disappointing... I hope not. The HTC 8XT comes out on Sprint this Friday (July 19), it should have GDR2 preloaded.

neo158 says:

My guess would be that it will be pre loaded, maybe that's what they were waiting for.

rodneyej says:

I would think with it.. Yes, most definitely with it.. But, that's a good question❕

noelito says:

My Rogers ATIV S has not received the update

Unlocked ATIV S Rogers here on T-Mobile USA 4G LTE, no update either.

bjerry101 says:

I have Unbranded Ative S on Straightalk, NO UPDATE.

mms-pc says:

So is there any information abut GDR2 would resolve "Other" taking up too much space in the phone?

Wasn't that already fixed? Where you can delete temp files already? Or was that only available on Lumia phones?

Josh Harman says:

Some Lumias, apparently Huawei is working on a similar app.

DenniSundaY says:

That's a Nokia only but it doesn't solve the other storage at all. First it won't fix it because the problem (others filling itself) just continues and second it doesn't empty other completely / just a small part from what I heard.

vafo says:

The "shrink storage" app partiallty solved that for me.
Basically fill the WHOLE phone storage will kick in some sort of cleanup of the "other" partition, then delete whatever you created to fill up the phone. It reduced my 5.45 other to 2.46 gb.

Takes a while filling tho. I think recording a HD video until you fill up the storage will have the same effect.

I got the Ativ Odyssey when it came out for US Cellular, and it has that same 8.0.10327.77 info under the about phone section, so I guess Samsung preloaded it because I haven't updated anything.

I have an unlocked and unbranded SGH-T899M on Virgin Mobile (Bell) in Canada. No sign of a software update yet.

lubbalots says:

Honestly I'm more excited for Amber than I I'm for GDR2.

same here! i cant wait to change the screen vividness and hue!  although i really hope that the "small improvements" that GDR2 brings to xbox music includes fixing gapless playback!!!!

liammatho says:

Upload some pics of the music app with GDR2 installed. I want to see what's improved

I own a 920 therefore the Ativ S sucks because I didn't buy it and need to justify my investment in my 920 even though the Ativ S is a better phone and it sucks because of it. +920

Josh Harman says:

Sarcasm aside, do you really think the Ativ S is a better phone than the 920.
I have neither, just asking.

Mr.Moonlight says:

Well, it depends on your needs. Larger screen, SD card slot, slimness and a large removable battery were what swayed me vs. the 920. Nokia has the camera, the less "conservative" look and the Nokia software going for it. Both are awesome phones. The ATIV doesn't feel cheap at all...it's very solid.
It really comes down to which of the above things are more important to you. The fact that my ATIV was nearly 100 Euros cheaper than a 920 didn't hurt either, but that really wasn't a factor for me. If the 920 had fit my needs better, I'd have bought it without blinking an eye, no question.

bjerry101 says:

I switched from Lumia 920 to Ativ S. Bought the Lumia for $400 on Craigslist and the Ativ S for $334 on Amazon, both were new in original packaging. The Samsung Ativ S is unbelievably light, when I opened the box i thought i got scammed and got a display dummy. Battery last longer, phone is thin and lighter... 8.7 thickness. 4'8 super amoled screen is awesome, MicroSD... In my opinion the Ativ S beats Lumia 920 in all areas except Design and app support. I still get HERE Drive, Maps & Transit on the Ativ S so I don't really miss anything from the Lumia 920 that I would consider important.

I just read up the thread on PocketPC.ch on this update for the Ativ S. A) Depending on your branding and country you will or will not get FM radio or Data Sense. B) The rollout is very slow, few have received an update. Referring to A, it seems that Samsung has deals in place with carriers for locked devices that stipulate that only the locked devices will get FM radio or Data Sense.

Keith Simons says:

The Samsung Ativ Galaxy has had this for over a week on Verizon... Not alot new in it I'm surprised more don't have it...

Not in Australia yet.

ozar says:

Not in Spain yet. Todavía no disponible en España la actualización.

eXus#WP says:

Still nothing in France (cellphone sent by Expansys UK). I did not even get the previous minor updates surfacing in june...
Is there any way to force the update? German proxy? Region switch? (well I tried that and turned of data, did not work...).

_malice says:

German unlocked & unbranded ATIV S, manual update check -> now updating.

pr0phecy says:

I want my Lumia 920 GDR2

neo158 says:

Get an ATIV S then!!!

bigdelboy says:

I have unlocked sim free samsung ativ s in scotland. No update

Karanstyle says:

First line is so very true..!!
"Its hard to remember the names of companies other than Nokia who are making WP."

neo158 says:

Yet Samsung are the ones rolling out the update, yes update not shipping with, first!!!!

ChiraagShah says:

I can download the update...but it does not install...Just stays on preparing to install 100%...been over 5 minutes. Unlocked UK.

ChiraagShah says:

As soon as i sent the message, it installed. Woohoo.
After installing, from 2gb free space it bumped back up to 6.5gb free space.

Which network are you on? I've got nothing so far.
I hope it's not because my Ativ is one of those cheap ones from Expansys 

ChiraagShah says:

I bought mine brand new of ebay, but I am using giffgaff network.

neo158 says:

My guess is that it wiped the other storage to make space for the update.

m3kk says:

Sweden unlocked, no update

NAMISH says:

Interesting! Hope y'all Samsung Ativ S users got updated just fine. Looking forward to when it gets released on the Lumia 920 along with the Amber update.

melvinmajor says:

I received it !!
Samsung Ativ S 16GB+64GB in Belgium

melvinmajor says:

But no presence of radio and Data Sense... I can change the app that's automatically launched when I press the physical camera button (no other app compatible than the native camera app).
Windows Phone 8.0.10327.77

kloon_be says:

pppff gelukzak
not me using a german ativ on mobile vikings

sasukeluffy says:

No update at Finland unlocked.

Note that acording to PocketPC not many will receive FM Radio or Data Sense. In fact most will not get it. The reason: Samsung has sold these features to carriers with branded, locked devices in some countries.

neo158 says:

I assume you have a link to back up that claim?

ravage1974 says:

Unlocked & unbranded but nothing here for me in France at this time :( ( 12am, 10am gmt...)

Don Ramsay says:

No upgrade in the UK as of this morning on my unlocked Ativ S via O2

hans 8x says:

I know it's a little off topic but does anyone know if installing apps to sd card will come?

No installing apps on the SD card for now.