GDR2 update pushing out today for Bell, Rogers and Telus Samsung ATIV S users


While Nokia fans get a lot of attention today, those on Bell and Telus up north are reportedly getting Windows Phone 8 GDR2 as well, starting now. We reported a few days ago that Bell would start pushing out the update today and sure enough, it is live. Likewise, those on Telus and Rogers who have an ATIV S can also check for an update too, delivering a happy surprise for those customers.

The update will bump both the OS 8.0.10327.77 and your firmware to 2212.13.6.1, though users are reporting mixed results in terms of any new features.

At least one user in our forum, ZenBot, reports not much in the way of anything to get excited about:

“At first glance, it looks like this update doesn't have a whole lot to offer beyond "under-the-hood" type stuff. On my Telus ATIV S I see no evidence of FM Radio support, Data Sense support, selectable Default Lens support... kind of disappointing I must say. Hopefully IE will show a wee boost in performance, and battery life as well... I didn't see any added features or controls for managing "Other" data. Perhaps that will be ongoing behind the scenes though. And it may just be my imagination but the screen is looking a tic spiffier too.”

Indeed, we expect that there will be some little fixes, like improved Me Tile profile picture and a fix for Other storage but nothing groundbreaking. 

Our international, unlocked ATIV S is still not receiving any OS or firmware updates quite yet, meaning Samsung still has some work to do for those users as well as those located outside of Canada. Still, at least the rollout has begun.

Thanks, Brenden L., Chad08er and ZenBot for the tips!



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ShocWave says:

Rogers is getting it too! Download now!

Updated. We had the info too, but it got lost in the shuffle ;)

Hey Dan here's a new just released today NFL official app for Verizon Windows Phone customers


paulxxwall says:

Why only Verizon?

It was released by Verizon.

cannon#WP says:

Verizon is the "wireless" partner of the NFL.

TrustySnooze says:

That apps been out.

paulxxwall says:

Does att have a NFL mobile app

cannon#WP says:

Nope and won't unless they sign on with the NFL.

g_davis5 says:

Rogers still tells me there's no update available for my phone

vanmanh89 says:

Amber 620,820,920 please http://www.winphoneviet.com/ download and update

kuen76 says:

نوکیا زود باش دیگه.مردیم از بس صبر کردیم.

topleya says:

What about us UK unbranded Ativ S users.

I really hate WP updates, such a ball ache

ShocWave says:

That's a different phone.
The Canadian model is T899M

travisel says:

Canadian model has LTE

YAY!!!! I have an imported T899M on ATT in the states and I'm getting the update!!!!


neo158 says:

Exactly, I thought unbranded handsets got updates first as carriers have no say in the updates themselves.

It seems I was wrong as Samsung and Microsoft are deliberately being lethargically slow in rolling GDR2 out to UK unbranded handsets :(

TechFreak1 says:

For unbranded devices I would imagine its the OEM rolling out updates not MS lol.

Fritzly says:


TechFreak1 says:

Indeed... if the HTC fiasco is anything to go by...

ChiraagShah says:

I have already had the GDR2 for my ATIV S a month, and I am in the UK.

RJ Priest says:

I'm on Bell, didn't get an update notification, but checked for update and started downloading.  It's been sitting at 100% "preparing to install" for 5 minutes, I'm hoping that it hasn't encountered a problem.

No, it did the same for me, and at least one other user who reported it on the forums.

RJ Priest says:

Installation finished a couple mins ago.  OS and firmware as listed in the WPcentral article.  Only initial observations, my photos double wide live tile is showing the stock WP8 photos (which I had previously deleted) instead of my favorite photos, and my free space increased by a few hundred megabytes.
No datasense - major bummer, I was really looking forward to datasense.

RJ Priest says:

Minor update, after backing out from the "About" screen, my photos live tile has now returned to showing my favorite photos.

xaeryan says:

In WP7, I noticed this behavior after each update.

paulxxwall says:

Same here att Wtf

Ian Onilla says:

Lmfaooooo clever

xaeryan says:

My mind... Blown. ;)

That's why its laughable to call them a Premier Partner... I guess in relation to other U.S carriers

MorganRW says:


Not sure I understand what AT&T has to do with this. They don't even carry this device.

paulxxwall says:

Not with the phone it self but were bummed on how many get the update and us on att don't even get a shot a it I feel it should be available to all of us at the same time I thought att was premier partners with Nokia and wp8

I would understand the frustration if this were the Nokia Lumia 920, but this is a different manufacturer and a different country. The features with this update, namely Data Sense, are already available on the Lumias, are they not?

Rick Smits says:

I think Nokia is the delaying the update a tad bit for amber.

tdrock1 says:

This is really disappointing; I have Rogers Ative S and I got the update. no FM radio, data sense, no option to select default lenses. Overall nothing new.
This is what tick me off, it does not fix other storage bug.
Really disappointed in Microsoft and Samsung.  


inteller says:

you can blame Rogers for no Data Sense, Samsung for no FM Radio, and Microsoft for no default lenses.

travisel says:


The chip add on in the ATIV S for Bluetooth 4.0/FM Radio is missing! There is no update for that!

pulkit10 says:

Did you really expect Rogers do not screw this up?

I'm already preparing myself for a similar situation when my 920 finally gets an update from them.

Iain_S says:

I updated my 920 today with the French ROM, it has FM radio, it has datasense, the only thing it does not have is LTE but does connect to 4G, so not really a big deal.

DDReaper says:

LTE is 4G in France.

xaeryan says:

Quarter pounder with cheese is Royale with Cheese in France.

The same features seem to be missing across the board for all carriers.

mdmc01 says:

I am also disappointed, I have Rogers Ativ S and my internet sharing option not work with and without the update, do you know anything about this? This option works on your phone..??

tdrock1 says:

Internet sharing always worked for me, you may need to call Rogers to make sure you are provisioned

Iain_S says:

well you can blame Samsung for the FM radio part, you can blame telus, bell and rogers for the datasense, ms said they have fixed the other storage issue(time will tell).

tdrock1 says:

Hard reset does fixes the issue. I got data sense now, hopefully other storage bug is fixed, time will tell.
For fm radio, this phone doesn't have the chip.

I lost YouTube app because of hardrest

chad08er says:

None of the first Gen WP8 devices have a FM transmitter. 8XT,1020,925,928 have FM Radio.

willied says:

Microsoft really needs to get a move on with some real updates...

travisel says:

GDR3 update November!
-Support for MSM8974
-Support for Adreno 330
-Support for Bluetooth 3.0+HS
-More live tiles displayed

WP8.1 (Windows Blue update) February 2014
-New DirectX
-+300 new features!

WP8.1 vs iOS7.0 vs Android 5.0

Where'd you find this information?

interopbyt says:

I'd also like to know, the 300+ new features seems very interesting... a little less juicy mango for WP8?

xaeryan says:

Speak up travisel!

venom5150 says:

Good to hear. ATT shouldn't be too far behind.

Mattw011 says:

Would be good to know when UK unbranded Ativ s will get updated.

Mattw011 says:

Typical snails pace for such a minor update.

rwalrond says:

Since my 920 is the developer phone they handed out at BUILD last year, I guess I'll be the last to get this update just like last time.

Daakkon says:

920 Rogers :-\

juba20 says:

when iam going to Receive the GDR2 update for my lumia 520

What's your favorite color?

procen says:

I think I know where you're going with this one, Daniel. :-P

marantaz says:

When Verizon gets it up for my 822, could you guys send up a few flares of exploding red confetti? Meanwhile, I'll just sit here holding down the volume and on buttons... it's what I do.

DarrenSproat says:

Unlocked Rogers 920 on Telus network... Nothing yet!

inteller says:

Nokia leaks...Samsung actually delivers..wow.

theefman says:

Delivered nothing really, no fm radio, datasense or any other exclusive features here or on their unbranded devices either. With what we know Nokia will deliver Samsung being first is absolutely nothing to be wowed about.

travisel says:

Do people not know that there is a add on chip missing in the ATIV S that gives it Bluetooth 4.0/FM Radio? There is no update to fix this!

dvidebaek says:

Thank god i bought a Nokia Lumia 920. Just flashed it today with GDR2+Amber update. Got fm radio, data sense, nokia smart cam etc. :-P

Fritzly says:

Lucky one..... the firmware are no longer available on the servers.....

Sobr0801 says:

I am more excited for Nokias Amber.

sasukeluffy says:

Wtf, no Data Sense or FM-Radio??? Mostly Fm-radio... Wtf samsung. So disappointed at this update... I want a 32gb lumia 925 :( Samsung sucks!

The ATIV S is missing the radio chip, there is no upgrade to fix that.

ShocWave says:

I'm kind of sad right now. I bought the Ativ S because it was the only WP8 device that advertised FM radio before it was released, so I assumed that it would be one of the devices to get it in GDR2... :(
I'd buy the FM radio feature even if they were to charge $5-10 for it really.

travisel says:

It was never advertised that it had Bluetooth 4.0/FM Radio! There is a chip missing!
-GDR3 will bring Bluetooth 3.0+HS for us ATIV S!

ATIV S2 will come with GDR3 update 5" 1080p, 2600mAh battery, MSM8974, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash, support for 128GB micoSD. Some time around Christmas?

ShocWave says:

It was advertised! The website said it had FM radio. If you read the comments in GSM arena, you'll see that many people were going to buy the Ativ S over the Lumia 920 just because of that. But, they removed it from the phone specifications on the official website a week before the phone came out.

MyThIc3LiTe says:

Rogers WHY U NO 920!!!

paulxxwall says:

Ok someone please lead me to a carrier in the us that's willing to get things done why is att last to give out updates I thought att was a premier partner with wp8 guess not

These are Canadian carriers, are any US carriers rolling it out yet?

paulxxwall says:

Unfortunately not

I don't understand why.... Even on Bell's website they say it includes data sense.... Extremely disappointed!

Some sort of odd glitch occured where the app itself doesn't appear after the update installs. Only after resetting your phone will Data Sense appear.

Just completed the update (Rogers ATIV S on T-Mobile). Some cool stuff, still checking out everything.

ZenBot says:

WOW... quoted on the main page!  Thanks Daniel.  Just waiting to be proven wrong on everything!  ;)
With regard to no Data Sense (on Telus anyway) I find that the Telus site itself does a good, or maybe just adequate job of reporting data usage.  It obviously doesn't show app data usage but it does break it down into daily usage so you can probably make an educated guess.  You can also set your Telus account to send you txt msg warnings as you approach your monthy limit.  So, there is that.
I was just out walking the dog in the woods and took a few snapshots...the camera, as reported, seemed quicker to activate via the shutter button and quicker in terms of auto-focus and capure too.  I'm gonna say at some point Samsung has vastly improved image stabilizing cause my 9 1/2 month-old pooch did not stop moving and all the photos are quite acceptably clear and crisp.  No blur at all.
Finally, as far as other storage goes, I started the install process with about 1.3 GB of free space.  When I was "waiting" at the Preparing to install 100% stage I checked and I had 2.9 GB of space.  As of right now, having only added a handful of photos I currently have 4.61 GB.  So something has definitely changed...and so far it's a change for the better.

would agree with you about the camera improvements. also, my "other storage" dropped about 400mb.

I also can report about an extra GB of memory on the phone now; my device is on Rogers. Additionally as others have reported mine hung on 100% "ready to install" for quite a while. Watched almost a full Quarter of Lions football before it did the actual instal. As a more "casual" user other than the upped storage capacity gain there were no changes I see. My keyboard reset to bilingual. Turned it off. Life is good.

travisel says:

Thank you Microsoft & TELUS Mobility for GDR2 update!

Looking forward to GDR3 November!

WP8.1 (Windows Blue update) February 2014.

RiseUpGames says:

Can anyone with an ATIV S and GDR2 let me know if manual focus works in ProShot? I can't get my hands on one for testing, just want to know if the update fixed anything. Thank you!

RJ Priest says:

Not working. Error message upon launching ProShot. Would you like me to send the error report?

RiseUpGames says:

Thank you for your help! Aah, that's too bad.
It's ok, I know what the report is going to say. Looks like this is a firmware issue that Samsung isn't interested in fixing.

Oh, one more thing, does adjusting the shutter speed still pop up an error?

migueli2 says:

ProShot app says: Not compatible with Samsung and Huawei devices

RJ Priest says:

The shutter speed menu pops up, but is unresponsive, so it can't be changed. No error message occurs when trying to use it.

RJ Priest says:

Uninstalled and reinstalled proshot. Auto mode now works again, ev slider works, shutter speed menu is responsive, but throws error message when adjusted, trying to switch to manual mode throws error. Auto mode continues to function, unlike my original install which lost auto mode after i first tried to activate manual.

RiseUpGames says:

Thanks again for your help. Looks like it's the same old errors. I was hoping GDR2 would bring some fixes, but I guess it really is only the manufacturer who can fix this stuff :/

AhmedEltawil says:

I'm on Bell and still didn't get it. Hopefully soon. Although nothing new and exciting in this update, but an update is an update :)

migueli2 says:

Any one know when to hit Portugal - Europe ?

swizzlerz says:

Sweet downloading now.

Nice, installed the update. The best part is my other storage dropped 6GB. I have the option to change the default camera app, but none of the lenses I have are listed, I guess apps have to be updated for that feature. There is still no radio in the Music + Videos Hub, and there is no data sense in my settings.

Allegedly, doing a reset on your phone after updating will enable Data Sense. Not sure I'm all that keen on trying it out.

Mooncow27 says:

I'm still waiting for 7.8 on Telus. This is for my HTC Surround.

Mooncow27 says:

I'm still waiting for 7.8 on Telus. This is for my HTC Surround.

Edit: nevermind I do have it but don't recall installing it.

did you find that after wp8 was announced it stopped checking for updates over wifi? thats what my factory unlocked(att spec) DVP did. so i had to connect to my pc to check

mdmc01 says:

I have a unlocked Rogers Ativ S, my internet sharing option still not working with the GDR2 update, anyone know about this?

Decan says:

Im in Australia on an unlocked phone and i still dont have the update :(

Mark Cesari says:

It sucks being in a small market doesn't it? Maybe its small because we always seem to be on the tail end of releases...

When will these updates be available for India????

paulxxwall says:

And the timing of this update will determine on which carrier I choose to go with in the future or if I go with carrier period but it will be easy as well see an article on who's getting the official roll out first

Jf.Vigor says:

Dude it changes every update which carrier is first

uopjo6 says:

Never trust a Samsung they are lazy and will rip you off with smart marketing.
Except their TVs......

Anirask says:

Just did a factory reset on my GDR2 Ativ S on Telus and got Data Sense to show up. I don't have the FM Tuner but if the commenter above is correct and the chip isn't in the phone that would explain it. I can't seem to be able to change my default camera lens but I may not have a camera app that supports being the default.

swizzlerz says:

Same thing as mine.

swizzlerz says:

Going to back up soon and reset.. - telus

iamoniwaban says:

Yeah. Nothing new. Wtf?

morpheus1982 says:

Are you kind folks at WPC able to find out what O2 UK are doing with GDR2 please?

swizzlerz says:

So I am also on telus did a factory reset. I got data sense now.. No radio :'( I also lost snap chat.... If you reset you will lose apps that you cannot longer download.... Remember this.....

does this mean i will lose apn setting or was it added in the last os update for the lte model so no need to redownload?

swizzlerz says:

It still has telus settings. Its a reset to a new phone.

what i meant was do i lose the apn changer that was originally in samsung zone?

brandonr416 says:

I only got the Samsung Ativ s because TELUS didn't have Nokia phones but now I regret it. My next phone will def be a Nokia. Update not good enough for almost a year with wp8.

This didn't go too well for me. Phone is not booting, it just resets after the Samsung Mobile screen.

bullmoose20 says:

Honestly, why do I need to perform a full reset to get Data Sense? My "other" data storage is sitting at 5.1 GB which is 50% of my available space...crazy....Really not sure about this update... Getting it with no tangible or visible changes seems pretty lame....

PSP007 says:

GDR2 available for Samsung Ativ S in Bulgaria, Mtel. At the moment I install it. Thanks to Microsoft and Samsung.

well it seems like rogers got something for data managent it was the "for limited wi-fi connectivity" option listed under cellular that should have shipped with 8.0.10211.204 http://www.windowsphone.com/en-ca/how-to/wp8/start/cellular-settings. ativ beam now works but mobile care doesnt stil. on an unreleated note as of 4 days ago MS updated the operator billing dev center page to say offially rogers now supports it

Pleistoros says:

Oh well. Better late than never.

tinwistle says:

Same as others on Telus, needed a factory reset to get Data Sense to load. Don't know about the lenses upgrade since I did not use them in the past. 
I recommend if considering this to maybe take a picture (screen shot) of you home screen ( I can't remeber how mine was.

Make sure you set up backups in your settings.  Perfom a back-up

This will save your apps, settings, text messsage, email accounts contacts and more. (It is pretty easy to restore)