AT&T says GDR2 and Amber update ready, should come tomorrow for Lumia 820 and 920

File this one under hopeful, but AT&T via their support forums have confirmed that the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 OS update and accompanying Amber firmware from Nokia has been cleared for the Lumia 820 and 920.

ETA? Tomorrow, October 10th.

Now we should be clear that this isn’t an AT&T or Nokia press release and Nokia’s own webpage has not yet been updated to reflect this news (it still says ‘waiting for approval’). However, a Community Manager did post the information, and it seems too detailed and confident to just be a rumor. Indeed, the Community Manager is an employee of AT&T so it has some credibility to it.

The posting specifically states:

“AT&T has completed testing the Nokia Lumia 820/920 Windows Phone software update on our network. We expect Microsoft to make the update available beginning 10/10. When the software update is available for you to download, Windows Phone will notify you so you can download it directly over a Wi-Fi connection. We appreciate your patience.”

That sounds like a slam dunk to our ears but of course until we start to see it rollout, usually at 1PM ET, we’ll still take it with a grain of salt.

The AT&T Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 are some of the last devices to get the GDR2 and Amber updates. Users have becoming increasingly strident at the delay, becoming very vocal in AT&T and Windows Phone Central communities. At least now there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

It was just nine days ago that AT&T stated the updates were coming in the “coming weeks” and that now appears to be the case.

Nokia’s Amber update will bring improved image processing, flip to silence, FM radio, call + SMS blocking, Lumia color profile and Nokia Smart camera, while Microsoft’s GDR2 will fix Other storage and improve things like Xbox Music.

Source: AT&T Forums; Thanks, Owen H., M and Caddy, for the tips



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db4williams says:

Hopefully they took the time to make sure the update don't brick the 820s and 920s like it did my wife's 822.Though it worked fine on my 928.

db4williams says:

And I still haven't updated her replacement 822 for fear of another bricked handset.

89caps says:

If they did anything, it was take time.

LadyRocki says:

*picks herself off the floor* Whoa...ok. I wasn't ready for that.

Not raising my hopes until my 920 is updated and working.

DennisvdG says:

Haha xD it took so long

Prensescim says:

About freakin time!!

Deaconclgi says:

Rolls eyes......I'll believe that when pigs err....the download and install completes on my AT&T 920!
Next up...where is the update to ProCam for my 1020!?!?!?! Tired of the yellow tint! Do I have to wait until AT&T releases GDR3 for the 1020? Why did I ever stop buying unlocked Nokia devices? What is this world coming to? Why does grandma have a beard? Are you Father Christmas? Where's Nibbles gone? What are you two doing?

Find out next time on Dragon Ball Z!

I wonder if its on navifirm

DaSchnee says:

I'm afraid to say it but since GDR2 the reboot issue is back again and it is getting worse and worse. Happend 3 times in the last 2 days. :(

Cigar2 says:

For reals?????? No way.....

lmoritz says:

Best news today!

sticitodaman says:

"...and this is where I'd put my GDR2 update, IF I HAD ONE!"

david90531 says:

Finally...this will shut many ppl up (in a positive way). Hope GDR3 is not too far away from now...

jimbow76 says:

If anyone is interested, I can confirm this is supposed to happen. The OOP literally just called me today to let me know it's supposed to drop from MS at 10 am.

dcutting says:

This is funny considering I literally just got off the phone 30 minutes ago with their Executive Response Team regarding my better business bureau complaint and he told me they still didn't have a date. He credited me my entire bill this month so if, after all it that, I get the update tomorrow I will be very happy to have the update and no bill to pay until November.

Jack Larson1 says:

Gdr3+8.1 on att= no bill until late 2014

dcutting says:

I'll be more than happy to pay my bill if they do those updates right, but I'm not holding my breath

M_Mike says:

Sorry WPC complainers I don't see the ATT 920 users going anywhere.  We bonded over the trama of waiting so long for the premier partner to come through. 
I see the group becoming a never ending thread jacking pest.  It is much fun to stop.  With ATT there will always be something to complain about.  
Oh and if this update is bad.  Look out.  

Jack Larson1 says:

Bread and circuses, comrades ;D

Fndlumia says:

Very pleased for US 920/820 users, better very late than never hey, hope it really does come tomorrow or this editor is going to cop some bad backlash

cjallan417 says:

It's like Christmas!*
*if your parents held your presents until Easter

Credo93 says:

i'm happy for you AT&T guys !! enjoy the update ! 

lbaxter says:

My 920 should arrive on the same day this drops. Hopefully it won't make me hate the 920 after installing it.

theavrgjoe says:

This just in AT&T Lumia 920 users will be getting the GDR3 update in October 2145. Aren't you excited? We might be the last to receive it, by a long shot; but be assured AT&T has tested it, so you know it works.

Shay Legacy says:

"Better late than never" is what some idiots said above, lol. Smh.

dortyboy says:

Fuck.gdr2 where is gdr3. Next year summer? Lmao

Dk92 says:

Probably next fall.

Shay Legacy says:

Next Halloween they going to launch it...joking lol.

oryan_dunn says:

I wonder if this includes the AT&T subsidiary AIO and the 620 that I have?

venom5150 says:

I was actually hoping for Oct 22 GDR3 Rollout and bypass the GDR2 completely.

hasanmj8 says:

Yeeeee Haaaaaa!

2 months I have been waiting... It was supposed to be released two months ago... I don't care that I might have it tomorrow... I am two months late from the rest of the world already having it... That may as well be a lifetime for tech.

kle0 says:

My yelp of excitement just scared the crap out of my 8yo! >.

Lee Juhan says:

I do not trust this until i have it on my hand

Shay Legacy says:

Same here. I'll wait till someone complains about what was missing from this update.

richddr says:

aint falling for this one, ill believe it when i see it!

cmonwp says:

What's the best way for me to get this update if I've moved my 920 to t-mobile?
Can I borrow's a friend's ATT SIM to put in my phone and get the update?

pankaj981 says:

You will get it irrespective of the sim

walter1832 says:

Yes, respect the sim

jhelms29 says:

Well...at least now we know the speed at which to expect GDR 3 and Bittersweet Shimmer -> Glacial.

Josh Harman says:

Unless it comes t at the speed of GDR1 on AT&T.

jhelms29 says:

Fingers crossed!

10/10 @ 10
(am Pacific)
... is what it looks like...

Shay Legacy says:

I was thinking about that too.

AccentAE86 says:

Oh this would be fantastic.  I have three Lumia 820's waiting for amber!!!  Happy dance!  I hope this isn't misinformation.  I just couldn't believe my 810 got the update months before the AT&T 820.  I didn't think the 810 would get ANY updates.

Jf.Vigor says:

Lol do you own a phone store?

AccentAE86 says:

LOL I WISH!!  That would be awesome!  I'm just a phone whore.  My current collection is a 1020, 920, 820 x3, 810, 620, and 520 x2.  But I get them to sell them, so it's not like I just hold on to all of them.

Fndlumia says:

Guilty myself, 1020, 925, 920x2, N9, N8 etc

mwgeek says:

Now when the Cardinals win tonight it will make tomorrow twice as good

jlynnm350z says:

No way dude, Pittsburgh all the way!! This is our dream year

rdubmu says:

Lets go Pirates!!!

mwgeek says:

Yah keep dreamin...like the Cubs ;)

rdubmu says:

I think that if I look outside and this is true, we might see a pig fly by!!!!

Adretheon says:

We appreciate your patients? Really? Not, "We apologize for the wait." Which is exactly what they should be saying after being two months behind everyone else(while having a phone with the update already), and then taking longer than they said it would to finally get out.

thirdday2002 says:

Hospital patients?

K_lando says:

well, based on the complaints, it does seem like some people have slit their wrists over it...

brad4560 says:

Great news, now maybe it will go to their aio wireless for my 620!!

So, to cover this whole thing:
1. Someone said customer support told him it was coming August 26th.
2. We were told all devices would have the update by the end of September.
3. This won't include DataSense, apparently.
4. It will probably brick 60% of phones trying to upgrade.
While I'm glad that this might FINALLY be over, I'll believe it when I see is. Even then, I'll wait until I see that it's not a bug-riddled mess.

lippidp says:

It looks like I will finally be ditching my loyal Quantum for the 920, just for the extra storage and hopefully better camera. I will miss the keyboard, though. Sigh... You goddam consumers and your thin slabs...

Jack Larson1 says:

I'd hold onto it, wp9 is probably not too far off. Unless your phone is dying.

lippidp says:

Nah, I like penny phones, plus ATT seems to not be keen on built-in wireless charging anymore, plus I like the back button, plus the OS is finally stable, plus the firmware is finally good. The next WP OS is almost certain to have bugs and stability problems upon release based on Microsoft's recent history.

thirdday2002 says:

And there was much rejoicing.

clappenings says:

What's the subject here? ,;)

Mike A4 says:

Been on GDR2 for over two months, flashed it with a France variant......It's really not that big of a deal breaker so don't be too much excitied for it.

Jf.Vigor says:

I know. I think a lot of users will have blue balls

Jack Larson1 says:

I've wanted to use action shot for months now...

AccentAE86 says:

Was this for the 820? Or 920? I tried flashing my 820 with a different product code using NCS but it didn't work. Would only accept AT&T rom. Is it possible to change the product code?

TechAbstract says:

Good news. Lumia 521 on Tmobile still doesn't have Amber update. It's being put on hold.

sdreamer says:

According to Nokia it should be available for the 521

Vistaus says:

Nokia isn't always honest on that page. When the 820 here got the update ready according to their page, my mum checked every day for updates. It took her a week of checking before it finally got pushed to her phone. Same for other 820 users here.

I know that is not true because I downloaded it on my coworkers phone weeks ago. Tmobile 521

T Moore says:

I have a 521 and it has had Amber and GDR2 for several weeks.

EraserX8 says:

This made my day!! Now don't take too long with GDR3 else you gonna feel our rage again AT&T! :P

drozdpat says:

How come so much data?

lowry says:

Hopefully this is true as my warranty expires next month. If it is anything like GDR1 my phone will brick during reset and  then when I get a new one it will have scratches on the screen. This episode with Att has pushed me to IOS since they get all updates regardless of carrier. That and the horrible music / podcast apps on WP8.

K_lando says:

I don't blame you.  It doesn't matter that everyone else pulls out good apples from a barrel... if the apple I took has a worm in it, I'd probably be grossed out by apples from that point forward.  (no 'Apple' pun intended).

Dk92 says:

Finally! And I don't even have a 920!

Jack Larson1 says:


Tjalsma says:

1/10 - no way in AT&T

Jazmac says:

Guess they got the call from Dan Rubino. 

jmshub says:

Now they can start network testing on this ios7 thing...

JoRdaNeK says:

I think a big congratulations is in order, all the best and many happy returns for you at&t bunch :D:D:D

B T C says:

Will we lose photos etc. during installation of this update?

K_lando says:

All of the above

walter1832 says:

What that one guy said

denzilla says:

Strippers and free pie for everyone!

Jack Larson1 says:

^don't go well together :P

Seriously!!! I just force updated the Rodgers rom to my ATT 920!!!!

YingTK says:

Well, at least you got Data sense.

Shay Legacy says:

Correct. At least you have Data Sense. Maybe we might have it too. Who knows?

sdreamer says:

Technically it doesn't bring ProCam, it enables it to work.

ae86takumi says:

Am I the only one who is going to wait for others to update to see what features have been striped???

lubbalots says:

They better not strip Amber cuz I want her badly!

Jack Larson1 says:

Almost an amber alert for Amber...

jwinch2 says:

This whole thing is a bit ridiculous.  One of the points that was continually pushed prior to the release of WP8 was that it would allow for MS or OEM's to push updates directly rather than having to wait for the carriers to get around to it.  Obviously, that is a farce.  

lubbalots says:

In the beginning of the year, MS changed that.

Vistaus says:

It doesn't even have to do with carriers. 920 people in Italy who have an unbranded (non-carrier) 920 are still waiting for Amber.

Xellsama says:

Amber is from Nokia, GDR2 is from Microsoft.

isi mcf says:

Im counting down the time until 10pm PST and pushing "Check of Updates" until i get it lol

YingTK says:

Didn't happen until I see it. Can't trust AT&T that well.

Shay Legacy says:

Agree with you!

Jack Larson1 says:

"Users have becoming increasingly strident at the delay, becoming very vocal in AT&T and Windows Phone Central communities. At least now there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel."

lol, that's an understatement.
- an att 920 user

RayWP7 says:

OMG I knew it. Pigs do fly!  Pff. I will believe it when the updates are being installed! LOL

Tyetus says:

But what will I bitch about now.... Time to call att now...

DaviTheGreat says:

I don't even remember  why I want this update -_-*

TwinBitz says:

Verizon actually pushed the update out before at&t haha

jasvin says:

Bought damn time!

walter1832 says:

how much did it cost you?

DaviTheGreat says:

I don't even remember  why I want this update -_-*

jasonbeckett says:

Great! They finally got it ready...just in time for the other new update that is preping for rollout. Great work AT&T.

pmich says:

SOOOOO EXCITED...just so i don't have to hear people complain about not having Amber update.   

Mark Richey says:

This 3-way relationship leaves much to be desired. I flashed my phone a couple weeks ago and am plenty happy with Amber and GDR2. But much of the pain and misery could have been avoided if AT&T had simply kept people up-to-date regarding progress. It is called communication, but I guess that is not part of their business model.
Instead, I think they were hoping the blame could all be divided up as we see here. Microsoft is to blame. Nokia is to blame. Means AT&T is only at best 33% to blame for the delay.
And there would be no need for 920 owners regardless of the circumstances to stop weighing in on various things. The really unnerving thing is that iPhone and Apple have simply told carriers, "Look out below, here comes an update! Ready or not!" Of course, all I read of issues with iOS7 seem to indicate that isn't always the best way either.

clappenings says:

^^^^^ The most intelligent response you'll ever see regarding GDR2/Amber.

Shay Legacy says:

I'm ready for AT&T excuse if they don't release this Update today. Its 2:15am over here. Count down.

ibdRAPHunv says:

So is this just,for Nokias? or are all Windows phone getting the update? i have a Samsung Focus S still running 7.5

Vistaus says:

If you have a WP 7.5 device then you won't get this update. No 7.5 device in the world will ever get 8.0 or this update.

Ian Too says:

You can update the device to 7.8 using this:
It worked well for me on two devices.

ibdRAPHunv says:

ok downloaded and unzipped on my surface RT, now how do i install it on my phone? just drag and drop?

Just extract all the items on a folder, click on the exe file and just follow the rest of instructions.

ibdRAPHunv says:

Ok will do, thanks.

Aryan Angel says:

"file this under hopeful"
Actually filed under Windows phone news.

misterp1078 says:

Strange..i have both a 920 and HTC one on at@t and HTC one got its update today and my 920 getting updated tomorrow. Did at@t get a shipment of red bulls or just got tired of unhappy people emailing them.

Richard_Indy says:

Att is running from the bulls and one bull finally got its horn in the update manager's behind....

ScubaNitrox says:

Just checked, nothing so far. Is this supposed to be OTA?

Yes, updates are OTA. Don't forget that the update is supposed to hit at 13:00 ET so you still have a few hours wait yet

lubbalots says:

"We expect MS to make the update available...?"

Cigar2 says:

Still waiting...

attract says:

We are just waiting....and waiting and waiting.

dortyboy says:

Still waiting bitches

TripsG says:

To rush and download upon availability or to wait for the fallout after it either bricks, crashes or bugifies everyone else's phone. Ah, such a quandry. 

mmusicki says:

You can't fix stupid. I mean me in this case.
In 2009 I promissed myself I will never buy a windows phone again, and I was more than happy with my blackberry until this year. I must have had a brain fart and decided to try windows phone again. Have been miserable ever since as far as phone is concerned.

Rayde_Effect says:

That's doesn't make any sense considering windows phone didn't exist in 2009. Unless you're talking about windows mobile which was an entirely different OS...

mmusicki says:

Windows is windows.
I use windows on my PCs and I am happy with it. Windows 8 is pretty hard to navigate if you use it seriously, not just to play with tiles. For business use (I am a software developer, so i jump around windows a lot), it is not very friendly in my experience. Tiles are not sorted alphabetically, etc. But I could live with all that.
My phone is a totally different experience. Was in 2009 (not even a clipboard to copy text, and they called it windows), and is now as well (no custom sms and alert sounds, calendar is 10 generations behind Blackberry's, etc, Don't even get me started).
To say it in latin, piece of crap.
I am a Microsoft user, but they should either do it right and have at least all of the features Android and IOS offer (not apps, just features), or not make it at all. Microsoft is not some third party garage business. They shouldn't make phones people make fun of (and they do trust me).

matiu_00 says:

There were telling the truth! It will arrive "in the coming weeks"! I never doubted you ATT. lol

I am not getting what DataSense is and why I would want it? Other than that...hopefully the update will change to my Outlook.com email that is merged with my old Hotmail account. My hotmail account is from years ago and I did not have the foresight to realize the integration it would have with all things MS. My Outlook email is more "professional".

The Darkness says:

This may be a dumb couple of questions, but here goes.........
When I do eventually download this update, will I have to reload the 12 or so apps I have downloaded (a game and others)?  Also, will the progress in the game I have, be saved?

Jazmac says:

No. At least you should not have to. But you only have 12. I would be afraid if I had to reinstall.  :)

The Darkness says:

Thanks......Whew.  Will see what happens when the update is released!

Michael Roy says:

still no update yet...this is insane. by the time GDR3 comes out I will just be getting GDR2.

b3rni3703 says:

EY!... no GDR2 UPDATE coming to PLUTO!?!?.. wtf!... 

I think I'm gonna cancel AT&T contract. This company is asking for too much $$$ and a very poor service and support! 

Pacherecords says:

Please,delete this article, at&t lie again. No 920's update is available.

Well, it's tomorrow.  No Amber/GDR2 here for me.

Is this supposed to hit by noon (CST)?

YO.. Still no update, Whats happening Mr White ???

Rob41664 says:

I find it hard to believe the update will be out today when its not even on Nokias servers. I just checked with the care suite and its still showing the old firmware

penetronn says:

That's a very bad sign.

jasvin says:

Oooooooook soooo where is it??

RoarinRow says:

Not feeling confident that it will be out today. Even Nokia's site says it is waiting for approval - http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/availability-in-north-america/
You'd think the status would have changed to 'Coming Soon' if it was really coming out today.

ovrkast says:

Check out the site now...it says "Available" :)

RoarinRow says:

What?! lol.  It didn't say that when I posted my comment.

BryanLM says:

Looks like they changed it to Available but I have a 920 and its not available yet. I'm in Nevada, not sure how they roll it out but I'm going to keep trying.

16jwilder says:

This waiting shit is stupid. I've been waiting for like a month and a half

BryanLM says:

1 MINUTE TO GO!!!! lol
It would be nice to get this update, but its pretty minor to me, its a bit frustrating because I'm assuming it'll take forever to get GDR3 out and by that time its possibly that AT&T is just not going to push that update to 920s.

M_Mike says:

Liars they are.  I did not get my update.  1:01PM and nothing.  Other than my phone is up to date Last checked 2 seconds ago.  

kle0 says:

Nothing. This is a bogus story :/

Jonahkirk says:

It says "available" on the Nokia servers, but still doesn't show up on the phone. I'll try again in a little while.

Brent#WP says:

The Nokia update status page now shows the update for the AT&T Lumia 920 and 820 as Available.

Brent#WP says:

My phone has found the update and the update status now says "Downloading updates 0%" wish I had a WiFi connection right now. 
Edit: Message now says "An update is ready for download"

dortyboy says:

Really so where is it at&t

92GTA says:

Mine is downloading and installing now!!!

RoarinRow says:

Sweet, it's downloading now!

ymcpa says:

It looks like it's rolling out. I just got an update on my 920.

Tyetus says:

Still says up to date whaddafuck att

Mine is updating :) 

triumvirant says:

make sure you're hitting the cell tower.  Mine didn't see the update on just WIFI.

Adam1331 says:

Downloading. AT&T Georgia.
Edit: Sorry, didn't mean to reply here.

akroy says:

downloading to 920 in alaska

WindowsLocos says:

Downloading on 920 in california

MorganRW says:

Nokia website has now been updated to "Available" for AT&T. Servers must be getting hammered because the check is taking forever and it has thrown one "Cannot check at this time" error.

MorganRW says:

Downloading now AT&T, 920, Orange County CA. At 7% and rising.

mdboro says:

Preparing to install here in Maryland.

Z51Corvete says:

Downloading in FL

Woot! Installing now! ATT Lumia 920

dandunk says:

Downloading in Western KY!

RiveraCM says:

Downloading mine right now

MikeyTubs says:

Getting Amber update now! about !@#*! time! Lol.

jjmurphy says:

That one dude, in the forums with one comment.  He was right.  Hot damn.

Greg Lewis1 says:

As most of you know by now, the update was available, this morning.
I installed mine at 12:20pm, Central Time (Austin, Texas).
So far, seems to work fine.

nicholaseix1 says:

I updated my phone around 9 pm last night and since then I have been having problems with my WiFi. The first problem I had was the WiFi would automatically turn off when using it and the second problem after restarting my phone is that WiFi would be connected but the phone would say there was no internet connection, I then have to turn WiFi off then back on again. Am I the only one with this problem?

I got stuck on cogs for almost six hours. Soft reset and more cogs, but finally after another hour it went to home screen. Made the mistake of locking my phone as usual, and when I woke the screen it was unresponsive to touch. Tried to lock and wake it again and now the screen didn't turn on, so I soft reset. Since the update, if someone calls and I answer I can't hang up and the phone will black out needing a soft reset, I can't lock the phone at all, I'm afraid I'm going to get image burn of my home screen. I wish I hadn't updated so much now, no improvements for me, just trouble. ):