Windows Phone 8 Portico update rolling out with SMS and WiFi fixes

Windows Phone 8 Portico update rolling out with SMS and WiFi fixes

Summary: It's been about a month since Windows Phone 8 was released and we are now seeing the first update roll out that addresses a few nagging issues.

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I get the opportunity to test out a LOT of smartphones, but am now pretty well established on using the iPhone 5 on Verizon, Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile, and HTC 8X on AT&T. I am really loving the Windows Phone 8 experience and even though read a lot of discouraging comments and listen to podcasts slamming the OS, I honestly think it is one of the best out there for the masses. It is stable, simple to use, extremely responsive, has deep social networking integration, and is a breath of fresh air in the mobile space. According to WPCentral a new update is also rolling out to fix a few nagging issues, such as SMS drafts, call reject with SMS, and WiFi hibernation when display is off.

These fixes with the "Portico" update are not critical, but are welcome considering Windows Phone 8 was just released last month. I never create draft SMS messages, but my wife sure does. I do like the reject call with SMS that I have had on Android forever and that was just added to iOS 6. The WiFi issue is my most welcome fix because I hate how it disconnects every time the display turns off. I like that I now have control over this and can make the decision if I am willing to sacrifice some battery life to keep WiFi on when the display is off. I would love to see this integrated in a profile manner where I could decide to do this just when I am home. Then again, I only turn WiFi on while at home or in the vicinity of an active hotspot so I guess that serves the same purpose for now.

I understand the update is rolling out now to the international HTC 8X, but of course those of us in the US will have to wait for carrier approval so who knows when we might see the update :(

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  • Carrier Approval?

    I thought there was a change with Windows Phone 8 where Microsoft could push updates directly? Why would Microsoft still need carrier approval?
    msftds
  • Poor Americans

    I really pity you guys in the US. Waiting for carriers for every damn thing. Why don't you guys boycott en masse and buy GSM phones instead of sticking to CDMA? I don't know ground reality but I feel you guys should switch to GSM
    pratnala
    • Required field

      Even though I agree with you, it is important to note that AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM while Version and Sprint (excluding Nextel) use CDMA. I would say the carriers are split equally when it comes to CDMA/GSM debate.
      statuskwo5
      • Why no updates over WiFi?

        I never used an approved update on my Android phones, instead always opting to flash ROMS, but shouldn't users be able to install updates directly from Google or Microsoft over Wifi? Why does Google or Microsoft need to wait on carriers or OEMs? PCs don't have this problem.
        Sim Lash
    • Agree, but...

      ...there are some advantages to the carrier model too: handset subsidy! Try buying a Nokia Lumia 920 for $100 without carrier subsidy, and you'll see what I'm talking about. Of course, it comes with strings attached (a 2-year plan) - but that's life, isn't it?
      jaykayess
  • What happened to the yellow Lumia 920?

    Matt,

    I thought you had bought a yellow Lumia 920. What happened?

    I got one and love it; functionality + OS + looks = perfect!!!
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