Wednesday 12 December 2012

First WP8 update addresses HTC 8X Wi-Fi issue

Microsoft has rolled out its first update to its recently launched Windows Phone 8 OS and with it, the software giant has added a feature that issues a fix for the Wi-Fi problem that had plagued handsets running on this platform. A report by WPCentral states that the OS is now brought to OS 10211 up from the previous build which was 9905 and with it comes fixes for the device resetting as well as the keep Wi-Fi alive feature, which made the Wi-Fi connection go off when the display was turned off.

As per the report, the update is called Portico. Those who have recently jumped on to the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon may have noticed that there is a problem with the device losing connection to a Wi-Fi network when the screen is locked.

In response to a tweet by a Windows Phone 8 user who said that the Wi-Fi shuts off after turning off the screen on every Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management, stated, “Someone is gonna yell at me for saying this, but... fix is coming. :) Sshh. Just promise me a little patience though.”

If one happened to be downloading an app using Wi-Fi, and then locked the screen, the Wi-Fi would suddenly turn off once the screen was unlocked. Users were adopting a temporary fix by keeping the screen turned on till the app was completely downloaded.

Early adopters of the Windows Phone 8 platform have been experiencing some issues with their devices and it is not limited to a particular manufacturer. One of these issues is that some owners of Nokia and HTC handsets are experiencing random reboots. In a statement, Microsoft claimed that they had identified this issue and they hoped to deliver an over-the-air (OTA) fix that addresses the issue. This update aims to fix this issue as well.

With this update, Microsoft has also added new features such as SMS Call Reject, SMS Drafts and SMS Select. These are reportedly undocumented features and in the SMS Drafts feature one can review, edit and assess an SMS draft which is located in the drafts folder. A user also has the ability to mass select all the messages and delete them all in just two steps as opposed to manually selecting all messages, one at a time. The last one is the ability to reject a call with a text message. This option can come in handy when a call comes in as a user can now choose to send a preset text message to the recipient. A user can also enter two custom messages for the text-call reject feature.

As of now, it appears that the update is issued only for the HTC 8X and not the HTC 8S. Do let us know in our comments section below if you have started receiving the update and if there are any other changes visible.

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