Windows Phone 8 Apollo Plus Update in the Works at Microsoft

The update will bring many new features and bug fixes

There have been many rumors claiming Microsoft has run out of time while working on Windows Phone 8 and many features have been left out, including a Notification Center.

Moreover, the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X have been hit by strange software-related issues like random reboots and freezes.

Although both Nokia and HTC acknowledged these problems and confirmed they were actively working with Microsoft to solve these issues, there’s no telling exactly when an update is deployed, if any.

Well, it looks like Microsoft is thinking much bigger than this and plans to release a software update for Windows Phone 8 devices in just a few months.

The folks over at The Verge have been able to confirm from sources close to the matter that Microsoft is currently working on a Windows Phone 8 update, codenamed Apollo Plus. The update will probably be launched as Windows Phone 8.1, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Windows Phone 8 enthusiasts will be happy to know that this is not a bug fix update. Microsoft plans to include quite a lot of new features that have been skipped in Windows Phone 8 due to not enough time.

First of all, the update will bring the Notification Center, but also additional features that didn’t make it in the final release. The Verge claims the Microsoft will bring VPN support to Windows Phone platform.

Word is that the Redmond-based company will also add a Wi-Fi connection fix that will address a bug that would not let connections always remain on. Several audio improvements will be included in this update as well.

Last but not least, it’s said that Microsoft plans to test the ability to receive Windows Phone 8 updates via OTA (over the air), but it’s not yet decided whether this change will be introduced with Apollo Plus update.

According to the cited sources, the Apollo Plus update for Windows Phone 8 will be officially announced next year in February, at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.

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