Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 may only ship with new smartphones

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, recently announced at the Mobile World Congress 2015 Barcelona event, will roll out to only newer smartphones, new report claims.

Microsoft analyst and enthusiast Paul Thurrott announced in a tweet, quoting a trusted internal source, that the update 2 will not be pushed to existing smartphones running the current Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 OS. This means that the new Windows Phone iteration will be made available on handsets that Microsoft releases in future.

“Unconfirmed, but source tells me Windows Phone 8.1.2 will not roll out to previous phones, just ship on new devices”, Thurrott tweeted.

The Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 adds support for Bluetooth Keyboards. The firmware update also brings in some other changes, including the slightly tweaked settings menu, which now holds all sub-categories in one unified list divided by headlines, as well as the option to pin individual settings to the home screen allowing users to quickly change their handset’s configurations with just a few taps.

The update also brings along a magnifying glass icon located at the bottom of the screen which can be used to directly search for settings, content, and applications.

In addition, the Redmond has also made few changes in the app permission settings, allowing users to disable access to the camera and other privacy features on a per app basis.

Microsoft is yet to officially confirm the report. The company has also not disclosed the official shipping date for Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2.