New HTC 8X firmware update brings key additions to Windows Phone 8

WiFi runs under the lock screen in this Windows Phone 8 update

Microsoft has pushed their first ever update for Windows Phone 8 tonight to the HTC 8X international version and it comes with some important additions to the mobile OS. As first reported by WPCentral, a slew of features have been implemented related to the text messaging experience.

The update is codenamed Portico, oddly enough, and is a first peak and what can possibly be coming to the Nokia Lumia 920 in the next firmware update.

What we know so far:

  • SMS drafts is now possible in this Windows Phone 8 update
  • SMS call reject is now possible from call screen with 2 preset custom messages available
  • Mark-All conversations in Messaging inbox for batch deletion
  • Persistent WiFi option — it stays connected even when the screen is locked
  • Bug fixes, HTC 8X rebooting issue

Check out this video published by WPCentral showing off the new updates:

No official comment on this update has been released by HTC and there is no timetable when this update will hit other Windows Phone 8 devices.

Read more at WPCentral.