Please tell me what is the major difference between Windows Phone 8 and Amber, because I want to update my device.

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Amber is an update exclusive to Nokia devices.

List of changes:

  • Improved image processing
  • FM radio support
  • Glance screen feature
  • Flip to silence, double tap to wake
  • Improved storage check, faster HERE map updates

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  • So that means in HTC device, I cant update Amber? Sep 22, 2013 at 6:58
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    That's correct. You might however (depending on your phone carrier) get the general GDR2 update. For a list of improvements check here: winsupersite.com/windows-phone/windows-phone-8-gdr2
    – akid
    Sep 22, 2013 at 7:02
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    Actually the correct is to say that every Windows Phone 8 can receive GDR2. Then the OEM personalize it like they want. Nokia called this AMBER. HTC version of GDR2 is enabling radio too but they didn't give a different name. Sep 22, 2013 at 23:14

In addition to Akid's answer, the Amber update allows an instant boot up of the device once plugged in to a charger if the battery is totally drained, unlike before when you had to wait up to 10 minutes before it turns on. IMHO this is a very important improvement.

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