Alleged Windows Phone 8 GDR3 feature list leaked out
A reddit post from earlier today from redditor I_SH*T_KARMA has shed some light on some of the new features that are to come with GDR3 for Windows Phone 8 users. With a fairly positive track record behind, we're a tad more willing to trust these may actually make it in the final build.
We're expecting GDR3 to hit newer WP8-power devices first at some point in September. That would be a definite change of pace, seeing as it hasn't been long since we first got wind of eligible devices getting updated GDR2. A source for The Verge claims that this is because Microsoft wants the new goodies finalized “for a new large-screen Nokia device announcement”. We can't help but feel that this has some connection with Nokia's “next major launch later this year” that CEO Elop mentioned during the unveiling of the Nokia Lumia 1020
So lets get onto the good stuff:
- Orientation Lock
- Driver Mode, will turn on automatically when you connect it via Bluetooth. Can reject phone calls / sms and send auto reply back
- Ability to have 3 medium sized tiles in a row 1080p / new SoCs, which we knew for quite some time now
Other features that are currently being tested and are likely to be pushed to GDR3:
- Ability to actually close the apps via multi tasking
- Silent NFC (meaning no more constant confirmations for pairing something) Please don't ask for source, there is none.”, the redditor claims.
1. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Is this all you can do Microsoft? With billions of $$???? Shame on you, even i can develope Windows Phone 8 faster on my OWN ;-)
3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Shame on you, even i can develope Windows Phone 8 faster on my OWN"
I don't think so.
7. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Just saying, they are way to slow ....
21. rms.max (Posts: 82; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
M$ wants to buy nokia. So they are pulling nokia down by being slow.Just a thought.
24. mariosuneo4 (banned) (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
u r right
MS is doing it knowingly
everything is going according to their Gameplan
29. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
if that is true then Nokia will not think to move to android quickly.
39. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Would you rather they release untested versions like ios or versions that are almost unnoticeable updates (jelly bean)? At least they seem to be on schedule and delivering as-promised, and not over-promising and/or under-delivering.
8. sinple (Posts: 118; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
microsoft seemed to develop app at a super slow pace. I wonder how much time the software developer actually does their work. They cant provide the basic feature and even their core apps like skype does not does video calling.
11. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
first they need to put daily uses features in GDR3, after that they can put more customizes and ui changes later in WP 8.1 aka-Blue. if u guys agree hit like.
20. ZeroCide (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
These are just a few as stated int he article. I sure that there are quite a few more features coming. Also it is an interum update not 8.1 which is a major update.
30. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Android users obviously think they have it all, but the truth is that they bleed their credit card numbers and other personal information all over the net...
WP8 is the slow but steady path for development, and there's no malware or trojan backdoor master keys to worry about.
43. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"...and there's no malware or trojan backdoor master keys to worry about."
48. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Why don't you provide legitimate proof to the rest of us that there is clear evidence of malware or viri affecting Windows Phone 8 devices? Oh wait, you can't do it, because no such proof exists...
50. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"...and there's no malware or trojan backdoor master keys to worry about."
Since you can't prove that, I even won't start to prove opposite. ;)
According to your comment #30, seems that you are not very into tech or especially into programming. Because if you was, you wouldn't talk such nonsenses.
51. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Again, you have no proof to validate your claim, and are wasting valuable text space with your bogus statements...
On the other hand, there is plenty of legitimate proof that Android suffers from endless malware, and there is also a master key that functions as a back door. It must really suck knowing the entire world is able to access your credit card number, debit password, and personal information at will, huh?
52. luxzy801 (Posts: 136; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)
Are you one of those people that also think that osX does not have backdoors or trojans?
Here is your proof bro, "CODE". As long as it has a code, it could be hacked, ripped, stripped, rewritten and bugged. So unless you find something with out a code, or something that changes its algorithm every 10 seconds, you will always have a back door bro.
65. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
luxzy801, don't pay attention at UrbanPhantom, UrbanPhantom just don't realize what he is talking.
64. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Again, you have no proof to validate your claim, and are wasting valuable text space with your bogus statements..."
As I have said before, since you can't prove what you have said in your comment #30, I won't start proving something for you. Also I don't see any reasons why I should prove something for a person who is totally incompetent in programming. For those who are at least a bit competent in programing, they would never ask for such prove, because it is clear even without any proofs.
54. volcano (Posts: 267; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
GDR1,GDR2 and GDR3 called small updates for a reason
58. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
hell i dont think u can even manage a hello world app in les then a year go learn .NET first
32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
You can't have them. Google will sue MS for patent infringement.
35. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
They wont...but with such fast updates wp ll have them by the end of 2020...mayb evn a bit later..
61. iamfury (Posts: 60; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
This is the most ridiculous thing i've ever read on this blog.
do you really think google has patents for widgets ?
and if any company was to sue for notification bar then apple could have sued google waaay back, because they stole it from iphone.
as i would say in my own language.
Bongiyan naa maar chawla :)
49. Damo579 (Posts: 218; Member since: 18 May 2013)
We have live tiles that work like widgets.....
59. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
notification sure widgets dont fit WP style the tiles are what they have which are alive and updating as widgets
62. iamfury (Posts: 60; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
i know that, but it would be realy awesome if those live tiles work as widgets. i.e. being able to switch on or off wifi bluetooth etc with just one tap on the main screen rather than going into the settings to that. like a shortcut you may say.
4. NokiaBoy (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
Nt yet recvd GDR2 update how come MS is going to deliver GDR3 in Sept.....seems fake info....im a MS & Nokia Fan.....not a hater
9. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
It might come on a new device like the 925 had GDR2 a month ago. The 925 was first announced mid May and released mid June. We still don't have GDR2 yet in August. They could announce in Sept, Ship in Oct, and older phones won't get it until November-December. It takes forever for the carriers to get the updates out. Hopefully someday we won't have to wait for the carriers anymore.
19. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Get a nexus device if you're sick of waiting on carriers.
40. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Unless you get them.from the carriers. Isn't there a Verizon nexus that never got its update or it came almost a year later than non-Verizon ones? Galaxy nexus, perhaps?
60. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
ROFL says the adnroid guy who waits to recieve the update released 10++ months ago
22. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
to be fair... it was already released... its just the carriers are bogarting it
check how many htc and samsung already have it plus some places in europe...
i havent got it yet so i'm just as pissed as you but not at nokia(kinda because they need to sell their phones internationally unlocked)... i blame the carriers for forcing users to buy a new device just to get new software and MS for being slow as fack
10. papss (unregistered)
If you go to the source there are other things too like text via pc/tablet that seems interesting. I wouldn't figure this would be a big jump. Knowing most of the updates will come with 8.1 blue. GDR updates are just that.. General small updates.
12. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Still no elementary stuff like system file management, folders, wallpapers, USB OTG, notification system, dashboard, scrolling tray tool..
I just don't get what the hell is going on at Microsoft
23. papss (unregistered)
How exactly would a walpaper look on live tiles that take all the screen?
36. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
With some transparency on tiles and right match of colors(can you change the tiles color?) it would be very nice. It´s a shame I can´t find a better pic showing how it can be, but I have this(http://www.neowin.net/images/uploaded/screen shot 2013-06-19 at 1.05.30 pm.jpg). I had a launcher for android with wp8 theme and we could adjust some things to do something like that
42. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
That is just a 3rd party skin, I bet that if MS wanted to do something like that, it would be much nicer
47. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
What if they made the background able to be a picture of your choosing and it would a stay stationary but the live tiles would move up and down over it? I think that would look pretty nice.
55. volcano (Posts: 267; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
if you want big updates then wait for wp8.1
13. pookiewood (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
Custom notification tones or I thrown my Nokia Lumia 920 at Redmond where it will create a massive crater!
14. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1145; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
GDR3 is the Big hardware update for Windows smart phones that enable them to have quad core CPU's, 1080p large 5 to 6 inch screens, and other things to make windows 8 smart phones
technology wise equal to Apple Iphones or android smart phones. the soom coming much needed Windows phone 8 blue Update is mostly a big software update to give Windows 8 smart phones Enterprise use updates, VPN Better multitasking, a for real notification center ECT. most Smart phone testors and OEM's warn that unless a smart phone has a large battery Quad core cpu's and 1080p screens will decrease a smart phones hours of use per day before a refresh charge. 720 HD screens may be the norm for smart phones that have long battery daily usage hours before recharge.
15. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
"Ability to have 3 medium sized tiles in a row" ..... WOW, now that's definitely a must-have and revolutionary!!
31. Penny (Posts: 1262; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Because, you know, the intermediary step between a version 8 and version 8.1 (let's call it 8.05) should be revolutionary.
37. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
I just wish they'd push an update that would allow the user to make those dreadful tiles disappear - that would be a true update. C'mon Microsoap, GDR4 - clean it up!!!
41. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
You can remove them from the start screen, but why would you want to? They're uncluttered smart widgets that also serve as the app launcher. Of you didn't have that, it would just have the alphabetical list of apps, which, granted, is still better than android's myspacey approach it apple's outdated jumbled grid.
44. Penny (Posts: 1262; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I do like Live Tiles in theory, and also in practice for the most part. Where I think they can improve is to allow users greater control of the structure. For example, while the alphabetical list is logical and usable, I would prefer being able to create custom folders because I only really use a handful of apps. I don't want to navigate through a full alphabetical list if I could just open the first folder to quickly find the app I want to use. It saves time, in my opinion.
On the other hand, you might say "that's what the home screen and live tiles are for!" You'd be right to a certain degree because that's made for displaying and launching your primary apps. But then what if I have quite a few daily apps? Scrolling through the home screen can, again, wastes more time than being able to click a folder right there near the top in which I can immediately spot the app I'm looking for.
Bottom line, I do like Live Tiles as smart widgets, but I'd like being able to implement more customized structure. For me at least, two taps = faster than scroll + tap.
16. xtroid2k (Posts: 460; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Well Microsoft recently had a major restructuring. Supposedly to be able to react and come to market a whole lot faster. Maybe just all smoke and mirrors. Tisk tisk
33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Do you really believe all the blather about being more customer-focused? MS is just like BB/RIM. They just managed to become a monopoly.
45. Penny (Posts: 1262; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I don't know if the restructuring was meant to make them much more consumer-focused. Like xtroid2k said, they were supposedly doing it so that they could be more responsive and agile.
That being said, I do think Microsoft is trying to be more consumer-focused because they are focusing a lot on consumer products these days. They've always had pretty diverse interests in both the enterprise and consumer world, so I don't think the one-track BB is really the most accurate comparison. Like any other company, they are just trying to go where they see the most opportunity -- nothing more, nothing less.
To xtroid2k, I hope Microsoft is able to pick up its speed, that's for sure. But I wouldn't call it all smoke and mirrors just yet; at least give them a little bit of time to try to turn that ship around.
25. erick01 (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
yes!!! Notification Center: is it so hard?? C'mon Microsoft, keep up with Nokia??
28. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Another joke from MS after GDR2.... where are the missing features MS??