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.