Images of GDR3 and "Bittersweet shimmer" update for Windows Phone 8 are leaked
Based on the screenshots taken from the phone, the update would allow Windows Phone users to close out apps on a multitasking window by clicking on an "X" in the upper right of the screen while the app's name and icon are shown below. Other screenshots show that users will be able to disable (love that combination of words) the accelerometer, locking the phone in the current orientation that it is in. Windows Phone 8 OS Build 10484 also includes a Driving Mode that offers users the option to turn off phone and texting capabilities so that you can do nether while driving.
Other features coming in the update, discovered from another source, will allow users to set up individual sounds for email, text, calls and reminders and restore over Wi-Fi if you have to reset your unit.
Microsoft is expected to push this out in November, and for now, you can check out the slideshow below with screenshots taken from what appears to be the real deal.
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Screenshots from leaked GDR3 and Bittersweet shimmer update
47. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 85; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)
what about the search button dude???????????
24. pookiewood (Posts: 552; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
No its not. Its Bittersweet Shimmer. ;)
2. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
Just in time for when the amazing Nokia Lumia 1520 is released.
6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 618; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Exactly.. I think it'll be a more than decent device with 1080p display- a good addition for phablets , quad core processor- may be not needed for running WP smooth but high end games & apps will sure need it, 21mp pureview camera
it'll be an excellent device.
9. akki20892 (Posts: 3251; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Waiting for Nokia lumia 1520. The gigantic mammoth.
3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 618; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
No more stupid comments saying "last year specs"... Ha ha.
12. akki20892 (Posts: 3251; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
It's a time dude. The time has arrived dude.
14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I agree, after that there shouldn't be such comments anymore. But those comment were not stupid since we know that performance is required not only for OS but for apps and games too. And let's hope that Nokia-Microsoft won't fall behind again after making step forward.
17. lalalaman (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Well they didn't said anything when moto x was announced...true fandroid are hypocrite...I'm also a fandroid bt equally a window fan....
I believe this device is more awaited then 1020 was....nokia would b proud of tht for sure.....I'm happy too:)
27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Well they didn't said anything when moto x was announced..."
You mean about performance?
36. lalalaman (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
No...abot specs obviously.....moto x was long awaited bt it showed a different picture,..were a bit surprised....
Then they said its all about performance:D when they saw specs sheet
49. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
But I have said a lot of things about Motorola Moto X specs and that it is mid-range device. :)
31. Dr.Phil (Posts: 863; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
To be fair, we still don't know what specifications the GDR3 will support. Will the processor be a Snapdragon 800 or a Snapdragon 600 processor? How much RAM will be supported? What kind of sensors will be supported?
Also, Intel and ARM will be introducing new chipsets and architecture, respectively, for devices in 2014. It's a matter of how quickly Microsoft updates it's software that will determine whether you hear people say it's running "last year's hardware" or not. Microsoft has shown a record of catching up to the competition but then they seem to fall short of staying at the same pace or getting ahead of the competition. So, while it's great that Microsoft is introducing 1080p screens and quad-core processor support, they need to look ahead in what is coming down the pipeline in order to properly prepare their software in time. I mean just looking at what is possible for next year: flexible screens, screen resolutions of up to 2560x1600 on 6 inch screen devices (yes, it's overkill but there is some benefit to higher screen resolutions such as color reproduction even if it is a minute difference), x86 architecture chipsets, 4GB of RAM, etc.
Yes, obviously a lot of those things are overkill, but that's what sells in the mobile world. Even though you may not be able to tell the difference between a dual-core or quad-core phone so long as the software is properly optimized, people will still choose the quad-core phone because they THINK it's better.
On another note, I must say I am looking forward to the Lumia 1520. It looks to me like a great device that could be a potential game changer depending on a few factors.
45. -box- (Posts: 3709; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Rumors are indicating Snap800 quad-core, 1920X1080 screen resolution, 2+ gigs of RAM, amd 64GB of storage for the first flagship models. With Nokia's hardware and software teams (and, notably, R&D) being brought into the Microsoft fold soon, updates will be more frequent and more effective.
Cool thing about WP8 is that it's fresh from the ground up: Up to 64-core support natively, beyond 8K recording and playback without unlocking for capable chipsets, doesn't need crazy specs to run well so the extra goodies that match android will knock it to the ground in a head-to-head. Android needs a major revamp to properly utilize the specs at its disposal and move to a fresh iteration without the JVM.
48. Dr.Phil (Posts: 863; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Yes, but you also have to remember that Microsoft standardizes all WP8 hardware, regardless of whether the phone supports it or not. I wish they would take away hardware restrictions period and instead create a "minimal hardware requirement" for all manufacturers to follow. That way Microsoft can ensure everyone will have a smooth experience while also allowing innovation to take it's natural course.
4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
This update should have been made a year ago. Windows phone keeps falling more behind. I love windows phone but IMO I can't see it being around in 2 years from now based on its progression.
5. papss (unregistered)
When is the rumored release date of the 1520? I was going to get a second phone (note 3 or G2) but I might wait for this.. Hmmm
29. MistB (Posts: 550; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Wait for the 1520, it'll be worth it with the excellent build from Nokia you can trust. I fear this will be the last big Lumia phone to carry the name Nokia and Nokia's last great effort. shame really. We'll see where MS take us down the road.
32. Penny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Yes, you can expect good build and camera from Nokia, but the Note 3 has some crazy good functionality. They make great use of the stylus and the size with additional features and tricks. I don't think Microsoft will be able to bring a competitive bag of tricks to the phablet world any time soon. If, indeed, the Lumia 1520 just turns out to be an over sized Windows Phone with no additional features, it would really be a shame.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Pushing me closer and closer to test out WP8. Next year maybe?
33. Credo (Posts: 683; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Yeah next year would be excellent, it is great today but if u are a hardcore Android user then you are gonna miss a few things, wait untl 2014!
10. papss (unregistered)
Also I read this news earlier on wpcentral.. Pretty excited but one BIG elephant in the room that M$ nor Nokia is addressing is the hard reset issue.. It bricked one of my 920s and I hear its the same with he 720 and 1020.. I would sell my 1020 but out of fear in afraid to due to this issue..i should be able to factory reset without fear..
16. lalalaman (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
I don't understand what were u trying to say....
I heard tht hard reset won't b needed after amber update coz tht update manages other storage well....u don't need to hard reset anymore....u can search wp central to see how it works
26. papss (unregistered)
If I want to wipe my data clean I have to factory reset is what I'm saying.. I've never heard that there is any other way around it
35. lalalaman (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
There r also apps to clean data...
I was saying that gdr2 update fix these memory issues so u won't need to reset it till long time...
I wish this is true...mine is nt updated yet
I heard abot it on wpcentral.com
11. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Windows 9 they will merge RT+WP -- in 2015
Windows 10 will be Cloud -- 2016
15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Windows 10 will be Cloud -- 2016"
13. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
That's kind of an ominous name for an update.
Bitter because they were bought by Microsoft, sweet because they were bought by Microsoft?
19. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
still no gdr3??
i.thot they already released
20. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
That's really sweet! I'm still deciding which phone should I get, I'm looking forward to this!
30. MistB (Posts: 550; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
If the EVLeaks are anything to go by, the 1520 will be quite a beauty yet beast at the same time, the mighty Quad S800 surely puts this in the same league as the HTC One Max/Z Ultra/Acer Liquid S2 and especially the Note 3, but will have the best camera knowing the software trickery with Nokia's genius.
41. akki20892 (Posts: 3251; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Absolutely right dude agree. Can't wait to see.
23. LumiaNineTwenty (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Sep 2013)
it's now GDR3 update. still lack of money to buy lumia 920 T_T. its hard to be a student. still waiting to make its price lower.
25. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I used to think naming Android versions after sweets was so stupid. But after trying to keep Appolo, Blue, bittersweet, and GDR3 straight, I'm starting to understand why Google took that route.
Can someone please explain what are Windows Blue and GDR3? If GDR3 is the next step in Windows evolution, where was GDR2? Thanks.
28. papss (unregistered)
Gdr2 came with my l1020, updated for the 925, 928, and eventually the 920 lol which added glance (imo best part of the update), battery efficiency update, the "other" memory clear out. Gdr3 will add 1080p support, larger displays, true multitasking, xing out of a window (no more stupid back back back to get out) and I'm sure much much more. As for windows blue I'm not sure yet.
38. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Gotcha! Thank you for the clarification. Sounds like GDR3 provides a lot of the things many non WP users have been asking for. I can't wait to try it out.
42. hororohoro (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)
driving mode+screen roation lock......??? gosh where's the file manager ??? I can't download and manage files without that :(
44. papss (unregistered)
It will get orientation lock with gdr3 too.. Not sure about driving mode (not sure i know what that is). I believe file manager won't come until blue though :( I hope I'm wrong though.
46. -box- (Posts: 3709; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
What file manager do you mean? You can explore the phone by plugging it into your computer. Unless you mean an onboard one?
52. hororohoro (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)
Yeah... I can explore my phone...empty folder, only music,video,picture file are showing...but where's my downloaded other file type...... btw I figured out the way,...well still need the real file manager on WP
51. ajonly (Posts: 14; Member since: 25 May 2013)
And what about the enterprise solution? Will that be part of this update or have to wait further??
53. skald89 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
SIgn petition to have Microsoft take control of the releases. Lets stop AT&T from delaying updates and removing apps, such as Date sense.