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Bittersweet shimmer brings color options to Nokia Lumia's glance screen

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Bittersweet shimmer brings color options to Nokia Lumia's glance screen
As you probably know, the GDR2 Windows Phone update was accompanied by the Amber update for Nokia Lumia users. This brought some new features and capabilities to Lumia phones. One of those features was the glance screen which right now only shows an always on clock and alerts you as to whether your phone is on the 'vibrate' setting. The two hottest Nokia models, the entry-level Nokia Lumia 520 and twin Nokia Lumia 521, did not get the glance screen with the update.

When the GDR3 update comes to Windows Phone, starting with the soon to be introduced Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, it will allow the platform to run on quad-core processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 expected to be powering the phablet. It will also allow Windows Phone manufacturers to offer a 6 inch screen (like the one expected on the Nokia Lumia 1520) and allow for 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution like on the...well, you know.

Just like Nokia tossed in the Amber update for its Lumia owners, Nokia will be adding Bittersweet shimmer to the GDR3 update for owners of its Lumia line. One of the things that this update will do is allow you to change the glance screen's color in night mode from the current red to blue, green or 18 other options!

Other changes coming to Nokia Lumia models with both GDR3 and Bittersweet shimmers include custom notification sounds for email, text, voice mail and reminders, the ability to restore over Wi-Fi when you reset your phone, the inclusion of Driving Mode, which blocks many of your phone's capabilities when you're behind the wheel, and the Screen Rotation lock which allows you to freeze the images on your screen in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Some of the update already has leaked, such as the ability to exit apps by hitting the 'X' in the upper right corner on the multitasking page. With GDR3 specifically, Windows Phone is moving closer to Android in the specs race. 2014 could be the year that Windows Phone makes great strides.

Color options are coming to the Nokia Lumia's glance screen night mode

Color options are coming to the Nokia Lumia's glance screen night mode

source: @Nawzil8 via WPCentral

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posted on 06 Oct 2013, 00:08 14

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Color options!? Wow! That kind of customization is revolutionary

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 00:24 31

2. cc3493 (Posts: 158; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

DOES EVERYONE ON THIS SITE JUST WANT AN OS MONOPOLY? SERIOUSLY, ITS NOT GOOD FOR YOU! You should be happy that there are improvements in other OS's. It means that you, the consumer, will see more competition and advancements in your OS (ios, android) and it will mean that they will need to do work, not sit there and do nothing cause they have a monopoly...

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 00:41 6

7. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


posted on 06 Oct 2013, 10:01 1

29. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

dang it, good shot buddy

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 10:58

31. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Except android is open source and the OEM has deep access into the system files so they would never consider it a true monpoly.

It will eventually be pretty much the exact opposite of the PC market, android will be the windows of the phone world while IOS/windows phone owns a small %.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 00:31 2

3. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


posted on 06 Oct 2013, 00:34

4. piyath (Posts: 1051; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


posted on 06 Oct 2013, 10:03

30. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


posted on 06 Oct 2013, 00:38 7

6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

This is Lumia, revolution gets even better like never before.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 06:16 6

17. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

I love it how sheep-droids use the word innovation and revolutionary in all their insults towards other OS's. Like android has done anything revolutionary in the last few years. It looks and feels the same for the last two years, 4.1 to 4.4 is pretty much the same with some minor graphical changes. But its revolutionary. When other OS's do minor updates its made fan of. When apple or nokia makes a new model without changing the exterior that much its made fun of. When samsung makes the same thing with S3 and S4 its called revolutionary. Grow up little kid, grow up. Embrace the competition or your precious android will end up like symbian which had no competition until iOS came out and destroyed it in few years.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 07:32 5

19. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

No one called the updates from 4.1 to 4.3 revolutionary. Those updates added minor features to what was already the most functional, customizable and feature rich OS. Secondly, most people complained that the S4 was too much like S3; that it wasn't revolutionary.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 11:00 1

32. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Last major upgrade was 4.0 to 4.1, the next major upgrade will possibly be 4.4 depending on how much Google changes.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 09:00 2

23. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You have an extra "r" in there. You mean "evolutionary".

Also, apple is the one that likes to try to brainwash its herd into thinking nothing else like it has come before.

Finally, revolutionary would be going against the trends or the norm, that is, like when QWERTY keyboards were introduced instead of the 12-key pad, arguably revolutionary. Or a large company building exclusively alternative-fueled vehicles while everyone else is still mostly petroleum-fueled (emphasis on large company, like Ford, Honda, Toyota, or Fiat/Chrysler, for instance, rather than Tesla or Coda). The introduction of toilet paper when folks had been using paper from magazines or catalogs (or other substances).

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 00:35 2

5. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)

Love competition, hate monopoly.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 01:01 2

8. allawi (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

I already have these features on my nokia n9. I have more costumes like 2 color on screen saver.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 01:07 3

9. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

i'm still bored.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 01:55 7

10. taikucing (unregistered)

WP sucks. Limited customization

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 02:27 2

11. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 112; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

Lots of great features in this update

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 03:12 1

12. gprime (Posts: 28; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)

I have never used a windows phone, bit curious to play around with one. I know a couple phone sales people and I hear the same thing when they a windows phone that it's boring. I'll have to try for my self

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 03:32 10

13. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


Windows/Nokia phone is like a kenyan 10,000 meter runner, the race gets more and more exciting as the race goes on and then a blazing last 3/4 laps to get the spectators off their seats.

Apple/Andriod is like a 100 meter race, explosive in the beginning (2005) and before you know it, the race is all over and everyone moves on (2016).

Nokia is for life, Apple/Android is for Christmas, and we all know what happens to Christmas presents :)


posted on 06 Oct 2013, 04:54 5

14. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

you are 100% right bro

never felt bored from my nokia 6030(those were classic days)
nokia "e" series "n" series phones were awesome but monopoly & there ego let them down because they never innovated ...
hey but nokia is on windows now that sucks
had to sold my lumia 620 in a week bought for 13000 Rs sold for 9k Rs
so never be bying lumia again until limitation is removed from windows and gives a better battery life.. till then for me say no to windows
now getting bored from samsung touchwiz..

but in Android we are seeing innovation(some thing new) almost every day
we musnt forget that

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 11:04 1

33. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

So your saying it will plateau in 2016? Will WP be caught up to it by the mid 2020s? It will never pass android, android is better in almost every aspect even if you have no bias. An android phone can do everything useful a windows phone can do an thousands of things more.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 12:32

35. papss (unregistered)

The problem I see with your statement is that it's bias in itself. Saying never is your opinion and there is no proof as none of use know the future. BUT I'd love to here more amusing fanboy comments spun as facts. Please humor me.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 04:57 6

15. gee2012 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

I ( former android power user) for one am very pleased with WP. I own the Nokia 920 and its rock stable, fast and fluid. No piles of bloatware like on a Samsung device, no lags and all the important apps are available in the app store. Looking forward for GDR3 and its enhancements

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 05:58

16. harigrg33 (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2013)

always on screen is alreday available in nokia simbians.....

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 07:12 3

18. papss (unregistered)

I'm not sure if you've been told but simbian is dead and no one cares. This is about a current os.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 08:26

20. harigrg33 (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2013)

Ur Current os is awful than dead os(symbian)

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 08:33 3

21. papss (unregistered)

I disagree and with no support your current platform is just that... A thing of the past. I like moving forward and I like with wp8 brings and the way it feels.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 11:05 2

34. harigrg33 (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2013)

If u like moving forward than switch to android...

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 12:35 2

36. papss (unregistered)

The problem with that is that it feels too robotic using android. Sometimes you can't look at the list of features and say something is better. Each person has different needs and android isn't always the answer.

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