GDR3 hitting Verizon's HTC Windows Phone 8X starting tonight

GDR3 hitting Verizon's HTC Windows Phone 8X starting tonight
Was it Elton John who sang, "Saturday night is alright for updates"? Here it is Saturday evening and instead of going out, those Verizon customers with the HTC Windows Phone 8X are concerning themselves with the GDR3 update, coming their way from Microsoft. According to the changelist, you'll be able to more easily make assisted calls while roaming in international locations. The update also brings you the Xbox Music Experience which allows you to select, download and pin your favorite tunes.

Web browsing on the device is better after the update, thanks to the improved HTML5 compatibility on Internet Explorer. And stability is improved for VoIP apps like Skype and Lync. In addition, the GDR3 update adds a FM radio to the phone. You will need to use an earphone to get the radio to work, since it acts as the antenna. Group Text is now available as a messaging option, and while it is off by default, you can turn it on using the correct toggle switch.

Other parts of the update include a series of apps that make it easier for the visually impaired to use the phone. The device will read information about calls and texts to help those with trouble seeing the display. In Driving Mode, you can decide whether or not to receive notifications about blocked calls or texts, and a orientation lock will keep your phone in landscape or portrait mode. Bing apps for finance, sports, news and weather are now supported. The app comes out of the box on new phones, and can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store for existing users. For multitaskers, press and hold the back key to see a list of recently opened apps. You can access any of them by tapping on the app, or close one out by tapping the "X" on the right corner.

The update is coming OTA and if you haven't received the notification yet, you can try to pull it out of your phone by going to Settings > Phone Update > Check for Update > Download. The download will take 10 to 20 minutes and the installation should take another 10 to 20 minutes. During the latter, you will not be able to use your phone.


source: Verizon (1), (2) via WMPoweruser

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Windows Phone 8X
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(11.3h talk time)

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11 Comments

1. droidgoms

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

why it dont update nokia devices....first.....wht htc???????

2. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Because Microsoft wants to keep the other OEMS interested and staying on the platform (even though im pretty sure HTC is forced to use WP). Also Nokia has its own version of the OS Nokia Black that has extra enhancements and features that nokia gives. These sorts of things make Nokia devices longer to update. Its kinda like Samsung updating their galaxy devices later than other devices without a skin (google play devices/nexus/etc,) - TL;DR - Theres extra stuff that needs to be put into the Lumia Black update/MS wants to keep other OEMS on WP

7. papss unregistered

HTC is forced to use wp? Source? That's the silliest thing I've heard

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They get discounts to make wp hardware for their android tax. Moto doesn't care cause they been screwed already with piss poor sales of windows hardware and ditched it all when going android.

5. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

HTC is becoming the best at updates.

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Still no forward button? No volume profile for devices?? I've set my expectations low for WP8 already, but atleast they could have given those two features. I wish some group files a class action suite against Microsoft.

6. papss unregistered

Is that so? You should get on that troll Only trolls on this site could make a fast gdr3 update a bad thing.

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"Only trolls on this site could make a fast gdr3 update a bad thing." No troll needed for that. It already seems to be bad, as it is.

10. papss unregistered

You forgot to add imo

11. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

You too forgot to add.

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

had this for 2 weeks now but now supposedly there was a firmware update that i dont see what it did

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