GDR3 update includes some unpublicized features

GDR3 update includes some unpublicized features
The GDR3 update coming to Windows Phone 8 includes a few unpublicized features, most of them involving data management. Take the Data Sense app for example. This app allows users to keep track of each month's data usage so that you can make sure that you don't end up paying overages or getting throttled. And we know that no one likes to get throttled. The app will even let you know which of your apps are consuming the most data each month.

If your Windows Phone 8 model has been updated to version 8.0.10501.127 of the OS, you now have the option of restricting background data while roaming, thus conserving some of your monthly data. This option is available on the updated Data Sense app. In addition, new 3G and Wi-Fi status icons will let you know when data is being transferred.
Both the icons and the background data restriction are available only if your carrier allows it.

source: MiMovilWindows (translated) via WMPoweruser



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Wonder why att doesn't allow data sense and the ability to restrict and manage data... Hmmmm. Smells foul good thing I flashed to a dev rom.

12. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

They want to make more money out of you man thru your data usage.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The fact that it is a 1520 used for the info is so obvious!

3. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

WP8 isn't pushing out updates fast enough, nor are the updates big enough either. There are still too many functions missing for it to be an IOS7 rival. IMO they should just copy the features from Android over (who cares about patents, Google rarely sues anyways) like notification center, toggles, and predictive search assistant.

4. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

They are safer copying from Apple, since they literally can't sue Microsoft.

5. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You do realise that they have much faster updates than that of google because of nokia? (apart from updates through at&t which is bad for all systems) and they are much younger than ios7 or android for that matter so its not comparable. Its like comparing the android eclair to ios7 or ios 2 to android 4.4, its just uncomparable... Also why do want WP to copy? I dont want another android - not that android is bad, its the best out there - i just dont want OS's to all be the same, diversity helps innovation.

7. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

WP is not that much younger than Android - not even 1 and 1/2 years younger - so we can compare 4.1 to WP8. Even then Android 4.1 is better (better than IOS7 even IMO). Anyways it was Microsoft's own fault joining the mobile OS world so late; they lacked vision and were still reveling in the success of Windows 7.

10. alexfiran

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

man now that was a true OS..WINDOWS 7

11. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

uhhhhhhh didnt android debut in 08 and wp in '11??? isnt that more than 1yr? also your 2nd point is half true, MS was late REJOINING the mobile OS world did we forget WM? let's also look at the fact that Google's first priority was not PCs like MS so they have been throwing alot behind android. My personal opinion is MS having WP #3 on their list behind PCs and Xbox

13. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

WP debuted in late 2010. So, around one and a half years.

15. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

after looking it up 2010 is correct but again your math is so wrong. if android released 9/08 and wp 10/10 how is that a year and a half? if you want to downplay or talk bad about something at least get the math right

14. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

First "usable" android was ICS - you probably never heard of Symbian and WM6 - WM6,5 - When i got my first HTCs "flagship" Android 2,1 - it was plain like.... In that times, office programs on both WM/Sym was better, Exchange support on both, i was emailing on old Symbian like hell.....but sorry, no Facebook app on those old platforms so those OS ´s are bad. Sadly old platforms are dead - but you know that my stock 2012 NAVI in car is driven by WIN CE 6.0? (8gb internal space, B-tooth, and loads of things...Stable, low on resources - made by LG in 2012. Generally, those OSes were better, but WP8 is focused on those Facebook users more than it used to be before. Even our brand new devices for stock handling are powered by WIN MOBILE 6

8. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

U r rite but these little things really matter for daily usage....the ui of wp alone stands out what ppl like....ios have noification, toggle bars still it is different from android I really want wp to grow on these little things (big list of little things)

9. ardavan

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What do common software features such as notification center and toggles (quick settings) have to do with patents? Has Google really been awarded patents for these? Somehow I really doubt that.

16. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Ughh not this again. In one year we saw GDR1, 2 and a week later the MS pushed GDR3 (Update 3). Google and Apple push about 1or 2 update a year. Why pick on MS only?

6. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

What? I already have the data sense app on my 820. Its actually pretty good. Its one of the few things WP8 does right.

17. Nil_Mustafi

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I updated my Lumia 520 to GDR3 day before yesterday and the new OS version is 8.0.10512.142 and I'm from India (by the way, my phone had been flashed while installing Amber update at a Nokia Care Center and the custom ROM installed was from Vodafone-NZ server). After installing GDR3 the system was taking up 2.3 GB of phone memory and today it increased to 2.59 GB, i wonder why, and the 'temporary files' folder which was earlier consuming 440 MB of the phone memory now got reduced to 17 MB and after that change today I noticed a change in Data Sense while trying to set a data limit. But I'm sure it was not there until then, because yesterday and the day before that and even till today noon, when I had checked Data Sense and hadn't noticed the change. And well no, till now i haven't seen those new symbols in use..might come later on as well!

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